6 Simple Tips for New Bloggers

blogging tipsBlog themes come in different styles and there are many enhancements, such as but not limited to, widgets and media. It’s easy for beginner bloggers to devote too much time tweaking themes, checking their stats and imagining their posts becoming Freshly Pressed, instead of focusing on content creation and time management. 

A blog is an online journal where you can share  thoughts, ideas, opinions and practically anything that you want other people to read. Here are 6 simple tips for getting off to a good start in blogging.

1. Blog regularly and let your readers know how frequently to expect fresh content. Fresh content posted frequently helps you keep readers as well as drawing new ones. Keep in mind that it’s better to publish a single high quality post weekly, than 3 low quality ones you publish just to meet an artificial “magic number” of weekly posts.

2. Become organized. It’s important to set-up your work space, tools and resources for ease of use. The more organized you are, the less time you waste looking for what you need and the more you get done.

  • Organize your work space
  • Organize your files
  • Organize your tools
  • Organize your email account
  • Organize your social networking accounts

3. Develop a strong and passionate writer’s voice. Always cite your sources and give credit where it’s due. Don’t be afraid to express your opinions and the facts your base them on. Don’t be afraid to be controversial but do encourage open minded reader discussion in your comments section.

  • Research your topic from all angles prior to writing. View the other side and all sides of the issue to isolate key points.
  • Focus on the issues, not on personalities.
  • Maintain a balanced sense of humor.
  • Seek common ground and when you cannot find any agree to disagree without becoming disagreeable.

4. Practice time management to enhance your focus and  use some simple tools that will help you stay on top of the projects you run. Don’t sweat the small stuff but do improve your blogging and writing skills, and the accessibility and relevance of your content to readers as you progress.

5. Know that your passion you won’t go the distance  if you don’t build friendships. Enjoy the company of good humored bloggers in your blog and in theirs. Take blogging breaks when you need them and accommodate guest bloggers who can enrich the content in your blog.

6. Relax and have fun with your blog knowing it takes time to build an archive of quality content and a readership. It’s not the size of your audience, it’s how much you care about them and how much they care about you that makes blogging worthwhile.

34 thoughts on “6 Simple Tips for New Bloggers

  1. Your 6 tips made me think of the old “eat right, exercise, get a good night’s sleep.” If we all focused on the common sense basics and skipped the fads and crazy shortcut schemes, we’d all be about a million times better off. You are truly the voice of reason, and I’d tip my beanie to you, if only I had a beanie… : P

  2. Thank you for such wonderful advice and help with blogging. It has been very useful for my understanding on blogging as I am a total beginner :) I was just going to ask you how to follow your blog in my wordpress reader but I found the button at the top left of my screen now! Thanks again.

    • Hello Jerry,
      I’m glad I met your approval twice over.
      Thanks for the compliment on the theme change.
      I’m not keen on the font style or size and I love test driving new themes.
      Your site looks so clean – squeaky clean and I mean that in a good way. :)

  3. Have to say the Sight theme looks nearly too pragmatic for you. But I know in a few wks. it’ll change again.

    I never expected blogging to even have online acquaintance but it’s been great hanging out in blogosphere with you and some others. Am not very good being organized right now for blogging which might explain why I don’t blog very frequently.

    One signal that shows still the flicker of blogging passion is looking forward to publishing a blog post that one has enjoyed writing and illustrating with photos/drawings. It’s like launching a special little bird to fly into blogosphere and see where it flies into various countries. :)

    The best of blogging is like liberating the very best self-expression to the world…forever.

    • Hi Jean,
      You may be correct about another theme change in the future. I’m test driving Sight to see if using the featured post slider to showcase older content will work or not.

      Since my husband and I both took on additional work a year ago my time for blogging and socializing both online and offline has become even more limited. In order to cope I have to be organized and schedule but I’m not always on track as unexpected things do pop-up.

      I really enjoy your posts and I’m a faithful follower so the frequency factor doesn’t come into play when it’s your blog that’s in question.

      Your final sentence is right on!

  4. I am relatively new to blogging (first post July, 2012) and value your guidance. Thank you for revisiting the “blogging basics.” I have been focusing primarily on the content of my posts but I want to become more active in the blogging community. I also have a question: I have noticed that although I have elected to “follow” some blogs, I do not always receive notifications as promised. This has also happened to me; some of my followers stop receiving the automatic email.. I have seen other bloggers comment on this topic (missing notifications), but no one seems to know how to address the issue. Your advice would be welcome! Thank you for One Cool Site, Hallie Swift

    • Hi Stephanie,
      I know from experience as a writer that if I’m not organized I may not be able to deliver a quality product in a reasonable time-frame. I also know from experience as a reader that if a blogger publishes erratically they run the risk of losing reader interest. That’s why I believe it’s a benefit to both the blogger and to readers to set a publishing schedule and stick to it. There will be occasional exceptions but courtesy and common sense ought to prevail, so I let my readers know I aim to publish biweekly.

  5. Chuckling about what reading through those 20 Brilliant Blogger posts will do to my time management for the day.

    I really appreciate this comment: “Keep in mind that it’s better to publish a single high quality post weekly, than 3 low quality ones you publish just to meet an artificial “magic number” of weekly posts.”

    • Hi there,
      Reading all of those posts in a single sitting is not what I recommend. I suggest you bookmark the article and then read the individual articles linked to in it as you do have the time to do so. :)

      I’m happy to hear you like the when in doubt prefer quality over quantity point I made. We all have active lives offline and there will be times when we may not be able to secure enough time to do a comprehensive job. As a disabled person with health issues I cannot always meet my goal of publishing twice weekly but I recognize that fobbing off low quality posts would be an insult to my readers. I choose to publish high quality content when I’m well enough to do so and I cross my fingers and hope my readers won’t unsubscribe when I have a flare-up and cannot deliver.

  6. I could sit and play with the themes ALL day. To me, it’s just as interesting as writing. Maybe that should be a separate hobby for a separate time. :)

  7. It’s occurred to me, too, TT, that it’s extremely worthwhile engaging with people who post comments, from simple thanks if they tell you they like what you’re going, to getting into a dialogue where it’s feasible/relevant, as you suggest.

    Be courteous and friendly to people who comment (while ruthlessly blocking the trolls and psychos), and others who read those comments, and yours, are more likely to be persuaded to add their contribution.

    Building relationships with commenters can, in some cases, lead to lasting friendships (I don’t differentiate between online and IRL friends, I think it’s demeaning – a friend is a friend), and from the blog’s perspective it’ll help it spread by word of mouth. Commenters, with whom you interact, are likely to become subscribers or followers, too.

    If they like your blog, it helps if they also like you, so play nice, be friendly. Address them by name, if they post one, it makes it more intimate. Be chatty and informal (but not so matey it discourages others!), ask frequent visitors how they’re getting on, as you might with anyone you encounter on a regular basis – but only if you’re genuinely interested in knowing! Pretence will show. It’s important, though, as if you genuinely care about your visitors, they’ll care about you – they are, after all, real people, not just words on the screen.

    Some people will find this difficult – I did, at first, I’m not the most gregarious of people (when I was young I was pathologically shy) – but I do urge you to make the effort. It pays dividends in so many ways and gets much easier very quickly.

    Lastly, I admit this can lead to additional work, but building relationships with your commenters does, I think, add value to the blog, and enhances people’s perception of both it and, especially, you.

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