MY TOP 7 unconventional BLOGGING TIPS for BEGINNERS
We’ve all been there.
We realize we’re passionate about something and we get the idea, “Lets start a blog.” I’m sure if you’re reading this article; this has been you at one moment or another. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to start a blog. In fact, I am sending you a virtual high-five and hug for being so awesome and wanting to share your talents, life, and self with the world. However, I know as a new blogger that it can be intimidating, daunting, expensive and tiring to start a blog. I think I can help save your money, your blog and your sanity. Here are my top (learned, tried and true) 7 unconventional blogging tips for begginers.
Blogging Tip #1: CHOOOOOOOOOOOOSE a topic you are passionate about.
Not a topic you like. Not even a topic you’re good at, or know a lot about. No, choose a topic you feel something for. The reason being; even writers get writers block. It is hard enough to take jumbled thoughts and organize them to formulate sentences that are relatable by the public. However, it’s nearly impossible to do that with a subject you aren’t head over heels crazy for.
When you write about something your passionate about, its easy for your audience to become engaged. They want to know more because they can relate to you. Think of it this way: I can always tell when food is rushed. It doesn’t matter how pretty it looks on a plate. It doesn’t matter how good it smells. Rushed and unloved food has a certain taste. That’s why granny’s apple pies are unmatched. Because love was baked in it. Your blog needs to be granny’s pie.
Blogging Tip #2: DO NOT. I repeat. DO NOT START A BLOG WITH THE ONLY INTENTION BEING TO MAKE MONEY.
Now, if you’re new to my blog, then you may not know, but if you stick around you’ll soon realize that I love me some Jesus. And because I love me some Jesus, I adore His word. There is a scripture that states in
1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is the root of all evil which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. “
Now, I know. I know. I’m going to get hit with the ” But Gladys, are you saying it’s a sin to want to make money from blogging???” The answer. NO!!!!!! God wants us to be successful in all we do BUT, it must always be for HIS GLORY. It is a sin to lust after money, because it means you’ve placed it in a higher position than God.
What I’m trying to say is, if you start your blog with the intentions of helping others, teaching others, inspiring others, or even just sharing your experiences with others, then there is a more likely chance your blog will be more successful because it is transparent and it is meaningful. But if you write content just for likes and clicks, to get money, then know that’s your only reward.
Blogging Tip #3: Treat your blog as a gift before the Lord, because it is.
Guys, God is intentional in all He does. He has never done any thing, any act, stated any words and not meant them or been unintentional. With that being said, we are formed in the likeness of our Father. We should be just as intentional in our works as well.
Romans 12:11 says, ” Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.”
Hmmm, not slothful in business?!? Meaning, not lazy or idle but active and intentional in our business endeavors. You have to get active about Gods business. If He placed it on your heart to blog, then BaayyBeeee, yous’ betta’ blog. Get serious about this. Research how to grow your blog; how to write better content. Follow a few of your favorite bloggers in your same niche (fancy word for subject) and get inspired by what they are sharing. Learn from others. Gosh, that’s another big one. Be willing to cast out that pride and eat some humble pie. In other words:
ASK FOR HELP!
Join groups that are similar to your blogging platform and ask questions. You may get some people who don’t respond but you will surprised at how many individuals there are out here with tons of FREE knowledge that want to bless and help you.
Blogging Tip #4: Be consistent.
Blogging is hard. Sharing your self is hard and it’s not a typical 9-5 job. You’re not going to see income every week or even every month or even maybe in the first year. It’s a long-suffering job, I can tell you that. It’s not that blogging is unrewarding, it’s just that the rewards are not instantaneous. You must remain consistent. Come up with a realistic blogging plan. If you’re a mom of 8 children and a wife and leader of youth ministry and on the parents board at your kid’s school: do not place the expectation upon yourself to blog every day. Be honest and blog where you know you can. Maybe try with putting out 2 articles a week. One on Wednesdays and the next on Sundays. Also, giving yourself boundaries or goals can be a great help. Set aside 1 hour to blog during those 2 days. Don’t go under and don’t go over. The point I’m trying to make is, I urge you all to be consistent in your efforts by creating small weekly and daily goals to achieve for your blog.
Blogging Tip #5 Don’t covet another persons blog.
I know I said to follow your favorite bloggers and get inspired but do not let the seed of jealously or comparison be planted in your life. It’s easy to see other people writing similar content and get discouraged or even jealous. Don’t let the enemy do that to you. God has placed in their hearts what He wants them to share just as He’s placed in your heart what He wants you to share. I always say, if one person reads my post and hears God in it, I’m satisfied. If one mom is encouraged, I’ve done my job.
Blogging Tip #6 Learn to invest in your blog.
If you’re serious about growing your blog, and making income, you’re going to need to invest. However, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on programs that promise an increase in your traffic. Let’s place this disclaimer: I am not knocking any programs that claim they can help teach you how to blog. I am sure they all have some sort of valuable information.
Before there were any programs, there were just people researching and learning what they could by trial and error to figure out what was best for their blog. So….I am going to make the educational conclusion through hypothesis that one is able to create a successful blog without spending hundreds and thousands of dollars.
Now, I just started investing into my blog. What I mean by that is, I purchased 4 different workbooks on how to utilize Pinterest and blogging. Total: I spent $30.00. (THIRTY) I haven’t even read all the work books yet. I’m working through them one by one, so as soon as I have some new info to share, I will link them down below with any results I’ve had. I also signed up for 4 different FREE classes that teach on how to drive traffic to your site. I will link those below as well.
I want you guys to see that there are tons of YouTube videos, blogs, webinars, e-books and classes that are priced from $0.00-$50.oo for amazing content. You don’t have to go broke, trying to blog. Also, investing doesn’t always mean cash. It could more time and more effort as well.
Blogging Tip #7: Last but certainly not least, have fun.
Guys, blogging should be enjoyable. We get to share our lives with others; help people not make the same mistakes we did. Inspire. Encourage. Teach. Savor this moment that you have and make the best of it. You’re going to make mistakes. That’s okay. Learn from them. But gosh, life is entirely too short to waste griping about how hard something is, or not appreciating the platforms we’ve been given.
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