My followers on Instagram often ask me this question and honestly, I don’t know what to tell you.
A lot of them might look up to me as some kind of inspiration, or a role model and I am flattered, but at the same time, I am terrified of not being able to give them a proper answer. That’s because there isn’t a solid answer to this question. It’s not like I knew what I was doing when I started blogging here, almost three years back! So, I’m going to give you a non-guide for your blog.
Choose what works for you best. If you have a story to tell or an experience that you want to share, do it. Don’t jump into writing about topics trending on the internet just because you want your blog to show up on Google. Be patient and build a more personal connection with your readers. Don’t worry about sticking to relevancy! If you have something to say, people will read. Trust me.
Blogs are meant to be extremely personal, and unless you’re writing for an organization, you don’t have to worry about using big, pretentious words that make you sound smarter. Because let’s be honest here, we bloggers are just human beings trying to figure out what to write next, as if on a loop. We don’t have the time or energy to pretend to sound smart or know everything. But what we do know is that you can never go wrong with keeping it simple and writing from a personal perspective.
You cannot please everybody. There will be people who will try to tell you that your blog isn’t good enough, but there isn’t any kind of competition. Different kinds of people read different kinds of blogs. Some might enjoy photo blogs, some poetry blogs, some might like journal blogs (like yours truly), and others might prefer more academic blogs. Apples, oranges, FRUITS! Just keep doing what you love.
Quality over quantity, always. You don’t have to write on days you don’t feel like. That’s one of the many perks of blogging: you can take a break when you need to. If you can’t think of something to post, take a nap, or surround yourself with other things that inspire you. Whatever you do, don’t force yourself to throw up some content. Throwing up is never pretty.
Have a story to tell, or add some personal experiences. For example, my parents have so many hilarious incidents from their childhood, they could start their own blog that people would absolutely love to read. Then again, it’s something we’re discussing at the moment. Adding stories about yourself gives your content a more personal touch and tells your readers that you’re not just a random shady person on the internet. Try it sometime!
Finally, don’t be ashamed of sharing your blog with everybody you know. Whether it’s on Youtube, or on Instagram, or Tumblr, or even a page for memes, tell everybody. A little bit of shameless plugging goes a long way. So, you know, ‘like, comment and subscribe!’ (which you can do to my posts, by the way, just saying!).
I hope this helped you, in case you plan on starting your own blog sometime. I won’t say I know everything, but this is a start. Happy blogging!
Hope you liked this post, and I hope it answered some of your questions about blogging. If this isn’t a post for you, you can always check out my other works. Subscribe to my blog if you want to be updated every time I post, and share if you think this might help people looking to start their own blogs. I look forward to hearing from you!