Break out the party hats and streamers, in exactly 6 days (April 30) it’s my birthday! To mini-celebrate (kinda like having a macaroon instead of cake), I thought it would be nice to share 31 random blogging tidbits that have helped my blog grow. 31 great ideas because I am turning… ummm… 21* 😛 (*21+10)
Upcoming birthday aside, it’s a momentous occasion all-round. I have finally reached 100,000 blog visitors and I am so beside myself with excitement. That’s big numbers for some, miniscule for others, but I am still very proud of my effort. I hope in this list you can find just one thing to help you along your journey too!
- get to know other bloggers and become part of blogging communities – you likely all share the same interests and goals – and will make some amazing new friends.
- take the time to genuinely connect with your readers, what would your site be without anyone to see it?
- get yourself a Facebook and other social media pages to give readers another way to connect with you outside your blog.
IT’S ALL ABOUT CONTENT
- find the right photo editor to suit your budget and style, and give your photos that extra touch. Some good budget friendly options here and here.
- design a page layout that is both functional and visually enticing to readers, you want to immediately draw them in and keep them once you have.
- discover the joy of free fonts and spice up your images and overall site, Dafont.com is a great resource.
- host giveaways, like this one. You don’t have to send yourself broke doing it, but a little thank you to everyone who reads your blog is a lovely gesture.
- be mindful of what you write to avoid experiencing “post regret”. It could be as simple as checking your spelling and grammar, to not posting that rant you so desperately want to share.
- plan your posts an editorial calendar (Google it). It will help you see the bigger picture, and even highlight where you might need to make improvements or changes.
- post and share free goodies and tutorials for bloggers, everyone loves resources (especially free ones!) and it’s just nice to share.
- content is king. It’s been said so many times, but it’s true. Give every element of your blog strength and value, don’t just ‘fill space’. (I’ve been guilty of this)
- tag and categorise your posts correctly to reach the right audience.
- keep a notebook for ideas, you never know when inspiration strikes and you certainly wouldn’t want to forget if it does.
- have a ‘about me’ page or widget, and make it easy for readers to find. People love to know who is behind the pictures/words. I know I do! It’s one of the first things I go to after landing on a new site.
- be original. It todays world it’s difficult to be 100% original, but you can still make it ‘yours’ by giving it a personal touch. Try and be as unique as you can.
- find and follow great inspirational blogs (like my favourite Beautyholics Anonymous) who give you great blogging tips, there’s always something new to learn.
- be ruthless. You can’t do it all and shouldn’t have to, so don’t feel like you have to keep up with every trend or social media platform.
- always give people a way to contact you (safely!), you never know what opportunity or friendship you might miss.
- read, read and read some more. Dedicate some time every day/week to research just one thing you’ve always wanted to know. If you learnt one a week that’s 52 new skills in a year! It’s how I learnt all I know.
- submit your site to Google, Bing and other search engines to help readers find your content on the web.
- check your blog in different browsers here to make sure everything is consistent and readable. This is a great backup tool to see if any CSS changes you made, work.
- consider upgrading to the CSS customisation (wordpress.com) if you feel like the free templates aren’t giving you the design feel you want.
- research popular search terms in Google Trends and use these words cleverly within your posts.
- if you’re not comfortable giving out your email address, consider using a contact form (wordpress.com) in posts and pages for readers to reach you.
- Statcounter is a great free alternative for bloggers who cannot use Google Analytics (i.e wordpress.com users). Track your content in-depth and use the data to your advantage.
- consider getting a more professional looking email address – ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ is probably not a good idea, unless that’s your blog name – then go for it!
- get a custom domain name to give your site a more professional look.
- learn some basic html to spice up your site, it can be the difference between good and great.
- design and create unique a blog header yourself! How I created mine for free, here.
- download your blogging platform app (here’s wordpress.com) to keep up and blog on the go.
AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST…
- Love what you do and do what you love! Never forget why you started blogging in the first place (stick a note near your computer :)) and always keep that in mind. It helps you stay on track and keeps you motivated!