BLOGGING TIPS from a Full Time Blogger

These blogging tips from a full time blogger will help you start blogging the right way.

Too many people start blogging for the wrong reasons. The right reason to blog is to communicate your own ideas and options on certain topics. Find the right topic to have a chance of success. Figuring out how to express your thoughts on your blog is sometimes a slow process.

No matter what your niche is, there will be people of want to see what you have to say. Over time you will grow your following. Learn from your readers. You can see what interests them and expand your horizons about topics to include in your blog.

But, perhaps the best tip is to adjust your own expectations. Your blog will not become popular overnight. It takes time, sometimes years to make a “name” for yourself. So, keep at it and be consistent.

OK. Here is some great blogging tips from a full time blogger. Learn what it takes and enjoy the process.

BLOGGING TIPS from a Full Time Blogger

Hey guys. Welcome back to my Youtube channel.

Today I’m sharing all my top tips for starting a blog. So if you’re new to my youtube channel you might not know that I’m actually a full-time blogger.

I just did YouTube for fun on the side. But because I’ve been blogging for so long, coming up nine and a half years of blogging, I get so many questions about how to start a blog. And I try to remind people that I started my blog in 2008 and things were a little bit different back then. But there’s still some stuff that I have learned over the years that would be helpful for starting a blog right now.

BLOGGING TIPS from a Full Time Blogger: Start by Starting

Okay. So my first tip, it’s gonna sound so dumb when I say it, but I hope you guys just hear me out on this. And that is to just start. If you want to get a blog off the ground, the best thing and the only thing that you can really do, is to just get going.

I know a lot of people, like, want things to be just right, and just perfect. But the reality is that you need to get going to get going. And you’re gonna learn things along the way. And the only way to get started is to actually sit down and just go for it.

Don’t worry about things being perfect. Frankly, there’s going to be no one reading your blog at the beginning. Which is amazing because that means you have a lot of time to just sort through and work out the details. And really, just get in the habit of writing it.

I think I see a lot of people starting blogs. And the biggest thing that I see happening over and over again is that they get super excited the first two weeks. Then they lose steam and they can’t keep it up. And by not putting a lot of pressure on yourself at the beginning for things to be perfect that’s gonna help you just sit down and just get in that habit of writing your blog. Maybe once a week, twice a week, three times a week. Whatever you decide is the right amount for you.

People always ask me, okay, “Well, I want to start a blog. what should I do?” And I really do just respond: You just have to start. You know, figure out what platform you want to be on. It doesn’t mean you have to stick with that forever. You can always transfer or move down the road.

I started my blog on Blogger, which is a free platform through Google. And I was on there from a seven and a half years. Then I ultimately switched to WordPress. But WordPress isn’t free. So that might not be the best option for you. But look into Wix, Squarespace, Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress. Anyway, pick a platform and just sit down and start pouring your heart out.

BLOGGING TIPS from a Full Time Blogger: Decide Why You’re Blogging

Okay. So the second tip that I have is that everyone should go into blogging with the right intention. You know, I think when you start anything in life you should try to sit down and figure out like why you’re doing this and what you want your end goals to be.

I think a lot of people look at bloggers or Instagramers oR Youtubers, or whomever, and say, “Oh, that’s what I want to do. They get to travel. They get to work from home. They get all this free stuff. They get to work with all these amazing companies.” And, yes, it’s incredible. And that’s such a blessing. And I’m so fortunate and grateful that I get to do that.

But the number of bloggers who actually hit that level it’s so small, and a lot of the people that you’re seeing who are experiencing that level have been doing this for so many years. That means that for years and years beforehand, none of that was actually coming their way. So if you’re starting with that as your intention, you’re probably going to get frustrated and feel down on yourself for not hitting those goals when in reality it’s just like a long-term game.

