When I first started blogging in February 2018, it was mainly to free up some space in my head. I was beginning to feel like it was getting a bit clogged up in there, so I figured blogging would be a good way to empty out some of my thoughts. Now, two years later, it’s become such a great way for me to relax and engage with other bloggers! However, I’ve been thinking, there were some things I wish I knew as a new blogger. So I’ve decided to list them below and I hope you find them helpful!
This may seem quite obvious, but setting up social media accounts for my blog was the single best thing I done. Not only do they help you to promote your blog, they also open up the opportunities to interact with fellow bloggers and get plenty of ideas for future blog posts! I opened accounts Insta, Twitter and Pinterest. Twitter is by far the one that drives the most traffic to my blog, but I’m working on Pinterest so watch this space!
Following on from my first point, interaction with other bloggers is a huge part of your blog becoming successful. Admittedly, I’ve been notoriously bad at this in the past, but I am working on it now. Basically, there’s like an unwritten rule in the Blogosphere, that if a blogger takes the time out to comment on one of your posts, you should try to return the favour. If someone tweets a question, don’t scroll past, try and help them out! If they have a call to action on their post/tweet/pin, if you can, do it! Anything is useful, and very much appreciated. Trust me!
A great way to build relationships with bloggers are to do shoutouts and Follow Fridays! Whether you choose to do them on Insta, Twitter or both, it’s entirely up to you! Giving your favourites a shoutout and recommending others follow them doesn’t go unnoticed and it can easily make someone’s day! Imagine if someone was a few followers away from reaching a target, and your Follow Friday tweet helped them get there! How cool would that be!
You Do You
When I created my blog, I noticed that almost every other blogger had a niche. Whether it was lifestyle, beauty, interior design, healthy and fitness, whatever. I didn’t feel that what I wanted to write about fitted into any of those categories, so I’ve kept it open so I can write about whatever takes my fancy! I also found myself checking statistics far too often and I almost became obsessed with how many followers and views I was getting. I’ve managed to take a step back from all of that now as I simply don’t have the time to invest to make sure they continue to grow! I have noticed that the more time I spend interacting and promoting, the better the stats. But working full-time, being a mum of three, running a house, day-to-day life and being unwell all kinda get in the way of me doing this regularly.
Tips from Other Bloggers
A while ago (ok ages ago lol) I tweeted asking for tips other bloggers had for someone thinking of starting out. Here are the responses I had and who they’re from.
- Karalee from talesofbelle.com said: “My one piece of advice for new bloggers is that it is not necessary to have a single niche. When I started my blog, I only had a beauty niche. But that eventually got boring and I lost the motivation to blog. After I took a break from blogging I realized that I should blog about whatever I want. It is perfectly fine to have multiple niches or to be nicheless. It is your blog and you can write about whatever you want!”
- Emma from lifeofemmax said : “I wish I’d known what a DA was! It was floating around twitter as soon as I made my blog and had no idea what it meant. I also wish I’d of known that not every blogger is friendly and nice!! Most are but there’s the odd ones to avoid like the plague!”
- Chris from goldenbloggerz said: “The key to success as a blogger is consistency. The most common reason bloggers fail to achieve their targets is because they’re not consistent enough. They aren’t active every day on Social Media or they don’t publish posts regularly.”
- Michael from yourmoneygeek said: “You can’t be afraid! When I was a new blogger I worried about everything, and I mean everything. I didn’t collect emails or send newsletters for over a year because I was worried it would upset people or they might think is “spammy. Today my email newsletter is one of my largest sources of traffic (take that Google) and I send an email every day.”
So, there you are! These are the things I wish I knew as a new blogger. I really hope they have been helpful to you! Is there anything in particular you wish you had known? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time, Steff xx