I have been blogging regularly for about three months now. So far it as been a great journey and I have learnt a lot along the way. I started out blogging knowing not a whole lot about it. I hadn’t really read or followed blogs too much in the past so the blogging community wasn’t something that I had a lot of experience with. There is still so much I don’t know but I thought I would share some things that I have learnt during my short time blogging. Hopefully it will help new bloggers who like me started out knowing nothing about what we were getting in to.
Interact with people.
If you are wanting to get your blog out there for people to read then they need to know you exist. A great way to do that is to read other blogs and to show others support. Find a topic that interests you or one that is the same as what you write about and read what your fellow bloggers have to say. Leave them a like and even better a comment about what they have written. It does a lot of things in a small amount of time. You are showing your support which is important because that is what everyone is wanting. You may also find inspiration for your own blog providing you with something else to write about. The other thing it does is leave your name out there for people to see. They will see you comment and it may make them curious to see what else you have to say. By clicking on your name they will be taken straight to your blog. I personally find that the days I do this are the ones where I will have more traffic coming to my blog. I think it helps when you show a genuine interest in your fellow bloggers too.
Make an account for your blog on social media.
Sign up for Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and make a Facebook page. If you have an account with each of these social media platforms when you or someone else googles your blog name you will take up most of the first page result. When I first started my blog there was a few other results at the start when I searched for my site. Now when I search my accounts are the first ones that come up and I take up most of the first page. I haven’t had anyone ask for my blog name and go search it but it is good knowing that if that was to happen it would be easy for them to find me.
Having other social media accounts for your blog also provide another place to share your posts and to also interact with other people. When using other platforms for promoting I think it is best if you have a mixture of promoting your posts and other things. I personally would not like to only promote my blog posts. I’d like to also have updates about what I’m getting up to and to share other peoples posts that I have enjoyed or found really helpful. That way when I look back on it there isn’t only my blog promotion.
Have a schedule for posting.
I have a set day and general time for when I publish each post. For me it is Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning around 9 am New Zealand time. If you have regular readers they will more than likely come to know when to expect a blog post from you. If you don’t post regularly or have a big gap between your blog posts then people might start to forget and end up not checking back. I think it is better when people know when there will be new content on your blog. It also helps me knowing that on these days I need to have something published and so I make sure I write a blog post for that day.
This is something I am still working on myself as I haven’t always been using photos in every blog post. What I have noticed though is when you are sharing your blog post to Facebook for example, if you don’t have a photo in your post it will use the thumbnail profile picture. While that is ok if every post you share there has that then it could be hard to tell the difference between them by just looking at it. Pictures catch the eye well and when you have a good photo included it will help to draw the eye in and when they are different you will be able to easily tell that they are actually different posts.
They are just a few things I have learnt along the way while blogging. They aren’t a set rule that you have to go by and you don’t have to do everything that I’ve said but it is just some things that I have personally found good and learnt. I would love to learn more so if you have any tips that you would like to share then please let me know.
Also if you would like to share a link to one of your blog posts please check out my community page here.