Hi guys! How are ya? Hope you’re having a great night <3
This particular Reader’s Request is one that I’ve received many, many requests for. I finally decided to give it a whirl – this post always intimidated me for some reason!! I included my favorite blogging tips and some that my friends use as well
1. Purpose. Have a clear idea of what you want your blog to be about and how you’ll make it unique. What makes you different from the millions of other blogs out there? I think a big one for me is the fact that my life has many different aspects (trainer/fitness professional, military wife, raw foods chef, dinner party fanatic), and the language that I use in my blog, which is how I speak in *real life*. (Side story: “rock my face off” is actually the Pilot’s phrase. He used it when I first met him, 6 years ago, and I thought it was the goofiest phrase ever… until I stole it, haha). A perfect example of purpose is Kath’s blog- we know exactly what to expect when we click on her blog, and it’s awesome.
2. Use pictures to tell a story. I’ll take a lot of pictures throughout the day, but if one doesn’t make sense with my post, I’ll save it for later. Have a theme idea for each post, or use subject headings a la Carrots n Cake or Pure2Raw to break it up. A great example of blog storytelling is the amazing Mama Pea. Every post has a clear theme and story, with witty jokes, heart-melting pics and delicious recipes. She’s kind of a genius like that.
3. Write because you’re passionate, not for the dollars. Blogging is my full-time job, but when I get a paycheck, it’s a surprise to me. “I worked?! Oh yeah, I guess that can be considered working.” I don’t even think about the blog as *work* because I have a crazyseriousabundant love for it. Every.single.blogger who has told me “I’m starting a blog so I can make ‘x’ amount of money” has failed. If you blog about what you truly love and are passionate about, the financial icing on the cake will come.
4. Use your blog as a means to grow and develop yourself. Blogs are like little flowers that grow and blossom over time (hi, cheeseball) Your writing style, audience, picture quality, theme, everything will change- just roll with it and let your blog evolve. An excellent example of this is my good friend Jenna. Her blog has changed dramatically since I started reading it and even though I thought it wasn’t possible to love her blog any more, I totally did.
5. Teach your readers, and be their friend. Whenever I read a blog, I like to leave the page feeling like I’ve learned something, even if it’s something small like chia seeds work the same as flax eggs, or that bangs are in for winter. Every single Choosing Raw post has taught me something. Also, remember to be encouraging and positive to your readers- treat them like friends, especially since they come to virtually hang out with you, a la HEAB.
6. Keep a notebook of blog ideas at hand. I always have a notebook with me for blog ideas, my day’s to-dos, grocery lists, etc. This way, if I get an idea, I can jot it down instead of trying to remember it.
7. Encourage discussion. The comments are there for a reason! Blogs are so much more fun when there’s conversation going down. Ask questions, provoke discussions, stir the controversy pot a little. Caitlin always gets my brain going, even before the am coffee has kicked in.
8. Be your fabulous self! Authenticity always wins. I myself love to read blogs because of what the authors are up to. Anyone can post a pic of a hummus and veggie sandwich, but I’d rather hear more about what the sandwich-maker has been doing, or blips of their personality. Ange always lets her beautiful personality shine through her posts.
Any blogging tips you’d like to add to the mix?? When you read a blog, what keeps you coming back?
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found it helpful! Remember to hang in there if you’re a new bloggy- your niche, voice and readers will come. If you love it, stick with it!
Have a lovely night and I’ll see ya in the morning <3