Everyone has different reasons for blogging. Maybe you have a message you feel it is important to explain to others. Maybe you have a business you’re trying to promote through your blog. Maybe you’re trying to make a little extra money or even make a living as blogger. Whatever your reason for starting a blog, here are some things of which you should be aware.
- Blogging is rewarding but it is also time consuming and there is definitely a learning curve, especially in the beginning.
- Don’t try to reinvent the wheel. Learn from other bloggers who are successful. Read other blogs, ebooks, newsletters and other sources of information about blogging and learn from them. Talk to other bloggers and ask what’s working and what’s not. Attending industry conferences can provide valuable learning and networking opportunities even for the newbie blogger. BlogPaws and BarkWorld are both conferences specifically dedicated to the pet blogging and social media community. There are many other conferences and summits that are more general in nature but still valuable.
- Think about what you want to accomplish with your blog and stay true to that purpose. But don’t back yourself into a corner by being too close-minded when opportunities present themselves either.
- Will you make mistakes? Probably. Most of us have in one form or another. If you do, learn from it and move on. Don’t waste time stressing about it.
- Don’t put all your chickens in one basket, so to speak. Traffic for your blog will come from many different places. While search engine optimization is important and I encourage you to learn its best practices and implement them on your blog, social media networking is also important.
- Choose one or two social media platforms on which to concentrate. Networking through sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google Plus, StumbleUpon and others can be useful for getting traffic to your blog. However, don’t feel as though you need to be everywhere. Concentrate on using one or two of these networks to your best advantage rather than stretching yourself too thin and not doing well with any of them.
- Most importantly, move forward. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of knowledge available on the topic of blogging. Don’t get so overwhelmed that you never actually start blogging. It’s perfectly fine to learn as you go.
- Blogging is an ever-changing pursuit. Even those of us who are experienced bloggers are constantly learning and evolving as bloggers. Don’t ever think you’ll know everything there is to know about the world of blogging.
- Set aside at least a few hours each week to maintain your blog and add new content. Remember that it’s okay to write several posts at once and schedule them to publish over a span of time. For instance, you can write several posts over the weekend when you have time and schedule the posts to publish throughout the week.
- Take advantage of social platforms like HootSuite and Tweetdeck that allow you to schedule your social media posts in advance as well. These tools can be very valuable in helping you manage your time.
Do you have more tips for new bloggers or those considering starting a blog? Please share your thoughts and ideas.