If you are new to the blogging world, welcome! You will find that you learn as you go and there are always going to be new terms and strategies that come out, so never become complacent.
Everyone must start somewhere though and if you are reading this article, then you are already proactive about how to blog and that is a good thing!
The world of blogging is one that can be intimidating and that is okay. The best things in life always scare us at first. Think about it for a moment. Love, moving for the first time, driving a vehicle, buying a house, having a baby. See, at one point in time you were intimidated by and scared of the things you have come to know and love.
Okay, let’s go ahead and take a look at some of the best of blog writing tips to help you get started and set you out on the right foot towards your goals.
Say What You Want
When you blog, say what you want. Do not worry about being correct all of the time and do not worry about what someone may or may not think of you. Look, satirical websites push the boundaries every day and they have tons of fans and followers, so a simply story about an accident your pup had and how you slipped and fell into it is not going to scare people away.
What will scare people away is if you do not think outside of the box and you stick the pen to paper and not breathe anywhere in between. Relax.
Your content will stand out in the crowd when you start to tell your story and when you start to become relatable to other people. Who wants to relate to someone who sounds like a robot or computer all of the time? Not your readers. Be YOU.
You Can’t Win with Everyone
We briefly mentioned it above and you need to make peace with this fact once and for all. You will never be able to please every single person that comes to your blog, so don’t. Don’t make exceptions and don’t back down.
You have fans and followers for a reason. Write for them. Worry about them and what they want to see. Do not worry about the readers who will tell you your content is horrible.
Change Up Your Style of Writing
You do not want to be known as the blogger who always writes in the same boring tone, now do you? If not, then you need to make sure that you change up how you write. When it comes to a serious topic, write professionally. When it comes to a fun topic, be goofy and personable with your writing.
The most important thing here is that you need to relate to your readers, but you also need to sound professional when it is warranted. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your writing style. Trust us, your readers will let you know if they do not like something you do.
Ask for Suggestions from Your Readers
One of the best ways to please your readers and to have a successful blog is to ask your readers what they would like for you to blog about. You can do this once a month, twice a month, or however often you decide it works for you. To make this work, simply ask your readers what they would like to read about and then choose one or two topics to cover.
Think about Topics Beforehand
One of the hardest parts about blogging is being able to think of topics. It is important that you maintain consistency when you blog, that way, your readers know when they can expect you to post your content. To help you better manage your time and not miss out on posting content, you should spend one day per week thinking of topics for a week or two. If you do this, you will never find yourself hunting down topics in a rush to throw together a blog post.
Build on Your Blogs
Not all blogs will flow together and that is okay, but when you can, take your readers on a small journey with you. For instance, if you have a blog about home repair, talk about interior doors one week and then build upon it the next week and talk about handles for the interior doors or paint colors for the interior doors. This way, your readers will come back week after week to learn about the next step or phase in the journey.
Write Until You’re Done
One of worst things you can do is cut yourself short for the sake of word count. It is important to make sure your content is thorough and it answers all possible questions and addresses all possible problems. If you find that your content appears to be too long, cut it into a part one and a part two series.
We cannot stress it enough – do NOT cut your posts short. This will look like you did not take enough time to plan and your content will be sloppy. Do not do it.
Add Visual Content or Statistics
A page full of words is not something that everyone wants to read and it is unlikely that you will keep your readers if you do this. It is important that you add statistics, numbers, bullet points, and visual content to your blog. This will help you break up the content and it will keep your readers engaged with the post.
As you work to start your blog, make sure that you keep the above eight tips in mind to help you. When it comes to blogging, you need to remain consistent and always practice. Once you are comfortable with blogging and you have a following, you will be able to move into more advanced steps such as monetizing your blog.