Do you ever feel like the non-bloggers in your life just don’t “get” blogging?
I feel that way all the time. Which is why I think it’s SO important to talk to other bloggers and learn from them.
This post is part 3 of a 4 part series in which 100 bloggers give their best advice on blogging.
The main points from this installment:
- Be true to yourself and your voice.
- Learn from others/take a course
- Plan ahead
- Be prepared for the long haul
Write about what lights you up inside.
My best advice is to write with passion, about what’s meaningful to you, and lights you up inside, because not only is it contagious, but it’ll also connect you with your audience on a deeper level.
You can’t do this alone.
The one thing that I have done for my blog was to join Facebook Groups and get into Link-ups! I love going through this experience with other people in the same boat (The boat is HUGE) You can’t do this alone, and teamwork makes the dream work!
To keep up the momentum, collect your ideas in separate files that you visit regularly.
Many people start out with a great deal of motivation that wanes as the newness wears off. To keep up the momentum, collect your ideas in separate files that you visit regularly. When you return to those files and flesh out the ones you’ve had new inspiration on, some will approach publishing status. Then schedule a few, even the ones that aren’t completely ready to give you the extra push that a deadline offers. Keep adding to your idea files and keep tending the ones there. This just might help you reach your long-term goals.
Seek mentoring and join mastermind groups.
Seek mentoring and join mastermind groups to continue learning. Follow your unique voice and don’t feeel you are in competition with anyone. Be passionate about your writing and be consistent in doing so.
Take part of blog tours, projects and challenges.
Take part of blog tours, projects and challenges. They will give you purpose, real deadlines and accountability. You will also connect with other bloggers and gain new readership not to mention new ideas.
Push past the resistance, the fear, and just do it.
The best advice I have for other bloggers is to push past the resistance, the fear and just do it, observe it, feel it in your body and do it anyway. This resistance is the voice in your head telling you that you are not good enough, who do you think you are? You are not going to make any money, you are just wasting your time. This voice is the ego, not the real you. Experiment. See where it takes you. Surround yourself with the people already doing it.Advice for bloggers: push past the resistance, and the fear, and do it anyway. Click To Tweet
Use an editorial calendar and planner.
The most important thing I have done to really make a difference in my blog is use an editorial calendar and planner. While I cannot live without my phone for pretty much everything, I cannot use it for something like this. I have a hardcover paper planner and I use that to plan out my month’s worth of blog posts as well as plan out when I will be promoting each one, where and when. When I started really strategizing these things, my overall blog activity definitely improved. The planner keeps me on track and it makes me feel good when I can spend a day scheduling out a week’s worth of post promotion and blog posts and check them off as completed!
Pictures are really important, no matter what your blog is about.
If you write a food, craft, sewing or photography blog it’s pretty obvious that you need pictures. But since mine is a health/medical blog, I had not realized the importance of photos to add interest, color, and visual appeal to my posts.
Pictures also lighten up what can be some pretty serious topics. I didn’t think of myself as a photographer, but once I started searching through my personal photo collection, I found abundant material to use if I thought creatively. And since I always have my smartphone with me, I snap random photos almost everywhere I go; I look for things that will illustrate a blog post I am planning.
Sometimes a photo op will even spark a blog post idea. And for those times when I am at a loss, I have had success finding what I need on Pixabay. They have many free photos although I usually repay them with a donation to “buy a cup of coffee.”
You are a priority and if you are not at your best, neither will be your blog.
Put yourself first. If you don’t feel like writing – don’t do it. Yes, it sucks that your blog wont be updated perhaps for a month, but if that means that you will come back stronger and with more ideas you owe it to yourself to do it. You are a priority and if you are not at your best, neither will be your blog.
It’s a marathon and not a sprint.
My best advice for new bloggers is to stay true to who you are. There are a lot of blogs out there and your tendency at first may be to compare yourself to others or even change what you’re doing to conform to what people say you “should” be doing. Follow your path and just be you. Trust that there ARE people out there who want to hear what you have to say in your voice. Believe that. Also-it’s a marathon not a sprint. Stay your course and have fun!
There ARE people out there who want to hear what you have to say in your voice.Click To Tweet
Networking is important.
I would want bloggers to know about the importance of networking. Blogging can be very time-consuming. If you want it badly enough, it’s worth it when it pays off.
Grow your email list.
The best advice I have for other bloggers is to grow your email list. Having someones email is almost as good as having their phone number and you should be putting in at least an equal effort into building your list as you do your social media accounts. You have complete control over your newsletter, who will see it and when and we really have no control over social media.
Join a blogging group or class.
My first advice for bloggers (especially novices like myself), is to join a blogging group or class so as to learn everything about blogging, from both teacher and fellow mates.
Secondly not to compromise on quality of content. I feel our posts should be like a treat (visual emotional or intellectual, or all of these, ha! ha!) to our followers and as heart-felt as possible cos there are millions of bloggers out there. Last but not least, to share your posts as much as possible and other bloggers’ content that’s similar or related to your own genre. It’s also good to ‘ride’ important events to post on so it would have more currency and you’ll get more shares. For example, I did a post on my country’s Jubilee Year celebrations which was also a tribute to the late ‘Founding Father’.
Take original photos.
One of the things that has immensely improved my blog is spending more time in doing from-scratch work. I just started blogging this year, so I am still trying to get on the same page as everyone else, but sometimes I feel like its okay if I’m not.
