Why do I do this? Sit down day after day, and throw words into the internet void? What have I learned 100 blog posts later? Let’s discuss!
What Do I Love About Writing?
I have always loved to read, write, and take notes. Three-ring binders, note cards, an unopened pack of pens? These things make my heart flutter. Working on Ish Mom affords me all kinds of nerdin’ out. I get to research my interests and organize the information I find in article form.
It’s also an excuse to read! With all the book reviews here at Ish Mom, I have to keep my literature consumption up.
Interviewing has become a delightful facet of my work at Ish Mom. It was a turn I didn’t anticipate taking, but I’m so glad it happened. From authors and mayors to small business owners and comediennes, I’ve loved the opportunity to learn more about interesting people and my community.
What Have I Learned?
In No Particular Order
- Schedule, schedule, schedule: streamlining my social media posting has helped me sooooo much. I sit down one day a week and plan all my posts. Writing up captions once a week, as opposed to several times a week, is a lifesaver.
- Have a plan: I started Ish Mom with willy-nilly writing, i.e, I just wrote about whatever was interesting to me in the moment. Now, I write with a plan. During the second and third weeks of a current month, I start planning what articles will come out the next month.
- SEO is crazy important: there’s so much to do as a content creator, and if you’re just starting, you probably don’t have the capital to hire marketers and virtual assistants. Double down on understanding Search Engine Optimization during these lean financial times. After I’ve planned the articles for the upcoming month, I research the best keywords and keyword phrases to make my article more easily found on search engines. Facebook and Instagram views are nice, but Google hits stay evergreen. This means that people can find your work on Google at all times-hopefully-as opposed to only when a post shows up in their feed.
- Don’t buy anything: don’t make these lean financial times leaner by buying courses and shit. I’m not saying to never invest in your business. I am saying to wait a year before buying someone’s course, coaching, etc. Just watch and wait. Learn the landscape and how to spot the scammers. Soon after you can tell who the scammers are, you can tell who’s good.
I was hoping the imminence of having to write this article would bring clarification. So far, nope.
Growth is the name of the game, I suppose. I know I’m supposed to concentrate a bit more on my algorithms, my personal brand engagements, likes and dislikes. And I will.
But I enjoy hanging out with y’all on there and hate making social media so…job-y. I’m hoping that by continuing to publish (what I think are) quality pieces, and interview interesting people, the audience will take care of itself. At this point at Ish Mom, most future plans involve content.
And then a talk show or something. I’m just not quite sure what comes between the content and the speaking engagements.
5 Best Ish Mom Articles (According to Page Views)
- InstaCrime: An Alleged Midwest Wedding Photography Scam
- From Trailer Parks To Talk Shows: A Conversation With Mary Kay Plexico
- How I Knew My Toddler Was Autistic
- Lori Troutwine Is Ballsy
- “Don’t Be Afraid To Keep Going:” A Conversation With Dave Snow
5 Worst Ish Mom Articles (According to Page Views)
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (book review)
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (book review)
- Mini-Resolution May Pt. 6: Going All The Way
- Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima (book review)
- Mini-Resolution May Pt. 5: On The Road To Veganish
My 5 Personal Favorite Ish Mom Articles (In No Particular Order)
- A Simple Drugstore Makeup Routine For My Sister
- Another One Bites The Dust: Rawvana and Fishgate
- Night Gaunts: Dwelling In Possibility With Joyce Carol Oates, A Love Letter
- The Best Parenting Tip I’ve Ever Received: Non Reactive Parenting
- Mini-Resolution May Pt 3: Gettin’ The Head Right
I cannot wait to bring y’all one hundred more posts. Then a gazillion more after that, cuz I ain’t going anywhere. What Ish Mom articles have been your most and least favorite? Let me know in the comments below. Share this article so everyone can be invited to the 100th Blog Post Bonanza.