Congratulations! You’ve taken the plunge and started your blog! My guess is that you want to be a good blogger, but you might be a bit overwhelmed. Don’t worry! Here are some basic tips for building your blog.
Blogging has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. Blogs are easy to create and cover a wide range of content. Sometimes it can feel as if your blog will get lost in the shuffle if you don’t do all you can to promote your content above everyone else’s.
In reality, though, the best way to build a blog is through relationships. Don’t hesitate to take ownership of your content, copyrighting what you need to and promoting what you have. But, by being willing to link to other blogs, promote the work of others, and team up with those whose interests and content mirror your own, you build trust within a wider audience. You begin to build relationships with their people as well as your own. Even if someone else is writing about the same topics, you will have a different perspective. Embrace the similarities and celebrate the differences!
If you are a high school student, you can use this opportunity to connect with organizations that will help you build your portfolio. Share your community service experiences, talk about products or resources, and offer free publicity on your blog. These relationships can later help you find references or present a well-rounded portfolio to a school or company.
To be a successful blogger, you have to be willing to step out of your comfort zone and write – a lot. You also have to be willing to try new things. Technology can be intimidating, but learning as much as you can is vital. Research online. Ask friends. Read blogging tips from those who have been there and done that. Attend a blogging conference.
Growing and learning requires that you stretch yourself, and that can be an intimidating prospect. But, take a deep breath, step out, and just be bold!
Be Focused on Content
In real estate, the buzz phrase is “location, location, location!” In blogging, think “content, content, content!” Even if your topic or focus is the same as a dozen other bloggers or students, there is still something that makes you unique. What is that something? How can your perspective bring a fresh face to topics already being discussed?
The truth is that you are unique. By being yourself, you automatically bring something new to the table. The key is to take advantage of inspiration when it strikes.
- Keep a journal of daily spiritual or general life musings.
- Take pictures or make recordings of anything that stands out to you and sends your writer brain into creativity mode. Then, pull that picture or recording up when it’s time to sit down and write, trying to recapture those thoughts and feelings.
- Keep a little notebook on hand so you can constantly take notes when ideas come to mind.
- Jot down funny things that happen in daily life or a comment that makes you stop. Bring it back out later to process.
- Make note of your life’s experiences. They are unique and provide a unique perspective.
Will you use every picture, note, or memory? Probably not. But, I guarantee you won’t regret jotting down the memory anyway!
Keep Track of It All
As you build your relationships, community, and content, it is important to keep all of your information together and manageable. My Blog Plan, a downloadable blogging planner, is a great tool for keeping track of social interactions, blog contacts, your blogging community, and the daily process of blog posting.
Blogging is so much more than simply tapping a few words into an online box. It’s sharing a part of you – and you’re worth getting to know. So, take the leap! And have fun!