What you’re supposed to know about blogging as a beginner
This is a guest post by James Tredwell.
So you want to know about how to start blogging as a beginner?
Well, it’s both easy and complex.
It’s easy to pour out your emotions and feel good about what you write. It is quite easy to start a blog and quickly start writing.
What is difficult is how far you get with it. And it is quite complex to know if your readers are listening to what you say.
What is blogging?
A blog is a short form of ‘Weblog’. It is your outlet to the world, to spread a word, awareness or even as a digital magazine.
The blog posts can consist of images, relevant data, videos and links to corresponding websites. You are also given the option of commenting and sharing the blog post.
The benefits of blogging
- A better thinker: once you start writing blogs, you find yourself open to different viewpoints. When blogging as a beginner, you should establish yourself as an open-minded person with high interaction skills.
- Boosts your self-esteem and self-confidence: as you get positive comments and more readers, you feel a sense of confidence and assurance of the content you deliver.
- Make money: the ultimate goal of anything is a fruitful result. Both money and fame are assured through blogging. Once you have got a large readers list, you can advertise and promote products through your blogs and receive payment from corresponding companies.
Quick tips to have a kickstart in blogging as a beginner
- Set a blogging goal – either long or short term.
- Your goals could be based on content or target audience.
- Get a domain name and wisely choose a blog host. One which has a good user interface and also widely popular among the people you want as your readers.
- Install WordPress as your blogging platform.
- Have a method to collect email subscribers at the end of your articles.
- Notify your subscribers and regular readers in an innovative way to approach them with your new posts.
- Try to produce content with a more systematic and strategic approach to please a wider audience.
- Blog routinely with the aid of an editorial manager or calendar.
- Use statistical data to back up your content.
- Take time to edit and review your written content before posting it. Avoid editing your blog post once you have posted it.
Things to avoid when blogging as a beginner
Blogging as a career or as a hobby requires a huge amount of patience and a positive outlook.
However, there are a few traps which everyone who is blogging as a beginner falls into every now and then. To keep you safe, here is a list of wrongdoings you should stay away from.
1. Your blog post could be an idea in the empty space
While writing your posts, keep your ideas consistent with your larger audience goals. A topic you might find interesting might not be as acceptable to your readers.
2. Your writing could be too straightforward
Beware of making your posts too formal, especially if you use data. Most readers prefer humour to help them understand complex science or technology concepts.
And any other topics expect a pleasant and friendly tone. Try to write the way you speak, as if you’re having a conversation with your readers.
3. You assume people treat you as a writer
Be careful exposing your own preferences. You need to express your views as a neutral person, and only at the end of the articles introduce your recommendations.
However, it’s important to show your personality through your work. Keep your audience involved by providing a sense of curiosity about you as a person.
4. You might choose elaborate topics which require a lot of research
Before you start to blog, decide on what area you would you focus on. Most bloggers like to write about things they are passionate or quite familiar with.
Choose topics that are parts of a broad theme. This allows you to have enough topics over a long period, justifying the importance each deserves.
5. Plagiarism is a major issue
Though we all know stealing others bloggers’ content is illegal, it also affects your own potential. It’s best to just sincerely write it fresh out of our own mind.
But sometimes it happens that another person has read written something similar just a few days or even minutes earlier. Check your content with a plagiarism checker before posting it.
When blogging as a beginner, gaining a regular reader base can be very difficult, and maintaining them is yet another challenging task.
It is essential to write consistently to keep your readers interested and eager for your next post. You can do this with an editorial calendar such as Google Sheets and Google Calendar.
About the author
James Tredwell is a Technical SEO and Content Developer with Hopinfirst.com, one of the top iOS app development company. James is passionate about SEO, Technology and management and blogs frequently on the topics.
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