Hey everyone, welcome back to another article on Blog Meaning. I’m sharing all my top tips for starting a blog. If you’re new to my blog, you might not know that I’m actually a full-time blogger. I just didn’t blog for fun on the side but because I’ve been blogging for so long coming up five years of blogging. I get so many questions about how to start a blog and I try to remind people that I started my first blog in 2014 and things were a little bit different back then. But there’s still, some stuff that I have learned over the years that would be helpful for starting a blog right now.
Blogging tips #1: Start a Blog
So my first tip it’s gonna sound so dumb when I say it but I hope you guys just get me out on this and that is to just start. If you want to get a blog off the ground, the best thing and the only thing that you can really do is to just get going.
I know a lot of people like to want things to be just right and just perfect but the reality is that you need to get going and you’re gonna learn things along the way and the only way to get started is to actually sit down and just go for it.
Don’t worry about things being perfect. Frankly, there’s going to be no one reading your blog at the beginning which is amazing because that means you have a lot of time to just sort through and work out the details and really just get in the habit of writing it.
I think I see a lot of people starting blogs and the biggest thing that I see happening over and over again is that they get super excited the first two weeks and then they lose steam and they can’t keep it up and by not putting a lot of pressure on yourself at the beginning.
For things to be perfect that’s gonna help you just sit down and just get in that habit of writing your blog. Maybe once a week, twice a week, three times a week, whatever you decide is the right amount for you. People always ask me, “okay well I want to start a blog.
What should I do and I really do just respond you just have to start. You know to figure out what platform you want to be on. It doesn’t mean you have to stick with that forever. You can always transfer a move down the road. I started my blog in bloggers/ Blogspot which is a free platform through Google and I was on there for a two and a half years with my blog ‘Hamrolibrary.com’.
Then I ultimately switched to WordPress but my 3 different sites are still on Blogspot with a custom domain along with this one. WordPress isn’t free. So, that might not be the best option for you but look into Wix, Weebly, Tumblr Blogger, WordPress, etc. Anyway pick a platform and just sit down and start pouring your heart out.
Blogging tips #2: Purpose and Volume
The second tip that I have is that everyone should go into blogging with the right intention. I think when you start anything in life you should try to sit down and figure out why you’re doing this and what you want your end goals to be. I think a lot of people look at bloggers or Instagramers or Youtubers or whomever and say ‘oh that’s what I want to do’.
They get to travel, they get to work from home, they get all this free stuff, they get to work with all these amazing companies. And yes, it’s incredible and that’s such a blessing and I’m so fortunate and grateful that I get to do that but a number of bloggers who actually hit that level are so small and a lot of the people that you’re seeing who are experiencing that level have been doing this for so many years and that means that for years and years beforehand.
None of that was actually coming their way. So if you’re starting with that is your intention, you’re probably going to get frustrated and feel down on yourself for not hitting those goals. When in reality, it’s just like a long-term game. I think when you set your intention to say I want to start a blog because I want to have a creative outlet.
That’s why I started my blog in the first place. You might want to start an online portfolio of all your photographs or you want to place with all your writing samples so that you can share that with others. People or maybe it’s just for your own self and no one’s gonna see it. So just start with an intention that will lead you to success.
What I recommend saying is that this is just something that you want to enjoy it and explore and no matter what happens and what opportunities come down the line, as long as you’re always enjoying the writing process or photographing or anything to do with blogging; as long as you’re enjoying it, you’re actually successful and you won’t feel frustrated if you don’t become a full-time blogger in a month or six months or a year.
I didn’t start full-time blogging until I had done it for I think two years and I never intended on becoming a full-time blogger. So, that’s just kind of like a cherry on the cake. I’ve just always enjoyed the process of blogging regardless of whether I’m getting paid for it or sponsored or free stuff or traveling.
I’ve just always loved blogging even without all those things and I’ve always felt successful because of that. Once you start blogging, one of the things that I struggle with and that I hear a lot of other people struggling with is that you might have a hard time coming up with things to write about. I always say, you know to come up with what your niche is gonna be and what you’re going to be blogging about.
Try to keep it narrow, so that you have a specific take on something and that people know when they come to your blog. That is what you’re going to be talking about but also broad enough so that you still have things to talk about overtime. You don’t want to keep things super specific where after blogging for six weeks you’ve just completely exhausted the list of things to blog about.
But you also don’t want to be so broad that you could blog about absolutely anything and your readers are gonna be so confused when they come to your blog. Because they don’t really get what you’re about. So I always recommend that when you’re getting your blog off the ground, sit down and try to come up with 50 blog posts ideas.
