So you want to start blogging? Don’t know where to begin? I have been in your shoes; heck I still I am. Blogging is a continuous journey of learning. There is ALWAYS something new to learn. Along the way I have found some great tips that have made my blogging experience better.
If you’re anything like me you want things to be perfect right now. Blogging is an exercise in patience. You write a post, you hit publish, you wait. Comments let you know that someone is reading your blog. In order to get your blog out there though you must interact. In order to get comments you must comment. Through these interactions you build relationships and friendships. Your blog will start to grow as you put your self out there.
This is a must. Twitter, Facebook, Bloglovin’, Pinterest, Instagram, Google +; you name it. Once you hit publish, go advertise your post. I find the best posts and bloggers on Twitter and have developed quite a few friendships through social media. Here’s a big tip…don’t just share your blog. Find a post you love written by a fellow blogger? Copy the link and share it and give the blogger some props. The blogging community is wonderful; why not encourage each other?
There are quite a few free photo editing programs available online. Pic Monkey and Canva are my go to’s.
More often than not though, I use my iPhone to edit my pictures. I love finding fonts online that I can add to a few apps (Bubble Frame, Text Mask, Phonto) and I use those. Some great sources for fonts are Dafont and 1001 Free Fonts. There are a few fonts that I have purchased as well just because I love the look of them. Bombshell Pro and Jacques and Gilles are my favorite.
Adding fonts to your iPhone is not as hard as it may sound. Download your font to your computer. Sync your phone with iTunes. In the apps section at the bottom there is a section called “File Sharing”. Under this section you will find the apps that allow you to add things to them. Find the app you want to add a font to. Search your downloads for your font. Add it. Resync and your font will be there ready to use.
You can read more about my favorite photo editing apps here. Many of the graphics that I have used on my blog have been created in the Rhonna Designs app. I highly recommend it.
If your camera phone takes poor quality pictures you may want to consider buying a camera. Photos are what grabs a reader’s attention when they first come to your page. Investing in a DSLR camera is a big step. I took that step and bought one. I can’t argue; the quality of the photos is wonderful. In full disclosure, I have yet to really learn how to use it to its full potential. Definitely going to need to carve out time to learn the ins and outs of this camera. I bought this tutorial and I’m hoping it will teach me all I need to know.
What? Huh? Yep. I have started to use this as backdrops for my photos and it has made a huge difference. It provides light and it’s clean and neutral, allowing what I am photographing to shine though.
Do you have a blogging tribe? This is key. A support system makes all the difference and fosters friendships. It come with time and patience but it is so essential. You must put your self out there and make the effort.
Organization is a must when blogging. As my blog has grown I have found that there are more responsibilities that I have to follow through with. A great planner makes this so much easier. It also helps prevent writer’s block in my opinion too. Taking time and planning post ideas saves so much time. Need a planner? I can’t suggest this one enough (and the code HERANDNOW10 gets you 10% off til the end of June).
Now that you’re blogging, you may find that your eyes are open to so much more. Look around you; inspiration is everywhere. Be attentive. I have found that the notes section on my phone and the Blogger app have worked great….I get an idea and I add it to one of those and save it for a later date.
Let’s face it; blogging takes time. And lots of it. If you have the time to dedicate to it then go for it. Readers appreciate a blogger that posts regularly. If you are a sporadic blogger though, it becomes easy for readers to lose interest. Posting 2-3 times a week does help quite a bit. On top of preparing and writing posts, setting aside time to read other blogs and comment is necessary too. I also find that I spend time responding to my readers’ comments, which I love doing. Not only is it polite (in my opinion) but it fosters that community and tribe feeling as well.
I know nothing about blog design. Not a thing. Hiring a designer to create the look you are going for is important. Your blog is the first impression that people have of you. Your design says a lot about you; it should reflect your personality. Clean and simple? Glitzy and Bright? Anything goes. You can also find pre made templates through Etsy; it’s a gold mine for templates.
Some of these are pretty basic, I know. But it’s the little things that can make a big difference. What are the tips that have made all the difference in your blogging experience? Please comment below and share them…we all can learn a thing or two!
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