Despite the fact that I’m still a relatively small blog, I occasionally get asked for my best advice to newbie bloggers. As such, I’ve decided to sit down and share some blogging tips that have worked for me. So, grab a cup of tea and get cozy.
Please note that I’m not an “absolute” expert at blogging; every blogger is unique in that different things work for different people. With this post, I’m simply sharing the tips that have worked for me and my blog; therefore, I hope that I don’t come across like I’m putting myself on a pedestal.
With that out of the way, here is my advice for new bloggers.
My Advice To New Bloggers
If you are planning to go big with your blog, start out as a self-hosted blog
My biggest regret as a blogger is not starting out with a self-hosted website. When I began The Anxious Canadian, I had a wordpress.com domain; as a result, when I transferred over, I lost the majority of my media library and had to delete content due to missing images. So, when it comes to my archive, you’ll notice that the posts begin in August 2016; despite the fact that I started this blog in March 2016.
Believe me when I say that the viewers and followers take a long time to gain; So, don’t give up and get discouraged if you don’t receive the numbers immediately. Focus your energy on creating quality content; the views will come.
Don’t become a slave to the stats
Following up with the last piece advice, don’t become a slave to the stats; constantly watching the rise and fall of the numbers will drive you insane. Additionally, when you become obsessed with stats, you run the risk of writing posts for views instead of producing the content that you’re passionate about.
Be true to yourself and blog honestly
It is all too easy for bloggers (new and old) to become enamored with sponsored posts; becoming motivated by money and free products. However, while those are wonderful, if you don’t remain yourself, you will quickly lose your passion and burn out
Sit down at the beginning of the month to plan out your content
While writing off the cuff works for some bloggers, one of the most useful tips for any blogger is to sit down with a calendar each month to plan out your post; it may take awhile, but the planning will save you time in the long run. On a related note, it helps to set out your posting schedule whether it is 1 – 2 times a week or once a month; consistency is key to success.
Keep a list of post ideas
Writer’s block happens to the best of us; so, to combat this, I recommend keeping a running list of post ideas to draw back on when your creativity is running dry.
Get involved in the blog community
Being an active participant in the blogging community not only helps you create blog friendships, but it helps boost your stats. So, be sure to take the time to check out your fellow blogger’s work and like/share/comment; you can form many mutually beneficial relationships that way. Besides, everything is more enjoyable with friends.
Don’t compare yourself to others
Comparing oneself to others will forever be the undoing of many bloggers. Hence, I advise new bloggers to avoid doing this as much as possible; it’ll rapidly drive you insane by making you question yourself and your content. There will always be bloggers who are ‘better’ than you, but, as you grow, you will learn and improve. Blogging isn’t a race. So, use your energy to take pride in your blog’s development over time.
Finally and most importantly, bloggers should remember to have fun blogging; your content will become infinitely more enjoyable for readers if a blogger shows their personality and has fun with their blog. Additionally, if you’re having fun, creating a regular blogging schedule won’t be such a chore.
I hope that you enjoyed reading this post. Remember, this is only my advice; there are many different ways of blogging, and my tips are not the end-all-be-all. In fact, it is the differences that make each blog and blogger unique.
Do you have any advice for new bloggers? Feel free to leave your tips in the comment. Or, if you’re a new blogger, drop by and say “Hi.” I don’t bite; I promise.