I always see people posting requests for advice about blogging on Twitter etc, and I have received the occasional email myself from readers who are interested in starting their own blog. I'm certainly no expert when it comes to the big world of blogging, but I wanted to write a post sharing tips that I've picked up from other bloggers who helped me out when I was first started writing We Were Raised By Wolves.
Most of these tips you may already know, but hopefully it might help those who are completely new to blogging, or people who just want a couple of common reminders if they feel stuck or unsure about something, to make a start.
1. Write about something that you love and are interested in.
Pick a subject that you are interested in / passionate about and run with it. It could be absolutely anything, regardless of how weird or niche it may seem to you. Chances are if you're interested in something, then others will be too. I chose to write about beauty because I wanted to share my thoughts about products that I'd purchased or tried out - mainly from a consumer point of view so that I could recommend certain things to others who may be interested in them. I also like to rave about cute packaging!
2. Get organised with your content.
Once you know what to write about, get it onto your blog! You can organise your posts in all sorts of ways using either a paper diary or drafting them in advance ready to be scheduled for the week ahead. Try to post at least once or twice a week to start with to keep your readers interest and build it up from there.
3. Social Media is your friend.
Blogging is often seen as a very social hobby, so if you'd like to attract more readers to your blog, it pays to put in a little bit of extra time and effort by signing up to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bloglovin', Pinterest etc. The #bbloggers hashtag is a great way to promote your blog as well as helping you to find other bloggers to chat to!
4. Don't worry about the numbers!
I see a lot of newbie bloggers who are literally obsessed with how many readers they have, to the point where they invest more of their time spamming people to ask them to follow them, instead of working on their actual blog and its content! Try not to focus on the numbers; write your blog first and if people like what they read, they'll soon subscribe to you.
5. Trolls and haters are a sad fact of internet life.
It's never pleasant when someone leaves a nasty comment on one of your posts or tweets something that has the potential to upset you. Sadly, there will always be people with too much time on their hands, who are pathetic, bored or just want to incite a response from someone because they have nothing better to do. My advice? Delete their comments and try to ignore it. You're far too busy being an awesome blogger to let silly things like trolls get you down :)
(And a cheeky number) 6. Consider blogging as a job?
Blogging is notoriously difficult to do as a proper full time job but it's not impossible. For me, it's just a fun hobby that I enjoy doing - I don't make any money from it, but I do enjoy the occasional perks that pops up here and there! If you want to consider blogging as a job though, it may be worth getting some professional advice on things like SEO, branding, and mobile adaptations etc. Total Media, a Digital agency in London, could be a very useful first point of call.
Do you have any blogging tips to share?
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