Blogtober: Five Tips For New Bloggers

Hello, everyone!

I’m bringing you another Blogtober post. Today’s assignment: five blogging tips I’d give a new blogger.

Let’s be honest: I’m a new blogger, so I feel pretty unqualified to give any advice about blogging. I started Pumps and Polka Dots in July, and I’m still figuring out how to make it manageable for me and interesting for others. I’m sure more-experienced bloggers will have far better and more thoughtful advice than I will, but here’s what I’ve got:

  1. Blog because you love your topic. Don’t do it if you think it’ll make you famous or because you think you’ll be able to quit your day job in six months and become a full-time blogger. For most people, blogging is and always will be a hobby rather than a profession. I make no money from my blog. Zilch. Nadda. Nothin’. And if it stays that way, I’m OK with that.
  2. Set a schedule and commit to it. People aren’t going to visit your blog if you don’t regularly provide new content. I’ve committed to posting three times a week, which is manageable for me. Some people post five times a week. Some post every day. Find a schedule that works for you, and commit to it so that your readers know when they can expect to see something new.
  3. Don’t touch up your photos. I daresay that everyone would love to look like a supermodel in all their photos, but resist the urge to make your legs thinner or erase those fine lines around your eyes. We can pick up a magazine if we want to see unrealistic or Photoshopped images of what people look like. We don’t need that in the blogosphere too.
  4. Proofread your posts and everything on your blog. And then do it again. Seriously. When it comes to writing, there are few things more embarrassing than a “pubic” where it should be “public” or “lumps” instead of “pumps.” Take a minute and read through what you’ve written before you let the world see it.
  5. Don’t be afraid to reach out to other bloggers or to get involved in the blogging community. So far, I’ve found that other bloggers are encouraging and responsive, and it’s nice to connect with other people who have similar interests, so why not talk to some of those people?

That’s all from me! I hope this is helpful!

4 thoughts on “Blogtober: Five Tips For New Bloggers

  1. Hi! I found you through Blogtober. I agree with the proof read and do it again. I laughed over your examples. Unfortunately, I find that sometimes I do my best proof reading after I hit publish. I look forward to following.

    1. Thanks so much! It really is surprising to see how many typos like that make it into writing. It’s hard to edit your own work, but it’s such an important part of the writing process.

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