Blogging is an amazing hobby or job to have. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, blogging is a valued and respected industry (by most) and it has incredible perks and benefits; mentally, creatively and sometimes financially. It’s no wonder that there’s more bloggers now than ever before! Personally, I think that’s a great thing and I’m all for the mindset that the blogging industry can always use a new and fresh voice. So today I wanted to share some blogging tips for beginners!

Blogging Tips For Beginners

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Blogging isn’t easy. Most of us will tell you that. And when I first started blogging back in 2013, I wish I had more advice on what I was doing. I winged it for a good 3 years until I finally began putting 2 and 2 together and getting my blogging act together. It kills me that I didn’t take my blog seriously much sooner than I did. But I definitely would have benefits from more blogging tips for beginners back then.

So if you’re a new blogger, looking to grow your blog and understand the world of blogging, you’re in the right place! I’d recommend checking out my Beginners Guide To Blogging and my Beginners Guide To Growing a Blog Following for more advice all in one handy place to help you grow your blog and thrive. But now, let’s get onto these blogging tips for beginners!

8 blogging tips for beginners and things to remember when you start a blog:

Blogging Tips For Beginners

You don’t need a niche but if you want one, that’s cool

If you only want to talk about one particular topic that you’re passion about and where your expertise lie – wicked! If you want to blog about a little bit of everything – cool! Branding is much more important than having a narrow niche. And it’s always worth remembering that you can be your own niche.

It’s okay to take inspiration from people but copying their work is plagiarism and the un-coolest thing you could do

Strictly speaking, plagiarism is an act of fraud and is defined as “wrongful appropriation / stealing and publishing” of someone else’s work. We’re all going to find bloggers we’re completely and utterly inspired by – heck, there’s so many amazing bloggers out there it’s hard not to be inspired by them. But please, please, please don’t copy!

Looking up to other bloggers is normal but don’t compare yourself, it’s the thief of joy

Ugh, I’ve been there babe. Trust me. I’m still there. I think it’s natural and human nature to compare ourselves to others. Not just in blogging but in every day, mundane life as well. It’s something that none of us can avoid. But if we can get ourselves into a good head space where those comparisons don’t negatively affect us then that’s a good step.

Eventually working with brands is amazing but it’s not just about the free stuff

If you’re starting a blog just for free stuff then just stop. Please. Bloggers work incredibly hard to get to the point where brands actually want to send them stuff to review and pay them for their time. It’s definitely okay to start a blog with the intention of turning it into a job and making money from it but remember your values.

Related: How To Start a Blog and Make Money

You won’t get along with everyone and that’s okay

you just won’t. It’s literally impossible. Did you get along with every singe person you went to school with? Every single person you’ve ever worked with? No, probably not. You’re not going to see eye-to-eye with everyone you meet in the blogging community and guess what? That’s fine! With so many people doing the same thing, personalities are bound to clash. So you do you, they can do them and you can both get on with it peacefully.

You will experience creative blocks

There will be weeks where you can’t think of a single idea for a blog post. There will be days where everything you write sounds stupid and ridiculous and there will be times where you cannot string a sentence together for the life of you. But again, these times will pass. If it happens, step back, take a break, don’t think about it and don’t force creativity.

Related: How To Stay Creative With Your Blog

Be careful of sleazy brands

There are some incredible brands out there who work exceptionally well with bloggers. But… for every amazing brand, there’s a sleazy one right around the corner trying to take advantage of you. Research brand etiquette before agreeing to anything. If they want you to buy their products for a product review or they’re not willing to pay for a sponsored post, don’t do it!

Related: Working With Brands As a New Blogger – What To Watch Out For

Lastly… Have fun. No exceptions.

As soon as you’re not having fun and enjoying blogging anymore then it’s time to have a re-think. So when you start your blogging journey, remember that. Blogging is supposed to be enjoyable. A creative outlet, a way to virtually meet like-minded people and a way to showcase your work. Just because it’s hard work sometimes, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t still be fun.

Blogging Tips For Beginners

I hope you enjoyed these blogging tips for beginners! Do you have anything to add?

156 Comments

  1. Thank you for posting this! I’m still getting my blog started/up and running. But once I realised I wanted to start one I did lots of research into what to do when your starting out and it has really helped. So I am still collating/writing content so I don’t get overwhelmed too early on!!

    P.S. Your content is always on point 👌🏻💕

  2. i just started my blog, so i’m so happy that I found your post 😊 i think you have great posts that are so relatable and amazing!

