5 Tips For Beginner BloggersThursday, 8 January 2015
I began blogging properly in 2014 as a way to fill time and distract myself from nonsense going in life and it's turned into something I really love doing! Even if I'm probably the worst blogger ever.
So, here's a few things that may help you on the blogging front.
1. Don’t over think it, believe in what your sharing
Over thinking and comparing your blog to other bloggers is something that I have done ever since I’ve started and my best advice to you is simply, don’t. Easier said than done granted but it can make you feel like you may not be doing the right sorts of things. Which is silly because what is exactly the “right thing” when it comes to blogging anyway?
Believe in what your posting and that will reflect onto your readers.
Commenting is essential for not only meeting new bloggers but also driving traffic onto your own blog. However just don’t go overboard. There’s a fine line between commenting and then just self-promo. In my opinion self-promo, done obnoxiously even if that may not be the intention, is off-putting and wouldn't make me want to click through whereas if I see a comment where you can tell someone has actually read the post and left their link with their name I’m more inclined to have a look.
A little trick if you’re not so good with html like me, instead of a un-hyperlinked link to your blog use the html below. It tidies up the comment and makes it easier for the reader to click through.
Now I have been awful for this in the past. If you’re a little bit of a perfectionist this is key. There is nothing more annoying than creating a post you’re really proud of to realise you have a spelling or grammatical error. People will pick up on these quickly so it’s always best to check! Ask a friend or family member to read through and make sure everything makes sense and flows. (Ironically, I spelt beginner wrong when I posted this)
Setting posts live and sharing them at the right time is something I have learnt recently and considered each time I’ve come to send a post out. Leanne Woodful posted an incredible guide to blogging which included the key times to share your material!
BEST TIMES TO POST:
7am - 9am
12pm - 2pm
5pm - 7pm
5. Don’t get disheartened
Now to be a little blunt.
Blogging is hard work despite what people may think. For some it comes with a stroke of luck and the “right connections” as some people have stated in recent months. Whilst for others it’s a slow painful process. I mean you can spend hours on something, be really happy with it and not really get any anywhere. However, don’t give up at the first hurdle. If you really really really enjoy it… keep at it!
Nobody gets 12164000 followers overnight. Don't focus on the numbers. Appreciate the audience you do have and use any feedback you get to improve and keep your blog growing. Just like anything in life work hard and keep determined and it will, fingers crossed, all be worth it!
I hope this helps and if any of you have any tips or tricks, leave them below! X