As a new blogger you may be feeling terrified, lost and confused. This amazing pastime that everyone is doing isn’t feeling so amazing right now. Relief is on the way. You are not the only blogger to ever feel like this. Here are a few blog writing tips for beginners to get you moving.
Blog About What You Love. Do not choose your direction simply because “everyone else is doing it.” It is extremely hard to build a following and write new content on a regular basis when you couldn’t care less about the subject matter. Our personal taste evolves over time but a carefully chosen blog will roll seamlessly with the changes. If you are a new blogger, your first blog should be a reflection of you, not where you think the fame and fortune are.
Spend Time on Other Blogs. Not only is visiting, networking and commenting on others’ sites important from a marketing perspective, you will likely find a lot of things you can take back to improve your own site. Maybe you find a particular layout more user-friendly than yours. Perhaps there is a widget you can’t live without. Maybe that other guy is connecting with his audience in a way you admire. Be a blog reader to learn what blog readers want.
Ask For Help. Sometimes you just don’t know what to do or where to go next. Find a friendly blogging forum like SITS where you can get feedback and advice from more veteran bloggers.
Use Your Power for Good. Blogging is an incredibly powerful tool and it should be respected as such. It can be easy to go off the rails when you are having a bad day and use your blog as an emotional outlet. I strongly advise hitting “Draft” rather than “Publish” when those moments strike. You can never come back from a moment of low class online. And drama begets more drama. The platform you started to share your love with the world can quickly degenerate into a nasty little hate machine before you realize it. Remember what your grandmother always told you, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Emotions are fleeting, written words last forever online.
Be Persistent. If you are an instant gratification-kind of gal (or guy) blogging may not be for you. Know going in that you are making a long-term commitment. It may be quite some time before you see the results you desire. Keep writing and marketing and you’ll get there. When you need extra motivation, seek out a group or event like Ultimate Blog Challenge. You are not alone, and there is power is numbers.
What blog writing tips would you give to a beginner?
P.S. Want more blogging tips? Check out my tips for Better Blog Post Titles.
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