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.
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?