I was chatting with some blog friends recently, virtually of course 🙂 , and we brought up how often we get emails from readers asking for tips on starting a blog. I wrote this post years ago about my work flow process, but I’ve never written anything about blogging itself. Here are a few tips gathered from nearly 8 years of blogging everyday as well as some of the best tips other bloggers have written all together in one spot!
–Blog how you want to blog. You have to write about what you want to write about in the voice and tone inspires you to write. If you don’t, blogging will feel like a chore and you’ll burn out fast. Blogging should be fun, so you have to do it on your own terms, at a pace that works for your lifestyle and write about topics that you find inspiring.
–You must keep organized. This is less important if you’re keeping a photo journal of your baby’s first year, but if your blog makes money, an editorial calendar, spreadsheets of payments and invoices and a smart email system are so important. One of my best tips for the self employed is to pre-write all of your estimated tax checks and envelopes at once in April. Then when June, Sept and January come around you just have to pop it in the mail instead of having to look up amounts and addresses. Some people think writing a blog is just about uploading some photos, but if you work with brands on any level, there is a lot more behind the scenes work that takes place. The more organized you are, the less time you’ll spend/waste on the business side.
–Your blog can change. I can think of at least five bloggers whose archives look nothing like their blogs do today and that’s totally cool. KERF has gone through similar changes. We all have to start somewhere and let readers grow with us. If you start off writing about food and then morph into a baby blog (or the reverse), that’s ok. It’s YOUR BLOG! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
–Never stop learning. I have learned so many new things this year. Check out Canva for graphics design, Fiverr for music, Etsy for all kinds of pre-designed graphics, CoSchedule for a neat content planner, and PicMonkey for a really simple photo editor. The Blog Genie’s site is a great way to keep up with new blogging tools. From reading books on photography to attending blog conferences, learning new information and networking with other bloggers has only helped me grow.
–A photo is worth more than a million words. We all know the internet is more visual than ever and attention spans aren’t what they used to be. With Instagram and Pinterest ruling, people are used to being hooked with a photo before they care about what you have to say in words. However, you don’t need a DSLR to write a good blog. Find a camera that you know how to use and use it well. If your blog will be phone-based, you probably won’t be focusing on reviewing dimly lit restaurants. But some of the best photos I’ve seen on the web are simple, so learn the basics (good lighting!) and hook people with photos.
–Stay true to you. This is the blog rule to them all and one you’ll probably find in all of the bloggers’ links below too. From years of experience I have learned that you just can’t please everyone. People will complain about one posting style and others will beg you to keep doing it. If you don’t stay true to yourself, your brain will implode. Remember at the end of the day if you inspire just one person, your blog is worth it.
The following bloggers’ posts are packed with good information – take it away bloggers!
Gina | The Fitnessista
Gina also created the ebook “Build Up Your Blog”
Brittany | Eating Bird Food
Julie | PB Fingers
Deryn | Running On Real Food
Caitlin | Healthy Tipping Point
Lindsay | Cotter Crunch
Kristin | Iowa Girl Eats
Anne | FANNEtastic Food
Nicole | Prevention RD
Joy | Joy the Baker
Lindsay | The Lean Green Bean