So You Want To Start A Blog?



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    liz says

    I’m one of your cheerleaders! You are adorable in this clip. You really have worked hard, and that’s so obvious in all that surrounds your site and you. Thanks for sharing your “secret”…

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    Tania Leigh says

    That is awesome. I like this blog and makes me feel good at the end of the day, especially when I feel guilty that I made so many parenting mistakes in just one day. Having my 4 yr old get angry at me for breaking off a piece of his bagel and putting it my mouth and then right after he says "I still love you mommy! but don't do it again!". Those are the little moments I live for. This blog makes me feel not alone. Thank you for that.

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    Jenn says

    I started blogging because I love to write and I needed a hobby and an outlet. I LOVE blogging :) But even for a “nobody” blogger like me, it is a lot of work and is very time consuming. I often let my blogs go silent because it can stop being fun. As long as I’m enjoying myself, my blog and I get along just fine.

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    Stephanie R says

    I love this so much. I have friends wanting to start a blog purely for the “free stuff”. I normally roll my eyes and give them links to “blog how to’s” just because its easier than sitting and explaining that it is a TON of work, not that they would actually believe me. A ton of work, yet I love (almost) every minute of it. I think from now on Im going to pass this post along.

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    Anita @ Losing Austin says

    All I see is that the plugin has crashed- and I thought that was just your funny words, that it all crashes and is a nightmare (but is well worth it) LOL

    Now I need to go fix that so I can see your real words of wisdom!

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    Frammitz says

    I agree that we need to support each other, and I feel so good when I see someone doing and writing really well. I sometimes question myself, whether I should be writing, or writing about the wide range of things I write about. I guess we all do. Your vlog was a reminder to be patient and be myself. Thank you.

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    JD Bailey @ Honest Mom says

    Jill, that was perfect. Really. Best advice for new bloggers yet.

    I love the blogging community so much. I have two blogging tribes that I adore – one filled with experienced bloggers, one filled with newer bloggers – and both are amazing because all the women in the groups celebrate each other’s successes.

    It’s so true – it’s easy to get caught up in the internal debate of “why did HER blog get so popular and why isn’t mine?” But as you said, very few blogs go viral. Most of the time, blogs that become megasuccessful do so because the blogger kept at it for a looooong time.

    Fantastic points – sharing this with my blogging peeps. xoxo

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      Jill Smokler, AKA Scary Mommy says

      Thank you. And it’s something I have to remind myself of often – it’s never enough, and there will always be someone getting more, doing better etc. You have to just get over it or it consumes you. (Easier said than done, of course!)

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    Jenn @ Mommy Needs A Martini says

    I definitely needed to hear this! Thank you for giving other bloggers a voice on your site. I have learned so much from other bloggers and the outpouring of support and encouragement is invaluable.

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    Jessica says

    This is great Jill and I think it is such great advice for new bloggers and a good reminder for anyone who’s been doing it for a while. It’s so easy to get caught up in trying to be like someone else in order to grow your blog but I’ve found that the only way I can keep doing it, and actually like doing it, is to write what I want to write and just be myself. BTW, you look amazing!

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    Alison says

    Best advice – be yourself, don’t try to be anyone else.
    That’s what I love most about you, Jill.
    Scary Mommy is one of the reasons I started blogging. No BS.

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    Janine Huldie says

    Seriously, cannot thank you enough fro sharing this here with all of us. And must admit my husband does get so frustrated with all the time I put into my blog, but you are right I do very find myself treating it as a job, but also just love it. And have found I love the community aspect about it most and have really made some wonderful friends from blogging. For that alone at the end of the day and what it is worth have found it truly worth it and so rewarding. thank you again and have shared this, too!! ;)

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    One Classy Motha says

    Thanks so much, Jill! My humor is usually off-center, sometimes warped, and often embarrassing…but it’s me. I could play it safe (my in laws would love it), but what fun would that be? Thanks for the reminder to be myself!

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