WE DID IT.
One month is such a long time for me to commit to anything – I’m generally someone who will pick one thing up, and drop it within a few days after my interests have been peaked elsewhere (exercise, I’m looking at you). Honestly, I can’t believe that I’ve managed to keep this up, and I know this may seem incredibly self-indulgent (please avert your eyes WITH HASTE), but I’m proud to say that I’m proud.
This blog has been such an incredible experience for me – I love being able to log on to my computer, and feel as if I am doing something productive with my time, as opposed to sitting and watching youtube (*cough cough* my friends: you know who you are). Creating content has been such amazing fun, and I love that I can just ramble on and on about some inane topic, and people will actually take the time out of their day to read it. Reading and replying to comments has also become my FAVOURITE THING EVER.
Now, I really don’t profess to be any sort of quality blogger by any stretch of the imagination (heck, I hardly consider myself to be a pulled-together human 99% of the time) but I just thought that it would be awesome to share some tips and tricks regarding my blog-starting experience for anyone out there thinking of creating their own blog, and not knowing where to start. Because let’s face it, the internet needs a map.
1. Get INVOLVED
INVOLVEMENT IS KEY, PEOPLE. It is definitely what sets aside a new blogger, and someone with more credibility. Whether involving yourself in tags, on social media platforms and/or commenting on someone’s blog, all of the above will enable you to widen your social footprint and enable you to feel more immersed in the community. It’s incredible to converse with the whole community- also, 99.8% of the time, the amazing owners of the blogs that you comment on will U-turn and check your blog out as an unspoken sign of recognition. Relationships, and self-promotion all at once?! WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE?!
I feel like a Florence gif will be necessary at every juncture in this blog.
2. Find a common theme.
Now, whether you’re into knitting, stamp collecting, or skateboarding, it’s always good to have some sort of theme that separates you from the crowd. To find out how to make your blogger trademark *stamp* on the community, I’d recommend going to check out Alyssa’s wonderful blog: bloop. It’s full of all sorts of wonderful tips, and bullets to enable you to summarise your space on the internet and entice people to stray into it.
I can affirm that I am a YA Book Muser with a passion for The Walking Dead, Mini Eggs and breakfast assortments *AKA crumpets (yay British stereotypes)*.
my dedication to Mini Eggs:
3. Post a variety of entertaining (?!) content.
Content is a very personal thing to any blogger, and the work they upload stems from their own mind and being. That being said, I feel as if sometimes you have to delve into the realms of the unknown and post some out-of-the-ordinary content to be noticed – set yourself away from the rest (well, personally I would not set myself too far away because that would require a lot of running if everything came crashing down. ) and be daring in what you upload. People read entertaining works, that’s a fact. Surprises are never a bad thing (well, unless they are) and sometimes uploading a “BAM – you weren’t expecting that!” work is more enjoyable for every party involved.
I feel as if I did not make sense at all there, but hey ho – I hope you understand!
I feel as if this would be a pretty surprising happening. *nods at table hands*
4. It’s not all about the stats & schedules
Even though you may love them, I’d advise against letting your blogging life by overrun with these two *malicious* beings.
Stats tend to hold me back as a blogger, as I’ll wonder why one post hasn’t received as much recognition as the others, and I’ll force myself to never write anything of the sort again. Was it something I did? Posted? Said? Did my gifs annoy everyone? Are people becoming bored of the pancake posts? *AH* Don’t get me wrong, it’s entirely natural and perfectly acceptable to watch how your blog is progressing (we all do it, even the gargantuan bloggers with thousands of readers) but don’t let them make you fret!
Schedules are also something that I am less disposed to liking as a blogger. The way I see it is that yes, regularity is awesome (super cool) but sometimes the ever looming presences of a schedule can hold you back and make you rush a blogpost that you are not as proud of as you should be. If you can’t meet your uploading schedule, I don’t think you should overly panic – there will always be people to read tomorrow, or the day after, and I think that this is one of the main mistakes new bloggers make. *Most likely I won’t have moved at all in those 3 days, and will just be permanently scrolling through blogs, and eating*
Rushing your initial posts will only serve to diminish your wealth of ideas for future uploads pretty quickly. Don’t let that enthusiasm run out, and leave you trawling along the floor in angst*.
*Legitimately me by the end of any sort of run over 5 yards.
5. PUT LINKS EVERYWHERE
Links are your friend in the blogging world – they are like a window connecting your blog to every other portion of the internet. These compact portals are vital for any sort of progression, and I really recommend you set up some specific social medias and start interacting with the community (see step 1.) whilst subtly SHOVING YOUR LINKS AT THEM WITH DEFINITE FORCE. Bloggers will mostly be more than happy to check out your links, and become involved in your blog – but make sure you do the same for them. Also, if you would like to comment your link on someone else’s blog, I’m not personally against this, but make sure you actually respond to their post first and show interest in them as a human. There’s no use in solely self-advertising, and then fleeing without another word. INTERACTIONS ARE GREAT (I’m pretty sure this is the third time I’ve said that – meh, I totally meant to do that *rule of three* I’M SO PERSUASIVE)
I would love it if you could leave some questions down below for me to answer in a Q and A in the near future – have fun with them, and ask whatever you want (within reason, of course) and I’ll be sure to leave links to your respective blogs/social medias/other form of interaction too!
Before I go, I’d just like to take some time to dedicate my thanks to a few bloggers that have enormously helped me with this blog over the past month. I’d also like to extend the gratitude to anyone/everyone taking the time to read this post, and if you have, for commenting 🙂 You’re all cool humans.