Tips for The New Blogger

typing-on-laptopI would love to tell you that I am a newbie when it comes to blogging, but I am not. I started blogging in 2008, some 4 years ago. In 2008, I did not have a clue about the ins and outs of blogging and I had no blogging goals.

I started out sharing my raw vegan journey and had no idea where blogging would take me. The longer I blogged, I discovered that I enjoyed sharing information, especially in written form.

It is now 2012, and I have blogged at this spot for almost 2 years. It has not been easy, but I continue writing, because I enjoy it. When you are passionate about what you do, then that passion keeps you going, even when you feel like giving up.

We were all new bloggers at some time and probably had a lot of information at our fingertips on how to become a successful blogger. But at the end of the day, you have to do what works for you and what makes you feel good.

Achieving success in blogging comes in different forms for everyone. If you love what you do, then others will feel it in what you write and don’t you forget that. Here is a list of tips for you, the new blogger:

  1. Focus on writing.
  2. Don’t focus so much on making money, the money and opportunities will come.
  3. Connect with other bloggers in your niche, as well as outside your niche.
  4. Follow those bloggers in your niche on Twitter, Facebook, etc.
  5. Guest post on other blogs.
  6. Share the content and promote of other fellow bloggers, don’t be self-centered.
  7. Join forums and groups.
  8. Comment on other blogs in your niche, and on some outside your niche.
  9. Create a Facebook Page
  10. If you are courageous, open a You Tube channel related to your blog.
  11. Create informational products for your blog
  12. Keep writing

There are so many things that you can do to make sure you succeed as a blogger. The main thing you should do is write articles that are beneficial and helpful to others. Don’t be afraid to spice up things and share a little about yourself too.

Discussion: How long have you blogged? Please share any advice you have for the new blogger.

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17 Comments Tips for The New Blogger

  1. Elizabeth

    Great post Evelyn! I have to constantly remind myself that it is a marathon and not a sprint. Your words of wisdom are definitely hitting home and encouraging me to keep plugging away. I have been enjoying creating my new blog, though I sometimes think I need to get away from the computer, as I can easily spend hours tweaking the layout or jotting down post ideas, ha ha. Anyway, thanks for the advice from one vegan chica blogger to another!
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    1. Evelyn Parham

      Hi Elizabeth!

      Welcome to my blog!

      Thank you!

      You’ll get to a point when you will get your template the way you want it. I use to do the same thing. ;)

      It’s always a good idea to write down your ideas…wouldn’t want to forget them, now would you.

      Have a great weekend!

  2. Eva

    Thanks for this post! I still feel like a new blogger, even though I started in 2003. My newest blog has been up for a little under a year, and you are right – when you aren’t focused on money, and connect with other bloggers, opportunities come.

    I also find that sharing useful information as you get it with other bloggers is helpful – even if you are new. I just finished my first crack at my media kit, and the first thing I wanted to do was share my experience with my blogging community!

    I’ll be reading your blog – I have gone from a size 4 to a 14, and it looks like you have some great tips to help me on my road back to… well… an 8! Have a beautiful day!
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  3. Jeevanjacobjohn

    Thanks for sharing the tips, Evelyn :) I am glad that you enjoy blogging.

    Well, I started to blog about blogging in 2009 :D (I began with technology but later switched to Blogging, thanks to Blogengage and my blogging friends :D).

    I have learned a lot of things since then. I knew the importance of blogging, marketing and networking, but I didn’t do them consistently (so many excuses for that!).

    And last year, I shut down my old blog and decided to start a new one – focusing on doing things consistently.

    My best advice to a new blogger is: Be consistent with whatever you do :D

    Anyways, nice post!

    Jeevan Jacob John
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    1. Evelyn Parham

      Hey Jeevan,

      I knew I remembered you. You’ve refreshed my memory. You won a blog engage contest, if I’m not mistaken. I didn’t realize that you closed down your blog.

      I’ll definitely check out your new blog.

      Yes, consistency is key. Thanks for sharing that helpful tip!! ;)

      Take care,

      Evelyn

  4. Tatianna

    Thank you for the great post Evelyn :). I am sort of a new blogger, It’s been a year, and ohh my I am still learning. But I definitely have to say focusing on writing is my main thing, I tried to sink into the SEO aspects in the beginning, but then I realized that it can damage my writing and block my creativity, so now I just focus on writing and expressing my self. I’ve met so many great and positive bloggers since I’ve started, it’s been a great time. I am looking forward to blogging for the rest of my life, I could never give this up, I thin I was meant to be a writer, It’s the only thing I am good at ( not the grammar part though ), but creativity :).
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    1. Evelyn Parham

      Hey Tatianna!

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting!!

      I wouldn’t worry so much about SEO, it can definitely block creativity. I wrote a guest post for We Blog Better, I had no clue about SEO or keyword search. Long story short, one of my posts made the first page of google. So it pays to let your creative juices flow. Just make sure your tags include keywords that are in your headline and within your post and you should be fine.

      If you think you were meant to be a writer, then you should go for it. Your grammar is good if not better than some English speaking bloggers I know. Don’t worry so much about your grammar, it will come the more you write.

      Take care,

      Evelyn

  5. Jimmy Moore

    As someone who has been blogging for the past seven years, one more thing I’d add to the excellent list that Evelyn provided: BE PREPARED AND EXPECT CRITICISM. Some newer bloggers who start to make a name for themselves write to me in despair thinking what they have done wrong to incite someone’s wrath in a comment or email. But it’s an indication that you’ve made it and cracked through this being a simple hobby to being considered a bona fide blogger. CONGRATULATIONS! Oh, and there are LOTS of people who love you for every one who sends nasty, ugly, personal things about you. Don’t sweat it. Press delete and move on.
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    1. Evelyn

      Hey Jimmy,

      Thanks for chiming in! You’ve been blogging for a long time. Time has passed so quickly.

      I’ve experienced criticism too. Sometimes you have to delete and move on. I’m glad you shared this, because criticism is certain to come.

      It is always a pleasure seeing! ;)

      Take care,

      Evelyn
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  6. Pamela

    Great Tips Evelyn. I enjoyed reading this and I will be using these. I really appreciate you. You are a very sweet person and I am glad to know you. Thanks for everything.

    1. Evelyn

      Hey Pamela,

      I’m glad you enjoyed this post. You’re a sweet person too. I see your videos, but at this time, it is very hard for me to view them without a lot of lagging. I will be so glad when we switch internet service providers. But I want you to know that I see what you’re doing and you’re doing a great job. Keep up the good work!

      Thanks for responding the tag too. :)

      Take care,

      Evelyn
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