I was a little hesitant writing about blogging because my blog isn’t where I want it to be, but I am working on it. But as I figure things out, I think I can help new bloggers with a few tips that I have learned. I will be sharing things that you should avoid as a new blogger, the DON’TS.
I’ve been blogging for a while and I can confidently tell you that doing these things will prevent your blog from flourishing the way it should.
5 Blogging Don’ts for Beginners
- Don’t publish a blog post once every month. I was so notorious for this when I started blogging and even worse, I will publish a blog post maybe once every 2-3 months. This will be so detrimental to your blog because your readers will know that you aren’t consistent and will stop visiting your blog completely. I’ve actually unfollowed people who weren’t consistent.
- Don’t be afraid to promote your blog. Although we all blog for different reasons, it is fair to assume that we all want people to read our blogs. If we didn’t we would keep a journal or privatize our blogs. Right? So we really do ourselves a disservice when we do not promote our blog. I still struggle with this because I can’t bring myself to share on my Facebook account, but I’ve started sharing else where. Can you imagine how much people you could reach if you stopped being afraid to promote your blog?
- Don’t neglect your blog design. I’ve seen people with really great content but I couldn’t even engage with the post because I was distracted by the how busy, scattered or by certain colors on the blog. I realize for most of us our blog is personal and so we design it to our liking but definitely keep your readers in mind. I will suggest avoiding dark backgrounds and animated backgrounds, myspace is behind us now. (for the oldies who know what myspace is, whattup)
- Don’t be robotic. When I first started this blog, I wrote about natural hair and world news and I wanted to sound so informative I didn’t really share my personality. It wasn’t until I started being myself that my readers started engaging with me. Right now my favorite feedback is when even one person tells me they can relate to something I have written. I blog to practice my writing and really to connect with people, so I can’t afford to be robotic. You can’t either, whatever your reason might be.
- Don’t write about things you do not care about. This can go along with my previous point. I think for most of us, when we start blogging we start looking at our stats and become obsessed with it so much that we start writing about things known to get views. Wanting views isn’t really a bad thing but I think writing solely for that purpose is evident and readers will catch on and stay away from your blog.
What are some of your blogging dont’ts?