I have been involved in the blogging community for around seven years now so I’ve seen many blogs crop up and just as many disappear away from the blogosphere. I get questions nearly everyday about the best platform to start on and how to start a blog so I thought it is about time I shared a couple of my tips for newbies.
Firstly, and probably the most important part of this post, write for yourself! There’s so many bloggers who can easily stir away from the values and the reasons behind why they start their blog. If you are wanting to start a blog because you want a bit of the ‘receive things for free‘ cake or the ‘I’m rolling in the dollar dollar bills’ cake then you are off to a rubbish start and to be honest you shouldn’t be part of the community. You should enjoy writing. You must be able to enjoy what you are talking about and be passionate about it. Imagine walking into your favourite job that you really want, that’s how you must portray yourself in every post that you write. I blog because I enjoy it, I do it for myself. I do it as an outlet from the rubbish day-to-day things that can happen in my life but also as a way to share my happy moments.
If there is one bit of advice that I would have loved when I started blogging it would be this – create a brand not a blog. This isn’t really something that many newbies in the blogging community think about but trust me it will help you. When I started my blog way before The July Journal came into place, I designed logos using a mix of PicMonkey and Photoshop Elements. I had hardly any graphic design skills and everything I did know was self taught. LogoJoy is an easy way to create professional logos at a reasonable price and their service is dead easy to use as well. Simply enter your blog name, select from existing logos that you like, select a colour palette and five mini images that represent your blog. LogoJoy then shows you various different options that you can browse through with each design being fully customisable too.
Of course, you are wanting to get your blog out there but don’t start spamming your social media timelines with links to your blog. Interact and engage with other bloggers. Join in group chats on Twitter, comment on blog posts that you read but make sure it is about the post that you have just read, follow new people on Instagram, tell other bloggers how much you like what they are doing, congratulate bloggers on opportunities they may get. The list could go on and on but please just don’t be spammy. No one will follow you and people will get sick of you extremely quickly. I used to schedule tweets using Buffer or Hootsuite but now I just tweet my link out whenever I feel like it and guess what? I still receive engagement.
I am hoping these will help you if you are new to the blogging world. Of course, these are just a few of my tricks that I learnt and would have liked to hear when I first started blogging. I would love to know if you have any tricks for new bloggers.
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