Blogging for Beginners

blogging for beginners

In keeping with the blogging theme, I thought I’d share a post specifically for blogging beginners…

Blogging for beginners

Do some research

My advice to blogging beginners would be create a blog stands out from the crowd (which is the only way, if you want to succeed). So, do some research!

Look for a missing piece in the blogging world i.e a topic or genre that’s niche, but also up-and-coming.

While you’re there – check out what others’ look like. This will give you ideas for when you make a start on your own.

Blogging for beginners

Blogging Beginners should choose a good title for their blogs

A title that sticks is important when you wish to grow and develop on it in future.

The key here is to make sure it’s not only creative, but sums up what your blog’s going to be about.

Blogging for beginners

Blogging beginners should invest in a good logo or theme

Branding and aesthetic are vital. First impressions really count.

The way your blog looks matters more than what’s on it, in some cases. Especially nowadays when people’s attention span for reading is getting shorter by the day. Take time into making it look appealing!

Blogging for beginners

Let your personality shine through

The worst thing you can do is write in the same way that you think “everyone else” writes. A successful blog shouldn’t/doesn’t feel transcribed, copy-pasted or robotic.

Don’t be afraid to be yourself or authentic. That’s how you attract the right audience for you.

Blogging for beginners

Be patient

Slow and steady wins the race… W’addup turts!? 🐢

Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither was your blog. Take your time with it, don’t rush perfection.

Blogging for beginners

Don’t stress over posts that fail or don’t do as well as you’d hoped

Blogging, particularly for beginners, is about trial and error.

If you’re going to be scared of failing, or posting something that doesn’t necessarily do well SEO-wise, there’ll be no posts on your blog.

Blogging for beginners

Be consistent

Another advice for blogging beginners would be: test out posting times/days to find which works for you and offers maximum engagement. Once you’ve found it, stick to it.

Blogging for beginners

Keep that passion and determination

Don’t lose the passion and determination. Keep things fresh. Ultimately, the most successful blogs are packed with posts about topics that the author’s passionate about. That’s how you win long-term.

Blogging for beginners

Have fun with it

Blogging should never feel like a chore… If it does, you’re doing it wrong.

Blogging for beginners

Engage with other bloggers

Build up your audience by engaging with other bloggers. If your content is what they’re looking for, you might even get the same back.

Having said that, don’t expect engagement. On the off-chance that it they don’t reciprocate, don’t take it to heart… It’s nothing personal.

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Grow Your Blog While Working Full-Time

grow your blog

I’m a hobby-blogger, but I’ve come across full-time bloggers who are loving it! This post focusses specifically on how to grow your blog while maintaining a full-time job…

grow your blog

Grow your blog by writing your posts in advance

Balance is vital. So, I write my posts in the evenings or weekends, and publish them later.

If you’re running out of ideas for posts, check out Macy Michelle‘s awesome and very current list.

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Schedule your posts

WordPress has its own version, but it doesn’t work for me… I end up manually having to post it – or else it stays in the Scheduled tab.

Instead, another way to grow your blog would be giving Tweetdeck or Hootsuite a try when scheduling your posts.

I’ve found that an 8:30am and 4:30pm UK posting time works for me at the moment, especially as I’m currently averaging two posts a-day.

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Post on Facebook groups

I spent a chunk of my evenings on Facebook and Twitter, this is the only way to grow my blog – whilst keeping my dayjob.

I’ll share posts in relevant groups. For example, when I wrote my supporting small or local business post post, I found Facebook groups dedicated to connecting locals living in various regions across the UK.

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Grow your blog on Twitter

Honestly, this is one of the best ways. The people you find on there are so engaging! They’ll support, follow, like and comment on that specific post you shared.

The Twitter handles I recommend you following and even including in your Twitter posts include: @BloggersHut, @GoldenBloggerz, @BloggersTribe, @bloggingbees, @theclique_uk, @cosyblogclub.

An example of this would be…

Another part of Twitter to take advantage of are the #hashtags. Look for ‘#WritersLift’ or ‘share a post’ threads. But, make sure that you actually follow the rules!

