Lots of newcomers to the world of blogging find it incredibly easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all. It’s thrilling to set up your own website and to attract a loyal following of readers, and it can be all too easy to make a couple of mistakes – it’s easy enough and most of us have been there when we’re a newbie blogger.
It’s a good idea to build up a bank of blog posts before you start publishing so you always have something to post. Once you’ve got a few posts ready to go, you should start to schedule them (this is when you add them to your CMS and set a date and time for them to go live).
Ideally, you should schedule posts to go live at around the same time every day, so your readers know when to expect new content. Scheduling posts in this way can really help you take some of the stress away from blogging and keeping on top of new ideas for content.
Now comes the boring bit – keeping your computer up to date…
No matter how good your laptop or desktop is, there is still a chance that it might throw up a few errors now again or give you some cause for concern. Whenever there is a problem with your machine, don’t just ignore it as it may become a bigger issue further down the line Find a local IT support who you will be able to rely on if you do end up in tech trouble: They’ll be able to help you fix things in no time at all.
People are always drawn to the pictures on your blog so make sure you don’t publish a post without adding any images. You need to add pictures to all of your posts as it will brighten them up and make them look a lot more attractive to readers. Try and take your own photography and add some images of yourself in too whenever it is suitable. That helps show readers the person behind the blog, which will make them relate to your writing a lot more.
Not everyone who has a blog has an English degree or a job where they write day to day, but to the outside world, it may seem that way. There are free programs that you can install to help you with your spelling and grammar if that is something you think you may struggle with, and when you’re just starting out, it may be worth getting people to proofread your posts.
Finding your own voice in your writing to is really important so what you’re saying sounds much more genuine. If you are linking your social channels to your blog too, it makes sense to marry them all up together and ensure that the tone of voice is the same throughout. Not only does this help you have your own voice heard, but it means that your readers will have a personal connection with you.
Blogging is all about having fun too, so make sure you’re not overthinking it when you first start out and just go for it. It can seem a little scary to begin with, but once you get the hang of it then it can be really fun.
Do you have any tips for people just starting out in the blogging world?