Legally Leslie Turns One

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wow. One year ago today, I started Legally Leslie. I wasn't sure what to expect but, I thought this would be a good way for everyone back in Michigan to keep up with me in law school. I never expected to 'meet' so many people or to have so many followers who were not my mom. I am so grateful to everyone who follows along with my crazy life, supports me, encourages me and most of all inspires me to keep this little project going. Who knows where this will end up, but here's to another year, and hopefully more! 



I often get asked for tips on starting a blog, so looking back at the past year; these are my five biggest pieces of advice for starting a blog.

Have a plan. You need a theme, or a draw. What will make your blog unique? Your perspective? Topics? It is easy to jump all over the map with post topics but if you want constant readers, you need something that brings all your posts together. 

Create a deadline. This will hold you accountable. It is really easy to let your blog fall off your list of priorities, especially when life gets busy or challenging. By having a deadline for your posts you can hold yourself accountable. Mine is 1:00 am Pacific Time. All my posts go live then. This also allows you to create a schedule. For example, I write in my agenda which post goes live which day, so I know if I have not written it yet, it is on my to-do list. This is still a work in progress for me, sometimes I take unplanned breaks, but usually those come when I don't feel I can produce posts that are up to my standards. 

Don't expect anything. I am a perfectionist, I have very high expectations for myself that are sometimes unrealistic. Blogging is a big world and you can't expect to get thousands of followers overnight. If you are expecting your blog to hit the big leagues as soon as you publish your first post, you are going to be disappointed. You have to blog for yourself first, and everyone else second, once you get in that mentality you will never be disappointed and you will not burn out our lose your passion for your blog.

Have a blog journal. For me its a little bitty notebook that I carry everywhere. In it I write down post ideas, design inspirations, wish lists, things to look up. Anything and everything. This makes it easy when sitting down to write because I have a list of ideas to go to. Plus, when inspiration strikes at random times, you won't forget your brilliant ideas! My notebook also has a quote on the front that inspires me, and reminds me to continue making improvements to my blog. 
"Looking at the stars always makes me dream." - Vincent Van Gogh 

Stalk your favorites. Seriously. I have a list of blogs that I visit religiously. Everyday. Sometimes, more than once per day. They inspire me, they give me ideas and it gives me motivation to continue on posting regularly. Plus, sometimes they even post tips and hints, and most bloggers are extremely friendly and open to chat via email and answer questions. Besides, once you are a loyal follower you know how much it means when someone becomes your loyal follower! 

 
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