I get sent emails and messages quite often asking for tips on starting a blog. I wanted to write a post to share some tips for beginners and newbies to the blogging world. Fingers crossed these tips will help you out and you will find them useful.
Write for yourself first. Share your passions, or simply write about your day, someone somewhere will enjoy reading your blog, but you have to enjoy sharing it for yourself first. Even after all these years of blogging, I still blog mostly if and when I want to, I blog because I enjoy doing it, for myself.
Tell people where you get your cute sh*t from on instagram. Yes even if you’ve tagged it in the photo, I know it can be kinda annoying sometimes but just share where you got your super cute jumper from, don’t be that girl. This is easier said than done as comments can be missed, but I always try and reply when I can.
Make sure your social media accounts have really strong passwords write them down if you have to don’t store them on your iPhone or computer though, if there is the option for two-factor authentication – turn it on! Don’t have the same password for each account, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Speaking of your iPhone have a strong password on that also, incase you lose it whilst your out and about and someone gains access to your emails / blog / social media accounts.
Don’t schedule tons of tweets on the hour every hour, it looks a little spammy and kinda clogs up the newsfeed and sometimes it can even annoy people to the point of unfollowing you. Buffer is a great app for scheduling and sharing tweets and blog posts, just make sure you change up the times and dates! There’s nothing wrong with sharing content just don’t spam people.
Always declare your #ad’s and sponsored content. First for legal reasons and secondly just to be honest with your readers, if you create good content, your followers won’t mind a few ad posts here and there. My rule of thumb is I only accept sponsored posts if they go with the theme of my blog. Readers will appreciate honesty and transparency! However try not to go on a witch hunt when people create the same content for a brand, as sometimes the brand doesn’t ‘pay’ every influencer they work with, some bloggers just receive the product to blog about.
Don’t engage in online and off-line drama, one thing that puts me off mainly on twitter, is catty comments and bitchy indirect tweets. Of course upsets happen from time to time it’s only natural I guess, but I tend to steer clear of it if i can. Ain’t nobody got time for dat on their timeline.
Buy a hard drive and back up your files as regularly as possibly , malfunctions happen and it’s better to have a back up of your website, your content all your comments. Go out there and buy a cheap hard drive it will be worth it in the long run if something goes wrong!
Engage and interact with other bloggers, join in on group chats and hashtags, follow new people on instagram, like their selfie, share your blog posts on social media!
Fingers crossed this will help some of you that are new to the blogging world, these are just guidelines, and little things I have learnt over the years as a blogger.