Hey! I hope you are enjoying your week so far!
As far as I know , there is no official guide that tells you what you should do when you first begin blogging. I remember it like it was yesterday ( it practically was , it has barely been two months) After my first post, I felt so lost: I asked myself so many questions , Where are the followers? will I ever get followers? Is anyone actually reading this? I didn't even know what to expect. Recently, I have been getting some comments in relation on what to do with blogging and how to gain followers, So I put together this small beginners guide.To be honest I myself am a beginner , so I am still learning and I myself need to follow my own guidance. I just thought it would be nice, one blogger to another, to share tips and tricks to make blogging the most enjoyable experience possible.
WHAT TO DO FIRST
Decide what kind of content you want to show
This may change over time, it did for me, I ended up branching out to other areas and I am glad I did. But try to get an idea of what you want your blog to be about. If your confused then imagine how confused your readers will be!
Create a banner
The banner is what everyone first sees when they visit. I doesn't have to be fancy just make sure it represents you and what your blog is about
I make it sound so easy, there is no point posting twice a day every single day of the week without a single person listening. Please, read other blogs, leave a nice comment, make sure you mean what you say and always leave your link behind so they can visit you. If they like what they see, they WILL come back
Once you have a simple layout, you have a few followers,you have a banner and your already have a few posts, you can really get down to business. Post to your hearts content, anything you want, it is YOUR blog and YOU decide what to show.
Don't post every day one week and then never again for a month. This is how you gain follwers. If readers see that you are consistent and have put time and care into your blog they also take the time to read your blog and this , ladies and gentlemen, is when your readership begins to grow
If you read anything but one thing in this post I want you to read this. There are some things that we bloggers need to be aware of when we first begin that I think are not made clear at the beginning.
1. you are blogging for an audience, although you must enjoy writing your post , make sure they enjoy reading it!
2.try to plan your posts or at least know what you are blogging about, If your post seems disorganised eventually people will give up reading and move on
3.Its supposed to be fun! If we constantly go around fretting about stats or the number of follwers you have, you stop really enjoying it
4. There are thousands if not millions of blogs out there, make yours different
5. This one will sound brutal, but I am only saying it because I love you, you are not going to become an overnight sensation. These things take time, if you take the time to delevelop your blog , ultimately the time and care will show and you will get the recognition you deserve
6.Don't be upset if not everyone likes your blog, some people like fashion others will like travel, everyone likes different things!
7.blog frequently to get noticed
8.be prepared to share : (this I need to do more) make you readers feel like they know you
9. Your readers and other bloggers can become your friends! I have already made friends with some people on here and I would love to make more
10.Social media - Firstly, I would advice that you all join Bloglovin' because from experience, it largely increases your audience. I would also advice that you create other social media accounts such as twitter.
11.And lastly, blog for you, don't try to copy popular bloggers like Zoella or Sprinkle of glitter. By all means take inspiration from them, but don't try to mirror everything they do. If you want to improve your blog, Blog to be a better version of you, not anyone else.
I purely wrote this post to help others, but to be honest, I think I also helped myself. Please let me know if you found any of the advice useful or if you would like to see more stuff like this. I apologize if I sounded like a nagging old lady throughout this post! Also, not everyone who readers your blog will follow so don't base your blogging success on that alone!
Have a beautiful week!