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10 Tips When Starting a Blog

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to attend BlogStock, the world’s first blogging festival in Aldenham Country Park, Hertfordshire. As I am relatively new to blogging, I have a lot to learn and I had a few light bulb moments during the inspiring sessions I attended.

This little list is in no way exhaustive and I will not pretend they are the best tips you will ever read, but they are things I feel are important when starting a blog.

Ten Tips for New Bloggers

1- Find your niche and focus on it – consistency is the key to success.

2- Invest in a beautiful, easy to navigate blog design. Nobody wants to look for hours for your ‘About’ page or for a way to contact you. If you cannot do it yourself, get help.

3- Create a map of where you want to take your blog. That will give you direction. Vicki, who blogs at Honest Mum, wrote about having a Creative & Personal Plan a while ago. Having a plan can help you focus; it will also enable you to measure progress, success and identify weaknesses.

4- Do what you love and share the knowledge and skills you have.

5- Know your audience and talk to them.

6- Make it easy for people to find you on social media and engage with them, for instance by asking questions on Facebook, starting conversations on Twitter.

7- Keep your posts short and to the point (300 to 500 words).

8- Give yourself time to create your stuff, take photos, write and promote your posts.

9- Get inspiration from outside your craft: watch a film, go out, read blogs that are completely different from yours.

10- If you ever decide to run a competition or giveaway in the UK, you must have terms and conditions that comply with the CAP code. Di at SuperLucky is the best person to go to for advice.

I wish I had known other bloggers before I started. What advice would you give someone who is thinking of starting a blog?

36 Comments

  1. BakedPotato Mummy
    12/09/2014 / 4:53 pm

    Some great tips here. It’s taken me over a year to really find my feet and decide on my niche. I still have a way to go but I’m getting there and enjoying it all even more.

    • Mel
      Author
      14/09/2014 / 9:16 pm

      I have no idea whether I want a niche as such. I do love rambling on whatever takes my fancy, hi hi!

  2. kohlmama
    13/09/2014 / 7:54 am

    As a new blogger this was very helpful to me and I really enjoyed reading it – thanks! I’ve popped over from #brillblogposts x

    • Mel
      Author
      13/09/2014 / 10:50 am

      I am glad you found it useful! x

  3. 13/09/2014 / 12:42 pm

    Fab, fab tips and thanks for mentioning me-one thing though, you, your voice is your niche so I don’t think anyone should stick to one thing/subject matter or theme, be free-that’s what I do, I focus on my passions on honestmum so food, lifestyle, beauty…and then style over on my style blog x

    • Mel
      Author
      13/09/2014 / 2:12 pm

      Thanks for this comment, hun! Finding a niche is a piece of advice I have heard time and time again, but I do not like the idea of writing about one thing only. There are so many things I am passionate about; I like being ‘me’!

  4. 13/09/2014 / 9:03 pm

    Fantastic tips for a newbie here hunny. Thank you so much for linking up to Share WIth Me. I hope all is well with the little addition. So great to have you on #sharewithme

    • Mel
      Author
      13/09/2014 / 10:46 pm

      Thanks Jenny. Wriggly is such a happy little girl; we are very lucky to have her in our lives!

      • 13/09/2014 / 10:47 pm

        Ahhh bless. So glad you all are well. Been trying to catch up on blog commenting from this summer off. Just was thinking of ya.

        • Mel
          Author
          13/09/2014 / 10:52 pm

          That is so sweet of you! It looks like you had a glorious summer in the USA. I enjoyed following your adventures on Instagram. Missy Moo has grown up so much in the past few weeks!

          • 13/09/2014 / 10:55 pm

            I think so too. I left with a baby and a toddler and came home with two tots. It’s like having twins now. Lol running in all directions. Loving it. We had a brilliant time in the USA hard to come back and not get down about it and family. Missing home so much this week.

          • Mel
            Author
            13/09/2014 / 11:06 pm

            I had the same feeling a couple of weeks ago when I came back from France… Thinking of you, hun. x

  5. 14/09/2014 / 8:19 pm

    well done, I love watching your blog grow from strength to strength…I will be taking notes on this post haha, thank you for the tips! xx #brillblogposts

    • Mel
      Author
      14/09/2014 / 8:54 pm

      Thanks Susan! I hope some of those tips will help you with your lovely blog. x

  6. Eva
    07/11/2014 / 8:35 am

    J’aimerais bien participer à une concentration des bloggeurs ! Je pense que c’est très intéressant pouvoir échangé avec des autres ! La liste que tu donne il me semble très intéressante 🙂

    • Mel
      Author
      07/11/2014 / 12:19 pm

      Franchement c’était excellent. Je vais à une autre conférence demain. Le mieux, c’est de pouvoir rencontrer les personnes qui au final sont devenues tes amies à travers leurs blogs.

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