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?

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37 Comments

  1. 14/08/2014 / 9:03 am

    Great advice for new bloggers. How was BlogStock? My one piece of advice would be to choose a topic that you are genuinely passionate about and not something you feel you should be doing. Choose something that you can see yourself writing about in 6 months time, in 2 years time and so on. And if you are genuinely passionate, it will show in your writing.

    • 17/08/2014 / 11:49 pm

      BlogStock was great! Fab organisation, sunny Saturday, excellent speakers. Brilliant advice, I will definitely be trying to do that! x

    • 14/08/2014 / 10:40 pm

      Thanks Julie!

  2. Isabel O'Brien
    15/08/2014 / 10:51 am

    I wrote a post about running a good giveaway recently- I see so often people completely ignoring the regulations set out by law. It’s sad because it means some people might be put off blog giveaways i future.

    • 18/08/2014 / 12:05 am

      I have just read your post. Thanks for sharing!

  3. 22/08/2014 / 11:43 am

    Hi Mel! Helpful tips. You have picked the blogging thing up very quickly! i have been blogging for 2 years and still have no idea what I am doing! It really is time I had a plan but I hate plans!!

    • 22/08/2014 / 6:08 pm

      Thanks lovely. They are just tips mentioned at BlogStock. I wish I had known a bit more about blogging before I started!

  4. liquoriceuk
    10/09/2014 / 11:36 am

    These are great tips, Mel – thank you for sharing them! Will definitely be taking some of them on board – I particularly like the idea of creating a map for my blog.

    • 10/09/2014 / 1:08 pm

      Thanks lovely. It was such a great event and I really enjoyed gathering tips here and there.

  5. normaleverydaylifeblog
    10/09/2014 / 1:13 pm

    Great tips! Consistency and an easy to navigate site are two big ones. Both of them take awhile to get the hang of though! #sharewithme

    • 10/09/2014 / 1:34 pm

      They do, don’t they? It is quite difficult to visualise how easy people find your own blog to navigate, simply because you tend not to have perspective on it; you are too involved in it. Well, that is how I feel anyway!

  6. 10/09/2014 / 10:42 pm

    Fantastic tips there, you are spot on with them all. I’m still a newbie when it comes to blogging, and it’s taken me a few months to find my feet. I’m struggling to find my niche though, I’m not sure I really have one, but it’s one thing that comes up a lot in blogging tips #sharewithme

    • 10/09/2014 / 10:53 pm

      Same here, no niche as such. I really enjoy writing about everything and anything, really!

  7. 10/09/2014 / 10:53 pm

    Good points and useful tips. I think making sure you enjoy your blog is another key tip.

    #BrilliantBlogposts

    • 10/09/2014 / 11:40 pm

      I could not agree more! I only write about what I enjoy or what is important to me, but that means not having one specific niche. Oh well, you have to enjoy it otherwise it would not be a great hobby, would it?

    • 13/09/2014 / 10:53 pm

      Thanks for sharing links to your posts. They are definitely comprehensive! x

  8. The DADventurer
    11/09/2014 / 8:03 pm

    Some good advice. I particularly like the ‘find your niche’ tip – I think this is important in any job / career / hobby when you’re trying to make yourself stand out.

    • 11/09/2014 / 11:06 pm

      Good point!

  9. 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.

    • 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!

  10. 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

    • 13/09/2014 / 10:50 am

      I am glad you found it useful! x

  11. 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

    • 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’!

  12. 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

    • 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.

        • 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.

          • 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

  13. 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

    • 14/09/2014 / 8:54 pm

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

  14. 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 🙂

    • 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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