Seven Ways To Become a Better Personal Blogger

I rarely blog about blogging. I just figure that there is so much information out there, I don’t feel the need. Although I do get a few dozen emails a week about blogging, I felt it was time to share a few tips.

First up I want to talk about success. What is it? Well it is different for everyone. Some bloggers see success as a personal satisfaction that you get from sharing your stories or information.

This is they first building block to successful blogging. You need this in order to build your blog. If you do not have this, then you will quit blogging within the first few months. It is the love of creating that will propel you, no matter what is happening around you.

I am talking about professional success as a blogger. I have been blogging professionally for two years now, and although I am nowhere near the pinnacle of expertise on the matter of successful blogging, I have been at it for 5 years now and have picked up a thing or two along the way.

Let us begin!

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TIME

Dear Mrs Woog,

I have been blogging for three weeks. I am getting nowhere. How do I grow my readership?

Well love, as they say, build it and they will come. I blogged for 6 months before I think I even got a page view, let alone a comment! I still remember my first commentor, Kim! My point about blogging for the love of it comes into play here. Write for yourself, not an audience. People are not mugs. There are very few bloggers I have seen who have sprung from the barriers and made an impact. Write and write and write some more. Don’t look at page views. Practice your craft.

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OPEN YOUR MIND

Do not be afraid to experiment. Vary your style. Do you know about the different text types? Narrative, Instructional, Exposition etc? Switch it up Sister! Do not write the same thing over and over again or you will be as stale as a sandwich you discover in the lunchbox at the end of the school holidays.

Consume online media. The media cycle is so fast now, and you are in the enviable position of being able to provide content at the snap of your fingers, way faster than traditional media. Again, do not be afraid to deviate from your usual blogging style. Get your readers used to expecting the unexpected. Your mind? Keep it open.

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HAVE AN OPINION

So you are now across what is going on in the world, trends, what the latest super food is, why you should breastfeed your cat, why navy is the new black etc, and you have formed an opinion. SHARE IT!

All of the best social commentators online are not too shy to share their opinion.  Look at Tracey Spicer, Mike Carlton and Clementine Ford, just to name a few. They are well researched opinion writers that I cannot help but stop and read. And while I don’t always agree with them, I respect them. And I read them. Of course, putting your opinion out there will lead to…..

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THICK SKIN

When you put your (strong and well researched and well backed up) opinion out there, you must understand that not everyone is going to agree with you. And some can respond in the way on a rabid dog with a sore tooth. It is the nasty side that successful bloggers just have to deal with. You can choose to absorb it, or you can learn to “Let it Go!”.

I still remember my first really nasty comment. I did cry. It STUNG LIKE A MOFO! But as the years went by, I now just roll my eyes and delete. Now nasty comments are VERY different to people who challenge your opinions. Remember, they chose to click on your blog post. Your blog is like an open party that the whole world has been invited to, so you never know who will turn up.

Be respectful to your guests. If someone questions your opinion, encourage intelligent debate. I like nothing better than being proven wrong, which I have done so a lot. You can always agree to disagree. If things get personal and nasty, delete and block. This is where you become the bouncer at your party.

Having said that, I think there has nay ever been one ISP address banned from this blog. Is that right Kelly?

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BALANCE

Do not spend all of your time online. It will turn you into a loon. Get outside, read a book, dare I say HUFFY PUFFY? You can let the online world take over your real life very easily. Do not sleep with your iPhone. It does not give good hugs.

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LEARNAMENT

Buy the best equipment you can afford and sort yourself out with a really good chair. Sign up for newsletters from blogging gurus and experiment with different suggestions. Go along to the free Apple Workshops that are held. Blogging is never “finished” and there is always something new to learn. Trust me, in many ways I am a complete novice!

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GAME CHANGER

Share things that make your life easier. This eye spray has been a game changer. I am also fond of cream cheese  bagels and Santa Vittoria water, although not at the same time.

I have learnt so much about people during these blogging years. And I think that that has been the greatest gift I have got from blogging. If it all fell over tomorrow, I would get back on the horse with WoogsWorld 2.0. I just love it.

HAVE YOU GOT ANY TIPS TO ADD?

ANY MORE QUESTIONS?