The blogoshphere can be a little intimidating when you first start, and I assume there’ll be a lot of people with the ‘new year, new blog’ mentality. With that in mind I thought I’d put together a little list of things I’ve learnt and a few tips for new bloggers.
What I’ve learnt:
1. Twitter isn’t as scary as you think it is
This is a big one. I, as I’m sure most people do, started all new social media accounts for my blog. The first time you login, it looks like everyone has a million followers (not literally) and everyone is also best friends. Twitter comes across as very cliquey, but most people are really friendly! And you can create your own little clique quite quickly too. Engagement is so important, talk to people and you’ll have Twitter buddies in no time.
I just mentioned engaging on Twitter, but engage everywhere. It’s sort of a buzz word in the blogging world but that’s for a good reason. The importance of engagement is one of the first things I learnt. If people comment on your blog, reply or check out their blog in return, that’s by far the easiest way to get to know fellow bloggers and drive traffic to your own blog. Leave a comment or like something. It will always be noticed and support is ALWAYS appreciated.
3. More Twitter stuff
So, as I said earlier, it isn’t as scary as it looks and it’s really helpful. Look for chats and comment threads. Both are amazing for meeting new people and you’ll often find the same people partake in the same ones so it’s another great way to get to know people.
4. Don’t be too restrictive
Unless you are 100% sure you want to be just fashion/ beauty/ food/ whatever, do all of it. Or whatever interests you. You may find yourself starting as an everything blogger and becoming a strict niche (THAT word again for those of you who read my last post), but recent events have made me think it’s better to be open to everything. I’ve recently had a blogging content crisis so this comes from experience.
5. Follow a wide variety
Again, this will help you make friends but it will also open your mind. Due to comment threads and chats I’ve discovered lots of blogs I never thought I’d read but now really enjoy. It’s easy to only follow people and blogs that are similar to your own but you’d be amazed how interesting alternative content becomes when you start writing your own.
And finally, one bonus note – having a strict schedule isn’t exactly essential in the beginning but posting regularly is. It’s a lot easier to grow your following if you’re consistent so try to post at least once a week.
Accounts worth following:
Bloggers Tribe – For RTs, comment threads and chats
GRLPOWR – Same as above
Teacup Club – RTs and comment threads
Bee Chat – Chats and RTs
April – Does amazing supportive threads all.the.time.
Bexa – Blog shares every Sunday and a super supportive human in general
There are so many more but this list is a great place to start.
If any fellow bloggers reading this have some more tips I’d love to hear them.
Until next time,