Sept 29th: What are your go-to blogging resources? What would you recommend to a beginner?
I’m a Google child.
I’m sorry. Please, young, blooming bloggers, don’t follow this.
I goggle everything. Everything.
I don’t have a particular blog site that I go to. I just Google what I don’t understand.
Like I Googled the hell out of Google when I had to write my first guest post.
You know, even before this prompt I was thinking about writing some tips for our young, blooming bloggers.
Words of wisdom. And experience.
1. Write more
One thing I have learned is that you can read all Blogging 101 posts you like, but they will not make you better.
Writing more will help you get better.
When you start your blog, you would naturally want some attention. So you need to post more often. Set a target, if that helps. Post thrice or twice a week. People will hardly ever go to your page if you write once a month.
Unless you’re Joel Stein.
We live in a digital era, where there is no life without smartphones and social media apps. A person without a Facebook account doesn’t exist at all.
So by using Publicize on WordPress, link your blog to your Facebook, Twitter, Linked in, Instagram, Bloglovin’, Pinterest whatever. It enhances your audience. Your friends will like and share your posts, exposing your blog to their friends and so on.
Use it to connect with bloggers! I have met some great people here 🙂
And don’t forget to add a social media widget to your blog, so people know where to find you.
3. Read other blogs and comment
You can’t just write and expect to be popular over night. You have to werk at it. Read other blogs. Drop friendly comments. Thank people who have followed you. Thank people who have liked your post.
Try it. You will increase your readership. And maybe even gain a friend or two. Or find blogs that you just can’t live without.
4. Guest post on other blogs
Whenever you’re ready.
I was pretty shy about doing it, but when Aman asked me I couldn’t refused. It probably made him love me more because I’m proved to be even awesome-r than he thought. It also lend me some of his followers 🙂
And once in a while, ask others to return the favor.
If anyone of you, new blogger or blogging-since-1969, wants to do a guest blog, feel free to contact me.
I don’t care if it’s shit. I’ll read it and make others read it. So don’t let the fear of not being good enough hold you back.
5. Write something everyone can relate to
The post I wrote about Carrie Bradshaw did pretty well. Because everyone knows her.
People respond well to things and feelings they are familiar with. Again, this is not to say you can’t express your feelings in your blog. You can do whatever the hell you want. It’s your blog.
I can go on and on, but the thing is young, blooming bloggers need to understand that getting people to red your blog takes time. And it will happen when you stop fretting over the Stats of your blog.
Let it be. Write because you want the world to hear you not because you want ten likes.
And ofcourse, if anyone of you is having a hard time or running out of topics, feel free to drop by.
Do you think I missed a few basic blogging tips? What would you recommend these young, blooming bloggers? I love this word young, blooming, bloggers!