After an inspiring session in Leeds yesterday, I am very excited to write this blog post! We were all asked to share our number 1 tip for blogging and I have compiled some of my most useful advice. If you want to start a blog or improve your blogging game, read on. Disclaimer: I’m nothing special so these are just what works for me!
Seek Out Your Local Blogging Network
There is sure to be one if you live in a big city! If you don’t, try to engage with your most local group. I live in Hull and I love the HEY Bloggers. We get together workshops, photoshoots and offer advice as and when it’s needed. I’ve recently engaged with the Northern Blog Co (based in Leeds) and York Bloggers so I can meet more like minded people. Trust and love these people – they will be invaluable to you.
Be consistent in both frequency of posts and quality
People like routine. We know this from RL situations and blogging is no different. For me, I look forward to my fave bloggers posting new content and I like to know when it’s coming because I find it interesting. Obv, sometimes life gets in the way (I’m the worst for consistency) but try as hard as you can to establish a routine. In terms of quality, just ensure that your content is consistently decent. You’re investing time to write it, people are investing time to read it. Make it good!
Be professional, always
fundamentally this is your platform but remember that in an online forum, anybody can comment on it and anyone can read it. If your job requires you to be very professional at all times, including online, reactibf badly to trolls is not going to end well, for you. Remember, ignore negativity. It’s their problem and if you must reply, then really take the time to think of a suitable response.
Don’t focus on the numbers
It’s really easy to get hung up on the number of likes, views, comments, shares etc on these platforms and they can somehow make you feel more validated but to be honest, does it really matter? Remember why you started to do this in the first place! I’m sure it wasn’t for loads of likes and comments and if it was, you might want to rethink moving forward. If course its so lovely to get them but make sure you love what you’re putting out there ❤️
What works for other people may not work for you. Remember that people will read your blog because they like your style of writing or they like you as a person. If you want to write about something very personal, go for it. It’s your blog. I have personally written about periods and pregnancy loss and both pieces were well received. I even had a lot of messages afterwards from readers who could relate.
I’m sure there are loads more tips you can thijon