My favorite fall memories are almost all related to Halloween. I loved going trick-or-treating when I was a kid. There was candy and costumes. My aunt hates Halloween but she would always come to see my costume. Then she would go into hiding until the coast was clear from trick-or-treaters. I think she still does hides until Halloween is over.
When I was in college, there were Halloween parties. So two of my favorite things, dressing up and dancing, in one night. Plus, boys. It was a win-win-win. So much winning in those days.
When I was a young adult, the Halloween parties had costumes, dancing and booze.
After having kids, I got to dress them up for trick-or-treating and Halloween parades. My kids have been a variety of witches,unicorns, princesses, dragons, lions, superheroes and vampires.
This year the teenager is going to be a Steampunk masquerade person. The middle kid wants to be Wolverine. The youngest wants to be a vampire. I’m still aiming for the Mad Hatter.
Lucas thinks I should dress everyone as a vampire and scare the neighbor. No matter what, we have to make a trip to the Halloween store for wigs and hats and Wolverine claws. We’re already set with the vampire teeth.
The prompt is to give some advice to new bloggers. I will tell you what has helped me. So take it for what it’s worth.
Write about what you know.
Write about what you love.
Follow other blogs that interest you.
Comment on other blogs.
Share posts of others on social media.
Share your stuff on social media.
Schedule posts so you can still have a life.
Befriend other bloggers. They will save you a lot of toil and trouble.
Keep it real. Always.
Blog conferences are a good way to meet people and learn about blogging.
Images on posts. People love pictures.
When sharing on Facebook groups – join some groups, by the way- make sure you are sharing to closed groups. If the group is open, it will post on your timeline. Try to limit how many times posts are shared on your timeline. Your friends will be so annoyed by the tenth time that they’ve seen the same post. It’s almost as annoying as all of those Candy Crush invites.
Blog challenges. It’s a good way to draw attention and see other blogs. I used to do a bunch but now I limit it to a handful.
Don’t get discouraged when people unfollow your blog. It happens to everyone. Keep working and you’ll keep gaining followers.
Don’t feel like you have to be limited by a niche. Writing about what’s on your heart can help to make a connection with your readers. If you want to do a fashion post when you generally do reviews or DIY, then do it. Doing something a bit different is fine.
Set goals for following others, for how much you want to post a week, etc.
Unplug on a regular basis. If it makes you feel better, take a journal with you to write down ideas.