I started to take my blog seriously on 1st September 2018 and since then it has been an amazing journey of blogging. I have learnt some awesome things and found some really cool people and I am so grateful for my experience so far. So today I wanted to write about what I have learnt in my first two months of blogging for anybody who is new to blogging or just wants to learn some more tips about it!
Write about what you’re passionate about or what have a lot of information/opinions on. If you put your heart and soul into your writing, your readers can see that and will enjoy your content more which is one of the most important things about blogging. Whether you have a niche or not try to talk about something you care about rather than what’s trending, that will translate in your content because people can tell when you put real feelings into it.
Make social media accounts so that you can engage and interact with other bloggers and get your work out there for people to see. This is what I found to help me gain any sort of following, I started on around 25 twitter followers before I started blogging and by mid October I had 279 followers which is so many more people to share my blog with. If you don’t have anywhere to promote your content then it can’t reach anybody which
Use your socials and promote your work, tweet/post like you’ve already got 100 active followers so that your twitter will come across active and legit to other bloggers/viewers. Once you’ve created socials for your blog and start promoting it you should be creating a community within your social media. You should be asking questions and interacting like you’ve already got a larger following because that’s what makes people want to come back for more.
Try make friends because blogging can be a nice little community, sometimes in life it’s not what you know it’s who you know. Interacting with other bloggers can really help with your blogging experience, it helps you make friends and experience things such as collabs and genuine support. It makes blogging so much more fun when you’ve got some cheerleaders on your side!
Being active on socials will also help you with views and engagement. To help with this especially in my busy life I use Buffer which is a free app which lets you schedule tweets for the times you want even if you’re at work/sleeping/school wherever. I don’t know about you but I have a really busy life and I don’t always have time to be manually tweeting 10 times a day. So when I know I’m going to be busy that day I will schedule a few tweets to ensure that my twitter is active and I can promote my content at a healthy rate. However don’t mistake that as all your twitter activity because a lot of it is replying to other, joining threads and interacting with people.
To start off getting an audience follow retweet accounts on twitter to get your content out there, numbers aren’t everything but you do want people to read and share it. Try to find non obligatory ones where you have to follow or comment because you want it to be genuine. There is a fine line between genuine support and support which is forced, when I say join blog share threads I don’t mean you should comment for the sake of getting comments or engaging with content you don’t believe is great because that’s not real and that’s not fair. You should join them threads to share your content with a wider audience and you will equally find interesting content for you to comment on and share with your followers.
Test out the water with writing a few posts and see how it received or how you feel about it after a small amount of time and then start to get into a schedule of writing and uploading. You want to find your feet and try to test out what works for you and then your audience. For example, I started off writing deep and meaningful posts (see here and here) which I really enjoyed but felt like that flow wasn’t very consistent, so I started writing about whatever interested me in that day or that week. I’ve posted about beauty, mental health, self care, my job and shared a few things about myself, before I start to write up a post I saw “do I really care about this? Do my viewers care about this? Will it make me feel proud looking back at it?” And if I answer no to any of them I won’t write that post that day. There is no point writing for the sake of it, write because you have something genuine to say. If it doesn’t work out, take it back to the drawing board and trial until you find what you’re happy and confident with.
Don’t just write everything that comes into your head at once, write out titles/ideas and save them as draft and then once you’re starting to plan out your posts write in your idea/title drafts so you can get the ball rolling. Currently I have about 15 ideas in my draft or scheduled in advance and I will flick between them all to write them so i don’t get bored and I can think of more perspectives as time progresses. This also gives you a decent number of posts ready or almost ready to post whenever you want to post and it gives you a chance to write down all of your ideas before you forget them.
Be supportive, kind and genuine. People can see through comments that are made for the sake of making them but if you genuinely enjoy someone’s content let them know! These genuine and positive interactions get you further than you would think. Your integrity is so important to keep intact especially in blogging, people hate working so hard on their content for someone to comment “good post, heres my blog check me out”.When I get them comments I will unfollow, you shouldn’t have to beg for support on you blog. Don’t take that the wrong way, I am not against people leaving their links in a comment if they are genuine comments which are relevant to my content and are constructive. If you see content you genuinely love then share it and support that blogger as much as you want but do it for the right reasons, not just to get more recognition. People are more likely to come back to your blog if your content is good and you’re genuine.
Create a Pinterest business account (free and easy) and connect it to your blog so that it can be accessed from there. Link up your posts to your Pinterest boards as well so people can find you easier. No joke I spent 20 minutes doing that today and half an hour later I had gained 20 views just from Pinterest! Also follow other bloggers/creators on there to share their content too. This is quite self explanatory but Pinterest can be another great way to share your content, treat it a bit like your other socials. I’m not going to lie to you I am not very clued up on Pinterest and definitely want to learn more about how to utilise it, so if I come across any posts that I find particularly useful I will come back and link them on this post.
It’s more about what you have to say than the pretty pictures. Don’t get me wrong though the pretty pictures look great and provide a beautiful visual to partner with your words but don’t forget what the viewer reads is more important than what they see. I know I lack in the pretty blog photos area which is something I will start to work on but I see so much more importance in the actual content you’re writing. You can get blogs with exceptional photos but less than mediocre writing and vice versa. So I would make sure your writing style and content is as good as you can get it before you start to focus on the photos, obviously that is just me though.
Well boys and girls that is what I have learnt in the first 2 months of blogging and any advice I would give to somebody starting a blog, I can’t wait to keep this blog going and hopefully be able to share what I’ve learnt in 6 months and a year of blogging!
What would be your best piece of advice for any new bloggers? Leave them in the comments and keep on sharing the love!
Thank you so much for reading and I hope to see you back around these parts soon!