So, you’ve decided to join the bloggers community and start your own blog. That’s great, let me congratulate you with this really wonderful decision! But for this decision to become right and profitable, let me share 5 main things every blogger should remember before starting a blog. Try to accept the following things, and you will definitely become one of the best bloggers on the web!
1. Be yourself no matter what they say
Many newbies understand that a blog is their personal territory but still don’t play their own rules there. Very often we try to do everything for our readers to consider us clever, intelligent, and serious. Remember: never try to seem someone you are actually not. Your readers will understand your sham with your every new publication, and they will feel you are trying to cheat them. Believe me, any audience will accept such an attitude.
If you’re not itself at your blog, you’ll thrust it on a slow and painful death. Therefore, all your efforts to seem who you really are not is nothing but a dead end and a path to self-destruction.
Moreover, it often happens that newbies (and not just newbies actually) are afraid to express their own opinions because some readers may judge it in comments, write something unpleasant, etc. Here I can tell you the following: no matter what you write on your blog, there will always be people who disagree with you. If you write for many people it’s impossible to avoid that! The question is “How bad it is for your blog?”
It’s not bad at all! Here is the advice from Donald Trump: if you see that someone disagrees with your opinion, just ask yourself two following questions:
- Should this opinion matter for you in general?
- If yes, then what benefits can you gain from it?
So, don’t be afraid of critics, write what you think and don’t care about unfounded attacks on your address.
2. Be yourself but don’t go too far!
First of all, despite the fact you need to make friends with your audience, showing yourself in all glory, there are things that your readers should not necessarily know. To publish your phone number or address of your apartment on your blog doesn’t seem to be a good idea. Or personal pictures taken by your spouse when you took a bath… The main idea is caught here, I suppose?
You must learn to distinguish information the publication of which will do you good from the one that you should not tell to a wide audience.
We speak not only about your blog’s success and your personal reputation among readers and subscribers. Your personal safety also matters. Therefore, remove the rose-colored glasses, keep your distance and do not make your private information public, try to identify whom to share this or that information with.
3. Telling about a person in your post, never call his real name
Very often bloggers like telling about not only themselves but other people too. There is nothing bad or criminal with it, but you should be very careful if you decided to do that.
First of all, never call real names of the people you talk about. The exception is if those people asked you to do this. But if they didn’t let you use their names in your blog, please, don’t do that, as it can cause many problems to deal with. Do you need that? It’s better to write about yourself, as you will be responsible only to yourself and your readers, but not any third persons.
Do not be like a cheap tabloid.
4. Keep all your publications fresh.
Perhaps, the best thing you can do for the good of your blog and its readers is to maintain the freshness of the information published on it constantly. Simply speaking, your blog should be regularly updated with new material.
Certainly no one requires you to publish a new content five times a day. Just update your blog REGULARLY. Your readers should get used to the fact that (for example) 3 times a week you post a new material on your blog. Then they will keep coming back there with interest to study the content. You will make your blog be a real brand like this!
5. Practice your blogging for free.
Yes, you need to perform your blog professionally if you want to create a good entrepreneurial blog that will have well-deserved commercial success. A paid hosting and a second-level domain name will be perfect for this aim. But you should understand that you need some training before you start working on a professional tool, and you can easily manage it for free.
There is a big variety of services on the network which allow you to start your blog within 5-7 minutes. You can easily find it via your search engine. Such free blog platforms can be a very good place to practice in Blogging.
So, now you know the five most important things every new blogger should remember. Just don’t forget about them when you decide to start your own commercial website, and you will always be good in it!