Tuesday 29 September 2015

My Top 5 Blogging Tips + Blogging Workshop on Saturday 7th of November

Top 5 Blogging Tips - Blogging for beginners workshop

Blogging is a great hobby and a fantastic outlet for sharing your passion, it's something I've loved doing for the last three years. If you're thinking of starting a blog or you are already blogging, here are five of my top tips to make your blogging life a little easier.

1. Find your niche
In a sea of blogs it can be difficult to set yourself apart, but if you do find your niche you are likely to find your readership growing and have a successful blog. Being unique can be your best asset. Fiona Uyema from Fiona's Japanese Cooking is an excellent example of someone who found a niche and thanks to her blog she has now become an authority in terms of Japanese food in Ireland.

2. Know your readers
Once you've found your niche it's likely that you will know your readers too and this will help you to know what content works or not. With the stats and Facebook insights you will know the demographic and which posts get the most reads or clicks. It's quite handy for you to decide what to write about in the future and make sure that people are kept interested.

3. Post regularly
It's not easy but if you want people to keep reading you, you have to update your blog regularly. I had moments where I lacked the inspiration or motivation and could see the numbers of readers decreasing during those times. Blogging can be time consuming but the secret is to schedule it. Create an editorial calendar and plan your posts ahead, this can help you to keep a routine. An updated blog is more likely to be successful one but always keep in mind that quality is more important than quantity!

4. Don't compare yourself to others
Each blogging journey is different and of course when you start you might feel like you will never get as many followers as some other bloggers, you might even think that no one will read you. Focusing on blogging about what you love and connecting with your readers if far more important than looking at what the others are doing or comparing numbers.

5. Use social media
If you have a blog it's pretty much mandatory to use as many social media platforms as you can. Get on Twitter, create a Facebook page for your blog, use Instagram or even snapchat... This will help you to reach out and promote your posts as well as interacting with the blogging community.

I hope these five tips will help you with your own blog, or that blog you've been threatening to start for ages. If you are new to the blogging world, or you feel like starting a blog soon I will be running a Blogging for Beginners Workshop on Saturday 7th of November at 2.30pm in Brooks hotel.

You can book your space here.

Do you have any blogging tips you'd like to share? Please do in the comments below.