I’m really enjoying this series – I hope you are as well. The series is intended for brand new bloggers that are just learning how to blog and maybe feeling a little lost or intimidated. This is part three of the series, so let’s review the first two parts:
Part Three will cover a couple steps because once you get past the technical challenges of choosing a platform and the mental challenge of choosing a topic you’re almost home free. Well, sorta.
How to Blog Step 3 – Select a Theme Design & Layout
Once you have made the crucial decisions in step one and two, you’re off! Select your theme design and layout.
If you chose a hosted site, then you have templates from which to choose. Select one that is fitting for your tone and topic, but not too distracting.
How to Blog Step 4 – Start Writing (or Shooting or Videoing or…)!
The most important step of all is to begin writing your blog. Content draws in readers. Make your content as high quality as possible, as that is the key to drawing in and keeping readers. Try to post regularly to keep up your readers’ interest.
How to Blog Step 5 – Start Networking (With Readers and Other Bloggers)
Connecting with other bloggers is an important part of the blogger life. Blogging can be isolating and it is easy to begin feeling as though you are writing into the ether. Another reason networking is important is that by creating a network of people who are promoting one another’s blogs is much better than you standing on your own. Plus, it creates a community of people who can offer guidance and support to one another.
Mentioning other blogs and bloggers in your blog is a good way to get people to come to you. But look for people who have mentioned you and send them a note thanking them! That can often get the ball rolling.
Networking can lead to guest blogs on other people’s blogs. You might invite someone to guest blog on your blog as well.
If you are a blogger, you should be a blog reader. And if you are reading other blogs, then you should be commenting as well. That is a good way to develop relationships and network.
Seek out bloggers on Facebook. But you would be advised to approach lesser-known bloggers as opposed to the top dogs in the game. The top bloggers get tons of mail. The lesser-knowns will be excited to hear from you, and more likely to respond.
Starting a blog is an exciting journey. I wish you the best of luck! And if you have any questions along the way don’t hesitate to contact me.
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