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Honest Advice for New Bloggers

I want to thank Lahaina Vatanarom from the coffee wife for nominating me for a Blogger Recognition Award.

I’ve been blogging off-and-on since September of 2005, when I was bored silly at an office job and needed a creative outlet. After a few years, my life took a different turn and I stopped blogging for a while. I became serious about blogging again in 2017.

One of the things that I loved about blogging in those early days was the community that it nurtured. I still treasure many of the relationships that blogging brought into my life.

That’s why I’m so pleased to participate in the Blogger Recognition Awards. Once you have been nominated for the award, you’re asked to:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you with a link to the post.
  2. Write a post on your own blog about receiving the award.
  3. Tell the story of why you started your blog.
  4. Offer two pieces of advice you have for new bloggers.
  5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the Award.
  6. Notify your nominees.

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Two Pieces of Advice for New Bloggers

1. Don’t Stress

When you’ve been blogging as long as I have, you hear from a lot of new bloggers. So many times, they say something like this:

“Help!! I’m so overwhelmed! I can’t figure this out!!!”

It makes me so sad. Yes, there’s a learning curve. But we’re not proving the Theory of Relativity here. We’re just sharing our own unique experiences and perspectives in hopes that they’ll help and inspire other people.

I think a lot of times these new bloggers think they have to have everything perfect right from the get-go. You don’t! You can’t! That’s like waiting to buy a 10-room house until you have exactly all the right furniture, draperies, and art. It doesn’t work that way. You have to let the house be a living thing and grow with you over time. The same is true with your blog. Go at your own pace. Learn your own way. Experiment. Have fun!

2. Polish Your Content First

It’s your content that’s going to bring people to your blog and keep them coming back. This is what you should emphasize first.

Good content is content that benefits your readers in some way: exposing them to new places to travel, showing them how to do something, edifying them with new knowledge, encouraging them to make their lives and the lives of their loved ones a little better in some way.

Good content is also content that is well written–clear, tight, organized, and grammatically correct. And in today’s market, it needs good photography–clear images that support your prose by being interesting, intriguing, inspiring.

You’ll hear a lot of advice about all the things you have to do to get people to read your blog: You have to build your email list! You have to research long-tail key words! You have to create pretty 2:3 pins! You have to post 10 times daily on twitter, three times on facebook, and once on Instagram!

These are helpful suggestions. And I encourage you to adopt and adapt them at your own pace and in your own style. But they won’t do you any good at all if your content doesn’t shine.

Would you like some examples of good blogs?

My nominees are:

A World Within Reach

Bonjour it’s Bri

Breaking Down the Box

Carpe Diem Eire

Charlie’s Buttons

Double K Homestead Life

Grands Living Grand

Lou Does Travel

planning away

The Cultured Bee

The Jeep Girls

The Uncorked Librarian

traveling later

Travel with Wander Woman

Tumbleweed Chronicles

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11 thoughts on “Honest Advice for New Bloggers

  1. This is great advice! I’m a new blogger and yes, I have definitely felt overwhelmed with feeling so much has to be done and done perfectly. I agree that content is key! That is what I choose to focus on.
    Thanks for the reminder!

  2. This meant a lot! I am new (January this year) and I am having SO much fun! I was overwhelmed at EVERYTHING new for about 3 weeks. Then I had a good talking to myself and said, “Karla, you love to write. Just write. Then take one piece of this at a time until you understand it. The world will not stop if you aren’t successful in the first 3 months.” I haven’t even gotten to SEO solid knowledge yet…. Even Pinterest had me stumped… that took almost a month. I’m not sure what my block was, but I was bumbling along. I LOVE Facebook. That’s where I started. SLOWLY I am building traffic. (while I parent 7 kids by myself). But I’m having SO much fun!

  3. Thanks for the encouragement! as a new blogger, I probably give up or want to quit, several times a day! I will keep plugging along at my own pace. Thanks again!

  4. This is such great advice indeed. I guess the reason why some new bloggers feel overwhelmed is that they look at success stories of other bloggers and set themselves unrealistic goals like earning a full-time income in 6 months (which is doable but not the standard for everyone).

  5. Great advice! The content (the writing) is the first important piece of the puzzle. The focus on “clear, tight, organized, and grammatically correct” seems to be an afterthought for many bloggers. Thanks for carrying the message – Michael (aka, WordsmithMojo)

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