There are about a zillionty-seven websites with bulleted lists of “tips for newbie bloggers” and they’re all pretty much the same. They’re written by bloggers who blog about blogging and they’re kinda dry.
So I asked on Facebook for BlogathonATX friends and fans to share their tips – things they’ve learned the hard way, things they wish they’d known when they started, and off-the-wall tips that you might not have thought of.
It was supposed to be a list for newbies, but it has evolved into tips for all bloggers. I know a lot of these were good reminders for me and things I will incorporate into my own blog.
“Write at least 2 months worth of content before you take your site live! No one wants to go to a new blog and have 1 thing to read. You’ll look more professional and put together and you might get writer’s block right after you start. So be prepared with plenty of content.”
-Cathy Benavides – BlogathonATX Door Mistress and HBIC at Slave To Social
“Start on WordPress even if it’s the free version, get Amazon affiliate and Adsense accounts, be conscientious about your site name. Make sure it’s unique, not too similar to another site, easy to remember and spell, don’t try to be like others in your niche. Your unique voice will set you apart. Don’t be caught up in the numbers early on. Blog your passion. If you build it, they will come.”
– Shellie Derringer – Saving With Shellie
“Keep it real and conversational. Write what you know/care about/are passionate about. Write what you want to read and others will want to read it as well. Make the story visual.”
– Dara Quackenbush, Public Relations Professional
“I would’ve put mine out there into the blogging community sooner. But when I started blogging, i didn’t even know blogging was a thing that had a community.”
– Leigh Ann Torres – Genie In a Blog
“I started blogging from a tough place so I didn’t know about putting it out there. The community is the reason I keep going. Mostly, do it because you want to do it. It should be a passion. That’s what your readers will engage with.”
“1) Editorial schedule!
2) Content, THEN AdSense sorts of work.
3) Guest posting at other blogs works. Allow another blog to repost one of your past posts now and then too. Build those social links to other bloggers.”
– Crystal Raymonds Edwards – writer, humorist, and very organized person
“Find your tribe. Networking is key in blogging. And don’t be afraid to say “no” to anything that doesn’t feel right.”
Kristin Duncan – Coupon Kristin
“You can use blogging to stave off the crazy if you choose to… It’s kinda like an emotional neti pot. Write for yourself.”
Shelley Oz – Slightly Off Kilter
“Keep your hands flexible and strong. Do pinky pushups.”
-Julie Gomoll – BlogathonATX Room For Improvement Guru
I think for even seasoned bloggers, a lot of these will resonate. What have you learned in the trenches? Share your wisdom with us in the comments.
Evin is late to the blog game but came in strong with her hilariously foul-mouthed mommy blog Food Good Laundry Bad. She lives and breathes social media, to the detriment of her housework, and has been known to burn dinner because she was correcting someone who dared to be wrong on Twitter.