When I first thought about starting a blog, I just thought you put words down on a screen and hoped that people wanted to read them.
At that time, I only had two kids under two and thought I knew enough to tell others how to be a mom! That was along time ago and for the most part, I’m glad I didn’t start my blog then. Then there is the other part of me that wishes I did start when I first thought about it, because it was before blogs were really popular. I could have made mistake after mistake and no one would really know! And if I had another twelve years of experience behind me, things might look different. But I know that all things happen for a reason, and my path took me down a long road of mistakes and successes, and led to starting a blog a couple years ago.
Even with twelve extra years behind me, I was still quite clueless when I entered the blogging world. I had a lot of social media training, which was a blessing, but I still had quite the learning curve. When I think back to that first year as a blogger, I know I could have saved myself time and a few failures had I known a few things before jumping in. Now, I have combined my love of blogging with my love for teaching women how to build online businesses and you get to benefit!
I asked a group full of women bloggers what they wish they knew when they started blogging, and I received a vast array of responses. These ladies were all so eager to share their knowledge with you, in hopes that it helps you as a beginning blogger.
CRUCIAL TIPS FOR NEW BLOGGERS
Alexandra from It’s Not Complicated Recipes:
As a fairly new blogger myself, I have been so grateful for the support I have received from other bloggers. I cannot stress enough the importance of building relationships and networking with fellow bloggers. These are your allies! You will get great advice, receive support whenever you need it, you will build fabulous relationships – and also, be able to engage and receive engagement in return. Blogging isn’t always easy – and you need a great group of people by your side.
You can find Alexandra on Pinterest.
Rose from ROSE BARNETT:
Waynna from All Graced Up:
Tamara from EMPOWERED SINGLE MOMS
Cindy from LIVING FOR THE SUNSHINE
Colleen from GOODBYE ANXIETY HELLO JOY
Yolanda from Put The Kettle On:
Cate from THE SWEET AND SIMPLE LIFE
Niki at Toot’s Mom Is Tired:
Jenna at The Urben Life:
Below are a few of my top tips for new bloggers!
- Once you decide to start blogging, connect your social profiles. Don’t wait until you reach a certain number of followers or page views! Having a Facebook page lets you connect to a Business Account on Instagram. This is valuable because you’ll be able to see insights such as your weekly reach and impressions, audience demographics, and average times your followers are on Instagram.
- Join local and niche specific blogging communities. Having a group of friends to motivate, support, and inspire you is invaluable! There are plenty of Facebook Groups and websites to connect with other bloggers. Don’t be shy, put yourself out there!
- Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers. Remain authentic, put your readers first, and remember why you started!
You can find Jenna hanging out on Instagram.
April at Love Our Real Life:
There are so many things that can steal your attention as a new blogger. My biggest advice would be to focus on growing your email list! Connect with your audience from the very beginning by sending weekly emails. Engage at every opportunity. If you establish this connection, your readers will be incredibly loyal because you have taken the time to let them know you on a personal level!
You can pin with April on Pinterest here!
Heather at A LIFE IN LABOR:
If I were to give a new blogger one indispensable blogging tip to always keep in mind it would be to blog about something they are are passionate about. I get questions all of the time about how to think of new blog post ideas, how to stay motivated to keep blogging through the tough times, and how to stick with it when blogging get’s overwhelming. The answer is always passion. If you are blogging about something that you can’t shut up about in your day to day life, you will succeed. If you are passionate about your blog, you will never run out of ideas.
Connect with Heather on Instagram!
Angel at ANGELPENN:
Stay TRUE to your voice. There are a lot of people blogging…and that is ok. No one has your voice. It is important and distinctly yours. Don’t feel like you have to write like, look like or sound like anyone else. Your audience wants to get to know YOU!
You can find Angel hanging out on Instagram!
Jenny at WHY GIVE ONLINE:
The number one thing that I wish I had known when I started blogging was that my words have value. I spent a lot of time, about 8 months, after starting my blog waiting for something to happen and being disappointed that it was not. I would work up the courage to write another post, and then be disappointed when not much happened. Once I decided to believe that my words had value and that my blog could be much more than it currently was, things changed. I engaged in blogging courses, joined Facebook groups, and blogged up a storm! My words started to have more value to others when I worked hard to let my words be seen!
You can connect with Jenny over on her Facebook page!
