My first blog birthday is approaching in March, I have no idea where that year has gone? I had no idea when I started my blog what I was letting myself in for and how much I was going to fall in love with this whole thing.
I decided to start a blog on a bit of a whim, I was bored, lonely, jobless and felt like I needed something that was just for me. A hobby that I enjoyed, helped me document Leo’s little life but also enabled me to get back into writing, that’s what I wanted from my blog. That is exactly what blogging has given me too, plus so much more: inspiration, friends and a little bit of cash.
If I could go back to that day in March last year, I would do some research before I got started. I would read up a bit about blogging, have a browse around the parent blogger community and read lots of tips. Instead, I jumped straight in at the deep end, head first and spent the first month or two just floating around cyber space, wondering why no one was reading.
So, to help any new bloggers out there, I have put together a list of posts I wish I had read before I started my blog. I still feel like I am learning myself so I will leave the tips and advice to these brilliant bloggers. I hope you find these posts useful…
1. So you wanna start a blog – Brummy mummy of 2.
This is a must read, a great post full of everything you need to know if you want to start a blog. It is written by the very lovely Emma and is really informative as well as funny.
2. 50 blogging tips – You Baby Me Mummy
I love You Baby Me Mummy, Aby’s blog has taught me so much. This post of tips is so useful, it covers everything from how to make a blogging schedule, edit pictures and how to promote your posts. I would strongly recommend checking out Aby’s blog club, it is a whole series of posts, full to the brim with blogging tips, advice and inspiration.
3. The Linky Guide – Cuddle Fairy
There is one thing I am sure of in this world of blogging – if it were not for linky parties. my blog would get nowhere near as many readers as it does. When I first started blogging, I didn’t have a clue what a linky was. I wish I had found this post from Becky over at Cuddle Fairy sooner, every part of a linky is explained and she also give details on how you go about linking up your posts and why you should get involved.
4. How to be a friendly blogger – Mama Mim
This is a lovely little post by the equally as lovely Mim. You can find five brilliant tips on blogger etiquette and how to be a friendly member of the blogging community. Just like in the real world, a good attitude and manners will take you a long way. Everyone loves a friendly blogger.
5. Deciding a blog name – Live. Love. Blog.
And finally, if there is one place online you need to visit as a new blogger, it is the Live. Love. Blog. online magazine for bloggers. This blog is written by pro blogger Aby from You Baby Me Mummy, Hannah from Mums Days and Katy from What Katy Said. You can find literally everything you could possibly need to know about blogging here, but I thought this post on deciding a blog name would be particularly helpful if you are thinking of starting a blog but can’t decide on a name. I wish I could go back and change mine, Leo is not going to nap forever and I am not sure what I will do about my blog name then!
Are you a new blogger? How are you finding the experience so far? Maybe you have been blogging for years, is there anything you wished you had read before you started? Let me know you thoughts. If you are a new blogger, welcome to the blogging world and enjoy!