If you’re starting a successful blog, you’re going to have more than 50 blog posts over time but I feel like that 50 number is such a sweet spot of knowing that you have tons of stuff to write about. If you can get to 50, you can get to 100, you can get to 500 and you can get to a thousand. But if you’re writing that list of things and this, by the way, is just a list of topics.
It’s not that you’re actually going to sit down and write those 50 posts all at once. You’re just coming up with ideas. If you get to number 25 and you realize that you really have exhausted that list, maybe your blog is a little too narrow.
You need to broaden the horizon just a little bit so you can get to that 50 marks. People always ask me ‘how do I keep coming up with ideas?’
Guys, I’ve been doing this every day, a blog post every single day for years and there are times when I start to think to myself ‘okay that’s it, I’ve got to quit my blog’. I don’t have any more ideas and then all of a sudden, an idea will come out of nowhere.
So keep that running list of things and when you hit 50 you know you’re in the sweet spot of having a niche topic without being too broad and also without being too narrow. One way that I try to come up with ideas is just to look around me and try to get inspired by everything that I am doing.
I try to keep my blog as a conversation with my reader, like a conversation with my friends. I think of my reader as a friend. So, looking at what my friends and I are doing and talking about and interested in, actually helps me come up with tons and almost nearly I guess I would say endless ideas.
Blogging tips #3: Quality and Quantity
This next tip is something that I wouldn’t recommend 5 years ago, when I was starting my blog, the blogging world was so different. But it’s something that I think you really have to focus on now in 2019 and that is quality. You need to make sure that even if you’re just starting out and you’re still figuring things out that you’re putting out the best content that you can put out.
It means the best writing. You should really put in the effort to make your content great. That’s what’s gonna really help you stand out among other bloggers who have been doing it for nine years or eight years. I see people starting blogs.
They’re taking photographs like at night and it’s dark and it’s grainy and you can’t really get a good clear idea of what they are, what their personality is and there’s a striking difference between that which just looks like lackluster versus someone who has been doing it for a long time. It has a much more polished look.
So, go through some of the accounts that you are really inspired by or that you think are really amazing even if it’s not the same niche as yours. Then try to figure out how to get your content to be that great.
Here are some tips. You don’t need a fancy camera, you can take incredible photos and videos with your smartphone. The key is that you just need to focus on lighting. Try to get as much natural light as possible.
If natural light is impossible to try, find a light source in the room. That’s going to help brighten things up and play around with it. You don’t need a high-speed internet or costly tools or plugins. Just go with all the free stuff.
Blogging tips #4: Consistency
My last trip was about the quality of content but then my next and bonus tip is going to be about the quantity. I know people often say that its quality over quantity but it’s quality in consistent quantities. I don’t mean to say you must write a 2,000 words blog post. I am talking about the volume of posts you can provide within a specific time to your readers.
So, figure out what’s gonna work for you now. Don’t try to go overboard if you can’t commit to putting up a blog post every single day. Don’t put up a blog post every single day. Sit down and say I know that I can guarantee blog posts twice a week and that’s gonna be on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Stick to that, so that is going to be your quantity. It’s just being consistent with how often you’re posting. You don’t want to go 60 miles an hour right at the start and then all of a sudden after two weeks of doing that, you completely burn yourself out.
You have to take two weeks off. That’s not gonna make someone that feels enthusiastic or excited to follow you. If they feel like they’re not gonna get a specific amount of content, let people know what to expect from you and as long as you’re meeting those expectations that are gonna be enough.
Obviously blogging is on a platform where you’re gonna be able to write and share a lot of things like that but there’s also that social media component and try to be on as many platforms as you can without losing the quality of your content.
So that might mean saying I want a blog and a YouTube channel but I don’t have time for Instagram and Twitter or that saying I definitely don’t have time for YouTube so I’m just gonna focus on my blog and Instagram. Try to keep one tweet a day. Figure out what’s gonna work for you where you’re not losing the quality of your content.
Your readers know exactly what to expect from you and that you are keeping that hamster real moving and you’re not burning yourself out.
You’re also not just disappearing and only coming in sporadically like commit to a schedule and figure out what works for you even if that’s just once a week. That is totally fine and your readers might be so excited that you’re going to post on Monday morning.
That’s how they’re gonna start your week. You don’t have to be blogging every day. So don’t think that frequency just completely overrides everything else. It’s a balance and it’s more of an art than a science
Figure out what works for you so your readers are happy at the end of the day.
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