Terryn at JUST A SIMPLE HOME:
If I could sit down with you (over coffee, of course) and tell you what I wish I had known early on in my blogging journey, it might take awhile! But if I only had a few minutes, I would give you these tips:
- Your topic will likely change as you change. Don’t be afraid to write about a variety of topics in the beginning and see what comes of it. When I started my blog, I thought I was going to remodel my home and write all about home decor! You can see I don’t write about that at all!
- Community is everything! There are so many blogging groups out there, but every group is not created equal. Join a bunch and see where you fit in. The groups I thought I had to be in when I started are not the groups I am in now. I have made some amazing friends in my blogging group and it really feels like a community. Join Blogging With Heart HERE.
- Be everywhere but focus on only one platform. When you start out, make sure to join each social platform so you get your name choice, but choose to focus on one. Become an expert in that platform and put your efforts there. Schedule the others and pop in occasionally. When you really have an engaged platform and are comfortable, then focus on another.
Follow our page BLOG WITH HEART for more blogging tips and resources for new and advanced bloggers!
These ladies have some great tips for beginning bloggers! I hope they have encouraged you to start or keep persevering on your blogging journey. Blogging is definitely a marathon, not a sprint. Choose to be in it for the long haul, and you will see success. Find your tribe, connect with your readers, and always be learning and you will be just fine.
YolandaNovember 4, 2018 at 8:54 am
This is such a good roundup Terryn! Even though I’m not new it’s great to hear everyone’s perspective. Thanks for including my tip as well!
AlexandraNovember 5, 2018 at 8:48 am
Thank you for including my tip, Terryn!
This post is a post that every new blogger should read 🙂 I myself have learnt a lot! Thanks for sharing!
CarliNovember 5, 2018 at 9:50 am
I love these tips. I also love that you didn’t give them all from your own experience. Having such a wide array of opinions is so helpful. Now let me go follow all those so I can make some new blogging friends.
DanicaNovember 5, 2018 at 10:33 am
Thank you for sharing and gathering these. I am just starting blogging and could use as many tips as I can get to work out how to be successful.
jenna urbenNovember 5, 2018 at 12:17 pm
Community really is everything! Thanks for sharing these valuable tips. I remember feeling so lost and alone when I first started blogging. Having blogger friends who understand is beyond helpful. Writing a business plan is also essential, I often take time to refocus every month and make sure I’m remaining true to my mission and authentic voice. I’m sure this post will help many new bloggers 🙂
MichelleNovember 5, 2018 at 1:53 pm
These are all SO good!! And, I’ve navigated through so several of them. I’ve been blogging for almost a decade and wish I had this post back then! XO
StaceyNovember 5, 2018 at 2:35 pm
Wow- what a collection of power bloggers! I’m pretty new and would agree that everything has taken longer than anticipated. People who are pros talk about crafting an e-mail in 30 minutes. I can write it in that time, but figuring out the technical side can take four or five times that long! It takes a lot of patience and perseverance.
KimberlyNovember 5, 2018 at 3:16 pm
All of these tips are awesome. I just started blogging this year as a hobby but I’d love to monetize it someday. I agree fellow bloggers really do help you out. They’ve helped me with so many stupid questions or times I was frustrated and needed some encouragement.
Wendy WallaceNovember 5, 2018 at 5:15 pm
These are really great tips. I’m still in the newbie stage and I learned a lot. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
April at Love Our Real LifeNovember 5, 2018 at 6:51 pm
Fantastic advice from so many well-respected bloggers. I’m honored to be included!
KeatingNovember 6, 2018 at 9:18 am
Yes to all of these! Especially the business plan! I didn’t start my blog with the intention of making money from it, but once I decided I wanted to turn it into my business, I didn’t make an actual business plan until maybe two years later. Now, I update that plan every 4-6 months and it’s so incredibly helpful to have.
MariaNovember 10, 2018 at 10:54 am
Great advice! Thanks for the encouragement!
Erin @ Her Heartland SoulNovember 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm
These are amazing tips!
Nicole KauffmanNovember 21, 2018 at 7:37 am
These are awesome, awesome tips! Thanks for sharing! As my new blog is getting traction, I definitely need reminded of these!
Elizabeth | Tiredmom SupermomJanuary 23, 2019 at 11:48 pm
What an amazing round up of tips! I am a new blogger and this is super helpful to me. Thank you so much for putting this together.
Kimmy Ripley (Give It A Whirl Girl)February 6, 2019 at 7:48 am
This is all outstanding advice! Gives me something to think about, that’s for sure!
Buzzer JosephMay 4, 2020 at 7:42 am
Thanks a lot for these blogging tips and advice. I have been into blogging for a while, but I also learnt new tips from this article.