In the unlikely event that you haven’t come across these two writers, Robbie is an example to all new bloggers of how to build a blogging community, through consistent comments and regular, varied posts, while Jim gives us a regular dose of observant humour in the very real world of Port Naain, through the eyes of his alter-ego, the inimitable Tallis Steelyard.
1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them and provide a link to the post you’ve created.
I started my blog back in 2011, just because I was curious… to see what blogging was all about…and to see if I could actually set up the software. I wrote two or three posts over the next year, got a whole six views that year… some of them from total strangers! And I was over the moon!
I started posting more regularly, telling a little of my son’s story. Then daily, when we launched the Silent Eye…and it grew from there to over a quarter of a million views every year. And I still get excited that total strangers read my stuff. 🙂
Which leads to the two pieces of advice for new bloggers:
1. Do it your way. Decide why you are blogging… if it is to make money, read all the advice out there and take on board what fits. If, like me, it is for personal reasons, blog because you enjoy it, whether that is for the chance to write, the interaction with the community, to showcase your work or simply because it is fun. Don’t feel pressured into writing every day if you only want to write once a week or month. Don’t follow thousands of blogs in the hope they will follow you back. Don’t make it the kind of hard work you will want to wriggle out of…make it fun and you will want to keep on blogging.
2. Learn just enough of the technical stuff to know what you are doing. Learn how to reblog if you want to share another writer’s work. How to create a pingback (and make sure you link to a post, not a home page or the recipient won’t know you pinged!) How to link your Gravatar to your current blog…and how to link your blog to your social media accounts if you want to share it. And if there is something you don’t know how to do… ask. Most experienced bloggers are happy to help.
Bonus advice to new bloggers: The bloggers mentioned in this post cover so many styles…take a look and see what speaks to you!
My list of blogs comes with no obligation to ‘accept’ and join in… it is a thank you for advice given, laughter and beauty shared, friendship extended and words enjoyed…and it could include so many more blogs than this…
Sally Cronin at Smorgasbord
Chris Graham, the Story Reading Ape
Mike Biles at A Bit About Britain
Kerfe Roig at K-Lines that Aim to Be
Willow Willers at willowdot21
Anne Copeland at All in a Day’s Breath
Alethea Kehas at The Light Behind the Story
Ken Gierke at rivrvlogr
Jennie Fitzkee at A Teacher’s Reflections
Trent P. McDonald at Trent’s World