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When I started blogging I was originally on Blogger. It was a place for me to just vent and share my trials and triumphs after Caleb was born. Eventually my brother, who is now my web master, talked me into moving over here to WordPress. However, I wasn’t using my blog to its full potential. Instead I was using it for general chatting and such. In fact, I recently went back through all my posts from 2012. If you’ve read any of those posts, I apologize. Obviously, my blogging shifted and I began posting about modesty and fashion. I continued to expand my blog by including many aspects of our family including modesty, recipes, homemaking, military life, parenting, marriage, special needs and homeschool. I really had no idea I would end up here. After reading my posts from 2012, I’m surprised I did get here…LOL!
In 2013 I joined a blogging group on Facebook. If my memory serves me correct, that group had roughly 400 members. Today, it now has over 10,000 members! That small little group was a game changer for me. That is where I first learned that people had more followers than their husband, mom, and best friend. I also realized that some bloggers actually made money from blogging.
I lurked a lot in that group by watching and reading what other bloggers were doing. I applied everything I learned. When I began my blogging adventure, I would just write-up a post. Some had pictures and some didn’t. The pictures I did add, however, were not edited. Instead, I just slapped them up there and went with it. I had never heard of pinnable images. Here is an example of that tragic time. 🙂
I used the above picture as an opening graphic for a Christmas post. I giggle now. It was so small it could barely be seen. What was I thinking? Well, I just didn’t know. As time went on I kept reading about these images that the blogging world was moving towards. I heard everyone was using PicMonkey to make graphics themselves! What a concept! So, I tried my hand at this graphic making business. Here are some of the first graphics I made.
As you can see, I framed ALL the things. Aren’t they lovely? HA! Growing pains!
I continued down the road of graphic making and I think I got a little better.
Impressive, right?! LOL! I had no clue what size was correct. I just slapped something together and, to be quite honest, I was impressed with my creations. I patted myself on the back and gave high-fives to anyone around. By the way, that Beth Moore post was one of my most viewed posts that year! 😉
I received an invitation to be a part of the The Oldschoolhouse Review Crew and it was there that I learned how to make decent graphics! I also learned that ALL the posts needed a pinnable graphic!
Well just about the time I got decent at horizontal graphics, guess what Pinterest did?
Well bloggers discovered that in order for their pins to be seen better and get a higher re-pin count – which drives views to their site – they needed to be vertical! I am STILL going through old posts and updating graphics. I am also praying that Pinterest doesn’t change again anytime soon!
I had to take time to dive in and learn the best ways to blog and make graphics. It was a long journey, but that journey isn’t over just yet. I would love for you to come back tomorrow for the next part in this series!
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