There’s more to blogging than just punching some keys. A lot more.
It took me seven years to figure out some of the stuff that I am about to share with you. Seven years of daily blogging. Seven years of working on multiple blogs, different topics, and I can assure you that there are at least five tips in this post that are going to help you, regardless of your niche.
So without further ado, allow me to share with you what I have learned during my seven years of blogging.
- Ask yourself: “Why am I blogging?” Having a strong enough “why” will help you choose the right niche and keep you going when things aren’t going too well.
- Blog often. The more you blog, the better you get at it.
- Read. A lot. Everything you can get your hands on.
- Spend a lot of time alone. Thinking about ideas for future blog posts, thinking about strategy in terms of content creation, networking, etc.
- Spend a lot of time networking with fellow bloggers in your niche.
- Punch the damn keys. Be bold. Write your truth, no matter what.
- Format your blog posts the best you can.
- Don’t write what you think will get you more readers. Write from the heart about the things that set your soul on fire.
- Watch documentaries, movies, TV shows. Consuming content helps you create new content.
- Listen to podcasts, audiobooks, music, etc. You never know what will inspire you.
- Comment on other blogs. Get the feel of the community. This will make you feel less lonely
- Appreciate the power of one. One comment, one new reader, one like.
- Don’t try to write like someone else. Write like yourself. Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers. Try to be better than you were yesterday.
- Blog in order to express yourself, to provide value to the reader, to leave people better than you found them, not because you want to impress
- Offer to guest blog. Especially if you’re just starting out.
- Figure out your angle. What sets you apart? What’s different about you? What do you wish to change about the type of content available in your niche?
- Edit, edit, edit.
- Some days you won’t feel like it. Do it anyway.
- Do not obsess about word length, SEO, algorithms, or figuring out a shortcut. Does your content captivate? Does it provide value? That’s all that matters.
- Money, although extremely important, should be the last thing on your mind.
- Be open to criticism. And be ready to fail. You learn more from critics and setbacks than you do from success.
- If you feel you cannot write, get up, do something, read something, talk to someone, watch a movie, do some push-ups — just don’t sit there with your fingers on the keyboard, waiting for an idea to swing by, because then you’ll just be wasting your time.
- Don’t expect those closest to you to understand what you’re doing. Or support you 100%. Sometimes it happens, most times it doesn’t. That’s why you have to do this for you, because it makes you happy and fulfilled.
- Remember, the reader is always right. Always.
- Write about stuff that you’re passionate about. You don’t have to be an expert. You don’t have to be a gym trainer to write about fitness and health and nutrition.
- Your feet on the ground, your eyes on the stars. Be humble enough to know that there’s always more to be done, but be proud that you’ve got to where you are. Always.
- When you feel like giving up, that’s when you have to give it your all. That’s when the losers quit, and the winners keep on going.
- Content is king, but networking is queen.
- Ask yourself, “how bad do I want it?” Lukewarm is no good. Some of us do this every day for 14-16 hours a day. We do this because we cannot imagine doing anything else. Are you ready to compete in such an environment? Imagine having average people competing in the Olympics.
- Never, ever, ever give up.
Blogging is an art, a skill, a craft, and a business. There are a lot of aspects that need to be taken care of. It all comes down to being able to do what needs to be done in order to get it done.
It’s as simple as that.
Let me know if you have some more tips to share with us. I look forward to your response.