Tips for Newbies and Veterans
We’ve all seen them. The same old, tired lists of regurgitated tips on how to blog better. They’re so common, you could probably name most of them in your sleep. I had the same issue myself starting out, until I found what really works and worked out perfectly for me.
But whether you’re just getting started or have been blogging for a while, these tips suit everyone.
Here are my top 5 tips to help guide and direct you:
1. Do not copy others.
When starting out it can be hard to find your own unique tone and the biggest mistake most beginners make is copying their favourite blogger or someone they admire. Instead try and find out what is special about. It is the only way that you can attract viewers and sustain them.
2. Show your personality; do not tell it.
Mistake: You think people care about you as a writer?
It sounds harsh, but it’s the truth: When people first start out blogging, they think that their audience will be interested in their stories and their interests … but that is not the case. It’s no knock against them as a person — it’s just that when you’re new, no one is interested in you and your experiences. People care more about what you are offering them and what you can teach them.
3. Do not measure you states too early
It might sound simple and easy to do but If you’re obsessing over daily numbers and you’re only a few months into your blogging journey, you’re wasting your time. It’s still too early to pay close attention to trends. Focuse on delivering more content on the daily than distracting yourself with stressing over states that will grow eventually if you are following the right tips. After that, make sure you have Google Analytics installed.
4. Use a specific post type, create an outline, and use headers.
Sometimes when I get a great idea, I’m excited to blog about, it’s really tempting to just sit down and let it flow out of me. But what I get is usually a sub-par blog post.
Why? The stream-of-consciousness style of writing isn’t really a good style for blog posts. Most people are going to scan your blog posts, not read them, so it needs to be organised.
well for that to happen. Always take your time.
5. Take at least 30 minutes to edit your post before hitting the publish button.
Mistake: You think you’re done once the writing’s done.
Most people make the mistake of not editing their writing. It sounded so fluid in their head when they were writing that it must be great to read … right?
Nope — it still needs editing. And maybe a lot of it.
Motivation and inspiration
- Don’t give up. Bloggers who stick with it ultimately win.
- Write as often as possible. Constantly capture ideas and turn them into posts. A tool that may help is Evernote.
- Expect critics. A few people hating you is a sign you’re doing something right. Be prepared.
- Find ways to regularly get inspired. This is the only way you can inspire others. When you’re empty, fill yourself up. Don’t neglect this.
- Realize you can only create or react. At any give time, make sure you know which one you’re doing.
And finally, good luck on your blogging journey. 😉