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 smart-sounding words takes the charm away. Remember to keep it simple, relatable.
Work on your blog’s look, theme, style. Keep the design as clean and uncluttered as possible.
Create a schedule and fix particular days of the week when you will publish your posts. That way your readers know when to expect your new blog post.
Make a list of prompts depending upon your niche. You will come across varied ideas on the net. Think and present the topic from a unique point of view.
It helps if you have a time-table in place for your blog. This way you have the topics in front of you and you can make changes or adjustments, accordingly.
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.
Work on your different social media platforms; get them ready to share your posts about and also to interact with your readers.
Create images for your posts. You may read this post on how to create images and make your posts visibly appealing.
And, finally, always respond to the comments dropped by your visitors. They are the reason your blog receives the attention it does. They are the wind beneath your wings!
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.
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