Hello! I’m Jen Rose from Living Outside the Lines and SawyerMarie was so sweet to ask me to share with y’all some blogging tips I’ve learned. After over 3 years of blogging (most of that was on a private blog 😉 ) I’ve learned quite a bit that I hope can help other bloggers too.
#1 Don’t overdo it
I know, if you’ve just started a blog you are so excited and raring to post all your article ideas. You might have goals to post every day or every other day. Maybe you’re excited to finally be able to sign up for all those fun blog tours and cover reveals. And oh, hey! You find out stealing tags is a thing so you find all the ones you want to do and add that to your already full posting schedule.
Are you getting tired yet? I am just reading all of that! XD Something I learned the hard way is, even though all of those are great and wonderful in and of themselves, you’re going to burn yourself out if you try to do them all at once.
You sign up for one blog tour and it doesn’t seem that difficult to manage so you sign up for a cover reveal happening about the same time, then you realize your blogger bestie just tagged you so you have to do that stat, and before you realize it one of your posts for the blog tour (because how could you NOT sign up for more than one post?) is due the next morning and you haven’t even written it yet. O.o
Moral of the story is, even though it’s fun and you want to help, don’t over commit. Find the schedule that works for you and doesn’t cause you to burn out. A quote I read says, Say “no” to the good things, so you can say “yes” to the truly great things.
#2 Try To Post Regularly
This tip correlates to finding that schedule I just mentioned. If you post only once or twice in a four month span and then spew out a dozen posts in one month, odds are your readers won’t like that or will feel overwhelmed by the sudden onslaught of their inbox.
Maybe you thrive off of posting every day, or maybe you can only handle posting once a week, or you prefer posting every other week, the point is to pick a posting schedule that works for you and try to stick as closely to it as possible, necessary hiatuses and vacations notwithstanding.
Your readers will love knowing you post on a specific day and they can eagerly watch their inbox for when your post arrives. And if visitors to your blog see that you post regularly they might be more inclined to stick around and follow you.
#3 Don’t Be Afraid To Be Real
Readers LOVE authenticity. Most of my popular posts are when I’ve been open and vulnerable or shared about my life. Now, I’m not saying you have to post every tiny detail, or things you’re not comfortable sharing, but don’t be afraid to show the real you.
I for one, am tired of only seeing people’s “Instagram worthy” lives. I don’t live in a state of “IG worthiness” and it’s hard to connect and relate to those who only share that side of themselves. That’s why I try to be brave and “show” my messier side. Maybe I have a few scars, and goodness, my curls are probably going wild right now, but being “imperfect” makes you approachable.
None of us are perfect anyway. 😉 Only One Person was truly perfect and He loves us in our imperfections.
#4 Post What You Love
This tip also ties into being real, if you aren’t posting about things you love or are interested in, readers can pick up on your “false air” towards your subject.
For example, if you hate writing reviews but you know joining blog tours helps get more readers to your site who might not have found you otherwise, or that book review blogs might seem like they draw a bigger audience, so you do them anyway, it’s going to show that you don’t really like what you’re doing.
Maybe you’re scared to post about what you love because you’ve yet to find anyone else who likes it to. Well, maybe they’re scared to talk about it because no one else seems interested but then they find your post and bam, instant click and squealing over what you both love.
No matter what it is, odds are there’s someone else out there who enjoys reading about what you love to post about. A niched group is often more loyal and tight-knit than a broad group over a variety of subjects. That’s not to say you can’t blog about a wide variety if you have multiple interests. If you’re posting what you love, readers are going to see that love and feel like they’re connecting with the real you and you will be what makes them come back because they love reading about what you love posting about.
#5 Write To The Glory Of God
I’ve saved the best tip for last. God loves you so much and He wants to be included in every aspect of our lives, even our blogs! Trust me, I know what blogging looks like with God included and without. With God is so much easier and better than without Him.
When I try to write a post without Him, I can get one written, but when I write one and ask Him to help me it turns out better than I could have done on my own.
Sometimes when I’m really struggling getting my thoughts together I’ll realize I haven’t invited Him to write with me. When I do invite Him, it’s not a quick, “magic” fix to my struggles, sometimes I get inspired a few minutes later and sometimes I might have to sleep on it before things clear up, but in the end writing with God is so, so much better.
I hope these tips can help you on your blogging journey! Thank you so much, SM for having me on your blog!
Comment below with your favorite tips or anything you’ve learned from blogging! 😀
Jenavieve Rose is a Christian, writer, and a dreamer. She loves being with her family, using her talents for God, and creating stories about finding hope amidst darkness. Her desire is to glorify God through her words. She spends most of her time with her nose stuck in a book, but if not there, you can find her crafting, making cookies, or writing the baker’s dozen of plot-bunnies all clamoring for her attention.
You can find her on her blog, Instagram, Goodreads, & Pinterest.