🌟 Following the account which started the thread

🌟 Retweeting the thread

🌟 Sharing others’ posts from the thread

🌟 Commenting on posts from the thread

The final part of Twitter which I find useful is the Lists. If you start by following the blogging lists, you’ll get a chance to engage with more bloggers, seeing the type of posts they share for inspiration. If you keep at it, they might even include you in them!

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Grow your blog by making use of the ‘Discover’ button on WordPress Reader

I’ve met some incredible bloggers through this feature! I’ve grown my WordPress blog’s following and maintained engagement with all who I’ve found.

The best part is that you can type keywords into the ‘Discover‘ button and find likeminded bloggers, who write about that exact topic!

Also, if you’re on WordPress (or any other blog platform), remember to tag and categorise your posts.

Top tip: make sure your tags aren’t the same as your categories. Also, don’t use the same tags in multiple posts. My advice is: try to ensure they’re different each time.

Another top tip: don’t overtag. I’ve found that three-four tags work, maximum ten. Excessively tagging actually lowers your algorithm.

The final tip: sounds silly, tags are case-sensitive. Lowercase works best for tagging.

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Pin stuff on Pinterest

I actually don’t know how to use this, so I’m not going to talk about it much… But, I’ve heard it’s great for others who decided to grow their blog.

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Don’t stress, just be consistent

I’ve saved the best to last… You can throw so much money into ads, you can even guest blog – but there are no guarantees that your content will be accepted, or even that the ads will bear fruit.

My main advice is don’t stress. Just be consistent. That’s the safest and most organic way to grow your blog.

If you do it any other way, you’ll lose the enjoyment. Keep an eye out on your previous posts that worked well, and focus on reinventing (or advancing) on them.

Like I said, I blog for fun, as a hobby and for stress-relief… I can’t see myself blogging for money, because I’d probably lose the enjoyment I get from it. If that does happen later down the line, it’d be an added bonus I didn’t expect.

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Dealing with Writer’s Block

writers block

I started this blog (Explore with ‘Mii) back in February 2020… It was originally supposed to be a travel blog where I’d blog about my holidays, bucket-list or places I visited for leisure here in the UK.

Obviously, my plans changed because of Covid… My blog then became broader – focussing on lifestyle. This, I think was when my writer’s block began…

I put all my focus into my dayjob – and rightly so as that’s what pays the bills. The more I worked, the less time I had to dedicate to my blog – which wasn’t such a bad thing when going through writer’s block.

Then, when I eventually had the time, I found myself either not being able to think of ideas for posts – or on the off-chance that I did, it just wasn’t good enough. (Or at least I didn’t think so)

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How did I get over the writer’s block?

For me, I think it just phased itself out… Having the break over Christmas & New Year really spurred me on… I was in so much agony from a sport injury, and pretty much bed-bound that the only way I could get through it was by writing.

And, if I’m honest, the break away from work showed me how much I’d missed it… Yes, I am slightly worried that I might lose my mojo again, but I’m hoping I won’t. Besides, this blog gives me something to do in my spare time.

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How did I cope when I had writer’s block?

I read more… During the times when I just couldn’t write, I read.

I read as a way of maintaining my writing style. I honestly believe I’d have lost my writing style if I didn’t re-read the books by writers who I aspire to.

Reading itself if I’m honest, I hardly ever did… When I used to, it was at times when I’ve not got anything better to do – or because I was going through writer’s block.

2020 was I think the first time in years that I actually read books from cover-to-cover! But, don’t worry, I plan to continue reading because I was reminded of how fun it can be.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, if you don’t like reading, it’s because you’re not reading the right books (or in my case, you’re busy writing).

Tips for overcoming writer’s block

1) Don’t fear it – even the best writers experience it. It’s part of the creative process.

2) Write anyway – even if you don’t want to, pick up that pen/those fingertips and get writing. What’s the worst that could happen?!

4) Don’t give up – take a break, or edit the piece you’re writing to an inch of its life if you have to, just don’t give up.

5) Readreading helps, it worked for me… It might work for you.

Do you have any tips? Or, just want to share your experience of writer’s block? Comment below. ✨

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