Tips For Bloggers Starting Out
I’ve only had my blog a few months so I think that I do fall into this category a bit. I have learnt some things however from the time I have been blogging though, and think I have some tips which might be helpful.
1. Enjoy it
Only write about the things you enjoy. Don’t write something only because you think it’s what will gain the most attention to your blog, or because it’s what other bloggers in your niche are talking about. Of course, if there’s something that people want to read and it’s a thing you’re interested in, write about it! Just don’t write things you don’t enjoy writing because it’ll gain you the most followers, there’s no point in dedicating a lot of your time to something, when the only reward you’re getting from it is a number increasing.
Half of the fun in blogging is from talking to other bloggers, commenting on their posts and responding to readers comments on your blog. The great thing about blogging is it allows you to know quite a bit about a person, so you know whether you’ll probably have some things in common with someone before you talk to them. Commenting on specific posts also means you have something to talk about. Blogging, in my opinion, is one of the easiest ways to make friends on the internet.
A good layout for a blog is a good idea because it attracts people to stay on your blog longer. I’m not saying you have to spend money on templates, or hours changing every little bit of you layout (which I’m certainly not good enough with computers to do anyway haha.) A simple layout which isn’t confusing, presents your posts well and makes images on your blog look clear is great.
4. Blog regularly
I realise that most people with blogs often have other things going on in their lives which take priority; jobs, friends, family etc. You don’t have to blog every day or anything, but the more regularly you blog the better. It’s not just a case of ‘the more you blog, the more followers you’ll get,’ although there is slight truth to that. That’s not too important. The more you blog though, and the more time you take to find other bloggers and read their posts, the more involved you’ll feel in the community. You’ll feel more motivated and inspired to write and create.
5. Social media
Use social media as much as you can. It’s free and so useful! Tweet your new blog post and mention accounts who are made specifically to retweet blogs to their followers who are blog readers. Use hashtags to get your stuff noticed by the right people. If you have a Tumblr post about it there. Share your posts on Facebook, and possibly one of the most useful and important sites for bloggers, Bloglovin’. This allows you to branch out to bloggers who don’t use the same blogging platform as you. Although I look through my WordPress theme a lot, it’s good to explore posts from bloggers who use other platforms such as Blogger.
6. Free resources
Make use of free resources, the internet is full of them. In this post I made containing links which I think are helpful for all bloggers, new or not, there are lots of links to free resources.