I just started blogging for WordPress in February this year .
Before that, I had a blog on Tumblr.
I still do, but I now just concentrate on my blog on WordPress , because nothing against Tumblr, WordPress is more professional looking .
I’m not an expert on blogging and God knows I have so much more to learn about this blogging thingy.
What I can do though, is share some of my blogging knowledge and offer up some pointers that I like to call Blogging 101 and Blogging 102.
Before you decide on that “knock it out of the ballpark ” blog title , know what your blog is going to be all about.
Music, Beauty Tips, Travel , Technology , Business , Fashion or even Sports, what are you going to blog about ?
Don’t pick a niche just because everyone else is blogging about it.
DO YOU BOO!
If you want to blog about politics in your country, do it.
This is your blog, remember that .
Blog about something that you’re very passionate about .
Don’t blog because you want to make tons of money and you want to go on a lot of sponsored trips .
It’s not going to happen when you first start and if that’s the main reason for starting your blog , stop it.
No, really quit blogging while you’re ahead.
Blog not only because you’re passionate about your subject , but you love to write.
Don’t stop blogging because you’re bored and you stop after a few months .
Be in it for the long haul .
Where should you write your posts?
Should it be somewhere quiet? Or while you’re waiting for public transportation ?
How about on your lunch break if you’re at work or school?
Write something , somewhere no matter where it is.
Keep a little notepad handy and write your ideas down in the memo section of your mobile device .
Should you listen to music while you’re writing your blog?
Some people can work with music, others like it quiet.
I’m writing this post while listening to The Weekend on my headphones .
I’ve also been known to write posts while listening to Kenny G, also, but that’s just me.
Do what works for you .
Most importantly , follow as many bloggers as you can, not just the ones in your niche.
You might get some idea for a post of your own.
That’s right, I said a post of your own.
Don’t copy their style and be sure to show them some love every now and then in your own posts.
Be yourself when you write.
You’ve heard all the “blogging experts” tell you how you should write your blog.
That’s just it.
It’s your blog, not a thesis on the Theory of Relativity .
But please, know your there , their,and they’re , just saying .
Should you write a post everyday?
You can if you want to, but if you don’t , it’s not a blogging sin.
Write as often as you can, leave some of those posts in draft if you have to, and publish them later .
Don’t do a blog every three months or every year, that defeats the purpose of doing a blog and it’s a waste of time.
Plus it shows that you really aren’t really serious about blogging .
Some bloggers have a schedule as to when their next blog post is going to be .
As this doesn’t work for me , I don’t do it.
What blogging website should you go on?
Again, it’s up to you.
Try GoDaddy.com, Bloglovin, Tumblr or Blogspot.
I like WordPress myself, and I find it very easy to use.
There’s two versions of it, the free version , Wordpress . Com and what’s called the “self hosted ” one, WordPress . Org.
I use the first version and I think my blog looks wicked awesome .
Now, where do your original ideas come from?
Anywhere and everywhere.
Depending on your niche , it could be something that you read in a newspaper or magazine or something you heard on the radio or saw on television .
The ideas on your post could even be in response to a comment made by a friend, relative , classmate or a colleague .
Whatever it is, write that suckered down and work from there.
You might even get ideas while you’re in bed.
Don’t laugh , it has happened and I’m not the only blogger it’s happened to .
Be sure to take pictures to put on your blog or if you’re very creative , draw pictures to put on there.
Show your creative side on your blog.
You can invest in a good camera, but your camera phone can work just as well.
Another piece of advice and many bloggers may or may not tell you this, but I am.
When a fellow blogger tells you that they like your work, thank them .
Get their email addresses and thank them for liking your blog as well as write a little comment on their email.
The comment could say something as simple as “thank you for following my blog . ”
If you follow someone’s blog, comment on their comment section.
Don’t comment with the statement , “Follow my blog “, no really comment on it.
If another blogger just says that they like your blog but don’t comment, try not to take it personally .
Also if a blogger has a lot of likes and follows , way more than you have it’s not the end of the world .
It’s not about the follows and the likes , don’t get it twisted, you aren’t in high school.
It’s not a popularity contest .
It’s about your blog and getting it out there .
Finally, speaking about your blog, don’t be ashamed to tell people that you have a blog .
Tell everyone about it and if you have business cards with the name of your blog on it, wicked awesome !
Share your blog posts with people on Social Media .
Better yet , create a page just for your blog on Facebook , Twitter,Instagram , Google Plus, or Pinterest.
That’s right, promote the heck out of your blog , be proud of it.
That’s my advice for newbie bloggers.
What advice would you give?
Drop me a line in the comments section or on my email address email@example.com and let me know .
As usual , thank you for following and liking my blog.