I decided to write this post in the full understanding that I am no professional in the blogging world. In fairness, I have only been at this for just over a year and I probably don't know everything about this expanding world of ours.
It is no secret that bloggers are on the road to world domination, moving from being people who hid behind laptops to people who are sitting front row at fashion week. I came into this blogger world in the midst of all of that and I am pretty content with where I am.
Anyways, realising that I am not a college lecturer, I do want to give newbie ( or oldie ) bloggers some tips because I just want to help! But it also may have to do with the fact that I have a little bit OCD and I want all blogs to be in tip-top condition.
Let's get started!
1. Be Original
I thought that I would start with one of the most important points to get the ball rolling. I am totally up for being inspired by other bloggers or YouTubers but it doesn't mean literally writing about the exact same thing.
Sometimes it can be hard to get ideas for blogposts but have enough pride in yourself to believe that you will be able to come up with something that will be even better than the rest of the world's. People will always appreciate things more when it is fresh and more importantly it is yours.
I can guarantee you that being original and being true to yourself ( as cheesy as it may sound ) will be worth it.
2. Write About What You Want To Write About
This point kinda follows on from my first tip. By starting a blog, you have something to say or something to express. So you should have no barriers ( except for the "too-controversial barrier" that I am often held back by ) in your writing and you should be able to keep the ideas flowing.
Never let other people dictate what you should write about, even when you get to stage where you are sent products by different products, you should still give your honest opinion. Don't let the whole idea of free products affect your review, people will respect you for that.
3. No Spelling Errors
This is one of my biggest issues and one of the reasons that I was compelled to write this post. I literally CAN'T STAND people who make a huge number of mistakes in their blogposts. I am one of those people who will literally stop reading when their is an error.
Commas and full stops exist for a reason. More importantly, spell-check exists for a reason. Even if you are one of those people who writes their blogposts on your phone, autocorrect may be annoying but it helps.
Re-read your work over and over again to make sure that it is all correct. Or you could just do what I do and hire a person who will proof read all of your work. (Thanks Mom)
4. Lay Out Your Point
I know that it may seem like I ramble on sometimes but I always do try and lay out my point so that people can actually understand the whole point of me writing the blogpost in the first place. This is especially important because you want to keep your readers engaged.
If you just ramble aimlessly from paragraph, you will just leave a trail of boredom behind you and no-one will ever want to join you on the way to Yawnville...
5. Humour Never Hurt Anybody ( well let's hope not )
You may have noticed that I like to use humour in my blogposts. That doesn't mean that I spend my time telling knock-knock jokes, but I often employ more cutting edge humour or I guess I try to be ironic.
I am not 100% sure what I do, but people tell me that I am funny so I guess that I better just go with it. So, if that is any advice to go by, try to employ your natural humour to liven up your blog a bit.
6. Picture Perfect
I always try and include a few images or at least one header image to add a bit more of a visual element to the article. This image also helps to promote your post as on most social media websites the image that you have used appears in a bubble beside the link.
If the image grabs the readers attention, you're sorted.
7. Use Current Events
Obviously there is always a lot going on in the world and if you can it is good to keep up to date with the current affairs. I know this may seem like a tedious task to some but even if you are not a blogger, it is probably a good idea anyway.
After you have studied the newspaper or more realistically, the newspaper website, try and slip in some of this knowledge in a relevant way or even write a post on the event. People usually have short attention spans for these sort of things, so try and get these kind of posts up and ready ASAP!!
8. Ask for Feedback
I would recommend asking for feedback on the post at the end. I always try to end a post on a strong statement or question to try and get more activity around the post and to encourage people to leave their opinion on the topic.
Some people prefer not to post on social media websites so offering up your email address somewhere on the blog always helps. This way they will be able to contact you and give you feedback on the issue, which is always a bit of fun.
9. Never Become Big-Headed
You don't even realise how many bloggers that I have seen that never reply to their comments. I understand that for the much bigger blogs, it is a much harder challenge but it still really annoys me when they make such a huge deal out of favouriting someones tweet or retweeting something.
I did however have a little jump for joy when one of my favourite beauty bloggers retweeted me, but that is besides the point. I just have the opinion that every positive comment should be acknowledge in some way, I always make it my mission to do so anyway.
I just think that people will really appreciate the fact that you reply without any fuss and before you know it you will have a loyal readership.
10. Never Let It Become a Chore
You start (or will start) blogging because you wanted to do so. Never start writing a blogpost because you have to for any reason. Only start writing when you are in the mood and you want too. Otherwise your blogposts honestly will not be as good and you won't be able to get what you deserve from the blogging world.
I suggest finding a space where you blog and assigning that to be your blogging space. Obviously, if you move around a lot, you could have a number of blogging spaces. Try to keep them free from distraction if you can as I can't count the number of times I have become sidetracked.... ( checks tumblr) ... by all the things that my computer has to offer but life is a lot more productive when you stay away from all these distraction.
I hope that this was some use to all you upcoming bloggers out there and maybe when I don't find so many spelling errors in people's blogs anymore I will be able to find more bloggers to adore. It's a win win.
Congratulations you have completed your Blogger Bootcamp, stick to these guidelines and I won't let me OCD side break through and kill you all. Thank you for your time.