1. It’s yours, do what you want with it.
When you start to blog, you’ll want to read every piece of advice you can about how to do it, but at the end of the day it’s your space to write what you like so use it as such. A lot of bloggers don’t like to review stuff on their blog, but my blog is full of reviews because I really like to tell people what I think of the things I’ve done, seen and used. There are other things there too, and I do write about me and my family when I have something I particularly want to say, but I choose how much and when because it’s my space.
2. Don’t worry about stats
At the very beginning of my blog I got very caught up in how many visitors I’d had, how many comments I got and things like that, but these days I’m a bit more relaxed about it and don’t really bother with checking stats. If your blog brings you pleasure and you enjoy writing what you write then don’t worry about it!
3. Twitter is King!
I loved Twitter before I even had a blog, but I’ve found most of the blogs I read through Twitter. Bloggers on Twitter seem to have a really nice little community – well, large community – and if you follow one or two, you can usually find some really good blog posts through retweets. It’s also a great place to pimp your own posts as an added bonus!
4. Finding your feet takes times
So, you’ve got a blog. Now what will you write about? Some bloggers have a clear idea what they want to blog about, hence setting up the blog, but if you’re a bit like me and setting up a blog to just get something down on ‘paper’ on a regular basis then it may take you a while to find out what you want your blog to be about. Don’t rush and think ‘I must do this and write about that’, take your time, experiment, see where it takes you.
5. Enjoy it!
If blogging becomes a chore then maybe you should step back for a while, not permanently, but take a break and see how you feel about it – if you can go back to it with renewed vigour then that’s brilliant and your blog will be the better for it!
These tips have been gleaned from my very short (so far) blogging career – hopefully I’ll have a few more this time next year!