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Friday, 6 June 2014

Blogging Tips for New Bloggers from 10 Experienced Bloggers!

Awhile ago I started a fun series in which I interview  some of my fave bloggers. One of the things I asked of each blogger was advice for New bloggers or anyone thinking of starting a blog. Actually I did it for my own benefit two because I wanted to know too!

I thought I would gather all those blogging tips in one post. 

"Any advice for newbie bloggers? 3 tips to make blogging easier?

Place of my Taste

  1. My first and most important tip is :Balance-balance-balance! Find the balance between your everyday life and your sweet little blog. Your blog could take over your whole life and don't let that happen. 
  2. Do not compare yourself to other, more experienced bloggers. Everyone of us is special and unique. Blogland is huge and could be very overwhelming. Grow and learn in your own pace, everyone started exactly where you are now.I still have a LOT to learn:-).
  3. Love what you are doing and be authentic!"
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One Krieger Chick

  1. DO NOT Compare!  You are Amazing too! (Trust me, I know this is hard!)
  2. Reach out to other bloggers...Connect, Compliment, and Be Genuine.  Bloggers are real people too just like you!
  3. Don't give up!  Set a goal each month.  If you become frustrated, take a break and do something that inspires you.  We all need to re-fuel every once in a while. "
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Tiny Sidekick

  1. "Start on self hosted wordpress.  I started on blogger and switching over was a task and a half.
  2. The hardest one to do.  Don't compare yourself to other bloggers.  Blogging can take over your entire life quickly if you let it.  Set limits for how much time you are willing to put into it and stick to it knowing that you may grow slower, but you will have a fuller life.  This will also make you super efficient, not right away but with practice.
  3. Make friends and join together to help each other grow.  If no one is asking you to join their group, create your own.  This is actually ideal, because you will be promoting each other's work and this way you will get to hand pick some really talented people that you will look forward to promoting." 
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A Prudent Life

  1. "Yes! Find a group of blogs similar to your own in age and size. Don’t be afraid to email other bloggers to start a new friendship. Support the heck out of each other. Growing is less painful when you do it together and can learn from each other. Blogging is not a world where you benefit from being selfish. Did you find a great opportunity? Share it with you group.
  2. For bloggers intending to monetize, I would also say to treat your blog like a business. For me, this meant budgeting to attend blogging conferences this year. My first conference is SNAP April 24-26th and I had no idea how many opportunities it would bring BEFORE the conference even happened. For example, there is a private Facebook group for attendees. It is a huge wealth of knowledge! The conference has even shared several sponsored post opportunities just to attendees. I’m also going to Haven in July. 
  3. The good news is that there are a TON of conferences around the country, so you may be able to find one a drivable distance. Making a budget item for the blog to save up for a 2015 conference is a great step to take in growing your business."
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Addicted 2 DIY

  1. "Don't ever compare yourself to other bloggers.  It is hard to do, but remember that you started this to be your own voice and opinion.  I have felt discouraged many times since I have started, but I've had to stop trying to compare myself to well-established blogs and focus on putting out the best content I can.
  2. Find a group of bloggers that you can network with and become friends.  I was so fortunate to have been nominated for a Liebster award by Amanda at Well-Groomed Home.  That started the ball rolling towards meeting two other amazing bloggers that I also get to call my friends.  We all started our blogs at virtually the same time, so that (in my opinion) has made it even better!  We can share what we have learned and also share new opportunities with each other.
  3. Check out the how-to tips from other bloggers.  I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to blogging tutorials and it has been such a huge reference for me.  There are tutorials for design, content, advertising, etc.  I have learned so much and I'm still always learning."
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Crafts By Courtney

  1. "Reach out to other bloggers. It makes a huge difference when you have blogging friends out there. Even join a couple blogging groups. It's great to have support out there from other bloggers in your field who are going through the same things. 
  2. Make sure the posts your putting out there are 100%. Your blog represents you, so rushing wont help you in the long run. You want posts that you are proud of. Take the time to make every post the best post you can. Even if that means taking an extra day. You'll be glad you did in the long run and I think your followers will appreciate it.
  3. Get familiar with your camera. Pictures are usually the first thing that attracts people to your blog. If your pictures are not strong they might pass you up. Learn how to edit your pictures in Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture to make them the best picture they can be."
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SohoSonnet Creative Living

"I have SO MUCH but will try my best to keep it short.

*Come up for Air -  My first few months blogging I literally spent so much time crafting, taking pictures and writing blog posts that were seen by essentially no one. It took me a while to realize that I needed to establish relationships with other bloggers, gain a following on social media outlets, and participate in link parties.

Make Authentic Connections -   Don’t just visit blogs and socials to gain followers. Find 8-10 (or more) blogs that are about the same size following as yourself and really connect with the authors. Write to them, comment on their blog regularly, share their posts. Keep up the relationship, it might take them a little while to start to follow you back and promote you as well because people are busy but after seeing your blog and your name regularly, trust me, people will return the favor. Give it time.

*Create a small Facebook blog group -  Once you have started a relationship with a few bloggers create a small group for each of you to share your blog posts and promote each other. Having a crew of like minded people to bounce ideas off of is AMAZING. I still send pictures to my group asking which is the best feature picture to use. Keep it small though, anymore then 5 people and it is hard to manage.

*Set up a good blog -  If your blog is not set up properly then people will not want to follow you and google will rarely show you in search results. Check out this website, it taught me EVERYTHING about blogging"

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View from the Fridge

"What?  I am a newbie blogger, but I guess I have learned a couple things so far.  #1.  Take it slow.  Try to prioritize what you want to accomplish each week, and focus on that.  Like I said, I’m still working on this one).  It’s a little overwhelming at first just  getting the hang of your blogging platform.  Then add in all the social media stuff you could work on, getting to know other bloggers, figuring out how to take and edit your pictures, etc,it’s easy for  the to-do lists get out of control.  Set small goals each week, a plan to accomplish these, and then focus on that.  Next week … change it up a bit.  You’ll never have time to do everything (at least I haven’t even come close yet), but with steady progress in three months you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come.  That, and if you are an amateur at photography and editing pictures, check out PicMonkey.  It’s free, super easy to use, and you can find a million tutorials out there to help you along the way! "

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Life in Velvet

"Don't let comparing yourself to other bloggers ruin all the fun! Each person brings a unique and valuable perspective, and there's plenty of room for all of us. Also, join a group of other bloggers as soon as you start your blog. That is honestly one of the best decisions I've ever made. The friendship, support, advice, resources and opportunities that arise as a result are invaluable."   

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I didn't interview myself, but my tips are as follows: 

  1. Don't compare yourself to other bloggers. 
  2. Be clear to yourself why you started the blog (to make extra money, personal on-line diary, creative outlet) 
  3. Be you, be authentic! Your readers will want to read a blog that is written in your own voice, not something you think they want you to be.
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I hope you have enjoyed this interview series.  Are there any tips you would give to a new blogger or someone wanting to start a blog?

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