I can’t niece it has been TWO ENTIRE YEARS since I started blogging. Thank you all so much for following me, liking my posts and giving me feedback. You’re all excellent people!
My (now defunct) first blog started out as a kind of diary/vanity project but I found that it was all a bit of a jumble. I started over, focused on one topic (books!) and got myself into a regular blogging schedule (sort of). I feel like I’ve learnt so much since 2015 that I’d share some of my observations with you…
1. Do your research.
When I first started, I assumed that everyone’s blog was just a diary. I quickly learnt that blogs were so much more than that! I’m always amazed at the quality of some of the articles that I read on here and how you can create a blog about literally anything. When I decided to start a book blog it felt like I’d really found my tribe and I love picking up ideas for posts from other bloggers.
2. Get involved.
I remember being terrified of publishing my first post, even though I was sure that no-one would read it. I was scared to follow anyone because I wasn’t sure of the etiquette – should I like some of their posts or comment on their blog before I commit to following them? (I’m still not sure about this – what do you guys think?)
However, I quickly realised that in order to grow my blog, I had to engage with the blogging community. It is scary to post a comment (or even to just like a post) but unless you reach out, no one will know that you’re there. Plus, everyone I’ve encountered has been super friendly and helpful.
3. Don’t be impatient.
If you have a blog where you talk about predominantly non-YA, non-bestseller books then you’re not going to get 1000 followers overnight (particularly if you are as fond of blogging holidays as I am). Don’t worry about the stats, keep plugging away and eventually you’ll build up a base of likeminded bloggers. It takes time but it’s worth it.
4. Don’t underestimate how long blogging takes.
I could literally turn this blog into a full time job. I don’t have time for that, so in order to be able to post anything, I decided pretty early on to keep graphics to a minimum and to just concentrate on content. It works for me. I also try to stick to a schedule, otherwise I’d write three posts a day for two days then nothing for a month. Little and often is the key.
5. Take advantage of the free WordPress blogging courses.
If like me you grew up in an age before the internet was invented, you’ll probably struggle to take advantage of all the exciting things that you can do with your blog. I found the courses (Writing 101 and Blogging 101) really helpful and I gained a lot of confidence by completing them. I’d highly recommend them if you’re just starting out.
What other tips would you recommend? What else have you learnt from blogging? Let me know in the comments!