Blogging Tips from a Newbie!

Hello lovely readers, it has been a wonderful blogging experience for me thus far.

I am no where near to being a pro-blogger (yet) but I have learnt so much over the course of a few months and I want to share with you ( you probably already know this) what I’ve come to realize during this journey.

So here is my unsolicited probably rudimentary list of advice for ‘newer’ (i’m new too) bloggers!ย 

Formatting

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I’ve seen some awesome blogs; graphics, design, everything perfect! I’ve even been jealous of the creativity, like why didn’t I think of that –curse you limited imagination!!!

However sometimes these very awesome blogs have colors that are so blindingly bright; that, coupled with indecipherable font styles and sizes makes it really difficult to process all the awesomeness of your blog.

Seriously, these things threaten early onset blindness- if that’s even a thing.

While the creativity is astounding and color is a great accent to a blog it is still good to consider your readers.

I mean neon fuchsia pink (if that’s even a color) is probably great for a top or a buoy or a traffic cone; but a blog background, together with neon yellow? Ouch that shit should be locked up on ย assault charges.

Editing

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So the other day I overslept and in great haste, I jumped out of bed and before I knew it, like the Tazmanian devil, I whirled and was ready to hit the road.

Now I have 5 mirrors to pass before I make it to my front door (narcissistic much?! *facepalm*) all of which I glanced into before I turned the knob.

The only thing that saved me from leaving the house looking like one of Dr. Seuss’ book characters was the discomfort I felt in my (straight) jacket.

Lo and behold it was not the matching jacket to the pant I was wearing.

Hadn’t I stopped and ‘edited’ my damn outfit I would have ‘published’ that mess for everyone to see and probably institutionalized thereafter because I looked like a certifiable crackhead. This brings me to my point.

Editing is an important part of blogging. Read and re-read before you hit that publish button.

You might not catch every typo or grammatical error but you may catch that “the time I fed my dog my vagina” instead of “the time I had angina!”

Also, break your stuff up, paragraphs (where apply) should have a max of 5 sentences. It is a lot easier to read 5 sentences at a time than a 650 word paragraph.

‘Visual Aids’

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Pictures, gifs and whatever else necessary to convey your message is always a great Idea. It gives your blog character–pizzazz.

Trust me, when I first started blogging I shunned the idea of anything that would send me into a dizzying frenzy.

But I’ve dipped my toe in and it’s not so bad. I know, not all blogs require photos.

I’ve read some pretty awesome poems, novellas and so on that didn’t have anything other than what seemed to be millions and millions of letters.

They held my attention nevertheless. So it really depends on the tone of your blog as well.

Where necessary, visual aids are a great addition to any blog. This can be overdone, so take care not to make it a confetti of gifs and photos, unless you have a photography blog, that shit is distracting.

Socializing

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I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to forget your blog for a bit and immerse yourself in the blogs of others.

If you are looking for attention and discovery you need to put yourself out there and the only way to do this is through socializing.

When I wrote my very first post I clicked publish and just set it there waiting for the blog gods to work their magic (yea sure).

So imagine my surprise when I signed back into my account a month later *cue the crickets orchestra* and there were what, like ZERO views. Gobsmacked!

That same day I went exploring, I went socializing and learning shit, getting involved in shit, searching for shit and before I signed out, I had my very first follower! Woohoooo!!!!

That is to say, as many, many great bloggers have told me, make yourself known.

Grease those elbows and put some work into it. Get to know people, go explore some blogs. There are so many awesome blogs out there to discover!

 

What about you? What advice would you give to new bloggers? What did I miss? Let me know in the comment section!ย 

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Published by kedawithani

An awkward 'adulter' navigating life with a vagina in her teenie tiny corner of the world.

33 thoughts on “Blogging Tips from a Newbie!

  1. I don’t think I am in a position to give blogging tips. To me, a post like that sounds like “a blog post about blogging”. It’s just so meta you know.

    Also, I am a firm believer in “Do Ya Thang”. One can post whatever they want and I won’t really care, it’s your blog, you do what you want to do. Having said that, still, I more than happily will give advice in the comments section if someone asks so in their post itself.

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  2. Socializing is a very important aspect of the blogging world. When you find a blog you like, explore the blogs of those they follow and those that follow them. It’s a great way to find not only like minded people, but also people from other parts of the world. I love finding people (like yourself) who live in different areas and even different cultures. It is a great way to explore the minds of others around the world without ever leaving the comfort of home. Keep on blogging, girl. I’m loving what you do!

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  3. I loved this post – it’s so true, you have to go out and explore others’ blogs before your own gets noticed! That’s why blogging is all about karma too, spread positivity and you’ll get positivity back ๐Ÿ™‚ keep it up!

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  4. So true! I used to be an editor…I just re-read my post from yesterday…typos…typos everywhere! In too much of a hurry. I’m very new and have very few followers but I’ve learned if I write, they will come! I can get a dozen views when I don’t write but if I do, more like 40–I know that’s not much but I know this is just the beginning…right?!

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  5. Great tips from a new blogger. There’s loads of free blogging advice all over WordPress. Some may work, some may not, but read as much of it as you can. The most important part is to keep blogging fun and not allow it to grow into a monster that wants to stress you out or make you feel guilty. Always respond to any comments left on your posts and treat visitors to your blog like you would guests to your home.

    Images and photos help break blog post up but be very careful that you’re not using anything that is copyrighted and not free to use. I know of a couple of bloggers who have been fined for using images and/or photos on their blog that were copyrighted and not free to use. I’m not big on using gifs on posts as I can find them very annoying and distracting while trying to read a post, but use what’s best for you.

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

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  6. I agree with you girl, socializing is important.And guess what I actually gained my first follower exactly the way you got yours :-0 .so number one point socializing is important.Next write what you want to write because it’s your blog, and you are the one expressing your thoughts through it and it would give a uniqueness no one can match. I learned this from my own experience and other than that I can’t give any other advice as I’m playing it all by ear and learning new things in the process.And yes Enjoy, that’s the most important thing.

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  7. I am a newbie to blogging after losing my blogging virginity last friday. Thanks for the insights, I found it very useful. I know everyone learns by first making mistakes, but it is good to save time by learning from the mistakes of others.

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  8. I think youโ€™ve hit the nail on the head with a lot of this advice. Iโ€™ve found always thinking about how to be useful in my posts has really helped them get traction, as originally I didnโ€™t have this mindset at all. But youโ€™re so right in how useful it is to get off your blog and engage with others, not to mention how much you can learn from other people! Thanks for sharing

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  9. Haha! I was smiling the whole time while reading this. About the Formatting stuff, we have the same thoughts about it, I don’t like bright colours, some bloggers tend to over do it with the design and the format of their page, it’s super distracting, I can’t even finish reading a post without hurtinh my eye and then I have to stop and move on to another blog.

    We pretty much have the same take on blogging. Pretty nice. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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