When I first started blogging I was hired by a company to make daily posts on “Prudent Living on the Home Front”. I was comfortable working on a computer, but there were so many lessons I learned while blogging.
Blogging is work and sometimes it is more work than I care to admit. I approached blogging like a job and was committed to spending a good part of my day on the computer. I posted five times a week. Some bloggers post three days a week, but for me five days a week was my goal.
It helps to have a schedule of what you plan to post each day. I would also try to have several weeks worth of blog posts done ahead of time. You never know when you might have an emergency in life, and if you want to keep your blog going it is good to have some posts on hand.
Always proofread before publishing! Even with reading and re-reading my posts and then having my husband read them I can still go back later and find typos!
Posts should link to other posts both internally and externally.
It takes at least a few hours to come up with a final blog post. Having good pictures is important. Often it is the picture that will catch someone’s eye and lead him or her to read your post. Posts can be fine with only 300 words or they can be much longer.
Your blog should have a look and feel. Readers should know what to expect when they come to your blog. Have a logo and consistent colors.
If you are on Word Press have Yoast SEO to help you with your SEO and readability. It’s almost like a game to make sure you get all green lights.
It’s ok to accept guest posts and to offer to write guest posts for others.
Social media is a good way to let others know about your blog. It’s ok to try and focus on just one or two social media platforms instead of trying to keep up with all of them!
One of the most important lessons I learned was you don’t have to do this alone. There are all sorts of blogging groups you can join to give you support and a place to ask questions. It’s also fine to join a group to host a blog hop where other readers share a post.
Have fun with blogging. Let your posts be entertaining, educating, informational and inspire your reader. You will find that the lessons learned while blogging are many!