It’s Friday and I have been meeting a lot of new up and coming bloggers and it got me to thinking, I really wish someone would have written me a how to guide when I first started. Not on just the mechanics of how to blog but who to know and who to follow and who’s fun and what not; where to find good paid opportunities and places to write for and how to pitch. I had NO idea how to pitch a piece.
I had some opportunities I blew because I had no experience pitching big publications and I had no fucking clue what a CMS was. I mean, come on, I was still operating on a Blogger site. Do yourself a favor and learn how to pitch. I’ll give you a hint: A hot trending topic with a news box + an original angle and don’t be afraid to say what’s really on your mind. I could have used that advice 2 years ago.
So, I’ve compiled a little list of things that might be helpful to any blogger who is still trying to understand it all.
Here is my list of people and things that every blogger should know
Good paid opportunities for bloggers:
The Mission List
Tap Influence (formerly Blogfrog)
Great People to work with for site Advertising:
Tips for blogging:
**I’m compiling a list of best plugins for WordPress sites that will be going live in the next week or so. Stay tuned.
Great Places to Guest Post:
Daily Buzz moms
Mom it forward
Places to get Free Legal Photos:
Must have for easy photo-editing and watermarking
Great Women to follow who really know what they are doing and engage with their followers:
Alexandra Rosas (Good Day Regular People)
Jessica Escobar (Just Jess in ATX)
Jenni Chiu (MommyNaniBooBoo)
Gigi Ross (KludgyMom)
Natalie Hoage (Mommy of a Monster and Twins)
Naomi de la Torre
Melissa Culbertson (MomComm)
Jenny Brandt (Perfectly Disheveled)
Jenny Feldon (Karma Continued)
Lori Garcia (Mommyfriend)
**Honestly, this list could go on for a very long time but these are some great ladies who we all could learn a lot from and happen to be on my mind today but I assure you, if you are looking for other greats just check out my Twitter stream.
Best places to work (I can only speak from personal experience):
Where to find me if you want to connect?
Last but not least, I have the very huge honor of being nominated for BlogHer’s Voices of the Year. Full disclosure, I have self-nominated for a couple (I recommend you do the same if you have a piece that you are proud of) and have nominated other great pieces of fellow bloggers (as I encourage you to do as well). It’s a blogger love fest and I love having the opportunity to let nominate pieces that have touched me, made me laugh or cry.
Anyways, here are the pieces I was nominated for:
I would be honored if you would check them out and if you like them please vote for me. I think you can vote for as many posts as you like but only one time each. I don’t normally ask for votes but after 4 years of blogging, it would be my dream come true to read one of my pieces on the stage at Blogher 2013. It is time. Thank you to those who nominated me. These pieces are near to my heart, especially Some Things Change You Forever and All I can do is Cry because the anniversary of that fateful day is quickly approaching (May 1) and the love and support that I felt from this community of bloggers and those on social media, saved my life that day. I will be forever grateful. XOXO
Also, if you have any great tips, sites, plugins or people that you want to share with me and this community, please leave it in a comment below.