Blog 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.
- 20 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Time Management (blogworld.com)