I think when you set your intention to say I want to start a blog because I want to have a creative outlet. That’s why I started my blog in the first place. Or you want to start an online portfolio of all your photographs, or you want to place all your writing samples so that you can share that with other people, or maybe it’s just for your own self and no one’s gonna see it.

So just start with an intention that will lead you to success. What I recommend saying is that this is just something that you want to enjoy and explore. And no matter what happens and what opportunities come down the line, as long as you’re always enjoying the writing process, or photographing, or anything to do with blogging, as long as you’re enjoying it, you’re actually successful. You won’t feel frustrated if you don’t become a full-time blogger in a month, or six months, or a year.

I didn’t start full-time blogging until I had done it for, I think, five years, five or six years. And I never intended on becoming a full-time blogger. So that’s just kind of like a cherry on the cake.

I’ve just always enjoyed the process of blogging regardless of whether I’m getting paid for it or sponsored or free stuff or traveling. I’ve just always loved blogging even without all those things. And I’ve always felt successful because of that. Once you start blogging, one of the things that I struggle with and that I hear a lot of other people struggling with, is that you might have a hard time coming up with things to write about.

I always say, you know, come up with what your niche is gonna be and what you’re going to be blogging about. Try to keep it narrow so that you have a specific take on something and that people know when they come to your blog that that’s what you’re going to be talking about. But also broad enough so that you still have things to talk about over time.

You don’t want to keep things super specific, where after blogging for six weeks, you’ve just completely exhausted the list of things to blog about. But, you also don’t want to be so broad that you could blog about absolutely anything and your readers are gonna be so confused when they come to your blog because they don’t really get what you’re about.

BLOGGING TIPS from a Full Time Blogger: Got 50 Blog Post Ideas?

So, I always recommend that when you’re getting your blog off the ground to sit down and try to come up with 50 blog posts ideas. If you’re starting a successful blog you’re going to have more than 50 blog posts over time. But I feel like that 50 number is such a sweet spot of knowing that you have tons of stuff to write about. And if you can get to 50 you can get to 100, you can get to 500, and you can get to a thousand,

But if you’re writing that list of things, and this by the way is just a list of topics, it’s not that you’re actually going to sit down and write those 50 posts all at once. You’re just coming up with ideas. If you get to number 25 and you realize that you really have exhausted that list, maybe your blog is a little too narrow and you need to broaden the horizon just a little bit so you can get to that 50 mark.

BLOGGING TIPS from a Full Time Blogger: Where Do You Get New Ideas?

People always ask me like, “How do I keep coming up with ideas?” Guys, I’ve been doing this everyday a blog post every single day for years. And there are times when I start to think to myself, “Okay, that’s it! I’ve got to quit my blog. I don’t have any more ideas.” And then, all of a sudden, an idea will come out of nowhere. So keep that running list of things and when you hit 50 you know you’re in the sweet spot of having a niche topic without being too broad. And also, without being too narrow.

So, one way that I try to come up with ideas is just to look around me and try to get inspired by everything what I am doing. What have I’d done the past week? What’s something that’s worrying me? What are my girlfriends and I talking about? Where am I shopping? Did I read something new in the news that I thought was interesting?

I try to keep my blog like a conversation with my reader, like a conversation with friends. Because I think of my reader as a friend. So looking at what my friends and I are doing and talking about and interested in actually helps me come up with tons, and almost nearly, I guess I would say, endless ideas.

BLOGGING TIPS from a Full Time Blogger: Put Out the Best Content Possible

Okay. So this next tip is something that I wouldn’t recommend. 9 years ago when I was starting my blog because the blogging world, it was so different, but it’s something that I think you really have to focus on now in 2018, and that is quality. You need to make sure that even if you’re just starting out and you’re still figuring things out that you’re putting out the best content that you can put out.

It means the best writing, the best photography, now obviously, you’re going to get better over time. And you will continue to perfect things and figure out what works for you. But, don’t just try to, like, whip something up and think that it’s okay. Because it’s the bare minimum you know. Really put in the effort to make your content great.

