Hello my beautiful friends!
I wanted to share with you today a few tips and tricks that have helped me in the blogging world. Ive noticed on twitter so many new bloggers joining the community. It makes me so happy to see our world growing and opening up to so many different types of people and blogs. Blogging has become such an important and fruitful part of my life, and I hope that if you are reading this and just starting out, it becomes the same for you. I wanted to write this post today because along with growth, Ive also noticed a lot of the same fears and questions floating around. Things like “how do I grow my audience?” or “what if no one reads my blog?” among many other things. I know the hive mind is real, because I had asked all those questions and then some. If I am honest, sometimes I still ask them.
Im not famous in the blogging world, granted. But I have been blogging for over 2 years and have received so many amazing opportunities throughout my time here. Everything from sponsorships, new friends, even money. My blog has helped me grow, learn and has turned me into a “go getter” type of person.
200 posts later, here are a few tips that worked for me…that may also work for you:
1. Decide what you want to blog about.
I know this may seem silly, almost stupid…but deciding what you want to blog about is the first step. Before starting Chroma Me Silly, I had jumped through a million personal blogs that were just jumbled posts of things that had no connection to each other. If you travel a lot, make a travel blog and share your journeys, travel advice and photography. If you love fashion, blog about daily outfits, designers you love and trends you’re digging at the moment. If you’re an artist, share your works whether it be writing or photography or music. Other than this blog, I also have a photography blog. If you want to share your daily adventures, DIY and such, make a lifestyle blog. It may seem like a no brainer, but deciding on what I really wanted to blog about made for a very consistent blog. It became easier to grow my audience, because they knew the type of posts to expect from me. This may not work for everyone granted, and everyone is different…but this made a huge difference for me when I started.
2. Post consistently.
I know you have all probably heard this one before, for sure. You’ve heard it everywhere because its absolutely, positively true. Ive had moments in the lifetime of my blog where months have gone by without a post, sometimes life just gets in the way. Thats understandable. But the key to a growing, loyal audience (and also to a great blog) is to post consistently. Make a schedule if that works for you. If mondays and thursdays are good days for you, post on those days. Readers are more likely to come back if they know you post often. This is especially true for sites like Bloglovin’ where all your favorite blogs are shown in a timeline. To stay relevant in your readers mind, consistency is everything. For me personally, I try to post once or twice a week. Sometimes Im lucky and can post more. Set a posting goal for yourself and stick to it. Make your goal realistic, and it will become a part of your routine.
3. Social media is king.
One of the best ways to grow your audience and meet other bloggers along the way is to get on twitter and Facebook. Twitter has been an amazing tool for me to connect with other bloggers, brands and my readers. Other than your posts, social media gives you a chance to connect with everyone else. Its perfect to network and promote your blog/brand. I personally love when my readers tweet me about a post they loved, or a DIY they want to try. Its an amazing way to stay in touch. and on that note…
4. CONNECT, CONNECT, CONNECT
TALK TO OTHER BLOGGERS WHO HAVE SIMILAR BLOGS!!! Follow their social media, comment, talk and connect with them. Our community is HUGE and chances are you are likely to find many bloggers with similar tastes. I love commenting on my fellow bloggers posts, having discussions on twitter and such. Get to know them, do a guest blog post. Connecting with other bloggers opens you to their audience and vice versa.
5. …But I’m not a good writer.
Ive heard this one quite a bit. I understand how this can be a worry for some people. Sometimes it can be frightening or even difficult to sit down and get your point across in a post. What I learned along the way is that when I go to sit down and write, I use my “inner” voice. I let my inner monologue do the writing. I don’t try to sound different than who I really am. You may not realize it, but most people can tell when you’re bullshitting, even in writing. Its easy to pick up on fake excitement. So be you. Write the way you would talk to your best friend. Be open. If you’re a funny person, include that. If you’re a more serious type, include that. Theres no right or wrong way to do it, its YOUR blog. Give it your own flair and absolutely don’t compare your style of writing to anyone else’s. If you’re unsure, you could always have a friend proofread for you before you publish a post. But I can promise you, simply writing the way you would talk to your best friend really does the trick. :)
6. Spell check.
`nuff said. I cant count the times I have forgotten to do this and have sounded like a complete, utter idiot. Just do it. To be honest, I’ll probably forget right now.
7. Keep it interesting.
Sometimes, it pays to keep things short and sweet. No one wants to read a wall of text for a simple review. I like to include photography in my posts to cut up the text and keep it easy and simple to follow. I get my point across quickly without being longwinded. If a lot needs to be said, keep it light and fun. Ive noticed that my longer posts with heavier text don’t get as many views as the others. It helps also to stay in the loop. If your blog is about tech stuff and gadgets, stay up to date on all the fun stuff coming up. If you’re a fashion blogger, keep up with trends and such and post about new things that have caught your eye. Staying relevant is incredibly important, especially in the digital/blogging world.
8. Don’t be afraid.
This is a big one. When I first started, I swear to the lord of unicorns that my palms would sweat right when I went to click “publish”. It was this anxious, nerve-racking feeling. Will they like me? Will they like my post? Do I sound stupid? The list of doubts and questions can go on and on and on. Im here to tell you today to cut that crap out. It does no good. Trust me. Don’t worry about whether you’ll be liked or not. If you are blogging because you love it and you are passionate about it, people will read your blog. It may seem scary at first, lord knows it was for me, but that fear subsides and turns into excitement. Excitement to share new things with your audience. Don’t let the fear of not being liked, or not being good enough scare you away from what could potentially be something so incredibly rewarding.
9. Tags & Titles are kind of important.
Well, like super important. Tagging your posts correctly is how people will find you and your blog. So make sure to always use proper and associated tags, as they can be super important to direct traffic to your blog! Same goes for titles. I cant stress this enough! Seriously!
10. HAVE FUN!!
Honestly, have fun. Enjoy yourself while you do it. I enjoy every part of blogging. The writing, the photographing, the research, the people. All of it. It can be a lot of work sometimes, but I’m always having fun and thats what keeps me coming back. If I wasn’t enjoying myself doing this, I wouldn’t be here right now and I most definitely wouldn’t be encouraging you to do the same.
I hope this works for someone, anyone. Im definitely not a pro, but I have learned a few things along the way. Im still growing, and still learning. I work hard to make my blog better than it was, and I hope that whatever I learn next I can share it with all of you again.
If you are a new blogger (or a veteran!) comment below and lets talk about whats been easy for you so far, and whats been difficult. :)