If you have decided that you want to give blogging a go, there’s no time like the present. The great thing about starting a blog is that you can be up and running pretty much immediately and then you can throw yourself in to writing it. Whether you have been blogging for a while or you are new to it all, we want to share with you our 8 top tips for bloggers, a few ideas to set you up on the right track.
Look For Inspiration Everywhere
Assuming that you have decided what you will be blogging about, we would then suggest that you look for your inspiration everywhere. You will be amazed by what can just grab you and have you crafting a brilliant post.
We are talking day trips, magazine articles, books, social media, chats you have with friends, TV shows, everyday chores, relaxing at home, time with your kids and so much more. Potential for content ideas exists at every turn so seek it out and have fun creating it.
Step Away From The Screen
It can be so easy to get sucked into thinking that you always need to be in front of your laptop blogging when you are a blogger. It does sound like the logical thing to do, doesn’t it? However, we would disagree there.
It can be so much more productive to step away and take the time to think about what you are writing. You might brainstorm content ideas, work on different titles to grab your audience or reflect upon the direction that your blog is going in. It can be difficult to do all of these things when you are looking at your blog as you tend to get drawn into the details of that day or that week. So stand back from time to time, go for a pad and pen instead, and see where that takes you.
Take The Time To Know A Little Bit About The Technical Side
Now, we are not suggesting that you need to understand how to build your entire website, there is plenty of help available for that and if it’s not your thing, it needn’t be.
But it can be helpful to know how to do those things that might crop up regularly or cause you issues. For example, to find out how to clear cache on a Mac just follow this link or to add header code into a WordPress blog, follow this link. There are plenty of resources to help you or get an expert in to show you the first time around so that you are confident doing it for yourself the next time that it arises.
Devote Some Time To Social Media
Most bloggers understand that social media needs to be a part of their lives. Bloggers are often found tweeting on Twitter, sharing on Facebook. pinning on Pinterest and uploading to Instagram. It’s an important way to get your blog out there and attract readers so you absolutely need to spend some time getting to grips with it.
It is essential that you devote some time to social media, but then not to be contrary, you also need to ensure that you don’t spend too much time there. It can be easy to get drawn into social media and before you know it you’ve lost an hour scrolling through your feed and having a few chats. This is not going to be the most productive use of your time. Write, share or schedule, and then spend the odd few minutes here and there popping onto your social platforms.
Ensure That You Understand Your Legal Obligations
Bloggers are beholden to laws and advertisement regulations, just as any business is. This can be easily be overlooked, especially if you are not treating your blog as your work. Ensure that you look into your legal obligations and take care to keep up with any changes. Advertising is also regulated, so again make sure that you take an active interest in any changes in policy.
Interact & Engage
If someone takes the time and effort to leave a comment about one of your posts, either on the blog or social media, then reply. It takes mere moments and indicates to them that you value their time reading your blog.
Interacting like this is not only polite, it also helps you to build up your readership and engender loyalty in your readers and followers. They need to know that there is a face behind the blog in order to connect with you. You should then be able to build a core following that will support you throughout your blogging journey. Do not neglect or ignore them.
Build Relationships With Other Bloggers
Blogging is a funny old thing. You read people’s blogs and you get to know them, and then they do the same with yours. Before you know it, you have blogger friends, people that you have not met in real life and yet you feel like you know them. You will feel a connection with them and you will no doubt support what they do. It’s a warm community, so do dip into it and join in.
Blogging can also feel quite isolated, so connecting with people who work in the same way that you do is great. They can share their ups and downs with you, share tips with you, inspire you, cheer you up, whatever you need.
Blogging is a creative pursuit, whether you are doing it as a hobby or for a living. To really create your best content, to really be at your best on social media, you need to be enjoying it. Your passion and happiness will translate into your content and make you eminently more readable.
It can be hard to come up with post after post if your heart really isn’t into it, so if that is the case, take a break. Leave it for a few days, weeks, months, whatever it takes, and you are likely to come back to it refreshed and bursting with ideas.