When I began blogging a few years ago, I had absolutely no clue about what I was doing. It was a whole new discovery – this world of blogging – and I was wonderstruck by all that I saw!
I wasn’t aware of the various possibilities that lay ahead if I took blogging seriously. All I knew then, was that it offered me an outlet for my pent up feelings.
However, after four years of writing and learning quite a bit about blogging, I realised I had to make use of this skill I had developed.
Over the years, I have seen a lot of change in the way people view blogging. People have a niche in mind when they create a blog, and a clarity of thought as to where they would like to see their blog in a particular period of time.
So, for newbie bloggers, who, like me, have stepped into this arena without a clue about what they can achieve, here are a few tips I picked up in the past few years. These are general guidelines relating to your blog, niche, writing style and technical knowhow.
Tips for newbie bloggers:
If you haven’t already, then decide on a niche for your blog.
Choose a niche close to your heart, for e.g. fiction/non-fiction/food/lifestyle/art/travel…
There will be countless topics already covered by other bloggers, but you can always present them in your own unique way. So, never shy away from attempting anything. Be confident of yourself!
Work on your language, grammar and syntax.
Create a signature writing style. Write as you speak. Using “big-big” words takes the charm away. Remember, not everyone’s a Mr. Tharoor!
Work on your blog’s look, theme, style. Keep it as uncluttered as possible.
Set short-term goals for yourself that are doable and achievable. Long-term goals stand the chance of undergoing changes because, well, Life often gets in the way!
Ask for help if you stumble. That’s how I learnt. Blogging can seem competitive, at times, but there are some people out there who will go all out to help you.
Work on your technical know-how, if you are sailing in the same boat as I was. Being tech-challenged, I had to depend on others for the tiniest of tech-stuff.
Select specific days in a week when you could publish your posts. Choose posts that appeal to the public. And, let your uniqueness shine through.
Create images for your posts. You may read this post on how to create images and make your posts visibly appealing.
There will be more such blogging-related posts in the days to come, with tips to help you further. So, do stay tuned!
I hope you find my tips helpful. If there’s something I may have missed out or something you would like to add to the list, do share with me. I would be grateful for your input!
My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about my blog, Metanoia, and my blogging journey from the time I started, 5 years ago. The lessons I learnt, the tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers and the guidelines I could have used back when I began.
You will find all of my A to Z posts here.