Four and a half years ago I discovered blogging. And let me tell you, it was a doozy. I found out there was a lot more than just typing up my thoughts a few times a week, it was actually A WHOLE LOT MORE. And I wish I’d had someone who could guide me through all the mess that was discovering blogging and ultimately creating a blog I could be proud of. And now I’m going to do that for you, a new blogger.
The 4 Pieces of Advice I Wish Someone Had Given Me: Blogging Edition
1. Branch out where your creativity takes you
When I first started blogging, it was all about making sure I stuck to talking about teenagers and the things I like, as was kind of the grouping my blog was in. But then I let myself wander out from that and I made my first hit as a boyfriend knowledge extraordinaire! I never would have thought to talk about boys if I had stuck with my niche, but because I followed where my blogging heart told me, I ended up really making my blog what it is today. Don’t let your blog be one thing or another, explore where your brain says, “Hey, this sounds like kind of a cool idea. Let’s go!”
2. Make it about the content, not the design
I was 15 when I started my blog. And let me tell you, 15 year olds have zero concept of good design when creating their blog. My first design was a very cluttered theme with a colour heavy background of the London Eye with turquoise everywhere. It was an eyesore and distracted from my posts. WHICH IS NOT WHAT YOU WANT. As you can see from this post now, I’ve stuck with a more neutral design. It doesn’t distract from my content, but makes you appreciate my aesthetic taste and witty words all together. (Wow Hegarty, that was so modest.) When choosing a theme or designing, try to stick with something that expresses who you are, without making it look like a four-year-old’s art project. Neutral is better.
3. Get to know your community
It took me a long time to get involved with a blogging community, but now that I have, I will never go back! Your blogging buds are the people who are going to understand your blogging crises and will bail you out. Like a partner in crime, but with a computer. One of my fave blogging buds, or as I like to call her my Blogging Little Sis, is my good friend Haley from Bits of Wit and she’s been such an asset to my blogging career. I’ve been able to bounce ideas off of her, discuss website themes, and chat about blogging in general. Having someone who understands this phenomenon of public blogging is going to really help you rise to the top.
4. Dedicate yourself to it
Blog at least twice a week! Yes, it is not easiest thing (trust me, I can barely do it once a week during classes) but it will improve your overall experience and skill. Like any other thing, practice makes perfect. Plan your posts ahead of time, write them over the weekend, stay up late a few nights a week, whatever it might be, learn to make blogging a regular part of your life. If you truly want to be good at it, you need to dedicate yourself. For me, that means having a space in my planner where I plan my posts for the week and when I have free time I skip TV and write posts. And yeah, I’d rather watch TV, but the reward of continued blogging is much more satisfying.
Blogging is more than just something to write when you want or not. It’s a lifestyle that so many people have fallen in love with. If you’re just starting, I hope these little nuggets will guide you in the right direction. And if you’re already blogging, I hope that you’ve just gotten some inspiration and your blogging wheels are turning!
If you have any more questions about blogging, or just writing/maintaining a website in general, please feel free to comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a splendid weekend!
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