That’s what’s gonna really help you stand out among other people who have been doing it for nine years, or eight years. I see people starting blogs they’re taking photographs like at night and it’s dark and it’s grainy and you can’t really get a good clear idea of what they are what their personality is. And there’s a striking difference between that which just looks kind of like lackluster versus someone who has been doing it for a long time. It has a much more polished look.

So go through some of the accounts that you are really inspired by, or that you think are really amazing, even if it’s not the same niche as you. And then try to figure out how to get your content to be that great.

Here are some pro tips.

You don’t need a fancy camera. You can take incredible photos and videos with your iPhone. And the key is that you just need to focus on lighting. Try to get as much natural light as possible. If natural light is impossible, try to you know find a light source in the room that’s going to help brighten things up and play around with it. This is supposed to be fun and it should be an experiment. You’re gonna learn as you go. And that’s part of the fun of it.

But make sure you are trying to get the best content that you can when you’re starting because you’re just gonna get ahead of the game that way.

BLOGGING TIPS from a Full Time Blogger: Quality in Consistent Quantities

Okay. So, yes, my last tip was about quality of content. But then my next and final tip is going to be about the quantity. I know people often say that its quality over quantity. But it’s quality in consistent quantities. So figure out what’s gonna work for you.

Now don’t try to go overboard. If you can’t commit to putting up a blog post every single day, don’t put up a blog post every single day. Sit down and say I know that I can guarantee blog posts twice a week and that’s gonna be on Sundays and Wednesdays and stick to that. So that’s gonna be your quantity. It’s just being consistent with how often you’re posting. You don’t want to go you know, 60 miles an hour right at the start, and then all of a sudden, after two weeks of doing that, you completely burnt yourself out and you have to take two weeks off. That’s not gonna make someone that feel enthusiastic or excited to follow you if they feel like they’re not gonna get a specific amount of content. Let people know what to expect from you. And as long as you’re meeting those expectations, that’s gonna be enough.

BLOGGING TIPS from a Full Time Blogger: Use Social Media

And then, going off of that, you know obviously blogging is on a platform where you’re gonna be able to write and share a lot of things like that. But there’s also that social media component. Try to be on as many platforms as you can without losing the quality of your content. So that might mean saying, I want a blog and a YouTube channel. But I don’t have time for Instagram and Twitter. Or saying I definitely don’t have time for YouTube, so I’m just gonna focus on my blog and Instagram. And try to keep one tweet a day.

So figure out like what’s gonna work for you, where you’re not losing the quality of your content. But that your readers know exactly what to expect from you and that you are, you know, keeping that hamster wheel moving. And you’re not burning yourself out. But you’re also not just disappearing and only coming in sporadically. Commit to a schedule and figure out what works for you even if that’s just once a week. That’s totally fine. And your readers might be, like, so excited that you’re going to post on Monday morning. And that’s how they’re gonna start your week. You don’t have to be blogging every day.

So don’t think that you know quantity just completely overrides everything else. It’s a balance and it’s more of an art than a science. Figuring out what works for you so your readers are happy at the end of the day.

So, if you liked these tips, I’m going to leave two blog posts that I’ve recently written on my blog with tons of tips. These were kind of top level tips. And then in the blog post I go into more detail. If you have more questions or you maybe you started a blog recently, but you just want to dive a little deeper, those two blog posts are going to help you a lot. I spent a lot of time putting them together and everything is free. I’m not trying to sell you anything you know. I don’t think you should buy blogging tips from anyone. The content is out there in the world, so I just put my two cents and I tried to answer as many frequently asked questions as they get. So start there. If you are more interested in starting a blog and if you like this video give it a thumbs up and don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already.

More resources:
Blogging tips #1: https://www.carlytheprepster.com/2016/02/updated-blogging-tips.html
Blogging tips #2: https://www.carlytheprepster.com/2018/02/blogging-tips-part-2.html

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