Starting a blog is a very daunting experience, everyone else seems to have professional websites and thousands of followers, and sometimes you question ‘will anyone ever read my content?’. But, as you grow your blog and begin to gain readers, it becomes an exciting experience as you learn new things to help you along the way. I’m still a relatively new blogger, but my blog, That Herstorian, just celebrated its 3 month anniversary, so I thought I’d share some things I’ve learnt as a blogger so far!
1 – Blog About What YOU Love
Blogging is so much more than just writing a post, you have to promote, engage and plan your content. This is a LOT of hard work that sometimes goes unrecognised! I’ve found that to stay passionate about my blog and its content I need to focus on writing about what I want. It’s great to branch out and write posts on new topics every once in a while, but if you’re constantly not blogging about what you truly love, then it’s easy to lose interest in your blog.
Some topics will attract more readers than others, but true fans of your blog will stick with you, and new ones will find you, as you write about the topics you love.
2 – The Importance of Community
Community is such an important part of blogging and something that I had never really thought of before! When I started my blog, I was simply posting links on Twitter and hoping that someone, somewhere would read them. Thankfully, the lovely Hisdoryan reached out to me and suggested I joined her community of ‘History Girls’ on Instagram. Through that community, I have made some amazing new friends and grown my blog more than I thought I could in such a short space of time. These lovely girls promote my posts, comment and help to motivate each other through hard times.
Being part of a blogging community has helped me to keep motivated about my blog and to find new audiences. I was so inspired by the History Girls and the House 21 community that I started my own! I started the Gal Pals Instagram community as a way for female bloggers to meet friends and to learn new skills to help their blogs. These communities have helped me feel like I belong in the blogging world.
3 – Be Active
Whilst being a part of a blogging community is important, you can benefit even more by being an active and prominent member. Don’t just stop at replying to comments on your own blog and social media posts, remember to comment and message other bloggers too!
We all know how a comment on our blog can make our day, so why not give that amazing feeling to someone else? It takes just a few minutes to write a comment or to promote someone else’s post, but it can really help other bloggers to grow! And, if you’re seen commenting on many posts and actively promoting your fellow bloggers you can find a new audience, so it will benefit you too.
4 – If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get
Working with brands and other sites is such an important part of being a blogger, but I thought it was only when you had an established blog with thousands of readers that you could get those opportunities, I was so wrong! Sure, if you’ve got a large following it helps brands find you, but I’ve found that by actively emailing companies and sites I’d like to write for, I’ve gained some amazing opportunities. I’ve been able to write guest posts for some great sites and I’ve worked with a book publisher to produce reviews for them. All of these opportunities came within my first 2 months of blogging!
So, if you’re thinking about a brand or company you’d like to work with, I’d definitely recommend biting the bullet and contacting them first! The worst they can do is say no.
5 – Build Your Brand
When I first started my blog, I quickly picked a blog name without much thought. As my blog evolved and I began writing about new topics, I found that this name didn’t represent my blog in the way I wanted it to. After brainstorming a few ideas, I found a new name that I loved. I also created a blog banner on Canva with my new blog name and finally felt that my blog looked somewhat professional. By giving my blog a more ‘professional’ look and name, I’ve felt a lot more confident in it and feel that I can be taken more seriously as a blogger. If you have a recognisable name and logo, and blog about consistent topics, then your blog is more likely to be remembered by readers who will want to return or follow you!
So, these are some tthings that I’ve learnt in my first few months as a blogger. I’m always learning new tips and tricks, and I hope that this post can help others in some way!