Today’s prompt for Blog Everyday in May is to “share 3 blogging tips.” I think this one is hard for me, because this is the first blog I’ve kept alive for more than two weeks – and it’s only been going since March! I don’t think two months is enough experience to really give tips, but here are three things that have been working for me so far.
1. Take Pictures of Everything – Even if you don’t post a lot of pictures, I think they can help give you a lot of inspiration. When I’m having problems thinking of something to write about, I will often flip through the pictures I have saved on my phone. I actually need to buy an SD card, because I’m running out of room and I’m scared to delete too much!
2. Be Active on Social Media – If you aren’t comfortable posting much besides you article links, I would still suggest lurking around places like twitter. I’m pretty sure that’s how I discovered Belinda’s blog and got introduced to this challenge! I’m always looking for accounts of people who blog about things I’m interest so that I can add more to my follow list. I think it’s important to see what other people are writing about – I often times get reminded of experiences I’ve had while reading about similar ones by others. Bloggers are also very supportive of each other – if you start commenting on someone’s blog or tweeting to them, they will likely start writing back. There have been many times where I haven’t felt like blogging, but then got a notification that someone liked or commented on something I did, and it motivated me to get up and write some more! I think sometimes “networking” gets a bad rap as being superficial, but I feel like I’m making some nice connections through social media.
3. Be Kind to Yourself When You Don’t Post – I think one of the problems with my previous blogs is that if I felt I missed a few days posting, there was no point returning. I’d let myself get really discouraged if I didn’t post as much as wanted, and then everything would just fall through. I think it’s important to find a schedule that works for you, but sometimes things don’t work out the way you want them too. People are very forgiving and want you to feel well. An addendum to this – use scheduling tools! I’m not sure about other programs, but WordPress makes it really easy to schedule posts. This means your posting schedule doesn’t have to match up with your writing schedule, so you can write when you have the time and motivation, but space out the posts.
Does anyone have any other tips they’d like to share? I’d love to read them!