When I started this blog in February, there was a tiny part of me deep down that wondered whether I’d be able to maintain this for longer than a few weeks. Over the past 9 months, I have found a few things that have really helped me in growing my blog and keeping me somewhat sane whilst I write posts every week.
So for any of you who fancy starting your own blog and you’re interested in how I like to keep mine going, here are four of my top tips in blogging…
Keep your posts short and sweet. Nobody likes to read a massive lump of writing, especially if the majority of it is you rambling. Break your posts up into bite sized paragraphs and cut out any unnecessary words and sentences.
Lose your pride. I struggled with this one for a worryingly long time. I didn’t make my blog a Facebook page until a couple of months ago because I was way too scared about what people would think. I thought that my friends would think I was vain/craving attention. But when I realised that my blog wasn’t really growing and it was due to it not being public enough, I knew I had to make a decision. If I really wanted this blog to be successful, I needed to lose my pride and put myself out there.
Make a Facebook page and twitter account and then share them! How else do you expect people to find your blog?!
Consistency is key. Decide how often you want to post – what day and what time? Try as hard as you can to stick to that! I post mon-fri at 5pm. You don’t need to post daily, but whenever you do post make sure it’s regular – for example, every monday at 6pm.
I’ll admit that this is easier said than done, but something that really helps is scheduling your posts ahead of time. I normally sit down on a Monday and write the majority of my blog posts for that week.
Be passionate about what you’re writing. Passion makes whatever you have written twenty times more interesting. People can sense when you don’t really care about something. Don’t just write a post about something because everyone else has. Find the things you love and write away! Discover topics you’re truly passionate about and write why.
Whenever I write a post, I try to always ask myself “would I want to read this?”. If the answer is no, I trash it and start again (my trash box on WordPress has over 100 posts inside).
Writing things you genuinely want to write will make your whole “blogging experience” so much more enjoyable too. Don’t try to fool yourself into being someone you’re not. Write what your heart wants to write and enjoy it.