The questions I get asked the most are the ones about how to be a blogger. Beginnings are hard for everyone and I’m glad to share my humble knowledge about the funny thing called blogging with you.
I’ve summarized the basic to blogging in 3 significant steps.
Hope this would help you reach your blogger goal.
Step 1. RESEARCH
First of all, you got to write about the stuff YOU are interested in. Then you get to write about what your readers want.
Challenging yourself is awesome and you never know what you are capable of so trying new thing, new writing styles, new topics helps you grow as a writer. Don’t try to box yourself as “THAT” type of blogger. Hell, who knows who they are without searching for it?
You’re presenting YOU to your audience so YOU are the first one who gets to like your creation.
How could you know what your audience wants?
Simply: Try to understand your readers. Any type of analytic or statistic plugin summarizes the most important things you need to know about the results of your blog.
I’m sure we’re all mostly interested in viewers number. No one blames you. That’s a totally normal thing to be curious about. It seems like that number is the indicator of whether your blog is successful or not.
And that’s so freaking stressful.
Honestly try to stop focusing on your viewers or visitors numbers too much or you’ll ruin the blogger experience for yourself.
Instead, study the demographics of your audience.
Where are your readers from and what are their time zone is a great help in figuring out when is the best time to post your articles.
Also, search for when are your readers or subscribers most active and share your new article at that time to assure an immediate response.
For example, most of my readers are from America and are most active at around 8 pm. But I am deep asleep in the Czech Republic at that time so I can easily schedule my posts to publish at best time for my audience.
Learn about their age and gender to talk about the topic of their interest. Don’t limit yourself though.
Labeling your audience helps you but in that case, you’ll keep writing same old stuff every time until you, your audience or both of you get sick of it.
With every new article, you’re allowing yourself to grow and you move forward.
Find out what your followers want by simply checking out what they look for on your blog. Which articles are most viewed. What type of phrases they search for. How did they find your blog?
You can learn all that from your statistic.
So before you hit publish do your research about both the topic you write about and people you write for.
Step 2. WRITING
There are many ways how to write. Some write down pinpoints and extend the article from there. Some pour down everything in one breath and figure out the form later. No matter what fits you the best you got to make your story readable and not in just context.
Add the paragraphs, pictures, headlines, quotations, formation, links… Makes you look like a professional. Like you actually know what you are doing.
Avoiding grammar mistakes is a bitch but programs like Grammarly or others so helps a lot. This way you can really focus on what and how you want to say it. The app will deal with the technicalities for you.
Step 3. PUBLISHING
The journey of blogging only begins with a hit of a publish button. Now your subscriber gets a notification of your new article. But what about your potential future readers?
You got to help them out. Share your article with them.
Social media are walking hand in hand with blogger platforms. It’s necessary if you want to grow your blog.
The major ones got to be:
I’ve shared here my personals link so you can check out right away how I self promote myself to keep my blog on my follower’s mind.
It’s pretty self-explanatory. Keep reminding your audience you’re here and you have the stuff to say.
Share your articles on Facebook where you might have a different audience than on your actual blog. This means a wider audience.
Link your blog to your Instagram. Your Instagram should be switched to a business account and if you’re not familiar with how Instagram works I shared my Instagram observations in my How to become Instagram famous? – Tips and Tricks. Also a wider audience and a higher chance to get new readers.
Pinterest is like made for bloggers. Makes your work in getting yourself out there much easier.
Tumblr is my nursing blogger platform and I’ll forever be grateful for the lessons I learned because of Tumblr blogging and the opportunities I took because of them. My beginnings in blogging are summarized in my Blogging beginnings and tricks how to prosper your blog.
And that’s it. That’s the basic on how to be a blogger.
Obviously, there is much more you’ll get to learn along the way. A simple trial error will help you move along.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I’m sure many long-time bloggers would be glad to help you out. We all remember what it was like to start and be hella confused about everything.
There are many apps to help you move along quicker and bigger if you are really serious about blogging.
You can find a shit ton of tips for starting up bloggers online. Just like there are many articles already written. Manny topics already talked about. Don’t get discouraged by it.
It may have been written, but it hasn’t been written by you.