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