I’ve always had a beautiful love affair with reading and writing. Growing up I had a little bookshelf in my bedroom just above my bed. It had story books that my mother would sometimes read to me before bed and when I got older I read them to myself. I used to stay up late at night and read Enid Blyton books; my favourite being her Malory Towers series.
As I got older I looked forward to English Literature classes, writing essays was my forte. Who would have thought that years later my love for literature would produce a beautiful space? A space that has birthed so many stories that have changed not only my life but the lives of friends, family and readers who stop by every now and again to read through my blog.
I’ve been blogging for 5 years and I now have two blogs. A Lifestyle and a Fitness Blog. These two blogs have given me a lot of clarity when it comes to blogging and you can implement all these tips into your own blog and let me know how it works out for you.
- Blog. It won’t be perfect in the beginning but trust me the more you blog the more you will get better at it.
- Have a strong WHY. Why do you want to start this blogging journey? Without a strong enough why you will blog for a few days, weeks or maybe a year and then stop.
- You’re never going to know what the outcome of blogging will be. You might get financial success, invaluable experiences, amazing opportunities, a useful network or all the things I mentioned. Keep giving input and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. You can read about what blogging has done for me over here.
- Have at least 20 blog ideas written down. This way you won’t run out of ideas of what to write about next. Do your research, ask other people their opinions, this always helps to come up with a rich blog post.
- Unlearn. We spend a lot of time taking in so much knowledge we forget to let go of some bad habits. I used to be guilty of adding 15 billion tags on my blog post. Now the maximum I’ll put is 3. People will find your content, panic not.
- Go out and ask for what you want. Is it to interview one of your favourite celebrities, do you want to partner with a local brand or do you need access to event so that you can publish it on your blogging platform? Whatever the case is, ask; the worst that could happen is they will say no. Get up and try again.
- Attend events. I look forward to attending events that have speakers who share their life experiences. You can’t possibly know everything and attending events will not only educate but also give you a fresh perspective on different aspects of your life.
- Your hard work might get recognised and you might win awards. We now have Blogger Awards in Zimbabwe.
- You will learn new skills. Blogging is the one space that will have you adding new skills to your CV every other month. Think content writing, photo editing, graphic designing, marketing, social networking and many more.
- You will make new virtual friends and get along so well you would think you’ve known each other for years. Connecting with people in the same space is a great way to share ideas and help each other tackle some of the blogging challenges you might face. You will unfortunately lose some friends as well. @RaeLyric was one of the first Zimbabwean Bloggers I followed on WordPress. We would drop a random message here and there to say hello. She wrote so well. It’s been a year since she passed on and sometimes I visit her blog just to read her work. I sadly never got to meet her.
What has blogging done for you? If you’re just starting out what are you hoping blogging will do for you? You can read more free blogging tips from here.