Hey guys! Welcome back. With a new year, many people make a resolution to start a new hobby. And in many cases, blogging is that hobby. It brings joy to my heart to see so many people starting an amazing journey. And in honor of that, I decided to give some advice. You can take it or leave, I am more an expert than the next person. I am simply sharing with you what I learned from what I did and wish I had done my first year of blogging over two years ago. These are things that helped me or hurt me that I wanted to share with you.
Set a realistic posting schedule.
This is something that I have had throughout most of my blogging journey. I think in the very beginning I was just posting whenever, but thankfully I was posting enough that it still helped me grow. However, I want to stress how important having a posting schedule it. And it doesn’t have to be everyday. You can post once a week and still grow and gain a following. It just has to be consistent and something that you can actually do. It helps you gain credibility and keep your readers coming back.
What I mean by this is don’t start writing content just to gain followers. Don’t do what other people are doing just because you think it is working for them. Each blogger is unique and their audience is unique. You want to have an audience that connects and relates to you. So it’s important to be yourself and write content that is true to you and that you know something about. Write about your passions and the right people will follow along.
Increase your social media presence.
This was probably my biggest mistake that I made my first year of blogging. I wasn’t active on social media and I didn’t have separate accounts for my blog. The reason for this was that I wasn’t really worried about growing my blog or my audience. I was just doing it for me. And even if you feel a similar way, not getting on social media is still a mistake. Because I promise you the more you grow, the better you will feel about blogging and the more enjoyable it will become. You don’t have to care about the numbers, just care about the impact you are making on others.
Guest post on other blogs.
If you do want to grow and you want to gain an authentic audience, I highly suggest guest posting on other people’s blogs (such as this one) or collaborating with a blogger. It is a great way to get your name out there and gain some credibility. Seeing your name on another blog might inspire someone to read your blog and follow you. Give them a reason to follow you and something to look forward to.
Interact with your readers.
I cannot stress how important it is to interact and respond to your followers. When you start getting comments, do your best to respond and acknowledge as many of them as you can. It is really important to building a community with your readers and also showing them that you care. Another great way to interact with them is on social media like Twitter and Instagram. Talk to them, answer their questions, and let them get to know you. They are more likely to stick around that way.
Those are some tips to helping you grow your blog and be successful in your first year. Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you find this helpful. Please like it if you did. Share your blog link in the comments even if it’s not your first year so we all have some new blogs to read. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!