When I started my new blog, it quickly got overwhelming.
I drove my husband crazy telling him about a new thing I needed pretty much everyday. Okay I still do this but I promise I’m trying to get better.
It is super hard to know where to focus your time and what you should be doing everyday.
Don’t even get me started on the lingo- SEO, back links, hosting, CSS, HTML…
If you want more on how to start a blog, check out my guide here.
This is a problem that everyone starting faces so I rounded up some of my favorite blogging buddies and asked them this:
What advice would you give a new blogger?
Advice For Starting A New Blog
Mecyll Jamila, Blogger at Bitchy Chicken: A Creative Hub
“If I could give new bloggers any advice it would be creating high quality content as your top list rather than site traffic. SEO, analytics, stuff like that will come after you’ve filled your new site with awesome, mouth-watering, valuable, high quality content for your readers.”
Anne Krarup, Blogger at Anne Smiles
“What I wish I knew when I started blogging, is how many hours work that it takes to grow – and it’s hours, that’s not spend on blogging as in writing – there’s formatting posts, taking and editing photos and social media – don’t even get me started there. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re starting out. It’s impossible to be present on all social media sites, and you really don’t need to be present everywhere – different things works for different bloggers, so my advice is to put all your energy into just one or two that you really enjoy, so promoting your blog doesn’t seem like a chore – instead, focus on the joy of connecting with inspiring people!”
Melody DiCroce, Blogger at #Entreprenista
“I’ve been blogging on and off for over 10 years now (holy crap – all the way back to blogging on MySpace!), and as every blogger knows, there are a great number of learning curves, and “figure-it-out-as-you-go” lessons. That’s just the nature of the beast.
However, there are 3 things that I wish I had known when I first started blogging. Had I known these things, I know that I would have progressed much faster than I did.
Lesson #1: Find a niche and write for your audience.
It’s best to pick a niche and write with a focus. Write for your audience. Don’t make it all about you. This doesn’t mean you can’t pepper your blog with funny stories, anecdotes, and other engagement pieces that allow your personality to shine through, but make sure it all ties in to a central theme.
Lesson #2: Be YOU.
When I finally started writing from a true, authentic place — one where I was not afraid to weird and make fun of myself — my audience started to grow exponentially. They could relate to me, and as such, I was attracting an audience that I knew I could actually help.
Lesson #3: Done is better than perfect.
Hear me, ladies and gentlemen? Stop procrastinating! It doesn’t need to be perfect. Just get it done. Get it out there. If your writing and your niche are solid, then people will read, regardless of whether or not your site looks perfect. Regardless of whether you have occasional typos or can’t spell (but seriously, spellcheck!).
Melanie Smith, Blogger at Second Wind Vintage
Valerie Edwards, Blogger at Valerie Edwards
Jennifer Snyder, Blogger at Women Winning Online
My Advice For Starting A New Blog
All of these tips are great! (Thanks ladies for jumping in and sharing with us!)
If I could advise anyone on how to start a new blog, I would say:
- Start on WordPress or Squarespace- you know you want to be here eventually so might as well get started learning the platform now.
- Start your email list like yesterday, seriously. You aren’t going to get anywhere if you don’t start building a list.
- Offer a lead magnet ASAP, subscribe boxes are pretty but the truth is most people don’t opt in to a newsletter. You need to make it about them.
- Find your tribe. Blogging is a lonely profession. Your family and friends will ask about your blog but only your true blogging buddies understand the joy of staying up way too late working that last Facebook thread.
- Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. I used to be terrified to reach out to bigger bloggers than me. Bigger bloggers still need to know who their readers are. I can truly say everyone I have reached out to have been amazingly helpful and kind.
- Most importantly, have fun. Creating a new blog is an exciting step to so many wonderful things. If it feels like something you have to work on, don’t be afraid to take a break and move to something else for a bit.
So now it’s your turn- tell me below. What advice would you give someone starting a new blog?
And if you are starting a new blog and would like to find your tribe- I’d love to invite you to check out my Facebook community! You can join here.