New Year, New Bloggers

January seems to be the time when many people decide to finally start a blog. I have had a dozen or more new followers in the past week, most of them brand new bloggers with little or no content on their blogs. Perhaps the start of a new year gives them the push they needed to be brave enough to put their thoughts out there, for all to see.

Included in that small group are a couple of ‘travel blogs’, and of course a few who are really just trying to sell their ‘Editing Services’, or their own craft work. That’s fine too, as the modern world requires that you have to get online to sell your stuff, as well as to write your thoughts down, or show everyone your photos of a trip to somewhere nice.

That said, I am once again going to offer some familiar words of advice to these new bloggers. For everyone else who has seen this before from me, please turn away now.

2019, and you have decided to start your blog. It’s exciting, I know that. People all around the world will see your stuff. They might add a ‘Like’, and if they comment and engage, that’s the icing on the cake. But if you are going to get any real value from blogging, then please try to follow a few basic rules of blogging etiquette.

1) Do not just add a link to your blog as a comment on someone else’s post.
They are unlikely to follow that link, and WordPress will eventually regard you as a spammer.

2) Do not comment by just typing “Please follow my blog”.
Most bloggers already follow far more blogs than they can cope with, and are unlikely to succumb to such tactics.

3) Have a proper ‘About’ page, and allow comments on it.
Tell the blogging community about yourself, why you are blogging, and what you hope to get from it. I cannot stress how important it is for other bloggers to get some idea about what you are like.

4) Do not just fill your blog with ‘amusing gifs’, or links to another blogger’s posts that you liked.
That’s not blogging, believe me it isn’t.

5) If someone doesn’t agree with an opinion you have expressed, don’t turn nasty.
This is not Facebook, and it is best to be the ‘bigger person’, and ignore any jibes. Just delete the comment, if it is that bad.

6) Thank people who follow your blog, even if you don’t want to return the favour.
That’s just good manners, in any society.

7) Spellcheck and edit your posts for grammar and punctuation.
Unless you are blogging in a foreign language, annoyingly bad English is unlikely to attract anyone.

8) Be polite.
It costs nothing, and if you don’t like a photo, or what someone has written, then just don’t comment on it. Easy as that.

9) Engage.
If someone writes an interesting comment, then reply to them. They took their valuable time to read your stuff, think about it, and then add their own thoughts and opinon. Just ‘Liking’ that comment is all very well, but if you refuse to engage with your readers and followers, they will soon disappear.

10) Have some content on your own blog.
Before you start following a blog, or asking others to follow your own, have some content on it. There’s nothing more frustrating than to check out the blog of someone who has no content other than a generic WordPress introduction. We won’t come back later, I assure you. So put something up first.

Ten tips for new bloggers. They are intended to be helpful, I promise you. If you learn as you go, then blogging can be simply wonderful. You will meet amazing people from all over the world, and perhaps even make genuine friends in the process. I know I have.

Happy blogging to you all.

44 thoughts on “New Year, New Bloggers

    1. Blogging is addictive indeed. If you have the time to spare for it, and become part of a very active community, it can become a way of life!
      Thanks for following my blog, which is appreciated. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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        1. I do two things. One, I read lots of other blogs, for inspiration. Two, I turn to my past and my memories, and write ‘nostalgia’ pieces.
          I generally always have the motivation to write, partly based on my age. (Almost 67) If I don’t get it all down now, it may be too late. πŸ™‚
          Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. I started in 2012, and my first followers were friends and family. I soon discovered that you have to search out some really engaged bloggers to follow. Make sure to comment on their posts, and the community develops from there. Be yourself, and don’t try to copy anyone else, or ‘play to the crowd’. It takes 1-2 years to get a community established, or to become part of one. Use tags and categories wisely, as people search those.
      Look at the comments on blogs you like. If there are lots of comments from a lot of different people, you can use that as an indication that the person has a good following. Check out the blogs of the blogger’s followers, and the blogs that follow those. That’s how to develop a sense of ‘belonging’. πŸ™‚
      Don’t forget that the titles of your posts can attract links from Google searches. I have a post titled ‘The Driest County In England’. I didn’t know then, but that phrase is searched constantly, so that post has been read every day for over six years.
      And many thanks for following this blog too.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  1. Thanks for advice! The first one is so obvious yet necessary. Why so many people think it is a good idea to advertise their blog in such a way?
    And hey, don’t follow my blog, I haven’t filled it with content yetπŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

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    1. I am pleased that you found it useful Ashley. If I can ever be of any other assistance to you on blogging matters, feel free to email me.
      The address is on my ‘About’ page. Thanks for following my blog too, that’s appreciated.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. All good tips Pete! πŸ™‚ I think you may be the only blogger who ever thanked me for a ‘follow.’ I admit I’ve not done this myself as I’m not sure the best way to do it. Do you just go to one of their posts and add a thank you comment? Or go to their ‘About’ page or ‘Contact’ page and say something there? With so many followers are you still doing it?

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    1. I do it without fail, Susanne, at least three times today already.
      I look at one of their posts, add a comment if appropriate, then write “Many thanks for following my blog, which is much appreciated”. It doesn’t take long, and even if they don’t acknowledge it, (they usually do) it makes me feel better. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. All good advice Pete.I must admit I do not thank people who follow my blog unless they have left a comment somewhere, and I do remove followers who I feel I don’t want following me such as the marketing blogs and those with no comments.

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