Follow These 30 Tips If You Want to Become a Better Blogger

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Blog often. The more you blog, the better you get at it.
  3. Read. A lot. Everything you can get your hands on.
  4. Spend a lot of time alone. Thinking about ideas for future blog posts, thinking about strategy in terms of content creation, networking, etc.
  5. Spend a lot of time networking with fellow bloggers in your niche.
  6. Punch the damn keys. Be bold. Write your truth, no matter what.
  7. Format your blog posts the best you can.
  8. Don’t write what you think will get you more readers. Write from the heart about the things that set your soul on fire.
  9. Watch documentaries, movies, TV shows. Consuming content helps you create new content.
  10. Listen to podcasts, audiobooks, music, etc. You never know what will inspire you.
  11. Comment on other blogs. Get the feel of the community. This will make you feel less lonely
  12. Appreciate the power of one. One comment, one new reader, one like.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. Offer to guest blog. Especially if you’re just starting out.
  16. 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?
  17. Edit, edit, edit.
  18. Some days you won’t feel like it. Do it anyway.
  19. 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.
  20. Money, although extremely important, should be the last thing on your mind.
  21. Be open to criticism. And be ready to fail. You learn more from critics and setbacks than you do from success.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Remember, the reader is always right. Always.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. Content is king, but networking is queen.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.

61 thoughts on “Follow These 30 Tips If You Want to Become a Better Blogger

  1. Those 30 pretty much cover it, Cristian. The “Never give up” is akin to “Don’t be discouraged by the lack of numbers.” And don’t become consumed by the stats. It’s not about numbers. It’s all about passion, sharing, caring, and letting your vulnerable self be real. Thanks for consistently doing that, Cristian. You lead by example. I appreciate you.

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    1. Thank you, Jan!

      It’s never about the numbers, or the statistics, or the money. It’s about the passion, about deciding each and every single day to become better than you were the day before. It’s about genuinely caring about others and trying to change the world a bit through your work.

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      1. We certainly are on the same page there, Cristian. That’s why I appreciate your blog so much. You get it! And you help me “get it” too!! ❤ Thanks!

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  2. In working on my last blog drafts I definitely got stuck on the why. Thinking about the why helps a lot. When I have a firmer understanding of the reason I want to write and what I want to say it becomes a little bit easier to accomplish.

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  3. Thanks for this! Sometimes it feels frustrating to see no one is reading my blog or see people become hugely popular by showing their bodies/looks instead of really creating amazing content. This post reminded me that I’m blogging because I love what I research and write about- even if it’s the weirdest thing.

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  4. Thank you for sharing this. I’m just starting out at blogging in the hopes of writing a book or something else in the future, but it’s easy to get frustrated when only a handful of people read my posts. This inspires me to keep going and to find what I’m really passionate about when it comes to writing. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Lauren! Keep punching those damn keys! The first steps in any journey are always the hardest, and that’s when we feel like giving up. Don’t quit. Keep going. It will soon get a lot better.

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  5. Great tips all in one post. Thanks for sharing. The points 3,8,9,13,21 and 28 resonate with me.
    I have observed that the posts where I deliberately focussed on seo were the worst performing. Clearly the post was more keywordy than exciting. The content is important and most importantly if we don’t enjoy the writing process there are less chances that the reader will enjoy reading that post.

    Thanks again for sharing.

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    1. Thank you!

      I haven’t used Grammarly in a long, long time. I have heard that the app has developed a lot in the past couple of years, but I still think it’s best to learn the grammar rules and all that yourself, and not rely on a grammar app for that.

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  6. 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.

    I’ve been blogging twice a week on Writing.com from August to December 2019 and once a week since then on WordPress. My “why” is simply that I want to write even though I still don’t write every day. I have no niche and no desire for one since I don’t know enough about any narrow topic and I don’t want to stifle myself with a niche. Some days I write several posts ahead of time and other days I read a lot or listen to audiobooks.

    Spend a lot of time alone. Thinking about ideas for future blog posts, thinking about strategy in terms of content creation, networking, etc.

    This tip fits in with several other tips. You need to be alone to read, think, listen to audiobooks and podcasts, not to mention writing blog posts and commenting on other blogs. Not all of us can get enough time alone for all of this. I definitely want more time alone. Sometimes I go to Tim Horton’s to be alone. Even though my husband and I are both retired, I get some time alone, but not nearly enough.

    Money, although extremely important, should be the last thing on your mind.

    Money is definitely the last thing on my mind with blogging. I want to write, to express myself, to connect with others through my writing and to “be myself”. Not caring about earning money with blogging has freed me to break many of the blogging rules. I am not interested in being a “commercial” blogger. I’d love to see more posts providing advice for those like me.

    Content is king, but networking is queen.

    I assume by networking you are referring to commenting on other blogs and offering to guest blog. Does networking include more than this?

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  7. I enjoyed reading this. Blogging is entirely new to me! These articles are good not just for inspiration and ideas but to give a sense of grounding and a potential springboard! Thank you!

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  8. I’m new to blogging. In fact, I published my very first post on Sunday. I’m super excited! You’ve shared some great tips here. I’m so glad I ran across your blog post. Thank you!

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