Tips for Beginner Bloggers

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Your blog is up and you’ve given it the kick start. Vroom! You’re off and running only to hit a screeching stop. Why?

Even the most eager beginner bloggers become overwhelmed at the enormous task of caring for their web real estate. Stalling out in the early stages happens (trust me, I know!).

But will your fledgling blog die on the vine or begin to bear fruit?

I’m not going to re-hash everything that’s out there. I will comment upon the plethora of information available and how easy it is to get lost, and forget where and how to begin again.

I recommend ProBlogger as your daily blogging bible. Read it, digest it and go back for more!

Here are some easy, but important, tips for beginner bloggers.

Keep it simple. Make a plan before you start. This plan can be as detailed as you like, but if your blog seems low maintenance, you’re more likely to go back. Why make it hard? Figure out your blog’s main purpose and how you will reach this goal.

Word counts. You don’t have to write long posts. Simple posts, if written well, are just as effective. If you have a long post, you might consider breaking it up into a series. Word counts of 250-500 are pretty common.

Ask questions and be responsive. Interact! The dynamic nature of a blog begs for your participation. It’s not just about readership. Show up, be present and jump in. Your readers want to see you, hear you and be as close as possible.

Be authentic, use your voice. Do you agonize over your blog posts? Don’t! Worrying about what others may or may not think is counterproductive. As your blog grows, you will attract readers who admire you and your message. You can only get there by being who you are. Shine, shine, shine!

Follow your heart. Post subjects that hold meaning for you. Even with a business blog, you can reveal your passion. Your work is what you love, right? (I hope so!) Following your heart is married to being authentic.

Post as often as you can. Some bloggers post daily, others post three times weekly. Find your rhythm and stick with it. As long as you’re posting a minimum of three times weekly, you’ll do fine. If you can post more, go for it! The thing not to do is force yourself to write. If you have nothing to say or can only say it half-assed, keep quiet.

And you, dear reader? Are you a beginning blogger? How are you pressing forward and claiming your piece of the web? If you’re an experienced blogger, what worked for you when you started out? Share your experiences and help others!

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Laura's a native Texan. Besides loving Texas and horses, she's a marketing consultant, writer, and blogger who lives in the western Hill Country of Central Texas. Reach her at laura@biggreyhorse.com. Keep up the the Horse! Follow us @BigGreyHorse on Twitter.

18 Comments Posted

  1. Word counts are the enemy. I can never easily make a word count when its for a client, yet with my own blog I’m finding myself VERY long winded. I think I’ll work on series in the future. Thanks for the tips!

    • What I offered were the recommended count counts but…Steve Pavlina made a fortune with his long posts. Most people may not be looking for that, but there is always an exception to the rule. πŸ™‚ Who knows what can happen with your blog? Depending on the subject, some posts need to be longer and more comprehensive.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Good luck on your series!

  2. When I made the choice to blog, I chose to go with my gut. I’m sort of abrasive, yes, but, in all honesty I find that this is more satisfying. The other writing puts food on the table, this is sort of for me. πŸ™‚ That and with the work at home blog, I really feel good when I can help people.

    • @TS Mize

      There’s nothing wrong with being who you are, and if that means somewhat abrasive, so be it. πŸ™‚ Your readers will let you know if you go too far! Thanks for reading and I hope to see you back soon!

    • I totally agree with you, Bailey. Writers, especially, are isolated. It’s great to have support when you’re starting out but that doesn’t always happen. For me, that’s where drive and determination come in. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

    • Hi Mandy!

      I, too, enjoy the interaction of the “new” web. Much better than the static pages of the past. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon.

  3. I just reread your post and the comments. One solution to longer posts is to break them down into multiple posts if you fear your reading base will not stick it through to the end.

    Take the topic and break it in to smaller ones. Generally when we get long winded it is because our topic is broader than we realized and it means we have another post we do not have to brainstorm.
    Bailey recently posted..Crochet Eggs for Easter

  4. I’m back to comment on your revamp on this article. My downfall might very well be my wordiness (is that even a word? LOL). I tend to get lengthy in my posts and often wonder if I bore readers. I’ll try to keep them a little shorter.
    Daisy recently posted..Benefits of Growing Strawberries

    • Thing is, the word count is suggested. While there’s a lot to be said for tight writing, longer posts have their place, too. I’ll reiterate that Steve Pavlina made a fortune with his blog. If you’ve ever read his posts, they are not a mere 250 words and he’s out. Pavlina engages the reader and establishes a flow that’s easy to follow. For him, it works.

      For most people, no. I think it depends upon your blog’s purpose and your readership, however. Do what’s best for your audience, as always!

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