To have known then what I know now about blogging and the blogging universe. How many of us have uttered a phrase similar to that over the years?
Hindsight is always 20/20. Often we can see clearly looking back over time when we analyze situations of circumstances that happened in the past. Blogging certainly is no different.
At one time we were all new bloggers. Perhaps some of you right at this moment are as new as possibly can be. Ready to start a wonderful, exhilarating and at times frustrating journey through the cosmos of the blogosphere.
So what advice can those who have been at it for a while, give to those who are just about ready to sign up and/or are ready to hit publish for the first time?
One thing about bloggers(at least the vast majority of them), they are more than willing to share their own experiences(the good and not so good) about the whole blogging scene to those just ready to jump in the water with both feet.
Dr. Tanya poses three questions:
- What advice would you give someone launching their blog for the first time
- What would you tell them to do that you were not able to do?
- What is something that YOU did but you would strongly tell a new blogger NOT to do?
Not sure this will help much, but here are my suggestions:
What advice would you give someone launching their blog for the first time?
If you’re seriously thinking about starting a blog or even mulling it over slightly, just simply do it.
Once you’ve made that decision, spend a bit of time researching the blog platform you’re going to share your wisdom to the world with.
I would suggest looking at WordPress since this is the platform I and many other bloggers use. I found it easy to navigate at the beginning which made creating or choosing my own template very easy. They have scores of resource materials in terms of articles, videos and even small online tutorials to get you started.
The biggest and most important piece of advice I can give someone just starting out is this. Don’t get overwhelmed trying to create the “perfect look” for your blog and don’t allow yourself to drown in the sea of blogging information that is available at the click of a button. It is so easy to get caught up in the “external stuff” and neglect the most important aspect, which are the words that will appear on your blog and ultimately on the screens of your readers.
What would you tell them to do that you were not able to do?
The advice I would give out here is to fully understand why you are going to blog in the first place. What is your motivation; the thing that burns deep in your soul that needs to get out for the world to read?
I think I had some idea as to why I started back in 2016, but not the real reason.
What is something that YOU did but you would strongly tell a new blogger NOT to do?
Thinking back, I’m not sure that there is anything I did that a new blogger shouldn’t do.
One thing to remember or at least keep in mind is that blogging should be considered a long term investment. Like all good things, it can take time to get good at it and ultimately to see results.
Don’t look at blogging as a sprint.
It is a marathon at best and one will require you to keep plugging away at the keyboard when you don’t feel like slugging anymore.
Blogging might very well become the best decision you’ve ever made or the absolute worse decision made by anyone in the history of humanity. Depending on what you want to blog about, you may very well be exposing the very deepest reaches of your soul for the entire world to see. There is nothing wrong with it, as long as you know it to some extent going in.
Regardless, of all the information regarding blogging that is out there on the internet; the how-to stuff; the reasons why to get started stuff and the myriad of technical stuff – just simply get started.
The world needs to see and read what you have to say.
As always, a huge thanks to Dr. Tanya(Salted Caramel) for her neverending work on this “Blogging Insights Series” and looking at “advice for newbie’s” within the blogging and writing universe.
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