10 Tips for the Blogger Wanna-Be

I’ve actually had a few friends, influenced by my blog, start their own. I’ve tried to offer up advice on things I’ve learned because when I started I didn’t know anyone that blogged, so it was a big learning experience for me. If there were 10 tips I could offer for the person thinking of starting a blog but not quite sure of themselves, they would be:

  1. Decide what you want to blog about. Will it be a family blog? A cooking blog? A craft blog? A home decorating blog? Try to focus in on what you want your blog to say, the message you plan to deliver.
  2. Do your research. Google “family blog” or “cooking blog” or whatever type of blog you want to start and start reading up on other’s blogs. You will get ideas this way on what you want and don’t want for your blog.
  3. Pick a blog platform. I started with Blogger and think it was a good fit for me in the beginning. Watch a few YouTube videos about Blogger.com and a few about WordPress.com and decide which one will be best for you.
  4. Start free. I ultimately bought my domain name and switched to Wordress.org and a self-hosted platform. Learning on their dime (Blogger) first was very helpful. Only make the jump from free to paying if you feel it is where your blog needs to go & when you feel it’s time.
  5. Pick a name & find a look. You want your blog name to reflect the purpose of your blog and be perfect for you. Same goes for your look. Find a designer (look at the blogs you like the look of & find out who they used. You can usually find a button towards the bottom of the blog that will be from the designer linking to their page) from the get-go and have it designed either with a lesser pre-designed layout or with a more expensive custom design. That is up to you.
  6. Set up email, twitter, and facebook for your blog. With that being said, be sure to use the same handle for all of these. You want people to recognize you wherever you are so make it all the same. An email account just for your blog stuff is very important, while twitter & fb will help you promote your blog & connect with others.
  7. Join communities & link up. There’s a ton of communities out there to continue promoting your blog  and connecting with others. Some examples are SITS, BlogHer, Top Mommy Blogs, and so on. Link up on blog hops or memes. This is a great way to introduce yourself to others.
  8. Comment & Reply. Comment on blogs you follow & enjoy reading. Reply to comments left on your blog. My pet peeve of those “bigger bloggers” out there is that they do not reply for the most part. Many of them have such devoted followers who love to comment but many times they do not bat an eye at returning the love.
  9. Organize yourself. Find a way to keep yourself organized. I use a calendar & notepad. I write down what posts I plan to write for the week on the calendar and use the notepad to write myself notes & reminders for the posts.
  10. Be yourself & enjoy it. Make sure what you write is from you, not a variation of something you found from someone else. & most importantly, enjoy it. When you are feeling burnt out, take a break. We’ve all done it and our blog is better because of it.

This post was written in response to the #SummerBlogSocial Advice for Others: Prompt No.2

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17 Responses to 10 Tips for the Blogger Wanna-Be

  1. Kimberly says:

    Great tips! I couldn’t agree more with them. As for #6, making sure everything matches your brand is so important! Some people don’t do this and it confuses the heck out of me. This makes you so much easier to be recognized throughout the internet.

    And #8? My biggest pet peeve. People are taking the time to comment, so not even getting a reply, much less a return visit, is very frustrating. It still gets to me sometimes!
    Kimberly recently posted..Help Me!My Profile

    • I agree! I think that is what has thrown me through the loop with Google+ because it uses everyone’s real names and not everyone goes by those everywhere else! ha! & when an avatar pic changes it takes so long for me to remember who it really is! ha! I try to keep everything streamline, so when I change it on one, it gets change on everything else.

  2. liz says:

    I had never thought about googling it or searching YouTube; that is SO smart!

    • I told Jamee, who also commented about the YouTube, that this last year I’ve relied a lot on finding YouTube videos or tutorials to explain things I don’t understand or want to learn. It was been a great way to learn new things…and not just about blogging. I sew and like to craft and I search for videos and tutorials for those as well!

  3. Amy says:

    I love when you say to reply to comments. It can be time consuming, but I think it’s worth it! I like to interact with my commenters, and hope it inspires them to comment more.

  4. These are great tips! The YouTube idea is fabulous! Never would have thought about that!! Love #9 – being organized has helped my content so much! I have an Erin Condren life planner is my lifesaver! Its with me pretty much all the time so when I have a moment I can jot down notes for a blog post or other ideas as they pop in my head! Keeping a notepad & pen by the bed is great too! Thanks for sharing! I’ve been blogging for 4 years but I am learning SO much this week!
    Jamee @ A New Kind of Normal recently posted..Summer Blog Social: 10 Things I’ve Learned About BloggingMy Profile

    • This past year I’ve gotten big on looking for YouTube videos to explain things or searching for tutorials. It was been a huge help when I need to figure something out! I will have to check out the planner you mentioned, I’ve been looking for one that I can combine everything into one spot! I use my phone a little and a few different agendas/notepads right now. Can’t wait to read your #summerblogsocial posts as well!

  5. Jessica says:

    Love number 6 and think it is SO important for branding yourself. It is hard to keep track of everyone in the blogosphere and we need to make it as easy as possible for our readers.
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  6. […] work in progress. I’m happy where it’s been going and continue to work on this. If you read my advice post for new bloggers and pay attention to no.7 & no.8 that is mostly how I do […]

  7. Great tips! I found my layout by clicking on a blog’s design button. They were hosting a giveaway and I won!
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  8. Bonni says:

    Great tips! I’m a new follower and am looking forward to visiting again! I’m hopping from Kellyskorner. Have a great weekend!
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  9. Myra says:

    Thank you for these tips. I recently swtiched from blogger to wordpress and I LOVE it. I love blogging about my faith and my family. It is a stress reliever for me! 🙂

  10. Thank you for posting your tips. I am a blog writing newbie and I am working my way through all of the posts at Kelly’s blog to glean from other bloggers. I have a question for you. Is it better to reply to someone in the comments on your own blog or go to the other person’s blog and comment there? For instance, is it best for you to respond to me here or come to my blog? Thank you again!

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