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
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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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!
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!
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.
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.