Most times I wish I had a fancy camera to take all the best quality photos I wish I could create, but my iPad has been sufficient for online photos for now. When I say from-scratch, I mean that I take my own pictures, and I create my own graphics. I have noticed that they bring in more page views/visitors per day when I do put more effort in original work.
Improve neatness in your blog with original work. Most times I see repeated photos on Pinterest of chic desks and stuff like that. Yet, when people see something new, it makes them click on the Pinterest ad you pinned because they want to know how you made it that way, where they can get it, or even just browse your site to see what other original work you’ve got.
Stay true to yourself and know your “why.”
The best advice I can give is know your “why?” Why do you want to blog? What is your purpose? If you stay true to yourself and your “why,” you will not be so focused or distracted by everything out there in the blogosphere. You can take the ideas that “fit” with your why and implement them to make your blog better and improve as a writer too.
Your blog needs constant attention, nurturing, and tender loving care if you want it to survive and thrive.
After a decade of blogging, here’s one thing I know for sure: If you don’t treat your blog like your baby, it won’t be strong and healthy enough to grow up.
What do I mean by that?
Not to get all woo-woo on ya — but your blog needs constant attention, nurturing, and tender loving care if you want it to survive and thrive.
8 Ways to Baby Your Blog:
1. WRAP your blog in a blanket of authenticity and transparency.
2. FEED your blog helpful, valuable messages your right people need to devour.
3. CRADLE your blog in easy navigation and aesthetics that are pleasing to the eyes.
4. BATHE your blog in click-worthy headlines, appropriate subheadings, plenty of white space, and an enticing call to action.
5. DRESS your blog posts in beautiful, eye-catching images and graphics.
6. HUG your readers often by replying to comments and thanking them for sharing your content.
7. PLAY to your greatest writing strengths and incorporate humor in your posts.
8. BURP the grammatical errors out of your drafts with careful proofreading and editing. (Or hire a copy editor like me to do the burping for you.)
If you nurture your blog as attentively and lovingly as you would a baby, your blogging skills will undoubtedly improve and your blog will grow to be successful.If you don't treat your blog like your baby, it won’t be strong and healthy enough to grow up.Click To Tweet
Keep on doing what you think is right, keep on learning and never lose faith.
1. Set up a schedule for writing posts, attending to social media (marketing), doing research, read posts from influencers, developing your bribe to subscribe and to stick to that schedule. It is so easy to get side-tracked and end up reading a gazillion other unimportant things.
2. Blogging is about marketing and building relationships with influencers and subscribers. You will have to spend time on gaining marketing skills, not only with social media but also how you promote yourself.
3. The realization of what blogging entails is overwhelming but keep on doing what you think is right, keep on learning and never lose faith.
Don’t try to be another vanilla.
The best one piece of advice I can give is to be authentically and uniquely you. Don’t try to be like another blogger or write what seems popular. We all have a unique voice with unique messages that bring more color and flavor to this world. So don’t try to be another vanilla (unless that’s your favorite flavor of course), make up your own flavor and enjoy sharing it with others!
Be informative. I have a fashion and lifestyle blog and people may think fashion isn’t substantial, but many of my posts are about how to avoid buying counterfeit items and how to affordably dress better, thrift shop well and to value vintage which is basically recycling.
Figure out what you can write about forever without getting bored.
Before starting a blog, figure out what you can write about forever without getting bored, and figure out how you want to benefit your readers – so that you build connections and give back to your readers. The rest is details.
If you don’t light the path, no one will know where you are.
My first piece of advice is to be true to yourself. Write from your heart. Next, connect with other bloggers. Other bloggers know what goes into blogging, and how much time we put in. You also get support and answers from a blogging group. Last, think like your readers. Figure out where your readers hang out. By doing those last two things I have almost tripled my views. If you don’t light the path, no one will know where you are.
Get help! You can easily waste months reading a little advice here, a little more there, and really not have a clear idea of how to proceed. Getting a mentor and a road map (e.g., a course) will greatly simplify the complex process of setting up a successful blog. There are so many steps and skills to master, and having someone reliable to go to with questions rather than researching endlessly yourself will pay for itself in saved aggravation and wasted time.
You have to own your voice and your imperfections to stand out.
My advice to other bloggers is to not get so caught up in perfection. You have to own your voice and your imperfections to stand out.
Narrow your niche.
I blog about creativity in aging, particularly for mature women in transitions. My best advice which I didn’t take myself is to narrow your niche, hone your blog’s perspective which is not to say you cannot talk/write about different things. However, your blog’s perspective or world view must be evident.
Hold your head high, work your tail off, and always present yourself as the expert you want to be.
My bit of advice to bloggers is to always present your best self. You don’t need to be perfect, but you can still connect with your audience without advertising your weaknesses. For example, you don’t need to let readers know you are new to blogging or tell them this is your first attempt at an eCourse or Periscope or anything else. If you do your best work and act confidently, people will respect your experience and trust you.
Before blogging, I taught high school math for two decades. In my first years, as long as my classroom looked put together and my presentations were organized, students didn’t know that I was merely one lesson ahead of them each day. They did not see my nerves or know how incredibly hard I was working behind the scenes. Because I appeared confident, competent, and comfortable, they trusted me and enjoyed learning from me.I have worked hard to treat my blog the same way. If I want to be perceived as a professional, I need to present myself like one. We all know first impressions can make or break a business, so we always want to look our best. So hold your head high, work your tail off, and always present yourself as the expert you want to be.