Blogging Advice for Beginners from a Beginner

So, you’re thinking about starting a blog, eh? Or you just started one and you’re wondering why no one has commented on your first post yet because YOU know it was freaking amazing! Do you keep checking your blogs main page to see if it looks good and get excited when you see you have 20 page views then put two and two together and realize it was just you (and probably your Mother) checking it out?! Yeah, I did the exact same things too and I’m not afraid to admit it, I knew NOTHING when I started. I saw the Pioneer Woman and just KNEW I could do that and be just like her. There couldn’t be THAT many food blogs (or craft blogs, or DIY blogs, or mommy blogs, or money saving blogs, etc.) out there, I will get noticed! WRONG. Now, I am definitely not claiming to have all the answers let’s get that straight right away. I’ve been doing this blogging thing for almost a year now and I do think I’ve learned a thing or two. But I am still learning every day! I am going to tell you some things that are good to know if you are thinking of starting a blog or have just started one. Things I wish I would have read about or checked into more before I started! Here it is, my blogging advice:Blogging Advice for Beginners from a Beginner

People are NOT going to check out your blog unless you have set up social media accounts.

Before you get started writing ANYTHING set up your blogs name on all the top social media sites. And make sure when adding those cute social media buttons on your sidebar that they DO work and they are easy to find on your site. The biggest peeve I have is when I’m trying to follow you and I can’t find your social media icons. No matter what you think, you are blogging for others. Unless you have a password protected blog you want others validation. If not why would you want to put it out there to the world? Give us a way to connect!

ย Join in on linky parties.

Linky parties are the best way to get your posts out there into the bloggy universe. You can visit my linky party directory to see all the parties I link at. That’s a lot isn’t it? I do so many because on many of them I wont get clicked on at all so the more you spread yourself out there the bigger payback you will get. And make SURE to follow each parties rules. Some hosts like you to place their link in you post, some don’t care if you link back at all. If you follow the rules the more likely you will get featured at the next party and guess what, that’s more exposure for others to see your amazing-ness.

Know your strengths and weaknesses.

Now, this one is very important and might take a little while to figure out. Your posts have to be good, really good. To get noticed. If you’re not crazy about it, no one else will be. The hardest thing I had to do was get rid of my book review posts. In my niche (I write mostly about food) people just don’t really want to know about the so, so free books I was reading (big surprise there!). And to be honest I was pretty shocked about that. I put all my energy into writing these amazing book reviews (or so I thought) and wouldn’t get one comment. But, writing about how I make the best cheeseburger in the world (and I do…) got people drooling and interested. So, you have to pick and choose what you are most passionate about and what will bring others to return again and again.

Make blogger friends.

This one is SO SO important. You HAVE to reach other to other bloggers. Now, I wouldn’t try getting in good with the bloggess or six sisters stuff because that is just a fail waiting to happen. But, when visiting the link parties or blog hops (more on that later) look for others that are similar to you. Similar in followers and niche. This will benefit both of you to grow. I was a lone blogger for a while. It was scary. I was sad and alone. With so many questions I had no one to answer them. Then along came a friend, and another and then more! It’s great having others to talk to about all this crazy stuff!! Just message someone who interests you, they won’t bite… and if they do you don’t want to be their friend anyway now do ya?!

Join blog hops.

Woah now this one is freaking awesome! And I actually just got into them, I’m not totally sure how long they have been around but they are perfect for helping you grow your followers. These parties just help bloggers connect where you follow them and they will follow you back on various social media sites. NOW, do be warned some don’t follow back. Some will even say they did and they didn’t. So, just be careful when joining these parties to make sure you get a follow in return.

Get organized.

You need a blog planner. You do. At least just something you can jot down what needs to be done that day and a few things that are coming up. Have a page where you can just write down post ideas. I have so many ideas I don’t know when I’ll get to them all and then I keep piling more on! I will never be stuck for a post because I have this by me at all times and I won’t forget that amazing idea I had a month ago!

Have fun!

The most important thing is to have fun. Don’t start a blog thinking you will be able to quit your job in 6 months. For some this might be true but for most it’s not. It takes time and a lot of persistence to grow into something others will look up to and be coming to you for advice! Imagine that! I have to be honest I wasn’t sure if I would be blogging for this long and I am just as obsessed with it as I was when I got my first comment (even though it was from once again my Mother, ahem…) as I am now.

Welp, that about sums it up I think. If I think of any additional points I will make a part 2 to this post! These are all things I wish I would have done right off the bat with my blog. I hope you learned something from this and I encourage to you email me with any questions you may have, I will answer them to the best of my ability. You can reach me at ThisSillyGirlsLife (at) aol {dot} com and as always thanks for reading!!

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90 Comments at Blogging Advice for Beginners from a Beginner

  1. Hi! I just wanted to say a quick thank you! I never had expectations that I was going to make millions on my blog, but I never knew about linky parties or blog hops before. I’ve only been blogging steadily for a couple weeks now, but it’s so much fun just to write things out. I love looking at other people’s challenges and thinking “Hey, I can do that and blog about it!” If you have any suggestions on where to find challenges that would be great! Thanks!

    1. It’s really up to you what you want to blog about. If you want to try doing some pinterest pins to see if they really work or something like that it is fine. There are other bloggers that do only this like the Pintester. The main thing is that you need to credit them back. With a link to the original blog/website. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  2. Thank you so much for the awesome advice! I am so eager to launch mine but definitely want to get as much advice and information before the big leap! Congrats on have a successful blog in just a years time, thats fantastic, I hope for that!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep up the great work!!!

  3. Hello! I’m just starting off….about a week in! I was wondering if when you started, you hired someone to create your blog or if you did it all yourself? Your homepage looks great and I love your media icons. I feel like my head is spinning half the time trying to figure it all out. And not sure if I should start writing or wait until everything is in order on my blog…..which I’m starting out with blogger. Thoughts?
    Thanks so much! Great tips!

    1. When I started I did everything myself. I had a free template on blogger, switched to wordpress and got another free template. It wasn’t until about a month and a half ago that I got this design from one of my best bloggy friends Cami at TitiCrafty.com. If I were to do it all over again I would have waited until I had better pictures and a better design. BUT, thinking how it was first starting that wouldn’t have been possible at all. So, if you have the means and are very serious about blogging then I would say wait a little while to start posting and get everything set up exactly how you want it first. THEN, jump in with the actual blogging part. Others will probably disagree with me on that but it’s just my opinion. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Your clarity and personal insight are just what I needed to read as I start working on my blog (haven’t even posted yet)…grateful for you today.

  5. A gift from my son Christmas 2012, my blog was just a hobby and I was actually working on it so my children and family would have our treasured recipe’s, gardening and craft ideas on our website. Taking a few months off and getting close to retirement, I have decided I want to get serious about this blogging thing and see if I can generate extra income. Your advice is so helpful…. A Big Thank You!!!!.

  6. love your post! i just created my blog and haven’t made it as far as writing my first post yet ๐Ÿ™‚ i have read tons of tips and your post is the first i have found with the tip to “have fun!” this is an obvious tip, but just getting started has been somewhat overwhelming. thank you!

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