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.
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? Let me know in the comments! 🙂