Blogging


This post will probably apply more to people who are thinking about starting a Blog or newly-bloggers. I still think I am quite 'new' as my Blog is only just over 2 years old, so I am still in the early stages but I have learnt a lot about blogging and being in the 'blogging world' so I thought I would share some of opinions and experience with you all.

WHAT KIND OF BLOGGER ARE YOU?
Before you even start a Blog you need to think about, what kind of blogger are you? As you know, I am a Parenting and Lifestyle Blogger. But I also blog a little bit about home interiors, food, weight loss and fashion too. I blog about my interests in life. There are many kinds of bloggers out there, such as, Fashion, Food, Travel, Parenting, Pregnancy, Home-schooling and so much more.

YOUR BLOG'S NAME.
Once you have figured out what kind of blog you are going to have you need to start thinking about the name of your blog. My blog is called Life-As-Mum. It took me a while to think about but it fitted me perfectly because I knew my blog was going to be about parenting and my family life.
When you choose a name for your blog you need to think of other things too -
  • Does anyone else have the same name? Or similar?
  • Is it easy to remember?
  • Does it fit you as a person?
  • Will it make sense in a few years time?
Choosing your blog's name can take quite a while or it can pretty quick. You need to look into the future. For example; If you have children. Don't put their ages or names in the blog name as they are going to be a different age the following year, and you never know what the future holds {your family may grow!}. That is just one sample.

'FREE' THINGS DON'T COME FOR 'FREE'
When I receive items to review, people ask me where did I get them from and when I tell them, they think it's easy to receive 'free' things. If you're not a Blogger then you won't understand that to get the privilege to review products from great companies is hard work. You need to blog on a regular basis, you need to gain traffic. It's not the matter of making a blog and the companies send you things out. The longer you blog the more you will realise that receiving products to review is 'work'. Honestly? There is no point in blogging if you are just doing it to review products. If your heart isn't in to blogging, then you're not going to get very far.

POST DAILY/WEEKLY
I schedule a lot of posts, sometimes I have written posts for the whole of next month. To gain more readers you need to update your blog and write atleast twice or three a week {my opinion}. I have stopped reading some blogs because they only updated their blog {new posts} about once or twice a fortnight. But everyone is different.

GETTING PAID
Again, just like reviewing products, you need to work hard to get to this stage. Even harder than reviewing products {my opinion}. Bloggers can get paid £30 - £150+ for sponsored posts, guest posts and advertising. It's not easy work writing sponsored posts. A lot of people ask 'how do you make money?' my answer is 'I work hard on my blog'. A lot of people don't realise that you may even have to wait a year until you get your first paid post. It takes a lot of hard work.

COMMUNICATE
I try my best to reply to comments on my posts. It's always a good idea to interact with your readers. Let them know you a little more. Join linky's and comment on other blogs. Get known!

BE HONEST, BE YOU!
People don't want to know a 'fake' person. People want to read a blog of an honest person. Write about your bad confessions or how you feel. Tell us. Write for you. Don't write for anyone else. Of course you are writing for other people to read and help {if writing advice} but you write how you want and write about what you want. I struggle with explaining things and I struggle with words. I don't know most of these 'posh' words people use on their blogs. I have tried learning and I have thought about just looking through a theasarus and using these other words but I decided not too because I wouldn't understand it. Someone has commented on the way I write, I nearly quit blogging because of them. But do you know what? I won't change the way I write things. Nobody should.
So just be YOU!

WE ALL STARTED SOMEWHERE
There are newly-bloggers, there are bloggers and then there are successful bloggers! If your new then don't compare your blog and pageviews with someone with a lot more experience than you. There are a lot of successful bloggers out there who think they are better than everyone else, who take blogging a little bit too seriously. As in too seriously, I mean, they forget where they started. If you work hard on your blog you will be a successful blogger but we are all unique. No blog is the same.

BLOGGERS MIND
Once you start blogging you might get the 'bloggers mind'! That is when you think about posts most days {maybe all day}. You may see something out and think 'oh I can blog about that'. Most of things you forget once you reach your laptop/computer but trust me! you'll be thinking of a lot of posts on days out or even a walk to the shop! It can get pretty annoying at times though.

Have you got anything to tell newly-bloggers?

15 comments

  1. A very helpful post for new bloggers :)
    Wow! Go you for scheduling so many posts....The most I ever manage is about a week in advance. lol x

    ReplyDelete
  2. I know exactly what you mean about blogger's mind, I am definitely guilty of that!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'm a new blogger and these are really helpful tips. Wish I could schedule that many posts in advance. That's dedication!
    #sundaystars

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great advice! I think the most important thing is to be you and to enjoy writing what you write. If you enjoy writing it chances are people will enjoy reading it! #SundayStars

    ReplyDelete
  5. Some fab advice, I'm still a new blogger but have learnt so much. These kinds of post are so helpful when you're first starting out #SundayStars

    ReplyDelete
  6. I've been blogging about 3 months now and I made the mistake of comparing my blog to blogs that had been around for over a year (page views). I got quite disheartened at first then I decided to stop comparing and just enjoy it. We've all been new and we have to hit the little milestones before we can reach the big ones.
    For the record, I like your writing style - you write as though you are talking to a friend and I think that's a very tough skill to acquire, much harder than grabbing a thesaurus and "poshing up" your posts. Don't change for anyone (unless its for yourself)! #SundayStars
    Debbie
    www.myrandommusings.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  7. These are great tips! I have been blogging only for a few months and love it! But getting the posts scheduled that far ahead is hard for me. I get about two posts in a week plus a linky party post each week - which is good, but I do always feel like I am scrambling to get them out. Found you on the #TwinklyTuesday link up. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  8. You've summed it up really well, I'm so glad you mentioned the 'get things for free' part. I'm always trying to explain that, if you treat blogging like a job then the value of the product reflects the time spent writing and photographing it. Ali from Mum in a Nutshell popping over from Twinkly Tuesdays

    ReplyDelete
  9. Back again from the #mmwbh
    Debbie
    www.myrandommusings,blospot.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. Bloggers Mind - I can resonate with this point (and all the others!!) My problem recently though is that I cant get around to actually writing the posts :( #MMWBH

    ReplyDelete
  11. This is great advice for anyone starting out, so good to share your knowledge and experience. Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    ReplyDelete
  12. Fabulous post. Especially for new bloggers! Thanks for linking up with #MMWBH

    http://www,superbusymum.net

    ReplyDelete
  13. This is a really informative and interesting post. I wish I had that many posts scheduled! Thanks for linking up with #SundayStars x

    ReplyDelete
  14. This is a great post. I consider myself a newbie having only gone public and started blogging really regularly in May but even I recognise 'bloggers mind'...it particularly happens to me when driving or in the shower! I'm over from #blogstorm Lucy at occupation:(m)other

    ReplyDelete
  15. Yeah, it's so important to find the blog name one is happy with; hard to change once you get on with it. And my, reviewing is WORK; review products are NOT FREE!

    I need to work on my consistensy, and my 'blogger mind' - wish it translated on screen all the time! :-) #blogstorm

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so much for commenting. I love reading each every comment. I try my best to answer all comments.