I think by now you have all figured out that I am not a ‘DIY’ blogger. Oh you could certainly browse back through some of my early blog posts and find my attempts. Horrible photos of projects that I honestly didn’t even really do anything with after they were created.
Being creative? Having fun with crafts, glitter, washi tape, and all manner of jewelry making/card making/paper twirling doodads? Bring it on. You know I love me some glitter. But documenting it and taking the time to make it perfect, slowing down to show the step-by-step instructions? I’ll be honest. It’s highly like that someone else already did that…because I’m probably using their tutorial!
The one thing I have done a pretty decent ‘DIY’ on is this blog. Oh it started out with a standard template that I didn’t bother to customize. But over the years I found myself wanting to add, change, move, and make it mine – with a budget that demanded I go find out how to do it online. For free.
So I found a collection of websites, pieced together enough information and basic HTML knowledge to get by and have figured out how to get my blog from where it was to what you see now. I don’t think it’s all that bad but I know myself. I’m a writer, not a website developer or graphic designer. But I know amazingly talented people who are. From my day job to the work I do on the side I’ve come across a community of exceptionally skilled individuals who don’t just run businesses. They’re passionate about what they do, and they have a love for teaching others.
Maybe you’re looking for some ways to grow the community on your blog but need a little help – you’re willing and able to do the work yourself, with guidance. I have two links for you (affiliate links included):
Kat Lee has created this incredible Blog Planning Kit to take your blog to the next level. It’s an incredible resources that I plan to use…and because she knows that I might need a little nudge to get started, she’s offering a free Blog Planning Kit Boot Camp August 26 – 30! You can purchase your copy of the kit here (enter code Bootcamp for 50% discount), and get connected to the HowTheyBlog.com Facebook page for her course here.
So once you’ve gotten that piece well under way you might realize that hey…I’ve got amazing content and now I’m ready to start sharing it with the world! Who wants to sign up for my email newsletter! Yay! Oh wait….I don’t have one set up.
No fear! Fistbump Media University has your back. In addition to the fabulous (if I do say so myself…ahem…) free webinars and Q&A sessions, you now have the ability to sign up for another Bootcamp – 4 Week Email Subscription Boot Camp! You’ll learn everything you need to know to set up your email subscription service, entice readers to sign up, how to offer a freebie, and how to create & send awesome newsletters. If you’re thinking about growing your platform and engaging your community…and eventually looking into traditional publishing…a solid email subscriber list is a “must have.” It starts next week, so don’t wait! You can register here!