I’ve actually posted something very similar to this before; Blogging For Dummies – The Beginning, and I do get asked this question a lot.
If I’m being perfectly honest I don’t think there is a definite formula that you can follow for success. There are just too many variables; your niche, your confidence in using relevant technologies and your ability to write relatable content are just a few. I don’t want to put anyone down or discourage them, in fact quite the opposite. I’d love for all of you to try your hand at blogging. It’s an excellent stress realise and actually pretty damn enjoyable once you get going!
However, my advice varies for different people. If you struggle creatively I’d say you probably want to start on improving that ability first and so on and so forth. With that in mind, here are a few of my best tips for new bloggers. They aren’t all that specific, so if you’d like some genuine advice that is personal to you feel free to contact me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!
My Top Tips For New Bloggers
- Don’t waste your time trying to fit into a niche.
I don’t care who tells you that you ‘simply must have a specific niche’ before you can start blogging. That is utter rubbish. Write about things that inspire you, your experiences and your grievances. Write about whatever takes your fancy. If you try to force yourself into a box it isn’t going to be authentic and it will really come across in your writing. You won’t enjoy writing it and we won’t enjoy reading it, so really what is the point?
- Remember your manners.
It sounds silly doesn’t it? I’m certain we all know what manners are. But still I consistently find myself having to remind people whether it be on Twitter, my own Facebook page or in a group designed for bloggers. I’m all for shameless self promotion but it is downright rude to milk other bloggers for all their worth and then give nothing at all in return. We are all equals in my eyes and if you advertise that you want to connect with other bloggers and then unfollow me a few days later then you better watch out honey! I love nothing more than connecting with bloggers I haven’t met before, and even more than that I love to read their blogs, but if you advertise yourself and then I go out of my way to support you even though your blog isn’t really my thing it is beyond annoying. So remember your p’s and q’s and most of all treat other bloggers as your friends and family. That is the respect that they deserve.
- Have fun.
Never force yourself into anything that you don’t want to do. Your number one priority in life should be your own happiness, your second others. With that in mind if you find the goals that you have set yourself to be a bit too much or you’re struggling to keep up with your posts I strongly suggest taking a break. Yes you can meet so many lovely people through your blog and sure you can probably make some money whilst doing so. But, no amount of money is worth it jeopardizing your happiness. When it becomes more of a chore than a fun hobby it’s time to take a step back. Blogging should be fun, exciting and even relaxing. If you’re struggling there are a tonne of bloggers just like you, including me, that you can reach out to via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We are here to support you.
There you have the best tips that I can give new bloggers – without going into too many specifics. I hope that this post has helped you if you have just started a blog or you are thinking about it, and again please don’t be afraid to reach out if you need a little help.