Thursday, September 17, 2015

Tips for Newbie Bloggers


Today I am very exciting to be publishing the first post in a brand new blog series all about blogging. I thought a lot about topics for different posts. As I was brainstorming I realized that I am clearly no expert on this topic. I decided to reach out to some of my favorite bloggers and compile some of their profound advice to share with y'all. I hope this inspires you to start a blog, because there shouldn't be anything holding you back. Blogging has been an amazing experience from me, and while it is hard work it is definitely worth it!

Katie of A Touch of Teal
As a new blogger, blogging was a very introverted activity for me. I would write my blog post at home, and only interact with the blogging community by commenting on other people's blogs. But, I didn't really leave meaningful comments or take the time to get to know anyone I was talking to via comments. Then, about six months through my blogging journey, I began following fellow DC bloggers on Twitter and eventually reached out to one for drinks. We met up and really clicked, and she started inviting me to other blogging events in the city. Once I began interacting with other bloggers, blogging became a very social hobby and I love it even more now. I have a community that supports me and my blog, but also friends to bounce ideas off of. The best part? When we go out to dinner, no one things your weird when you need to move things around for the perfect staged Instagram ;].

-Consistency is key! Posting at the exact same time and day each week has helped immensely with growing my readership and brand connections over the past year. 
-Your main focus shouldn't just be your blog. Be focused on your social channels just as much. I wish I had done that a lot sooner!
-Write about what you love. There were so many times when I first started my blog that I had no idea if I should write about what was popular or what I truly enjoyed. People love people with passion and if you create content consisting about what you truly enjoy, then others with the same passion will notice over time. 
-With that being said, learn about SEO! From a more technical side, optimizing my posts along with consistent posting has increased my readership over a much shorter period of time. It may seem daunting at first, but a great resource to learn about it is through moz.com.
-Lastly, be patient! It takes years to grow a steady and loyal following, but if you're consistent and passionate about what you love, others will notice.

My advice to new bloggers is follow a lot of other blogs for inspiration, this is an easy way to figure out what type of posts you want to make, but make them in your own way with that inspiration in mind. Be consistent with your posts, and just post content that you love!

As for advice for new bloggers I would say never give up on your blog & your vision. Being a blogger is hard work because it isn't a career you can just apply for, but rather it is a career you have to make yourself. It can be really hard working on your blog and not seeing results in terms of followers, engagement or likes. It is especially in the beginning when blogging can seem overwhelming and frustrating. 
However your blog grows with you, so believe in yourself, your ideas & your blog! When you believe you can do something, you usually end up doing it! My overall advice is don't give up on your 'blogging dreams'! You can do it if you put your mind to it!

Laura of Bright and Beautiful
Network, network, network. As much as blogging happens behind the screen, it's also about real life interactions. Build as many friendships and networks as possible. Join a local blogging community or association. Attend events in your area. Invite another blogger to chat over coffee. Introduce yourself to potential partners. Follow-up with thank you notes. And be nice to everyone (always!).

Kathryn of The Sugared Lemon
Hello! I’m Kathryn and I run the fashionable lifestyle website, The Sugared Lemon. No matter what kind of blog you want to run, it’s important to set yourself apart by branding yourself and be consistent with your brand when making a post. Choose a blog name and saying that goes with it to reiterate to your audience what your blog stands for. Use Bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest to promote your blog and use the same name with all of them. I have even started using Periscope on my vacations for live feeds for my audience to view and follow along. Last but definitely not least, be your true self when deciding how you want to define your brand. By doing so, it will be easier to be consistent with your postings and your followers will appreciate that!

Darcy of A Memory of Us
Remember that every day is a chance for a first time visitor". This is important because you want every post to be something you're proud of, not something you just threw together. With pinterest, tumblr, etc. it is definitely possible that your post from 7 months ago will be the way someone will stumble across your blog for the first time. Make them want to stay and keep reading. Produce content you are proud of every day.

Angela of Head to Toe Chic
My biggest piece of advice when it comes to blogging has to do with pictures. It's so important to make sure that your pictures are big, bright, and clear! When I first started blogging I used pictures that were so small that you couldn't see any details of my outfit. I also like for my pictures to be the same width so that everything looks cohesive. You can edit the size of your pictures on the HTML side of your blog post if you use Blogger.

Thanks again to these lovely ladies for contributing their input and I hope this helps all of you out there starting a blog, or if you haven't you definitely should!

Sincerely,
Syd

12 comments:

  1. This is great advice! I wish I had this advice when I started my blogging journey. But life is always about learning and I'm going to take some of this advice now!
    Happy Friday!!
    Hope you stop by the latest!!
    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

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    1. I definitely agree, and I'm glad you found this advice helpful!

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  2. This is really helpful advice! Thanks for making a post like this :)

    xx,
    Alyssa
    http://www.kneehighsandpumpkinspice.com/

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  3. I love how you incorporated other bloggers ideas and advice! It provides a super unique perspective and a very intriguing blog post!! :)

    Jordan
    The Teacup of Style
    http://theteacupofstyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Jordan, I'm really glad you're liking this idea!

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  4. This is such a clever idea to pull advice from other bloggers (and great advice at that). I've been blogging for almost a year and while I can use some of their tips, I also can totally agree with some!
    Emma • Pursuit of Prep

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    1. I'm so happy that you can use some of these tips, and I definitely agree that I can still use this tips even after blogging for a while!

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  5. What a great round up of advice! Thanks so much for including me. xx

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    1. Of course, thanks for helping out!!:)

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  6. Love all of these!! I've seen posts like this before but didn't feel that the tips were especially helpful- but these are! Thanks!

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    1. I'm glad you found these tips to be helpful!

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