Life As A New Blogger – A Guest Post By Samantha Smith @sam50something

I’m Samantha. I live in Yorkshire, England with my partner Jon and our four-legged friends.

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Blogger and Writer: Samantha Smith

After leaving school in the early 80’s, I lived in America for 3 years, then settled again in Yorkshire. I have two amazing boys. I have trained and worked in a variety of jobs and had a successful dog walking business for the last four years. 

My loves…my two boys, Jon, my dogs and cats, nature and life.

I feel pretty honoured to have been asked to write a guest post – Thank you, Hugh!

As a ‘Newbie’ to the world of blogging, I was a little taken aback when I received the email from Hugh. I have been following his blog for quite some time as I find his blogging tips posts very helpful. Hugh asked me, as a guest blogger, to write a post from the perspective of being new to blogging and my thoughts on this whole new world.

To begin, I have to take you back to how my blog came about. I have to be honest though, my blog, ‘Loving the fifty something’ wasn’t my first. I had originally set up a blog focussed on my Pug, Millie.

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She is such a character and we can’t go out without people stopping us to give her attention, but it didn’t take me long to realise that this world is pretty saturated with Pugs. They are literally all over the internet, so after realising this and after I’d set up my blog, I became a little disheartened as I was already enjoying blogging but realised I’d made my first mistake – Jumping in with both feet without doing a little research! 

I didn’t want to give up, but I did have to take a step back and rethink my blogging experience. However, at the same time, I was also coming out of the sadness which is ‘The Empty Nest Syndrome.’ My boys had flown and the house was empty and although this happened gradually, it was strange because it seemed to hit me on one particular day when I was in their bedrooms. I have written about it (click here to read the post) so I won’t go on, but this was one of the instigating factors for me starting ‘Loving the fifty something’. 

Jon and I decided now was the time to do something which we’d wanted to do for a long time – Sell up and live on our canal barge.

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We were already starting to travel a little more (we also have a camper van, booked to go to Whistler, snowboarding that winter, started mountain biking) and this was around the same time as me turning fifty. I realised that I was feeling great, free, and happier than I’d felt in a long time. This is also when something else sprung to mind too – my blog

In January this year, I set up my second blog. I finally knew what I wanted it to be about – turning fifty, feeling good, positive about life, healthy and staying fit and active.

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Blogging has opened up a whole new world to me. I am learning new things every day and I am in touch with a whole new community of other like-minded people. I am reading about and getting to know some fabulously interesting people from all over the world.

I follow bloggers who I feel I have things in common with; travel, nature, keeping fit, photography and also bloggers who offer blogging tips. Now there’s a topic! I feel there are SO many of these out there which can be very complicated for a ‘Newbie’ such as myself, but I like the ones who are just plain helpful – like Hugh!

I can’t believe how much there is to learn. I hadn’t realised how complicated it can be. I am wanting to run before I can walk with it, but there is so much information out there it can sometimes be a little overwhelming. I am also very busy at the moment. I’ve just sold my business, and now my house, and Jon and I have just moved onto the boat. So keeping up with blogging has been difficult for me. However, I am looking forward to being able to concentrate on it when we’ve settled in.

So far I have –

  • Set my blog up, (but there is always ‘tweeking’ to be done)
  • I have linked to social media
  • I have started interacting with the blogging community
  • I am spending time reading and learning
  • I am writing and publishing posts

But I still feel there is so much more to do and learn, but I’m sure I’ll get there. 

Some of the things I’d like to learn are – 

  • Pinterest – Totally new to me! I still haven’t got to grips with how it works! Can you help?
  • How to keep up with everythingPosting; social media; interacting; research etc, etc, etc
  • Tailwind – still not sure what this is all about. Can you help?
  • Monetising
  • Building an email list

I remember being frightened to press that very first Post button. I think I’ve come on a little from that, but accept that I am still very much a ‘Newbie.’ One thing I have promised myself, something I will always do as my blog grows, is that I will try to help new bloggers. I am so appreciative when I am supported and given a little lift by the more established bloggers.

Thank you for reading this, my first guest post. It would be great if we could connect. And, thank you again, Hugh, for your support.

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