Do Your Research
Make sure you research what platform you want to have your blog on. There are so many out there and it can be quite daunting trying to select one that suits your needs.
Don’t Invest Too Much At The Beginning
I was very tempted to go with wordpress.org or purchase a premium account straightaway. It gives you more control over your blog, and let’s be honest, the custom domain name does look more professional if that’s what you’re after.
If you want to be self-hosted. Do your research, weigh up the pros and cons, and make the decision that is right for YOU.
I think being self-hosted is great for those who wish to expand their blog into a business or career and have the technical skills and resources to effectively manage their self-hosted blog. But for beginners like myself who blog purely for a hobby and aren’t massively gifted when it comes to technology, it was just too much trouble for what it’s worth.
Interact With Other Bloggers
Get in touch with the blogging community. Follow other bloggers on Instagram, Twitter, etc. and actually read and comment on other blogs. Doing this can:
1. Give you inspiration on what type of blogger you want to be, and
2. It will make your blog seen and known, meaning more people are likely to be aware that it exists.
People won’t want to read your blog if you’re anything other than yourself. Create your own blogging/writing voice and you’ll attract the right audience.
Think about it, if you decide to blog a lot about a particular topic that you’re not so passionate about (for example, fashion) because you think it’ll make your blog really popular in a short amount of time, you’ll attract people who like reading about fashion.
This means your audience will expect to see new fashion posts everytime they visit your page, and you’ll be stuck trying to satisfy your audience with posts that you don’t really want to write.
Therefore, you are more likely to not sound authentic in your writing, as you’re not genuinely passionate in what you’re blogging about.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
We all need a little help sometimes, and blogging is no exception. Blogging can be very confusing and difficult to figure out at times, and it can be beneficial to ask fellow bloggers for help because they’ve been in the exact same boat as you at some point.
Set Realistic Goals
The keyword here: Realistic. If you’ve just started your blog, you can’t expect to rake up millions of views/followers within the first few months, even years. It’s good to be optimistic, but remember to be realistic in what you want to attain, or else you’ll just end up disappointed.
Don’t Compare Yourself To Other Bloggers
In the world of blogging, I’ve learned it’s generally best to run your own race because comparing yourself to other bloggers often brings disappointment.
Instead of comparing your blog to another blog that has been running for years, compare your blog to what it was previously, and see how far you’ve come as a blogger. You’d be surprised to see how your writing style has changed, and if you take photos to accompany your blog, your photography skills.
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