5 tips for new bloggers

I’ve been blogging in one form or another for about five years now and I have written a post of two in the past about blogging but wanted to write another follow up and simplified version. Blogging advice for new bloggers.

I’ve come across some exciting new blogs in the last few weeks after writing this post where I complained about made mention of the lack of variety and that the blogging world felt a little same old same old. But many of these new bloggers are making some little mistakes (and don’t worry I won’t point fingers) that can be easily rectified.

So here are my five tips for new bloggers.

Number One – Get rid of word verification
The number one gripe of all blog lovers is word verification. You know those fuzzy images of random letters and numbers that are hardly legible? If there is one thing that will stop your blog from getting comments it is word veri. So turn it off. That doesn’t mean you open up your blog to the www of spammers, there are other ways to moderate comments. You can use the comment moderation setting on your blog or install an external comment system such as Disqus.

Number Two – Don’t worry about ‘your’ voice.
You will hear a lot in blogging and social media circles about finding ‘your voice’. You will be told that you need to be authentic and genuine and let your inner self shine through. This is all true, but it isn’t something that you need to drive yourself crazy over. The more you blog the more you will fall into a natural rhythm. Don’t try to be something you’re not, just be yourself. Write as you would speak (then go back and edit out all the …ums). You will find that your voice will come to you in time and one day you will be blogging without even thinking!

Number Three – KISS
Not keep it simple, but keep it short! Now I am the first one to ashamedly raise my hand guilty of the rambling blog post. Yes, sometimes the subject requires a large word count but for the most part you need to keep it short and sweet. Say what you need to say, no fluffing about. Keep the audience engaged. Time is precious people and although you may have so much to say, the reader on the other end of the wire has the attention span of a goldfish. I know. I’m a goldfish.

Number Four – Make it easy for people to find you
You’d be amazed the number of bloggers who are not present over a number of social media platforms. If you want to connect and people to read your blog you need to be found. But there are so many social media platforms how do I choose? Choose the big 3 – Facebook (page), Twitter and Google Plus.  And of course get your little blog on Bloglovin‘ right this second. Go. Now!

Number Five – Consistency!
You will here this one a lot that’s because it’s true.  You need to be consistent with your blogging schedule (for use of a better word). That doesn’t mean you need to post every day, or every second day but it does mean you need to post in some sort of regular fashion. Once a week may be your style, or three times. You might be an every Monday, Wednesday, Friday blogger. Whatever works for you is fine. Again, don’t get all riled up if you get out of sync, it’s not the be all and end all. It’s kind of like a ‘build it and they will come’ mentality. Blog regularly and they shall read regularly. So that’s a wrap. And so is my word count thank you tip number three.

 

What tips would you give to a blogging newbie?
Or what is the best advice you ever received? 

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