Sunday, 20 August 2017

Before you start blogging | Advice

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I wish I had some advice before starting a blog. Blogging is really hard and you get out of it what you put in. I have put together advice and some things that are good to know before starting to blog in this post.   

Blog post.
Write some blog posts before you start blogging so you are prepared and can schedule them to go up consistently. It's always good to be prepared and have something written for when you don't have the time to blog.

Reach out to others and interact with them.
Comment on other people’s blog and start a discussion. Never, ever, leave a comment less than a sentence containing at least 10 words (not including your name and social media links). Interact with your audience and other bloggers through Twitter Chats, your comment section and even on different Facebook groups.

Blogging is not easy as it looks.
But, it’s totally worth it. You need to understand that blogging is not easy and a lot of work goes into making one post live online. It doesn’t grow over night but slowly and surely you will form your own little community on the web. You don't get comfortable easily, it takes time if you are new and it's a beautiful journey.

Write when you are passionate and are in the right mood. Write where you feel the most motivated, such as, a coffee shop, a quiet place, or even at your own home. 
The best way to write is the way you speak. This builds up that friendly connection with your audience and makes them aware that you're not a robot.
Don't be scared.
Never be scared to ‘publish’ something you genuinely have wrote with passion. Always write your best and make your content be the best for you. If your content is the best for you then don't be scared. Be happy with the best you can do and know you will get even better in the future. 

Don’t publish something you are NOT happy with.
Always be happy with what you post. You would rather have a post be public late, rather than rushing it and not being happy with it. 

Don’t get disheartened.
Sometimes when you think a post will do well, the majority of the time it won't. Don’t ever get disheartened by criticism, instead use it to your advantage. You don’t need anyone’s approval. 

Every moment counts.
Grasp all of the good comments people leave who enjoy reading your blog and show your appreciation by visiting their blog. This is how I met some of my very first blogging friends. Every milestone counts so celebrate it. Every, single, moment counts because it's the first time you are doing it.

Stay away from the negativity and be around the positive energy. Negativity is just a no, no and it can easily dampen and ruin your blogging experience so if you see any negativity taking place, remove it from your life. It has a knock-on effect. 

Blog layout and themes.
Try to avoid black or very dark backgrounds for your blog. You want people to feel welcomed when they enter your blog and when somtething is bright, it's more captivating. Dark backgrounds also mean that your text will be in white/red/yellow which is not attractive to the eye. 

Do it yourself.
Anything you can do, do it yourself.  
Google or YouTube some tutorials and find what you are looking for, from little changes to big.
Make your own blog header! It saves you money and you can have your vision come to life. You don’t need to purchase some type of expensive software for this. 

Represent your own style and ideas. 
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different blog looks or posts until you find the one that feels right for you. You could even blog about it. 

Get the most out of your ‘motivated’ zone. 
When you are super motivated to write posts, and are all around pumped up then get the most out of that mood and write as much as you can.

Lastly, just enjoy the ride and be proud of yourself and your journey. Never forget to trust yourself.

If you're a blogger, do you have any advice to share?
What did you make of this post? 
Thank you for reading.
Until next time, take care and keep smiling.
Ramshaa Rose

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