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My friendly advice to newbie bloggers #ChatterPrompts

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As a new blogger I’m sure you’re experiencing the nervous energy that envelopes you every time you hit the ‘Publish’ button and jump on every blog-related notification that shows up on your screen. As someone who’s been blogging for the last nine years, I know how priceless that feeling is. Trust me, it never gets old!

An empty screen holds infinite potential. It waits patiently while your mind tries to form befitting words and expressions around its ideas and gives you a feeling of accomplishment when a piece turns out good and is well-received, doesn’t it? For a blogger, or for any creative person for that matter, nothing is more important than being appreciated for the heart, time and effort he has put in every piece of his art.

Blogging, however, is not only about being lauded, as you already know or will know in course of time in this blogosphere. Fashion, lifestyle, food, travel, technology, etc. the genres are many and so are the opportunities that come with them. If you have something unique to offer and are motivated enough, sky is the limit for you!

I would like to suggest a few pointers which will hopefully help you in the beginning of your blogging journey and facilitate in achieving what you’re planning to through this cosy virtual place you’ve created for yourself. Mind you, I’m also still learning. Merely mastering this craft isn’t enough; you need to work on your soft skills, networking, social media presence, brand-building and many other parameters too.

First and foremost, find the genre you’re most comfortable with and try to add your own original and personal views and inputs to your posts. Plagiarism or ‘inspiration’ is not cool.

Second, impressive statistics are everyone’s dream and working towards them is good. However, don’t compare your numbers with anyone else’s. This won’t help your blog in any way. As a newbie, try to grasp the basics and be patient.

Third, become a part of blogger communities and groups to meet other bloggers. This will give you an excellent chance to interact with veterans, pick their brains and learn a thing or two from them. You’ll be surprised with how helpful they can be. Honestly!

Fourth, set your pace. Churning up one post after another can affect your quality. You want people to know you for your good work, right? Also, while I’m at it, please make sure that you edit all your posts. Bad spellings and grammar are off-putting for many, including me.

Last but not the least, always remember that honest writing shines through. Your blog is a part of your online persona and a post is a baby you bring to life every single time you write something new. It is a labour of your writing love. Amazing, isn’t it?

This was my six pence. Blogging is one of the best things that happened to me. It gave me a voice and connected me to some wonderful people, many of whom have become good friends. Hope you enjoy your journey too!

Written as a part of #ChatterPrompts

59 thoughts on “My friendly advice to newbie bloggers #ChatterPrompts

    1. Thanks a lot, Amrita! Honest writing has no alternative. We must know what we’re good at and use it for our benefit.
      I’m glad you liked this space. <3

    1. Thanks for your kind words Tarang. If not for communities we would never come across so many great bloggers and their work. It is a good way to grow, personally and professionally.
      Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

  1. Nine years of survival in the blogosphere is no mean task ,Varsha. Congratulations!
    and,I am completely agree with you on this – ‘blog is a part of your online persona and a post is a baby you bring to life every single time you write something new’.

    1. I feel protective of every post I’ve written, so yes it is no less than a baby for me. A part of me goes into every post.
      I’ve been on and off a lot, Meenakshi. Have gone and come back, mainly because this is home to me. So many memories associated with every post!

  2. This is really helpful, Varsh. M kind of newbie as picked up blogging again last year, so m sure I need to heed all the points mentioned here. Most of all m doing, and I just need consistency. Hope I achieve it. 🙂

    1. You’re doing lot better than what I did as a newbie, Rashi. I just wrote and never bothered if anyone even read it! 😀
      You’ll surely achieve what you’re planning to. All the best for it. Thanks for dropping by.

      1. Thanks for this encouragement, Varsh. Means a lot, sacchi. I really hope this year I get more than just better at it. N I know my fellow blogger friends would be there to support me. Thanks for being there. 🙂

        1. You will Rashi, I’m sure. Just write what you like and take CC where required. It really helps us grow. We’re always there. Hand-holding is what communities are for! You’re always welcome. 🙂

    1. I so understand you, Neha! Sometimes I go to my old posts and wonder ‘What was I thinking!’ 🙂
      Wisdom chose to visit me quite late, I guess. 😛

  3. This post was much needed for me! I have been about a year and few months old on the blogosphere and was going through a downtime becoz of the low response! But yea, this is quite a motivator and im definitely gonna work hard on my blog! Thanks

    1. Trust me, you’re doing lot better and are lot more motivated than I was as a newbie. Downtimes are common. Your content is unique and that’s what matters. Work hard and leave the rest. You’re doing a great job, honestly!

  4. What helped me most was letting go off my habit of checking my stats again n again. It only made me anxious and less creative. Loved every single piece of advice.

    1. I used to do that too, honestly. Then I realised that lower stats made me feel less inspired and that was a rude shock because I loved writing. They are important but not beyond a point. Thank you, Nisha! 🙂

    1. Glad you liked it, Dipika. We all go through this comparison phase and its ok. What matters is that we don’t let it affect our mojo like you rightly said. Thanks a lot, dear.

  5. Great tips and most practical ones too. You have expressed your blogging journey with right choice of words. And I would say this should be a never miss post for all newbie bloggers. Congrats dear for #bloggchatterprompts winner!!! Best deserved.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I feel truly humbled. I only shared some simple things which I had learned as a newbie and which will hopefully help someone. Thanks for your wonderful comment, Vasantha!

  6. I was going through your posts and obviously this post attracted me first. The points you have mentioned are true. Specially joining blogging communities, making a good network is always helpful. And editing is imp, I think this weekend I will make my time to edit all my posts coz I know there are plenty of mistakes I have done while in hurry.
    For me my blog is like my 2nd child and I try to give my best here.

    Thanks for sharing dear.

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