Thinking about starting a blog of your own? Today, I will be sharing my top 5 Blogging Tips for newbies! This is basically advice that I wish someone had told me before I jumped into the fabulous world of blogging.
Choose a name you love
Creating your persona is one of the best ways for readers to recognize your blog right away. That is why it is important to choose a name that you love. My biggest regret was that I started with a name I wasn't too crazy about (some of you may remember it as Noisy Merriment) and changed it after a year. After the change, it was like starting my online presence all over again. All the followers that I had gained with Noisy Merriment were lost. Not that they weren't fans anymore; they just didn't know where to find my content. It can be very confusing for your readers and that's the last thing you'd want to do.
When choosing a name, be sure you can use it for all your social media too! I use "Cozy Reverie" on all my social media sites because it makes me easy to find. Try not to have a super long name, because you most likely won't be able to have it as a Twitter handle. Plus, followers will have trouble remembering a long name. Stick with one to three words.
Get on social media! Interact with other bloggers and followers. Read other blogs, connect with brands you admire, and share things you find with your readers. Share the love! Blogging can be an encouraging community, but you have to put yourself out there. Cozy Reverie is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Polyvore, Chictopia, and Bloglovin (keep in mind, Polyvore and Chictopia are communities specific to fashion. There are tons of blogging communities for different subjects. Do your research). It can be time-consuming, checking in on all those sites, so I would suggest starting with just two or three that you genuinely like to use. Once you are more comfortable, branch out when you're ready.
Have a clean layout
Along with your name, you want to give your blog a nice clean look. My biggest pet peeve when visiting other blogs is clutter. I once found a blog where half the screen was blinking ads! I never visited again. Think of your design this way: Would you visit your blog every day?
There are a lot of free website builders out there, many of which have great add-ons and apps. Blogger is popular, as is Wordpress. I work through Weebly, which I love! It lets me design my layouts exactly as I would like, with just a drag and drop feature. I didn't need to know HTML or be a tech wizard. Super easy.
Know your content
What do you want to blog about? Art, fashion, food, lifestyle?
This is not to say that your blog always has to be about one particular subject, but you should have a pretty good idea of what you really like writing about. Choose a general direction and stick with it.
The main goal should be to produce good content on a regular basis. This does not, I repeat - does NOT, mean you have to post every day. That's a lot of pressure to put on yourself, especially if you are new to blogging. Writing one to two great blogs a week with fantastic content will keep your readers coming back for more. This is much better than having a bunch of filler blog posts, where you might risk losing your audience because they have gotten bored.
Give your blog a personal touch by being yourself. I have found that my readers interact more with my personal writing, rather than my generic "here's some info for you" posts (which is incredibly flattering - thanks guys!). Yes, you will give your readers great information, but they'll keep coming back because they've gotten to know you.
Write as if nobody will read it
I am relatively new to the blogging world. Two years isn't all that long, especially when I have taken breaks here & there. However, I'll discover new blogs daily and wonder how some bloggers who have only written for six months have a huge online following. It can be quite discouraging sometimes. You can't help but think, "What am I doing wrong?"
That is when I know to take a moment for myself, grab a cookie, and step away from the social media for the afternoon. Hey, maybe even the rest of the day. Comparing yourself to others will do you no favors in the blogging world. You are not like everybody else. Nobody else is like you.
I constantly remind myself that I started my blog as a creative outlet. My own personal craft. My evolving project. So to all new bloggers, I give this advice: Write as if nobody will read it. Sometimes it may feel like you are talking to yourself, and that's okay! This is your chance to truly open up and see what is going on in your head! You'd be surprised what you could find if you give yourself that type of freedom. You will get discouraged, but don't let that defeat you. You will develop and grow from your own writing. You'll discover new abilities and skills that you never knew you had in the first place.
So blog your little heart out! You write as if you are the only one that will read it! Well, maybe you and your mother (that's how I censor myself, just in case I feel like writing something that I might regret later).
Best of luck and happy blogging!