Please excuse any spelling or grammar mistakes, I’m using a different system than usual that doesn’t have my trusty spell checker.
I have been blogging for around four years now, yet I wouldn’t call myself a professional by any stretch of the imagination. I do think I know my stuff for the most part though.
After talking with a super sweetheart who is starting up her own blog over at nkomaeda, she gave me the idea to write this ramble.
I am not the best blogger but I have learned a thing or two in my time online. So, here are my tips for those starting out in the bloggersphere!
First thing first, confidence. I was rather nervous when I first started posting my rants and rambles and I am still a bit anxious when posting personal pieces but I am far more confident now overall. Build up your confidence and it will show in your writing.
That isn’t to say that it is a bad thing to show vulnerability, in fact that can be a wonderful element but posting any kind of content online does require confidence. Don’t worry, the more more you write and post the more comfortable you will get with it.
Don’t lock yourself in. Over time you might want to experiment with new and different content and writing styles as well as discussing new topics. Do it! Don’t limit yourself. It’s your blog, your rules.
Same goes for how your blog looks and even how you write and present your content. My old posts are radically different from the stuff I produce now and chances are future ones will look nothing like this one.
Speaking of limits, try not to let numbers get to your head. I am guilty of this as I often check my daily stats every spare moment I have and I will feel horrid if I have low numbers that day. If I have really low numbers I feel like my blog must not be good enough. This toxic mindset will do nothing but hurt you, so try to avoid this pitfall.
Get involved in the blogging community. For instance, I am a member of OWLS: Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self-Respect. Being in a group like this not only means you make new friends with similar ideas and interests as you but they encourage you to be the best you can as well as opportunities to work with fellow bloggers.
I myself worked with Crimson for her Mental Health project which was a lot of fun. It also gives you a chance to do something new and different. If you get the chance, take it!
Remember that blogs don’t grow overnight, it will take time to gain readers. I have heard of folks throwing in the towel a month or two into blogging since they weren’t getting the numbers they wanted. Yes it may feel like you are falling behind, but you are not. Simply because this is not a race, this is a marathon with no end.
Just keep making content you are excited about and talk about your passions with, well, passion. While I do recommend making deadlines and schedules, for example I post on Thursdays and Sundays, don’t force yourself to post for the sake of posting.
Again, this is your blog that you run on your terms, not the other way around. If you need to, take a step back and a break. This is supposed to be fun after all and not a job, never forget that.
I hope this helps!