Sandra and I recently celebrated our six months blogging anniversary and to be quite honest with you guys, I had no idea where this blogging thing would go for us and if we’d stick with it and more importantly: how long we would stick with it! Some of you may know that we pretty much started this blog on a whim at the beginning of 2017 and figured we would just see where this was going and what a ride it has been so far! I figured I have learned a thing or two in my six months of blogging and I wanted to share some tips with you guys!
#1: Use Reader Friendly Themes
This is something that varies for all of us as we all like different things in themes, but I think as a general rule you should try to use a white or light gray background and a dark gray font for your text – that’s usually what I find easiest to read. You want to make sure that someone who visits your blog for the first time is going to have the best first impression possible and the look of your blog is definitely going to influence that a lot!
I really like Jackie’s current theme, May has a really fun theme too, Analee’s is really fun too and I am a huge fan of the really simple and clean designs of Beth and Jess’ blogs! There are definitely a lot more great blogs out there but these people popped up in my head really quickly when I was thinking about themes I really enjoy!
#2: Be Consistent
I think the biggest mistake we made when we first started blogging was being really inconsistent. If you check out this graphic below, you’ll see that we barely posted in January and then really went at it starting February which absolutely helped with getting more traffic and people were also more willing to follow our blog because they knew they could expect new content regularly!
We did change things up again in April because Sandra would be really busy with school and it wasn’t as easy keeping up seven posts per week as it was before, but we made sure to let everyone know we’d be switching up our schedule and it worked out perfectly for everyone involved, I think!
#3: Invest The Time
Blogging is going to take quite some time out of your day and I feel like if you want to do it for many months to come, you definitely have to invest time into your blog! And you won’t just be spending time writing your blog posts – oh no! That’s just one aspect of blogging. You’ll be reading books, reviewing books, (hopefully) looking for new people to follow, reading a ton of blog posts and leaving comments and all of that is going to take time. So much of it, sometimes. But it’s also really rewarding to see that time investment pay off!
Whenever someone leaves a lovely comment on a post you worked hard on, you get really excited! Whenever someone decides to follow your blog because they enjoy what you’re posting it’s like someone patted you on the shoulder and said ‘Good job! Keep doing what you’re doing! I really like it!’. Those are still things I get really excited about each day!
#4: Interact With The Community
I feel like a majority of us started our blogs because we wanted to be able to share our love for books with like-minded people, right? So, once you’ve got your blog all set up get out there and interact with people! Leave lovely comments on blog posts, follow people if you enjoy their content (but please don’t expect everyone to follow you back) and check out other people who commented on the same posts as you – that’s the quickest way to find new people! I know I would spend hours looking through comment sections for new blogs to check out and I found some really great people thanks to it!
#5: Join Weekly Memes
When Sandra and I first started out blogging, we tried to participate in both Top Ten Tuesdays and Top 5 Wednesdays as often as we could. These two memes offered link ups and it was a great way to find new blogs to read and also to get our blog out there and we had a lot of fun doing them while we participated!
Joining weekly memes also gives you an idea on what to post on a particular day as there are given themes/topics for each week which is really great when you might be stuck for ideas – or you can plan ahead and write the posts early and not worry about having no posts going up on a Tuesday or Wednesday!
#6: Get On A Posting Schedule
Posting schedules really are such a great thing and can definitely help you lessen the amount of stress that you put on yourself! Because once you know how often you want to post and maybe also what you want to post on any given day, you can work towards those goals! It will also give your readers an idea of what to expect from your blog and how often to expect it!
Sandra and I have obviously tried quite a few things and (at least for me) having a posting schedule has been really fun so far – even though I have my moments of doubt sometimes! But overall it’s really great and gives everyone involved a better idea of what to expect!
#7: Plan Ahead – Or Plan In General
Once we realized that things just weren’t working out for us the way we were doing them in January, Sandra and I sat down and talked about what we wanted to change and we came up with a plan for February and then slowly worked our way through each month coming up with blogging ideas as time went on and it definitely was one of the best things we could’ve done!
At first, we even planned out each week to make sure we didn’t have too much of the same type of post going up as we wanted to offer our readers a variety of posts to look forward to each month and I think that worked out really well for us at the time! Nowadays, we just schedule the posts we want to write and work from there. Though I have to admit, I kind of miss ‘the good old days’.
Planning ahead is also going to come in really handy when things get really hectic with school or work and you just simply don’t have the time to work on new content! This post is actually being written about a month before it’s going to go up on the blog and everything leading up to its publication day is already planned out too. I basically blame Mikaela for this. She is always super organized and makes me want to step up my game!
#8: Don’t Be Afraid Of Change
I feel like this is always the one thing I want to tell new bloggers and usually the advice I’ll share whenever someone asks for tips for new bloggers: don’t be afraid of change! You might not know too much when you’re going into blogging or you might think you know exactly how you want things to go but then you realize that it’s just not working out or that you’re not enjoying what you’re doing. Change things up!
Try a different posting schedule or get on one if you don’t have one yet. Look for ideas for posts you can do – there are so many places out there offering all kinds of blogging ideas! Change up your theme! I don’t know how often I have changed the look of things (not just blog-wise) because I was unhappy about something and it really helped!
What do you guys think? Are there any more tips you would give to new bloggers? Do you agree or disagree with some of the tips I have shared? Let’s discuss in the comments below!