I’ve been on the blogging scene a long time now. I’ve gone from having a Blogger blog to my home here on WordPress, I’ve had the bad photography, I’ve had the amazing I can’t believe I wrote this posts, I’ve gained followers and I’ve lost some too. I’ve had all the ups and downs I expected to have on my blogging journey and I’ve even won an award along the way! And this month sees me celebrating Squidgy Moment’s fourth birthday! My how time has flown!
Today I was thinking back on all the things I’ve learnt over the years on blogging and all the advice I wish I could have been given. When I started blogging there were not many bloggers out there. I knew of maybe 2-3 Irish bloggers and that was it. There was no one to offer advice, no one to learn from and to be honest it was all trial and error. With that said, I wanted to put thoughts to paper and list my tips and advice for all you newbie bloggers out there in the hopes I can help you in some way. I’ve had many new bloggers email me over the years and ask for advice and what I told them, I’m gonna tell you. I hope you find my advice and thoughts helpful and guiding.
Blogging should be a passion
If you have a passion for blogging and I mean a true passion it will shine out of every single post you publish, every picture you take and every word you write. There’s no point in being a blogger, just to be a blogger. We all have interests, pick something you like and let the passion flow. It will show!
Discover your writing style
When you have a reader come to your blog, what do you want them to feel? Happy, thoughtful, inspired? What persona do you want to have shining out of your blog posts? For me, I’m all about the optimism. I like my posts (including my reviews) to have a witty personality. When they do, I feel happy and my readers to do!
This may seem obvious, but get your blog out there on social media. This is free marketing guys! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google + (yes even Google+), Pinterest – whatever! Get out there, get talking and get promoting!
Learn a thing or two about SEO
I’m a digital marketer in my professional life so digital marketing is a big part of my blogging life. Do your research, learn basic SEO and get search engine friendly! And you must must must have Google Analytics!
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Followers, we all want them and we all work hard for them but don’t let that control your blogging or your feelings towards it. Me, I’ve been stuck just below 360 Bloglovin followers for weeks and yes it drives me mad but I must not forget the thousands of followers I have across the rest of my social networks.
Another thing here is if you see another blog that’s amazing. You’ll doubt yours. We all do. But just remember why you blog, why you love it and why your blog is amazing. Blog for you and no one else.
Blogging breaks are ok
This is a big one for me. I blog when I feel inspired, I don’t blog for the sake of blogging or because it’s been three weeks and I haven’t done one post! I see so many bloggers nowadays pressuring themselves with deadlines and schedules and I just think why? It’s good to have down time every so often and it helps keep the passion alive so don’t fight it. You are not a machine nor are you expected to be one!
And finally, stay inspired. Bring a note pad in your handbag, jot down ideas when they occur at the oddest times. Enjoy the experience and the creativity and always strive to be better. The moment you forget why you started is the moment you will start to fail. Chin up, enjoy the experience and keep on blogging because I can tell you from experience, the years will fly and you’ll be writing a post like this in no time!
Hugs and Love,
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