Hey girl hey! I recently polled some of my best blogging friends and asked them what their best tips for blogging were. This sparked me to share them with my readers. There might be some of you out there struggling to keep your blog going. Maybe you want to start a blog, but are unsure of where to start (which in that case, you can click here to read my blog on starting a blog!) Wherever you are on your blogging journey, having an arsenal of tips to refer back to is important! Here are a few of mine and my friends’ best blogging tips!
1. Set “office hours”
This is one that I received from a ton of friends, and I completely agree! Not only does this allow you to step away from your computer or your phone, but it also gives you the ability to prioritize what is most important. This is especially helpful if you are like most bloggers and don’t just blog full time. The way that I set office hours is by designating a special time to answer questions that I get in my DMs on Instagram. If I have small chunks of time throughout the day, I will utilize that time to engage with other bloggers on Instagram as well. Every business has an opening and closing time, so why shouldn’t you? Side note: working in social media can be difficult. You do not need to be available to every one at all hours of the day. Remember that your time is precious!
2. Be yourself
I know, I know. The most cliche advice for basically anything in life. However, this applies to blogging in so many different facets. First and foremost, if you aren’t writing in the voice that you would typically use, it’s completely obvious to your reader. Be natural. If you wouldn’t typically use big, fancy words, then don’t use them! Furthermore, if you want to post something that is truly meaningful to you, do it! This is your little space on the internet, allow people to get to know you through what you say.
3. Engage with others
This is tip from Alyssa @ AlyssaCherise! Instagram is quite possibly one of the best spots for getting your blog content out there. However, you can’t expect people to come rushing to your blog if you aren’t actively engaging with their posts too. I spend around an hour to two hours a day engaging with other people’s posts both on Instagram and on their blog. My favorite way to do this is to go through your explore page, and comment on posts that are similar to what you post. For example, I am constantly checking out different makeup flatlay pages, because that’s relevant to what I post.
I also like to go through hashtags to see what people are posting in relevant hashtags. My favorite hashtags to go through are #midwestblogger and #discoverunder5k. These are both relevant hashtags for me, because I am a Midwest blogger, and I have under 5K followers on Instagram. I can connect with other bloggers who have similar interests to me, and it helps boost my posts as well.
4. Remember why you started
I absolutely love this tip from Shanté @ sdannieg! She says, “It’s not always easy. There are many frustrating moments. Sometimes you put so much work into one post for it to get so little engagement. That can be discouraging. But if you remember why you started, it gives you fuel to keep going. Remember that you are serving an audience of real people. Serve them well, be honest, and be transparent.” This literally is the bottom line of blogging. What are your long-term goals for your blog? Repeat those long-term goals to yourself every time you post, and you’ll never lose sight of that vision.
5. Know your audience
I cannot stress how important this is! When you’re a blogger, you are not writing for you. You’re writing for other people. If you use your blog as a creative outlet for only you, that’s great. However, if you ever want to make a sustainable income with blogging, remember that your readers want to be able to take something away from your blog. If they aren’t gaining anything from reading your blog, they aren’t going to come back. Follow the trends of what gets the most views on your blog. Once you determine what your audience likes the best, keep replicating that content.
Furthermore, I like to poll my readers on what they like to read the best! For example, I will do an Instagram story asking my readers what kinds of blog posts they enjoy the best. Then, I take the responses and write posts based on that. This is a great way to include your audience in what you write!
6. Quality over Quantity
There was a time period where I thought I had to crank out 3 blog posts a week. What I found was that I wasn’t writing GREAT content, it was just subpar. Chelsea @ ChelseasDay would have to agree! When you get too into writing a ton of blog posts rather than writing captivating blog posts, you’re gonna lose readers really quick! Instead, plan out a few amazing posts per month to get your audience reeled in. Use Instagram for short tidbits of info or smaller reviews. Your blog is your spotlight, everything else is supporting.
7. Plan your content out
To go off of my last point, one major tip from some bloggers was to take the time to plan out your posts. Hannah @ MimosasandLipstick says “My tip is to be genuine and be consistent. There have been so many times where I feel like I’m hitting a wall and that I should just give up, but having a schedule and taking it seriously really helps! And if you’re consistent and work hard, it’ll happen! You get what you put into anything and blogging is no exception!” This is soooo true! You can’t expect something to grow if you just go at it randomly. It takes consistent time and effort. What I do to make sure I’m planning out my content is to write a list of blog posts that I would want to write. Then, I poll my readers to ask if these are things they want. Once they say yes, I add them to a calendar. This makes it so much easier for me to stay on track!
Also, I have mentioned this before in other posts, but I am a huge fan of “batch writing!” Batch writing is basically sitting down on one day and writing out a ton of content. Then, you can add in pictures and post when you’re ready. I have easily 20 drafts saved in my post section so that I can always make sure I’m ready to post at any given moment!
There you have it! Those are mine + some of my friends’ best blogging tips! Have a blogging tip you want to share? Comment down below! Also be sure to follow me on all of my social media platforms on the right side of my blog!