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Top Blogging tips

I absolutely love blogging but oh my it can be tough at times. It is so easy to compare yourself to others, feel demotivated and there are times that you can completely lose your way. It has so many highs and lows and there are plenty of times when I want to just to stop all together. Then there are days when I look at what I have achieved and feel so proud of myself. It can be hard at times but definitely worth it.

I guess if I had one piece of advice to people thinking of starting up a blog or maybe feeling a little lost with their blog it would be to  remember why you started – It is so hard to not get obsessed with stats and followers to the point
where it can completely take over. I went through a phase when I was constantly checking how many people were reading my blog or getting upset if I lost followers on social media. It took me a while to realise that this is not why I started blogging. I started because I wanted to document my girls life. I started because I wanted something for me. I started because I love to write. When it all gets too much (and it will at times)  you just need to remember.

I have teamed up with a bunch of lovely bloggers who have shared some of their blogging tips:

Write as yourself – write in your own voice as you would talk in real life and let your personality show through. People talk about finding your niche, the truth is, YOU are your niche – your voice, your opinions – no one else is you and no one else thinks exactly like you. Use that to your advantage by showing readers the real you. www.myrandommusings.co.uk

Create Useful or Helpful Content – Some really successful bloggers primarily use their blog as a journal, charting everyday life etc, and that works well for them. But personally, I would rather write, and read, posts that focus on either a specific topic, are opinion-led, thought-provoking or helpful to readers. For example, if you switch up the post “An update on my baby’s weaning.” to “Ten Steps For Easy Weaning” it becomes much more interesting and useful.
www.thebutterflymother.com

Join lots of blogger groups on Facebook. This is where you will garner info about linkys and good places to share your content. Don’t just sit back and wait for people to read your posts, you might be waiting a long time! Promote wherever you can. Get over your shyness early on and appreciate your creativity. You write for people to read it so don’t be ashamed to promote it! www.thehippychristianmum.com

Get organised and consistent! Keep a notebook or some way to take notes, with you at all times as you never know when inspiration for a blog post might strike. Plan well in advance for things that will send you off track (such as school holidays) so you can stick to your posting schedule. www.mychaoticallyeclecticlife.com

Know your audience and write with them in mind. When I am writing my blog I usually try to visualise the people I am writing for: you can see who your audience is from Google Analytics.  I often think of a few friends (who are the right age, gender, stage in life) who would be interested in what I am writing about and I try to write as if I was talking to them.  I find this helps my writing as I am directing what I am saying at real people, but to keep a little distance there I pretend that they have brought a friend or two along that I’ve not met before so I explain things fully.  If you want to
branch out your audience a little start including a man in your imaginary audience (if most of your readers are women) or someone older or younger or with different interests. www.alittleluxuryfor.me

You may have your target audience in mind, but many people, including those with disabilities, may stumble upon your website. And this is a chance for you to be as inclusive as possible. Alt text is the blank area for you to give your reader a visual representation of what is in your photo or image. Many bloggers unknowingly believe that it’s for keywords within your post. This is the most important tip I can give to anyone: describe your your images, photos memes and pins so you’re blind and other disabled readers can be included and not confused. www.thinkingoutloud-sassystyle.com/

 

I would love to know if you have any blogging tips to share?

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12 thoughts on “Top Blogging tips

  1. Hi Natalie, great tips! It is easy to become obsessed by stats, but remembering why we started blogging is a great tip. I started just because I wanted to write and keep my brain active, I never imagined that anyone would read my blog let alone comment on it.

    It’s not always easy going though, and sometimes it’s good to step back and take a breath. The blogging community is a friendly bunch and are always there.

    xx

  2. Really great tips here Nat. I consistently fall into this trap of comparison and feeling a little overwhelmed by the whole thing. This week I’ve realised that I am spending far too much time on photography when it really isn’t my forte! I want to showcase interiors and fashion but I’m not really good at photographing them. I love writing and I think sometimes I get so bogged down with getting the pictures right that the writing gets a bit lost. Anyway, it’s good to constantly evaluate why we are doing this and getting back to basics is important too. Thanks for sharing this xx

  3. Some sensible tips. I think it’s key to remember why you blog. If you’re blogging for business then they might be very different posts compared with personal blogs.#sharingthebloglove

  4. Great tips. As a newbie I’m never without my notebook or phone for when things pop into my head. Just need something to jot notes on the shower wall as this is just about the only place I get time to think by myself.

  5. I couldn’t agree more with your point. Blogging is such an up and down journey and it’s so easy to compare yourself to other people and get down about it. But bringing that focus back to why you started in the first place always helps, and also helps to remind you how much you’ve achieved in that time. My other piece of advice is just to write – I can be guilty of stressing over perfecting a post, when in reality sometimes it’s better just to get it out there. Thanks for joining us again at #SharingtheBlogLove

  6. Some fab tips. It’s taken me a while but I think I’m just about writing in my own voice and style! x
    #Sharingthebloglove

  7. Yes, comparing to others is never going to take you to a happy place and you can’t compare your start to someone’s middle. Blogging is definitely a rollercoaster of ups and downs, but staying true to yourself and writing for you can only be a good thing. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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