12 Pieces Of Advice For New Bloggers
These are the tips I wish someone informed me 6 years ago when I started blogging.
There are too many reasons why someone wants to start blogging. I encountered newbie bloggers who wanted to blog for income while others wanted to just spread their message. Whatever your purpose is, you should be comfortable with blogging first before you work on whatever your purpose is for blogging. If your main purpose is to earn, you should be reminded that there’s no easy money from blogging. It is not easy as you might be thinking. But, through hard work, creativity, and consistency, you could earn from blogging. But before you reach that point, you have to continuously learn things about blogging. Same goes to when your main purpose is to spread message or information, you have to be comfortable first. If you are comfortable, it would reflect on your blog and blog posts then your audience would feel wanting to read more from you.
If you can’t think of a good blog name, name it after yourself
I think one of the craziest thing I’ve done in blogging is changing blog names several times. All I thought was I wanted to focus on one niche but then I realized that I’m a multipassionate blogger who wants to blog about various topics so I come up with an idea of naming this blog after my name. I was initially thinking of choosing najmahcapal.com or bintnasr.com but because my name sounds foreign and strange for many, I decided to just choose bynajmah.com. If you think your full name would fit as a blog name then use it. You can also add something to your name such as chaiwithsahar.com, creativekhadija.com, thelifeofaaliyah.com, bitsofjoyce.com and bynajmah.com. The good thing about having a blog after your name is that you’d be more comfortable blogging about any topics. When you own a blog with a blog name that obviously has a specific topic, you’d be uncomfortable blogging about things unrelated to that niche.
START WITH A NICE DESIGN
This will not just help you to be comfortable with your blogging experience but it will also make your audience feel comfortable when reading your blog. Your blog design serves as a home for your blog posts. So, having a good design helps in welcoming audience. If they feel comfortable then they may want to visit your blog again and again. You don’t have to spend money to have a nice design, you can design your own or find free made themes.
Having a blog design is just a part of branding. Branding goes deeper than a design, logo and pretty website. Branding is having a mission, knowing your target audience and knowing what things you want to blog about. It will help you to have a guide and also for your audience to know what your blog is about.
Narrow down your niche
For multi passionate bloggers like me, this is probably the a difficult part. It’s so tempting to blog about everything under the sun. Even you have a broad number of categories to blog about on your blog, your blog should have some type of direction or mission so that you, as a blogger, and your audience won’t be confused. This is also the reason why I made two blogs. themuslimbricks.com and bynajmah.com. Although I blog about several categories on themuslimbricks.com, still there is a limit of topics. It is limited for topics related to Islamic reflection, Islamic stories, productivity and personal development for Muslims. On the other hand, although I consider bynajmah.com as a lifestyle platform, the topics are limited to blogging, nutrition, freelancing, getting fit, designing and life as a student.
What will happen if I blog several topics on one blog, let’s say I combine my blog posts into one.
These would be my categories:
- Personal development for Muslims
- Islamic stories
- Personal development
- My student life
- Getting fit
- Posts for Muslims audience only
- Posts for general audience
It would totally be a big confusion. I’m not saying that you must own multiple blogs but you should set a direction for your blog by having a limited scope of topics.
You can be more than a blogger
As a newbie, don’t think that you are only a blogger who owns a little space online. Whatever you blog about will definitely impact one person. You are spreading a message publicly so be aware and conscious of what you post online. Also, blogging itself could turn you to becoming a book writer, a freelancer, an entrepreneur, an inspirational person, etc. There’s more you could be from blogging if you are blogging the right way, having good intentions, and learning continuously.
Don’t just blog, read other blogs too
Blogging is not about yourself only. Blogging is about communication, learning, supporting others and networking. Actually, blogging is a team work. We work together with other bloggers by supporting each other. You have to be a good blog reader for you to be a good blogger. That’s how it works. The best way to build your blog is to network with your online community and support others. Make it a habit to read, comment and share blogs of others not only your own.
DON’T COMMIT TOO MUCH
If you have some paper assignments to make or house tasks to do then don’t stress yourself trying to get a post up every single day. Remember that to have a good blog, it has to have quality posts. It doesn’t matter if they are few if they would be beneficial for others, they would surely be read. It’s not about quantity. Don’t confuse it with consistency. Being consistent does not mean you have to blog daily. You can skip a week of not blogging, that won’t hurt your consistency. Also don’t feel bad for saying NO to certain opportunities or invites if you are already loaded with work. Over committing will not help you.
Don’t attach yourself with numbers
As newbies, ofcourse you would have that feeling of wanting to have your message read. So, you’d be checking your stats frequently. But that would not help. Not because you get a high number of traffic on your blog would it mean that your message is heard. Sometimes those numbers are just clicks of blog hoppers who just want to scan your blog site but not actually reading. But there would also be days when although you get a very few traffic, you get a comment email from someone who got benefited from your posts. If you aim to get high monthly visitors to help you with your business or freelancing, be aware that you won’t get 100,000 monthly visitors right away. But if you continue to create amazing blog posts plus social media marketing strategies, that number is not impossible.
Don’t compare yourself
In this blogging world, you won’t succeed on your mission and purpose if you keep on comparing yourself to others. You have your own blog, own way of sharing your thoughts, and own way of doing your stuff. You just have to improve. When you keep on comparing yourself, you may fall on imitating others. Then, that would make you ignore your uniqueness. Be reminded that your authenticity is your asset in blogging. If you will just be the same as those bloggers out there, you will be less heard. But, if you become just true when it comes to your blogging, you will be best in your own craft.
When I joined a blog community, that helped me a lot in blogging. I met amazing women, got support from them and learned from them. It helped me to be heard more because when I share my blog posts to my blog community, I am certain that there is at least one person who would have read my message and that is enough. In finding a blog community, you have to choose one that is related to you. My community is muslimahbloggers.com, and it’s a huge blessing for me. It’s very important that you join a community with bloggers whom you share similarities with. Just like how we, at muslimahbloggers, have similarities. We are all Muslims and we love blogging.
LIVE A LIFE
Blogging could be really fun but don’t forget your responsibilities. Enjoy your time with your family and friends. You can enjoy blogging without staying in front of the computer 24 hours a day. Live your life and don’t let your purpose to blog become distractions.