Hello all my creative friends! If you’re new to the blogging scene (like this blog) or thinking about starting one, this post is for you. I’m going to tell you about my 8 secrets to kick ass as a new blogger on the scene.
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Ok, don’t roll your eyes. As cliche as this sounds, it’s true. Go into blogging with your own voice, your own take and your style. You are important. You have an amazing story to tell. You have unique skills, talents, expertise and a style that is all yours. Embrace it, flaunt it and don’t let ANYTHING stop you from being you.
One of my all time favorite quotes is:
Do you know why? Because we are constantly bombarded day in and day out from all angles on how to better ourselves. How we should act, how we should feel about ourselves, how we should feel about others, etc. The most beautiful and beneficial thing you can do is tune that out and be true to yourself.
Instead of copying a successful blogger to a T you can learn what has worked and hasn’t but put your own unique style, thoughts, and passion into it. Don’t become someone you’re not. Just be you from the start.
Deciding on topics and a niche for your blog can be difficult. I’ve actually covered this topic in detail in my eBook The Creative Entrepreneur’s Roadmap to Building a Brand Online (grab it in the sidebar!), also here, here… and again here. Why? Because being passionate about what you’re blogging about is imperative.
Do not go into blogging to make money from your blog as the end all be all reason for blogging. Find your passion and you’ll find your niche, your community, your message, your why and you’ll find yourself.
Quality Always Trumps Quantity
Plan your blogging around your schedule and how many quality posts you can generate. Personally, I work full time, I’m a mom and I have about 100 projects going on at all times (a true creative, I guess). So, carving out time to create quality posts is super important. Spending time on creating mediocre content isn’t something I want to do so my schedule reflects that.
Personally, I have a posting schedule of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Mondays are my Monday Morning Surf and Coffee where I feature other creative entrepreneurs/bloggers posts from the following week to help you, your brand, business or blog. Tuesdays I tend to offer a free download or resource. While, Wednesdays and Fridays are core content days.
If I don’t have content planned out and created, I’m not going to throw something together willy nilly just to get something up on the blog. It’s better to just skip it.
Do Not Shy Away from the Competition
You’re not the only blogger in your niche, I bet. Don’t let that make you feel inferior. There is always someone out there who is bigger and better but remember what the wise Dr. Suess said:
Leave comments on fellow bloggers posts that inspire you, teach you something, or heck, maybe they even one upped you on your latest and greatest. We’re all in this together. We all want each other to succeed. Which leads into…
Make Blogging Friends
There are so many amazing bloggers out there unconsciously (or, consciously, like me – let’s be friends!) looking for fellow blogging friends. I absolutely love Regina’s take on finding BBFs:
Your BBFs are going to be people like you, who “get” you, even if they’re not in the exact same niche or line of work. They are crucial to your success because if you don’t have others to celebrate with, to bounce ideas off of, to plan, scheme + dream with, then your creative growth might get a bit stunted. @byRegina
Join Facebook groups, leave comments on your favorite blogs, email people, connect on Twitter, do whatever you gotta do, man! Get out there and get to know people. We all want to see success stories. We all want to see behind the scenes. We all want to have people supporting us. The blogging community is an amazing place and filled with amazing people.
Quit Negative Thinking
Ready for the fasted way to derail your blog? Letting the negative thoughts creep in. This can seriously apply to anything, though.
Have you ever thought, if only I had started my blog at this time, if I only knew then what I know now, or everyone has already done what I want to do… you’ll get no where fast. There’s a reason why I put be you at the top of this list. That is because EVERYTHING to do with blogging and being successful at is starts with yourself.
Even if you haven’t had a “perfect” start, remember, you can always start fresh from today. Love yourself, love your brand, love your content and love your passion. Leave the negativity at the door.
Learn As You Go
Blogging is a learning process for sure. Take it from me that you do not have to know everything before you get started. That would simply be impossible.
Do not be afraid to get started today because you don’t have the best design, you don’t know how to make perfect pin-worthy images or you don’t know how to use every social media platform. It is perfectly OK to learn things as you, your brand and your blog grow.
Trust me. If I had unlimited time during the day to devote to this blog I would soak up LOADS more training and content from others who have been there and done that. But, I’m taking it in steps and learning along the way.
I have a vision, I have a mission and a passion which will drive my future success like it has for many before me.
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Let’s hear it!
If you’re a seasoned blogger, what are your tips for becoming a kick ass new blogger? If you’re new on the scene, leave a link in the comments so we can all checkout your awesome blog!