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A few blogging tips from an amateur blogger

September 16, 2015
Blogging

I’m in no way an expert at blogging, but I thought I would share some tips that help me keep my blog going. Perhaps they can be of use to you too!

Blogging is actually quite difficult, at least if you want to blog often. You’ll often find yourself struggling to come up with ideas for what to write about, and sometimes when you write you feel it’s not good enough. That certainly happens to me. But there are a few things I do that have helped me a lot.


Schedule blog posts
If you’re anything like me, you’ll have certain days where you feel a lot more creative than other days. When you’re feeling those creative juices flowing, sit down and write up a bunch of blog posts. Then schedule them in for the upcoming days. If you think of something else before the post is going live, you can always re-schedule it for a different date. It’s good to have at least 2-3 posts on the go for those days when you’re struggling.

Save ideas as titles for later
Whenever I think of something I want to write about I write it down as the title of a post and save it as a draft. This is great to do when you don’t have time to write the post, but want to remember the idea later. Then when I sit down to write a post, I go through those ideas and pick the one I feel like writing the most.

Use pictures with your posts
This is of course up to each individual person, but I feel that it’s a lot easier to read blog posts that include images, and I will not very often follow blogs where the posts are just made up of text. I also find it more fun to create posts with images.

Interact with other bloggers
Not only is it fun to have conversations with other bloggers, if you browse around and follow blogs, you’ll likely come across posts that inspire you and you might come up with a bunch more ideas for posts.

Use relevant tags for your posts
Don’t try to use the most popular tags just because you want to get more views. Use tags that actually work for the post you’ve written. If you use tags that aren’t relevant, you’ll probably not get more likes or follows, as people will often only like posts that are relevant to what they were searching for.

Don’t trash posts you don’t like
If you’ve written up a post that you end up not liking very much, don’t delete it. Save it for later. After a few days, you may have come up with ways to make it better, and it would then be a waste of time having to re-write the whole thing. If you wait a few weeks and you still don’t like the idea of it, then it might be time to get rid of it.

Preview your posts before posting them
The posts actually turn out quite different on the live site than they look in the editor, so it’s important to make sure they look the way you want. Preview your posts while writing to make sure you’re happy with the way they’re turning out.

Proofread your posts
Although you might have auto-correct on or a spell check active, there can still be typos, so you should always proofread your post carefully before publishing it. Having a typo here and there is not the end of the world if your blog is a casual one, but if you’re blogging for a business, typos are the last thing you want.

Be yourself
If you write blog posts that you’re happy with, they’ll come out a lot better than if you force yourself to write what others want to read. Nothing kills creativity as much as writing about things you have no interest in. As long as you write about things that make you happy, you’ll find it more fun and will likely stick to it a lot longer.


There you have it, a few tips from me. Hopefully they will help someone out there who’s an amateur just like me.

Do you have any tips of your own you’d like to share? Β Let me know in the comments! πŸ™‚

Sophie

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30 Comments

  • beautyandthelook1

    Great post! I love the idea of writing posts and scheduling them for days x

    September 16, 2015 at 7:19 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Yeah, it’s really useful. Then if you’re busy for a while you know that the blog will be sorting itself πŸ™‚

      September 16, 2015 at 1:47 pm Reply
  • beccaannebeauty

    Great tips thanks for sharing! x

    September 16, 2015 at 7:41 am Reply
  • Thistles and Kiwis

    Yes I think scheduling is a great idea and what professional bloggers do. I’m useless at it but should really aim to do that instead of sitting on a Saturday afternoon going “I must write my blog post” when I’ve nothing really to say.

