What are some things you wish you had been told before you started blogging? What do you think are the BIGGEST Dos and Don’ts for people who are newer to the blogging world? Give your fellow bloggers some friendly advice!
Back when I was thinking of starting a blog, I did a lot of research ahead of time which definitely helped me in the early months, but there are still many things I learnt over the years that would have been useful to know. Here are a few of the biggest do’s and don’ts I can think of for any new blogger to keep in mind!
- Post regularly. It doesn’t have to be daily, but being consistent is very important.
- Have a system of some sort to keep track of upcoming posts, ideas and TBRs. Staying organized makes a blogger’s life so much easier.
- Use social media and cross post your content if applicable. Actively promoting posts on social media channels does wonders to grow a blog’s reach.
- Proofread your posts – poor grammar and structure makes it very hard to read a post. It’s better to skip a day of posting than rushing through writing it and turning out something not up to your usual standards.
- Read and respond to comments and also interact with other bloggers.
- Try something new once in a while, like introducing new types of content. It’s important to change things up and let your blog evolve over time.
- Blog for the love of blogging, not as a task or chore.
- Be patient. Blogging is something that, in most cases, takes time to show results. Not losing motivation in those initial few months is very important.
- Write overly long posts. They can easily lose a reader’s interest partway through, so it’s better to keep posts direct and to the point.
- Lose focus of your blog niche. It’s best if posts stick to the blog’s brand and don’t wander too much.
- Over format your posts. Use easy to read fonts, colors and structures that would work across different screen sizes. Any animations, charts or other graphics that may be included should enhance the content of the post and not detract from it – basically a good user experience.
- Set unrealistic goals and expectations. There’s a lot of work that goes into each blog post, so it’s best to start slow and build up bit by bit so it doesn’t get overwhelming.
- Don’t stress out over missing blogging goals. Blogging is definitely a commitment, but your health and well being is more important. If real life is getting hectic, as it often does, it’s perfectly alright to take a few days off or even longer if needed.
I hope some blogger out there finds these tips useful!
What are some tips you would share with a new blogger? Share your thoughts in the comments below!