10 Blogging Basics for Beginners

by | Jun 19, 2020 | Business | 0 comments

Blogging is a great way to make friends, share interests, and interact on the Internet, but it can be overwhelming at first. Because of that, I want to provide you with 10 blogging basics to get you started!

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If you’ve never blogged before, it may seem a little intimidating, but I want to give you the basics of a blog to give you an idea of where you should focus your energy first! Every blog is different, so once you get some basics down, make it your own!

Here are 10 Blogging Basics for Beginners:

Layout

Using a hot pink or red background might hurt your readers’ eyes and keep them away from rather than attracted to your blog. Be mindful of the text color you use—white text on a light background never looks good. Pick a font that’s legible and large enough for visitors to read easily. Verdana, Times New Roman, and Arial are good choices. Creative Market has amazing themes to help you make your blog beautiful!

Short and Sweet

Nobody wants to read a wall of text with no paragraph breaks. Keeping your blog posts short so that they fit on one screen (and readers won’t have to scroll down) will invite visitors to read each word and not skim through the post. Aim for 150 to 250 words. Break posts on big topics up into two or three separate blogs.

Pictures

Choosing an appropriate picture will add a lot to your post. Check to make sure your pictures aren’t too big and stretched out or too small and hard to see. If you can, use your own pictures or royalty-free ones. But if you can’t, always give credit where credit is due. Link the picture back to its source. Need more ideas? Inspired Stock Shop seriously has THE BEST stock photo membership I have ever invested in. It truly has beautiful images that actually fit with my brand and my esthetic. It even includes bonus resources for you such as guides, Canva templates, quotes and Youtube tutorials. It’s amazing and it gets updated regularly!

Cite Sources

Plagiarism is just as bad on the Internet as it is in print. If you find a tidbit of information somewhere that you want to include on your blog, either link to it, or write out who said it—or do both if possible. You’d want someone to do the same for you, right?

Reciprocate

If someone comments on your blog, comment back on theirs. Leave a substantial comment that shows that you were actually thinking about what they had to say. That’s what blogging is all about—having a conversation and enjoying the virtual company of others.

Schedule

Your readers need to know what to expect from you as a blogger. Always start small and work your way up. If you’re just starting, you may want to blog once a week. Try to blog on the same day so your readers know when to check your blog for new content. As your blog becomes more popular or if you are so inclined, you can blog twice a week or even more. Don’t get overwhelmed, though. It’s better to have fewer posts of more substance than more posts with less. Check out my post on how Tailwind can help you free up some time!

It’s Your Blog

Don’t blog to please anyone else. Write about what you love. Chances are, others will be attracted to your blog if you care about what you write and if you’re genuine. Blogging to please others or to get and keep an audience will wear you out. As with all writing, write because you love it. Feel free to block readers who leave harassing comments. Decide what kind of behavior you’ll put up with on your blog and what comments you’ll delete.

Categorize

Navigation is a big issue. Help readers find what you’re looking for by adding a tag to each post or by putting it in a category. Making the navigation easier will make your blog more reader-friendly. It’s also a good idea to organize for yourself, just in case you’re trying to find a particular post.

Who Are You?

Have an “about me” page on your blog. [I don’t have one at the moment, but it’s in the works.] It’s helpful to readers to be able to match a name and a face to the content of your posts. Be careful when you’re publicizing your blog, though. Too much self-promotion gets annoying. The best rule of thumb is the Golden Rule: do unto others what you would have them do unto you. Aggressive self-promotion is worse than none at all.

Be Realistic

You may not gain a huge following after even a year of blogging, and you definitely won’t get a huge audience overnight unless you happen to be a celebrity. Always blog because you love to write and you love what you’re writing about. Your passion for your subject will ultimately bring loyal readers to your blog.

Following these tips will lead you to enjoy blogging a lot more and may even help to bring in more visitors. Keep in mind that there are many more resources for new bloggers out there—a few are listed here. Above all, use your common sense and follow the golden rule and you’ll have a great blog.


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