    September 16, 2015 at 7:52 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      I’ve been in that position many times where I really want to get a blog post up, but I don’t have enough time to figure out what to write about and then also creating the post πŸ™‚

      September 16, 2015 at 1:48 pm Reply
  • Red Velvet Snow Blog

    I just scheduled my first couple of posts- I loved it! Great post πŸ™‚

    September 16, 2015 at 8:14 am Reply
  • Amanda Bella

    I love the idea of saving ideas as titles! I always carry a small notebook with me and if I have a great idea, or am inspired by something another blogger recently shared, I’ll jot it down. I agree with being yourself as well. Sometimes I wonder if I’m not being professional enough or if I should be doing something differently, but ultimately just ignore it & accept who I am, how I write, and what I’m sharing! That’s the beauty of blogging – we’re all our own entities πŸ™‚

    September 16, 2015 at 8:15 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Couldn’t agree more. If you lose your personality due to trying to please others, you’ll also lose the fun. πŸ™‚

      September 16, 2015 at 1:50 pm Reply
  • kukkasta

    I really like your style of writing and I think your tips are very helpful! I also want to thank you for your comment yesterday, that way I was able to find your blog. It’s really cool to find another blogger, almost from home who has ended up in this kiwi land! (and even reasons are similar!) πŸ™‚

    September 16, 2015 at 8:23 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Yay, I’m glad you found your way to my blog and that you like it! πŸ™‚ I also love meeting new bloggers and it’s always a plus if I have something in common with them πŸ™‚

      September 16, 2015 at 1:52 pm Reply
  • Cutt + Port

    Great tips! Thanks!

    September 16, 2015 at 1:26 pm Reply
  • samuraitales87

    Great tips πŸ™‚

    September 17, 2015 at 3:37 am Reply
  • pursuitofanewadventure

    I don’t know where to get visuals and had to take a ton down because apparently people get sued for google images. I’d be happy to credit them. After all, they put them online. I’m not sure where to take pics of fictional scenarios as am fiction writer lol. I agree, visuals are more fun! I tried to use canva but they try to make me pay for anything. My blog is full of words only now and Idk how to get out of this lol!

    September 17, 2015 at 4:47 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      I use Canva a lot and I haven’t had a problem with being charged as long as I go with the free stuff. But $1 an image is not too bad if I did choose to go for the ones that aren’t free. There is a search function on Google where you can select to search for images that are labelled as free to use. Just jump into the advanced options. I’ve been naughty and used other photos that I shouldn’t sometimes so I probably need to stop doing that. πŸ™‚

      September 17, 2015 at 6:27 am Reply
      • pursuitofanewadventure

        Thx for the advice! I made a couple images today. I’m no ace yet but I’m getting there! πŸ™‚

        September 17, 2015 at 6:33 am Reply
      • pursuitofanewadventure

        Blondewritemore just convinced me to set up a twitter. Mine is https://twitter.com/kristins_blog if you have one. She says it brings a ton of traffic to your blog. I am usually anti-social media πŸ™‚

        September 18, 2015 at 6:24 am Reply
        • The Swedish Kiwi

          Yeah I’ve tried Twitter so many times but feel like it doesn’t really do anything for me. I’ll follow you though! My name on there is @krystaldream. Feel free to add me back!

          September 19, 2015 at 12:03 pm Reply
  • kaitlyns15

    This was really helpful thanks! πŸ™‚ Could you please follow me back? xx

    September 17, 2015 at 10:51 pm Reply
  • Isabelle

    Hey, these tips are great, would you mind checking out my blog, though there’s only a couple posts up at the minute!
    https://mysmallcornerisabelle.wordpress.com/
    Isabelle x

    September 20, 2015 at 9:42 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Hey, glad you liked the tips. Will check your blog out now πŸ™‚

      September 20, 2015 at 10:06 am Reply
  • 2MumsViews

    Very helpful tips for a new blogger like me. Thank you.

    September 25, 2015 at 10:24 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Great to hear you like them πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by my blog!

      September 26, 2015 at 9:35 am Reply
  • Les

    Thanks for the tips you Posted. I’m sure that I’ll need some of them, since I’m a Amateur Blogger myself. I’m hoping to get better. There have been a number of times, that I’ll Post a Image from around my area, but have a small problem on just what to say about it. I do the best I can.

    September 27, 2015 at 5:50 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Sometimes it can be a bit tricky to figure out what to write. It happens to us all. πŸ™‚

      September 27, 2015 at 9:32 am Reply

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