Blogging is a fun way to express your thoughts and a great way to share your passion. Success in blogging means hard work and a whole lot of patience. Like in any other field, success comes to those who are open to learning. The best way to improve your blogging skills is to tap into the knowledge from people who are already successful.
The insights from people who have done it before is very valuable and has been tried and tested. Here are twenty five tips from twenty five bloggers you’ll probably want to implement today.
” Write, write, and write some more.” – Andy Sowards
“I have been blogging for many years now and at first not so successfully If I could give one tip to anyone new to blogging it would be this: Write, write, and write some more. In the early days of blogging for me, I found writing hard – so I didn’t post as often as I should have at times, and I regret that. I spent a lot of time worrying about what people would think about my topic, or that someone else had covered it better, or any type of self doubt scenario you can think of. Staring at a blank page unable to write anything was a familiar setting.
Over the years though I did write more and more – every time I wrote an article I grew a little more – I found my voice a little more – I was able to think up great topics and research them a little better. Once you find your voice you will know it, and your audience will to. Engaging and connecting with your readers through your writing is crucial to growing an audience and standing out from the rest. These days writing is much easier for me and I actually enjoy writing a lot (and a few people have actually mentioned that they like it too. I enjoy being able to help inspire and teach people online through my writing, it is more than just a blog – its a passion! So keep writing, the internet needs you!”
“Write posts that only you can write” – Kerry Gorgone
The most helpful advice I’ve ever received as a blogger came from my friend and mentor Mark Schaefer. I’d been writing regular posts as a columnist for him, and he was happy with them, but thought I could do more to distinguish myself as a writer. “You’re reporting,” he said, “and it’s great for my blog, but that’s not how you’ll make a name for yourself.” His challenge for me: “write posts that only you can write.” So I dug deep, and wrote a post on the dark side of social networking. It generated nearly 100 comments (the first of my posts to attract that kind of engagement), and people shared it all over the web. The New York Times even mentioned it! So, my advice for new bloggers is this: there’s only one you. Find your voice and your passion, then don’t be afraid to share it. Some people won’t like it, but that just means they’re not your audience. Be real. Be you. Be really you.
“Focus on headlines” – Jim Dougherty
My advice for a new blogger would be to focus on headlines. Writers spend so much time and energy focused on developing their distinctive voice and point-of-view yet many don’t stop to realize that readers won’t read their stuff. I’ll relate how I came to this realization: for the first six months that I was blogging I used an online tool that purported to measure the resonance of any given title. One day I wrote a rather matter-of-fact piece, brandished it with a rather matter-of-fact title and it had wider readership and reach than anything that I had done previously. I realized that by trying to finesse my titles, I wasn’t communicating succinctly or clearly about what the piece was about.
Now I rely on my intuition to craft clear headlines that will compel readers to click. I craft them first and sometimes won’t even write an article if I can’t generate interest with the headline I may not write the article. I know that I’ve written a compelling headline when people are responding to the headline on Twitter or Facebook without reading the article.