I’m excited to be joining this week’s Let’s Talk Bookish, a weekly discussions meme hosted by J.R. @ Eternity Books!
I want to do more discussion posts because I really enjoy reading those of others (and writing them myself, of course)! As much as I love reading TBRs and Wrap Ups, tags and discussion posts are always something unique!
This week’s theme is Advice You’d Give to Newbie Bloggers.
Now obviously I haven’t been a blogger for a very long time and still have lots to learn but nevertheless I think I learned a couple of things here and there I’d like to share that might help somebody.
I know when I started blogging I thought uploading once a week or even two weeks would suffice. Now I didn’t really care about how many views or likes my posts got because I started this blog out of my passion for writing. However, it is more fun and fulfilling when you can see other people are enjoying your content, too. So: Consistency is key. People won’t stay on your blog and be interested in what you have to say if you post twice a month. People will forget. I’m not saying you have to upload every day but a few times a week is definitely worth it. Seeing feedback gives me motivation to write more and writing more gives me more feedback, see?
This was also a big one for me. To be part of a community means to engage with that community. Nobody will come and get you if you’re just waiting out front. Browse your feed, find new blogs, follow, like, comment. Be active. Bloggers are more likely to comment or like or even follow if you do the same. This also helps with finding inspiration!
- BE YOU
Now this definitely sounds cheesy but it makes sense. What I mean by “Be You” is let your personality shine through in your writing. Your opinions (obviously), jokes, sarcasm, anything. If people wanted to read a generic text, they wouldn’t be on your blog. Everybody has a different, distinct voice. I’m sure you can agree it’s more fun to read a review, for example, where you can feel the writer’s energy, whether it’s love for the subject or hate or annoyance or admiration. Don’t restrict yourself. This is your blog, not a school essay, write however you want to write. Whether it’s a lot of bold text, italic text, a lot of images or gifs, A LOT OF CAPITALISATION or all small letters. Do you, have fun!
- BREAKS? THEY’RE OKAY
Taking a break is completely fine. I’ve done it, a lot of bloggers have done it. Sometimes life just gets in the way, and then it’s about prioritising. The community will still be here for you when you come back. Don’t worry about losing followers etc. The best content is made when you’re happy to make it, anyway. And I’m not saying disappear for weeks without saying anything. I’m sure your readers will appreciate knowing what’s going on, but breaks are most definitely fine.
- DO IT FOR THE RIGHT REASONS
Sounds stupid, but makes sense. Don’t start blogging to get “popular” or make money. You will get tired of it. Blogging takes much more time and dedication than people think, so if you’re not doing it because you really want to and are passionate about it, you won’t get far anyway.
These are my tips for today’s post! I hope they’re helpful to any newbies who might come across this!
featured image: Unsplash @ Andrew Neel