This week, I’m bringing you the start of something new *cue singing to High School Musical*
No, but really. So in recent days, I’ve had quite a few people asking me for blogging tips, or just for general help with their blogs, and when Christine @ WeeReader specifically asked me if I’d write a blog post about it, she gave me the inspiration to create a mini-series of blogging tips (thanks Christine!).
Now, I’ve done blogging tips before. In fact, I wrote this roundup of tips as a guest post on Emmi @ BookWithEms’ blog not too long ago. Now, those tips will be included in this mini-series too, but I’ve thought up a whole lot more since then, and figured it would only be right to share.
So far, I plan for this mini-series to be four posts, with sections on Personal tips (todays), Writing tips, Design tips, and Miscellaneous tips that don’t quite fit into the other categories.
By doing this series, I’m by no means claiming I’m a great blogger. Hell – I’ve been blogging for less than a year! I’m rubbish at technical skills…but I’ve learnt. And now I want to pass on some of the things I’ve learnt from my own experience, because you guys asked for it. And I listen.
So let’s get on with the “personal” tips!
So this section is all about you. Tips on how to help YOU. Not on how to help you write/design/promote. No – that’s all coming later. To kick-start this, I want to give my tips on how to make blogging the best experience for you. Whether it be organizing, motivation, or simply little things that can make blogging a whole lot easier.
Sure, the statistics page is really damn interesting. I LOVE looking through how many views I’ve gotten, which link they followed, how many likes each post has. But you can’t let yourself become too caught up on those stats. Because one day, one of your posts might not get as many likes as the usual average. Or there might be a week where your views are low. It’s inevitable. But if you focus on it too much, it’ll make you disheartened. You’ll lose your motivation for blogging.
You stats will change constantly. But if they seem lower than usual – even if it lasts for a good month or so – it’ll be fine. People are still reading. Your blog is still great. Trust me on this.
This made such a huge difference for me! When I started, I just posted whenever. Whenever I had an idea, I’d post it. Now, considering I have post ideas quite often, this means I was posting nearly every single day…Only then to run out of ideas a month later.
So I made a schedule. Planning ahead means that when it gets to the day, you won’t have the insane “OH MY GOD I HAVEN’T WRITTEN A POST OH MY GOD I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO WRITE OH MY GOD!” panic. Because that just means instant through-the-roof stress levels, and no one wants that. Plan your days, and then you know what you need to write, when you need to write it.
And if you’re interested, here’s my schedule:
Mondays – Writing the next week’s blog posts
Wednesdays – Discussion Posts
Fridays – Book Review
Sundays – Any random post, to mix it up a bit
Sometimes I’ll write and schedule posts on the other days of the week too, depending if I have time and motivation. I just make Monday’s my main day because I’ll be prepared for the week then.
So you’ve planned your posts. You have an idea of what you’ll be writing. And so you’ll have an idea of the photographs you’ll want. Now the next step is to take them!
This always feels like a lifesaver for me. I take all my bookstagram photos (about 2/3 weeks worth) and blog photos in one photo shoot session. All your lighting will be the same, you can make a mess during the photoshoot and clear it up after – instead of having to do it every few days, and you’ll have a stockpile of photos ready to use. Writing posts can be made so much quicker if you already took the photos beforehand. And if you ever forget you need a photo, you probably already have one. Sorted!
Believe it or not, your readers understand that you have a life other than blogging.
Yes, blogging takes dedication. But the majority of us have work of some sort, friends to see, or maybe even surprise emergencies/events to attend to. You might just not feel motivated enough to blog, and don’t want to write something less than your best effort. And sure, the blog stats might go down that day due to missing a post…but then I’m just going to shove you right back to Tip Number 1, Goddit?
Don’t be afraid to miss a day if you need to. I promise you, the world won’t end.
I know it can be tempting to post what you think will give you more views/likes. But again, I’m sending you marching right back to Tip Number 1 and saying NO.
Your blog is for you. Write what you want. If you start writing for other people, you might just start feeling unmotivated. If you write for YOU, you’ll always be passionate about what you’re saying, and THAT, my friend, is what your readers will want to see!
Blogging is so much greater when you talk to people. Commenting on other people’s posts will make them happy. They might return to yours. Talking enough to make blogger friends is great, especially for the times when you want people to relate to you. Or if you need help. Or just to fangirl in general.
Blogger friends are like an online support squad. And the more you talk to people, the more approachable you look, and the more people will want to check out your blog. It’s all once huge cycle.
No one is going to think that you’re an incompetent cat pawing away at the keyboard because you asked them for help. Blogging is hard. We all know that!
For MONTHS I spent most of my blogging time Googling everything. And I mean, EVERYTHING. Absolutely every single thing I’ve done on this blog, I Googled. Because I’m honestly rubbish when it comes to technology, so lord knows what made me think I could run and design a blog.
If you need help – find it! Ask someone who’s blog you admire. Ask someone who you’ve seen do it before. Google it. Do anything you can to make your blog exactly how you want it to be.
Keeping up with other people’s blogs can be just as difficult – if not more – than keeping up with your own. I mean, there’s just so many! So take some time out every so often to have a blog hopping session.
(If you don’t know what this is, it’s basically just some time out to go through a whole bunch of blogs, liking and commenting on any posts you missed)
I love going on blog hopping sessions. I go through the people who comment and like my posts first, then my timeline, and this pretty much covers whatever I miss. Sometimes I’ll even make a collection on Bloglovin’ and save all the posts there until I have time. But catching up can feel so refreshing, and I’d highly recommend it!
There’s no need to rush, or make it feel like work.
You’re settling down to write a new blog post? That’s great! Why not make a cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate before you sit down? Maybe grab some biscuits too? There you are, snacks are sorted. Wait, is it cold out? Maybe grab a blanket or some fuzzy socks? Can’t have the cold leaking in a distracting you. Wrap yourself up on the sofa, or in bed, or build a cushion fort on your desk chair. Blogging is something you do for you, so there’s no need for it feel forced. I honestly make a warm drink and sit somewhere comfy every time I write a post, and it works wonders for me 🙂
Remember that good ol’ phrase – “Your blog is for YOU” ? Well, make sure to stand by that.
When I started blogging, it took me so many months to get my blog the way I like. The amount of times I changed my theme is a tad ridiculous. But finally…FINALLY I got it the way I want. And it makes me so much more happier to blog, to want to show off my words, to visit this space that is completely me. A place where I can talk about books as much as I damn well like.
But still, I’m constantly changing things. Small things. Just this week I made new graphics for my reviews. Not long ago I came up with a new design for my title images. I remade my banner because it was ever so slightly blurry.
If you don’t like something about your blog, change it. It’ll only bother you. Smaller problems will build up until there’s too much you don’t like. Even if it’s something that will probably go unnoticed and yet will take you hours to do – still, go ahead and change it! This is YOUR space, make it perfect for you!
So there we have it!
Those were my 10 tips on how to make your personal experience in blogging just that little bit easier. I really hope you guys enjoyed this post and that it helped even in the slightest way.
Next week’s post will be about writing tips, so if you have any particular questions or tips you want to know about when it comes to writing your blog posts, let me know in the comments and I’ll make sure to add them in!
How did you like this tip post? Did you enjoy it? Was it helpful?
Do you follow any of these tips yourself?
Is there anything else you’d like to know about how I organize things? Staying motivated? Anything?
Are there any tips you’d like to know when it comes to writing on your blog?
Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…
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