When I started blogging I had no idea that my blog would evolve into what it has today. What started as a place to share my running journey with friends and family has evolved into so much more. I had no idea that as a result of blogging that I’d be able to connect with so many amazing people, many of whom I haven’t met in person.
My success with blogging wasn’t instantaneous though. Blogging takes a lot of time, persistence, and overall hard work. I’m beyond thankful for the connections that I’ve made and the opportunities that my ambassadorships have afforded me.
Yesterday marked 19 months since I wrote my first blog post. I never imagined that my blog would take me to where I am now, especially in regards to the relationships that I’ve developed with other fitness enthusiasts.
Its easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of blogging though. Many of us started off blogging because we were inspired by other bloggers, and often hold those other blogs on pedestals that we’d like to match the success of. Because blogging is hard work, and it takes time to develop a regular group of readers, I’d like to offer these tips to those of you who are just starting off.
1. Don’t expect instant success
In a world filled with the constantly circulating message of instant gratification, this might tip might be a tough pill to swallow. Blogging takes time, patience, and a lot of hard work. You won’t be able to instantly reach the level of readership that some of your favorite bloggers have been able to accomplish, and that’s okay. Down the road, you’ll likely look back and wonder in amazement at the growth that your blog has had. I know that I have!
2. Be yourself
One of the many great things about blogging is that there are a ton of blogs out there. What makes each and every blog unique though are the writers behind the blogs. We all have a story to tell, and instead of trying to make yourself sound like your favorite bloggers, be sure to stick to your roots.
3. Comment on other blogs
One of the best ways to get your name out there is by commenting on other blogs. Not only will you expose your blog’s name to the person behind that blog, but there’s a good chance that other readers will see your name, which may lead to them visiting your blog.
4. Join a linkup in order to connect with other bloggers
I’ve been participating in the weekly Friday Five linkup since the beginning of February. This has allowed me to virtually meet many bloggers who I’d never connected with before. Some of my now favorite blogs to read I found as a result of the linkup. And better yet, the linkups are fun!
5. Be honest and true to yourself
Readers want honesty, so be sure to share both the ups and the downs of your journey. We all know that not everything is going to go as planned all of the time, and its important that you share that with your readers. It’ll make it so that your story is more relatable to them, and will likely encourage them to continue returning to your blog.
6. Be consistent
Try to establish a regular posting schedule, whether that’s twice a week, five days a week, or everyday. If readers are used to a consistent schedule, they won’t be left hanging trying to figure out when you’ll write your next post. At the same time, missing a post every now and then is also okay. Life happens, and your readers will understand. They’ll probably also find you that much easier to relate to since life gets busy for all of us at times.
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QOTD: What tips do you have for new bloggers?