I’ve read about 1000 posts on tips and advice for beginner bloggers, mostly because even after 4 years of blogging, I still feel like a beginner. With stuff changing so often, I constantly feel like I am a beginner at this whole blogging thing. But, fear not. over the last four years of on and off blogging, and only within the last four months actively blogging almost daily, I have learnt a ton and I want to share some of my tips for new bloggers with you. I receive a lot of emails and messages about blogging and how to get going, so if you are a newbie blogger, then grab a cuppa and let’s get cracking.
Now, before we start, here’s what you need to know. I am not going to tell you about how to start a blog and what platform is the best. This post, rather is about the truth of being a beginner blogger and encouraging those of you who are only starting in the blogging game!
Stop following the rules
I’ve recently written a post about rocking your nicheless blog and I have received a lot of positive feedback from my readers about this! For a long time, people have been trying to follow the rules and regulations of the blogging world and they lost hope and motivation, leaving their blog to be covered with dust. Today, I want to tell you to STOP! Stop following the rules, stop trying to fit in with other bloggers and be yourself! Yes, read the tips and advice from other bloggers, but don’t lose sight of who you are!
Never, ever compare yourself or your blog to someone else! Don’t compare your step 1 to someone else’s step 10! Trust me, the stress, the tears and the drama is not worth it! Work one day and one step at a time and create a blog and brand that you are proud of. Comparing yourself to others can sometimes be discouraging, especially if you have just started out and they have been blogging for years. Instead of feeling sad and discouraged, use these people as inspiration instead!
Which leads me to my next point:
GOOD THINGS COME with time
Those ‘famous’ or ‘big’ bloggers didn’t get that awesome over night. It takes time, blood, sweat and tears to grow your your blog into a brand. Practice makes perfect. Don’t rush into becoming the ultimate blogger! Work hard and work fast, but never rush it. Take time to grow your blog!
You don’t have to blog all day, errday!
Guys, trust me on this one. Don’t wear yourself out (especially if you have a full-time job you are juggling too). You don’t have to push out content 24/7 to keep your readers coming for more! Truth is, if you stay consistent by blogging a few times a week, your readers will stick and they will come back for more and more of you, no matter how many times you blog per week. That being said, it is sometimes okay to take a blog break. Your loyal readers will respect you for that and they will definitely keep on coming back for more of you and your awesomeness.
SOCIAL, social, social!
I can’t stress this point enough. If you want your blog read, you are going to have to be social. Set up a few social media accounts and follow fellow bloggers and influencers. But don’t stop there! interact with your followers daily to grow that relationship! Comment on blogs you like to read too. But don’t just comment: “here, read my blog at www.imanass.com”. Leave an actual, heartfelt comment (tell the blogger what you loved about their post) and leave your link at the bottom. Chances are, they will click on that link and leave a comment on your blog too.
Rock your blog and love what you do
Starting a blog can be a daunting task, especially with so many other bloggers out there. But my top tip for new bloggers is to just start! Stop worrying about what others might think and write that first blog post! Have confidence in yourself and your blog and magic will happen! There are many great blogs out there, read them to inspire you and lead youm, but never lose your voice or sight of who you are! If you blog for yourself, you will definitely love what you do!
And my last, extra special tip for when you are ready to blog like a rock star:
Don’t lose sight of your goals
Once you are ready to get serious about blogging, I would suggest writing down your goals and placing it somewhere where you can be reminded of it every single day! Seeing your goal in front of you will enable you to work harder and smarter towards reaching your goal. It’s also a great way to hold yourself accountable and keeping you focused. My goals are written on pretty paper and pretty fonts and is all over my study. I also have these goals saved on my phone, so sometimes, when I am discouraged, I just look at these goals and they get me going again. I’ve designed a free goal planner printable for you to jot down your goals and stick it where you can see it. Just click on this link and it will take you straight to the download.
Anyway, that’s my tips for new bloggers from a blogger. Don’t lose hope, keep on going and work towards your goals! Rock your blog!
What are some of your blogging goals? If you’ve been blogging for a while, what are your tips for beginners? let’s chat in the comment section below.