I’m not a pro blogger by any means, but by new blogger standards I think I’ve been fairly successful. My blog was two months old on Thursday and I’ve had over five thousand hits since I hit ‘Publish’ on my very first post. A few weeks ago I published a post all about the things I’ve learned as a new blogger, and I thought I’d share some tips now that might help inspire someone just starting up – someone who is in the same position I was back in November. A girl with a WordPress account, a free layout, a blank page, and no idea.
Being a blogger isn’t easy. It’s time-consuming, it’s draining, and there are days when your inspiration will take a walk and you’ll be left feeling like you have nothing to say. But don’t fret: every blogger I know has felt this way at one time or another. It’s completely normal, especially when you’re just starting out. But don’t let a few moments, hours, or even days of demotivation put you off. Blogging is great fun, it helps make friends and build connections, and it gets your voice out there for people to hear (well, read).
I’ve shared a few helpful hints I learned early on as a content creator.
1: Set a Schedule
If you’re just starting out then chances are you have another job as well – or an admirable amount of self-confidence that I wish I could tap into! But I do have a full-time job and a new house to redecorate, so working blogging around all that is a challenge. I try to stick to a strict schedule of 2/3 posts per week, and a good mix of lifestyle, wellness, and literature-related posts. But you’ll find something that works for you – and there are some wonderful planners available to buy or download where you can write down the content you want and when you want to post it.
2: Connect with Likeminded People
Twitter is my favourite place at the moment. There are so many people out there creating amazing content for their blogs, their Instagrams, their YouTube channels, and it’s great to see. Find other accounts who are similar to you and reach out, give them a follow. You can inspire each other.
3: Get The Right Setup
I use WordPress.org and SiteGround, and my layout is from Pipdig. I’m not a programmer, nor am I quite savvy enough to create and install layout all on my own so this trio has been well worth the investment – and it hasn’t even cost me the earth. I think having a clean, easy to read look to your blog is likely to entice people to stay.
Having a name that either identifies you or is easy to remember is also a big deal. I went with something simple, but you can choose just about anything as long as it’s short, simple, and says something about you.
4: Don’t Be Afraid to Raise Your Voice
If you don’t promote yourself at the very start, who will? It’s unrealistic to set up a new blog then sit back and wait for views to trickle in, unless you’re established elsewhere online. Don’t be shy about promoting yourself: nobody else is. I love seeing people’s blog posts on Twitter or Instagram, so get shouting about why you’re awesome, what you’ve just published, and why we should read it.
5: Being a Blogger Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive
You don’t need the latest iPhone, the latest editions of Photoshop and Lightroom, or a £1,000 DSLR camera to create quality content. All you really need is a laptop, some time to yourself, and some inspiration. Anything and everything else will follow if you want it to.
6: And Finally: Be Yourself.
‘Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.’ ~ Dr. Seuss
Just be yourself. It sounds too easy, but there’s a space out there for the things you have to say. Don’t be overwhelmed by how saturated the blogging world is – yes, everyone and their dog seems to have a blog but you likely have things to say that are fresh and new, things the world wants to hear. You will have a fresh take on tired issues, you’ve had experiences others haven’t, and the things you might find dull about your own life will be relatable and inspiring to people you’ve never met.
Don’t try and copy anyone. Stay true to yourself and flaunt your own style. Be unashamedly yourself.