Blogging is sharing yourself, your writing, and your passion for life. You get the chance to be 100% uniquely you, while connecting with like-minded people. Blogging takes your sphere of influence, the one that consists of family, friends, and your local community, and grows it to include people from all around the world.
You get to blog! It is a great gift that comes with responsibility for your words and gives you influence. So blog responsibly and have fun!
5 Tips for New Bloggers
1. Be Passionate
The very best thing you can do as a blogger is to be yourself and find your passion. You were created to be uniquely you. Please do not attempt to be like everyone else. Find out what gets you excited and makes your blood pump a little quicker. Write about topics you enjoy.
Your readers will sense your excitement in your words and it will be contagious. If you love what you write, your readers will love it too.
2. Write Often
Find your voice, the comfortable way you communicate with words. Your voice is something you must discover for yourself, and you do that by writing.
Post often. Set a goal for yourself. Is it reasonable for you to post three times a week, or can you post Monday through Friday? The more you write, the better. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles until you find a way to write that sounds natural and effortless. You’ll make mistakes. You’ll learn how to edit. Your readers may even become your proofreaders, and that is ok. You learn by doing, so write and then write some more.
3. Be Social
Opportunities to be socially active online almost exceed community events, even in the most outgoing of societies. The irony of social media is that we are more alone than ever.
We’re talking up a storm, hoping someone will listen, will respond, will pat us on the back, or pass a tissue, but too often, all is silent.
We pour out our heart and no-one offered a cyber *hug*?
I just told you my dog died, my kid threw-up, and my tires are flat. Won’t anyone commiserate?
As far as I can tell, the lifetime of a tweet is about fifty-two seconds, give or take a second. One minute social media leads you to believe the entire world, or at least all the people on your friends list, care. The next minute, you realize you need a whole new batch of friends, because really, they could care less.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different result. The modern definition of insanity is tweeting the same thing over and over again and expecting a retweet.
Let’s get social. Maybe we can actually comment on that “friend’s” facebook status every once in a while, or click on the tweeted link. Start small. Choose one or two platforms and be social.
4. Get Inspired
If the blogs you love to read draw you in because of their beautiful pictures, become a better photographer. If you are attracted to certain blogs due to their layout, create a space on your blog that you can love. Change things up.
Find out what you admire about other blogger’s spaces and then take inspiration from them, thus becoming a better blogger yourself.
5. Pray for Others
Pray for the success of other bloggers. Believe me, there’s room at the top for many successful people. Do not allow personal gain to come at someone else’s expense.
We blog because we have something to say. Our words inspire, challenge, and entertain. What we say makes a difference. Your fellow bloggers are attempting to use their influence for good. Pray for them. Life is challenging, blogging is difficult. Pray for other bloggers.
Praying for their success does not mean you won’t find your own success. The top is big and there’s room for you.
Remember blogging is a gift. Use your words responsibly and have a blast.
Tricia Gillespie is a wife, mommy, and blogger. That means her husband thinks she airs the families’ dirty laundry, her kids think she plays online games all day, and her mom thinks she swaps emails with Stephen King. She thinks this life is a beautiful gift and tries to make every day extraordinary. You can visit her blog at TheDomesticFringe.com and follow her on Twitter @DomesticFringe. She hopes you will join her in this adventure we call life.
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