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.
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?