So, you are ready to start a blog, hey? I’ve been blogging for just over two years now and I’d love to share a few things I have learned during my time of blogging. Before I give you my top 6 beginner blogger tips, let me tell you how I started blogging.
You see, I didn’t just one day decide to start blogging – actually, I tried to avoid it like the plague. I saw other people’s blogs and thought it was a nice way for them to express themselves.
But not me.
I was not a blogger.
I started a little website just for the homeschool families I work with. And I started sharing the things I had been learning from my Bible reading in a blog format. I didn’t write much and it wasn’t always consistent.
After I was asked to share my story at a ladies ministry gathering, I felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit explore the idea of a speaking ministry. I love speaking and sharing the truth with women. I took a course for that and sharpened my skills. It was through that spark that I really started blogging. And that’s how it started…
Now, on to the 6 little things I have learned.
Be Prepared To Feel Like Quitting
Seriously. There have been many times when I just felt like quitting. I questioned if my message was even getting ‘out there’ – were people actually reading my blog and caring about what I wrote?
Or you get nasty messages from people – even your own family – and you wonder if what you are doing is it worth it.
I have had many pep talks with myself about this and it comes down to this one simple question: Will I listen to what man says or thinks about my blog or will I continue to obey God even when it is hard and the other voices seem to scream louder than His calling on my life?
I will choose obedience.
That doesn’t mean I will never feel like quitting again because I likely will. But as long as I keep answering that one question the same, it will all be ok.
Don’t Compare Yourself To Other Bloggers
It can be easy to become intimidated by the ‘bigger bloggers’ out there.
It can be easy to think they are ‘better’ because they have a much larger readership than you do.
It can be easy to get stuck in the comparison trap. I know. I’ve been there.
But, you aren’t them.
You are you and you have a very specific calling from God. He has a plan exclusively for your blog.
I need this reminder often myself. The questions pop up like “why aren’t people sharing my posts, but they are sharing everyone else’s?”
I must continually remind myself of the reasons God gave to me to write.
My blog has nothing to do with anyone else’s blog. Neither does yours.
Remember God’s Calling For You
Don’t forget who God wants you to minister to.
What has God called you to write about?
Never mind what everyone else is writing about. I knew God wanted me to share my story and speak of the freedom of abiding in Him. But, somehow, along the way, I lost that focus and I started writing about other things.
My focus was heading more towards marriage and parenting – and while these are great topics for me to write about and I am not sorry I have written about them, they are not my absolute main focus. At least right now they aren’t. That doesn’t mean I won’t keep writing about them, either. I still will write on parenting, marriage, homeschooling…any other secondary topic as the Holy Spirit prompts.
My main focus will be about living a life of freedom through the grace of Jesus Christ.
What is YOUR main focus? What does God want you to blog about right now?
Choose A Well Established Website Service
Get on board with wordpress.org – not a little site-hosting company. I learned this one the HARD way!
When I first started my blog/website, I was with this smaller company. While it was fine at first, I gradually grew more and more frustrated with it. I wasn’t able to get the same plug-ins and extras that others had. Or I could have the extra item, but it was much more challenging to use with all of the extra steps I had to complete.
For example, I wanted a ‘click-to-tweet’ plug-in for my site. I had to go through the copying and paste of the HTML and then each time I wanted to add a tweet, I had to make my own text box, tweet icon and a host of other extra steps.
When I finally moved over to wordpress.org and Bluehost, I just clicked the Click-To-Tweet plug-in for WordPress and then anytime I want to include a tweet in my post, all I need to do is click the little tweet bird in my blog editing section – easy peasy!
Another problem I ran into with the smaller site was when I finally went to switch over my blog to WordPress, I had to copy and paste EVERY SINGLE POST I had ever written – one by one. That’s 2 years of blogging! I asked tech support on both sides – I was even willing to shell over the $100 for Bluehost to transfer my entire site…but it was not possible at all. The only way to get my posts over to my new site was to copy and paste everything!
Lesson learned – before committing to any site, make sure it will be easy to transfer it to another place in the future.
Enroll In A Good Blogging Course
Take a blogging course!
Earlier this year, I took Arabah Joy’s 6-week blogging course (**If you don’t know who Arabah is, then you really need to go check out her blog – she is an incredible woman of God filled with tons Godly wisdom). The cost for the course was affordable and a great way to get some education on a good blog site from a (wonderful) experienced blogger. I learned so much from her – and really, it is because of the course that I ended up changing my entire site to WordPress (and I am so glad I did).
In her course, I learned about streamlining my graphics, getting back to my main focus, getting rich Pins, utilizing Facebook…and much more.
But the absolute BEST part is connecting with other bloggers on the special Facebook page created just for the course. I see this as a long-term benefit of taking the course – a wealth of wisdom, input, and encouragement from other Christian bloggers. This is what makes Arabah’s course extra wonderful and unique. All the NEW friends you get to meet! I have made so many amazing women friends through Arabah’s course! There is such a sense of camaraderie and love for each other. We pray for each other, we get to be real with each other without fear of being humiliated or shamed.
As an added bonus, Arabah allows us to be affiliates for the course. This is so generous of her. As if the course itself hasn’t been a huge blessing in my life already, she makes her course available for affiliates.
With that being said, go here for more info and to sign up or click the photo above. Use code AMB10 to get an additional 10% off!!!
Share, Share, Share!
This last tip is easy. Share other people’s content. Share on all social media platforms you are on. And if someone shares your stuff, be sure to reciprocate – share their content – as long as it is in agreement with what you believe, of course 😉 There are Pinterest collaborative boards, facebook collaborations, linky parties…and more to get you started in sharing content.
If you are like me and you find that you need regular reminders of WHY you are blogging, I made this helpful little PDF for you to download and print.
This 8×10 printable was made for my post “6 Helpful Beginner Blogging Tips“.
What is a tip that has helped you? Do have your own tip to share?? Share in the comments below.
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