Anyone who has started a blog knows that to be successful at it, you need to work hard. There are many areas where a lot of attention and effort is required.
When I started my blogging journey, I knew that I had to write something which would be worth reading. A good content is the backbone of a good blog. What I didn’t know was that there are a lot of aspects to blogging which have to be mastered if I didn’t want my life to be overtaken by my blog.
These are the things I can recommend to new bloggers;
1. Blog Content;
Always try to write from your heart. Create blog content which means something to you. While you may have a niche and think that you can write on a certain subject with more ease and confidence, I would suggest that you should bring variety to your writing. The easiest way to do this is to follow the daily prompts given by different bloggers. This exercises your mind to write on random topics and not only enhance your creativity but also opens your imagination to new things.
The blogs I follow for my daily and weekly prompts are;
These are a few of the blogs that give me daily inspiration. There are many others who are doing a great job of keeping our creative juices flowing by issuing daily and weekly prompts.
2. Follow and getting followers;
One thing that all bloggers think matters are who you are following and who is following you. Starting from day one, seeing the notifications about who has started to follow your blog gives a boost to our confidence. It validates our writing and makes us happy that someone out there in the cyberspace is interested in reading what we are writing. The trick to get new followers lies in writing good content and interacting with your fellow bloggers. If you want others to read and visit your blog, than you should do the same. It is the same as if you are in a party. If you hold yourself aloof from others, the chances of knowing and becoming friends with other guests are very slim. Move around, mingle and interact.
3. Plan ahead;
Now that you are writing, and being read, you need to plan out both aspects of your blog. Writing is the most vital aspect, so plan for it. Write any idea that comes to you in a draft and save it. There are many flashes of inspiration that we get during a day. Even if you cannot think beyond a single sentence, save that sentence and write about it later when you have more ideas on it. Have a few fully written or near completion, posts in your draft folder. There are days when you can’t write more, so you have a fallback ready.
4. Post regularly;
It may be daily, weekly or any other time frame that works for you, but it should happen at regular intervals. Unless of course you don’t find time for writing. But to have a successful blog, being regular is important. When I started to write, I was writing a few times in a week. Now with daily prompts, I can manage 3-4 posts a day.
5. Keep time aside for reading the blogs of those you follow;
This is an important part and the interaction is going to make you friends in blogging family. Visit your friends, comment on their articles and participate in the discussion taking place in the blogs you follow. Keep time for reading, and manage your time. It sometimes happens that a blogger is so engrossed in catching up on all the blogs they follow that all day is spent in this pursuit. It’s like a dog trying to chase its tail, trying and never succeeding.