Dori is a very passionate blogger at Riches to Rags. I wanted to interview her about her blogging story to learn from her experience and get her advice. Dori didn’t disappoint! Read on for some great tips on starting a blog and finding a meaning in blogging.
How and why did you start your blog?
I started my blog at a time in my life where we had been going through a very difficult time for years. I was depressed and my sister Jillee (One Good Thing By Jillee) told me that I needed to find a passion and do something that I loved. I LOVED social media, cooking and food so I started the blog and I have been doing it ever since. Since I have started another blog called Jeddy’s Blend which is a Natural Alternative for those dealing with ADHD, ADD, Anxiety and more….
How much time do you spend working on the blog?
I started out as part time. I was having to work full time because my husband was injured at work (still on disability) so I would work on the blog while cooking dinner and then after the kids went to bed I would work in the evenings. Now, with Jeddy’s Blend and Riches to Rags by Dori I am fortunate to be able to stay home and work full time on these two blogs.
What is the lesson you’d share with people who want to start blogging?
Creating your own blog is very rewarding, it has taught me that I have a lot more to offer people and has become a therapy. Don’t do it for the money. Start out doing something you are passionate about and love because that passion will come out in your writing. Be patient, it doesn’t happen over night and take dedication but that will pay off. The other lesson I learned is there are so many people that need what we as bloggers have to offer. There are people who need this connection and many friendships have been made.
What is your best advice on how to grow a blog?
Constantly feed it. Use Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. Everyone loves a giveaway and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Be real and answer questions from the visitors and they will become loyal followers. Be kind, honest and don’t allow any negativity on your blog.
What do you think is the biggest common blogging mistake to avoid?
Not being consistent. People want results and money overnight and it doesn’t happen like that. It takes time to build a following, but when you do they will help you and share your content with others. Giving up too early on your blog before it has had a chance to shine is a common mistake. There are going to be hard times, slow times, etc. but you charge through it and keep going.
What is your biggest success as a blogger?
My biggest success as a blogger is all the wonderful friendships that I have built. Wonderful people all over the world. I would have never had a chance to talk to these people without the blog. My other blog Jeddy’s Blend has connected me with families that have and are in need of the same thing as I was. They are desperate for help and for an alternative for ADHD other than medication for their child. The testimonials have been heartwarming. The fact that I am able to stay home with my children and still work from home has been priceless as well as the confidence I now have in myself because of something I created.