I’m a wee bit behind on my Sunday Five Blogs, and most of my blog posts actually. It turns out that doing multiple English-lit courses at uni is quite time-consuming. Goodbye leisure reading and writing! In saying that, I’ve read a few really interesting books for uni this semester, so it hasn’t all been so bad.
Because I’m behind, I decided to catch up on The Sunday Five posts from a few weeks ago. And I’m going to be a complete badass and post it on a Monday instead of a Sunday. Although maybe if you’re reading this in America or somewhere else on the other side of the world, it might still be Sunday so it won’t matter too much to you. This week’s topic is blogging tips.
Tip # 1: Be Yourself
When you’re writing blog posts you don’t have to write like an academic. Blogs aren’t formal (well they can be, but they don’t have to be) so you can write in a style that is comfortable for you and easy for your followers to read. Obviously basic spelling and grammar are important to get right, but for the most of it you can just be yourself. You can make jokes, use colloquialisms and even write in capital letters when you’re really passionate about something – all these things make it more fun and engaging for your readers (unless they happen to be formal academics, of course). The blog is yours and it’s a reflection of you, so inject your personality into it and make it what you want it to be!
Tip # 2: Create Original Content
Pick a topic that you’re passionate about and write what you really feel about it. Don’t let other people’s thought or opinions cloud your own. Sure, sometimes it’s helpful to look at other blogs to get ideas, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but don’t copy their content. Do some reading, gather your thoughts and your own knowledge, and get stuck in to creating your own original content. Nobody wants to read your blog if it’s not yours. Interesting and original content will help you get noticed.
Tip # 3: Post Regularly
I’ve always found that if I follow a posting schedule, I get a better response from readers than I do if I just post sporadically once every couple of weeks or so. If you aim to post something at least 1-3 times a week, you’ll find that your readership will grow much more quickly. People will trust you and engage with your posts more because they know you’re in it for real and aren’t just going to disappear on them.
…..Now, if only I could take my own advice on this one and post more often… but sometimes life just gets in the way, doesn’t it?
Tip # 4: Interact With Readers and Other Bloggers
If someone comments on your post, reply to them – even if it’s just to say thank you. If someone likes one of your posts, check out their blog and give them a like or two. The more you interact with people on your blog, the better your experience will be. Blogging is way more fun when people comment their thoughts on your posts. It can be a great way to meet new people and make some like-minded friends. Not to mention it helps out other bloggers too! We’re all in this together.
Tip # 5: Spend Time On Design and Graphics
Nobody will want to spend even five seconds looking at your blog if you have a striped background and yellow text. It hurts the eyes and it’s practically unreadable. There’s a lot to be said for negative space – that is, the gaps between content, that are preferably in a block colour like white or grey. Use a dark colour for text that is easy to read. Don’t use too many crazy fonts. If I struggle to read something because of the font or colouring, I’m probably not going to bother. There are so many ways to spruce up your blog, too. Take some vibrant photos or spend time making pretty graphics. Having a great aesthetic will make your blog really appealing to your reader. I use Canva for my graphics. It’s free for the basics, too, and really easy to use for those of us who don’t know much about what goes on behind the scenes in graphic design.
So those are my five top tips for blogging! Do you have any to add? I’d love to hear from you.