  3. Great advice, I’m 3 weeks into blogging and started with a niche. Now wondering how I’ll branch out from that in the months to come. I’ve wanted to reblog some things I’ve read, but they didn’t fit into my niche at all. What would you suggest? Thanks for advice, now following you.

    1. I’d suggest just doing whatever you want to do, if that means writing or reblogging things which aren’t in your niche then do it! I personally think too much emphasis is on whether you need a niche or not, it doesn’t matter as long as you’re passionate!

  4. My biggest advice is to just be you and write about what you want to write about 💕 have fun

  5. I’ve started blogging recently and to be honest, I find blogging so difficult 🙁
    I would really appreciate it if anybody decided to check out my current blogposts and give any feedback! scienceshockers.wordpress.com

  6. These are great tips, I don’t have too much pressure on myself to engage on Instagram or anything like that, I’m taking things slow. That said I have been doing this for nearly 5 years but don’t really care for free stuff, it’s just nice to write sometimes!

    Amy | hookedonthemusic.com

  7. I think this post is just perfection – I’m pretty lucky in that I’ve been on the blogging block with my old blog about ten years ago when blogging was just becoming a ‘thing’, so most of the time I don’t get too caught up in these things now, but you’re so right – comparison *is* the thief of joy and it’s so important not to get bogged down in the admiration we have for other bloggers! Going to share this advice with anyone I see tweeting that they’re new to blogging and would like some advice!
    Kate x
    http://www.findingkate.co

    1. Blimey you’re part of the blogging furniture aren’t you! 10 years is a long old time. I started about 5 years ago when blogging had more or less just established itself so it was all a bit hectic. Although I couldn’t imagine being a new blogger NOW xxx

  8. I just started blogging @ a week ago, and to be honest I feel L.O.S.T , I would like to receive some advice please. Thank you!

    Jenn

  9. This is really good advice (minus the preaching which can happen all to often!) It’s all about the passion, and though numbers and goals are nice the most important thing is to have fun! x x x

  10. I love how you said that bloggers don’t have to have a niche. I’ve acfually seen on many other blog posts about tips for bloggers, that they should choose a niche. But for me that has been difficult. I love beauty and makeup and girly things, which is what my blog is centered around, but I also love horror and I really want to do horror book reviews, but I’ve been hesitant because it is the complete obvious of my “niche”. Your post has made me feel so much better about maybe doing that one day anyways! Even if it is kind of offputting on a beauty blog, at least I enjoy it haha.

  11. I definitely agree with the having fun and not doing it to try and get free things! For me I think spending time reading other blogs and interacting with other bloggers makes it so much more enjoyable and helps me learn! Xx

  12. These are some really useful tips that’ll be helpful from the newbie to the experienced blogger! x

    Emily | thatcreativegenius.wordpress.com

  13. I don’t feel like I have enough experience to give anyone advice. Except for the have fun part! 😁 I’ve been blogging for about 4 months and I’ve had some major problems already. But don’t worry about that, girl I am in-love with your writing style! Got me hooked!!

  14. Really enjoyed reading this post! I totally agree with setting goals but not worrying too much about numbers. When I first started, I was so caught up in trying to increase my follower count. Now, I’d rather have less followers but really get to know them y’know? Although, high numbers are fun to look at at times xD

    cabin twenty-four

  15. These are brilliant tips, Jenny! I especially like the part about niches. Although I tend to blog mainly about books and WWE, I do tend to also write about other things I like too. It’s your blog, you write about what you want x

  16. Great advice!
    I started blogging for fun and I love it. Also the blogging community is full of inspiring people. It’s great to be a past of this.

  17. These are fab tips! I kind of boxed myself into a niche with my name, but have stopped caring about it as much this year and am doing some more non-bookish posts alongisde the bookish ones 🙂
    Amy xx

    1. I don’t think so! I think it just shows that you have a lot of bookish content on your blog and you’re passionate about books 🙂 glad to hear you’re branching out!

  18. Such good advice – wish I’d of had a post like this when I started blogging! So many people nowadays start blogging because of all the collaborations they see others getting, and blog purely for money and freebies! Blogging should definitely be about having fun & writing whatever you want to! You need to write for you, otherwise all the joy will be sucked out of blogging, very quickly!!

  19. When I first started my blog, I thought I had to have a niche but I found that I liked writing about a lot of different topics so that’s how I jumped out of that mindset. And yes to not worrying about the numbers! I don’t really look at my following all that much or stress about it but I do know of some people who only think about the numbers. I would probably advise someone to just be themselves – as cliche as that sounds – and write about what makes them happy!

    -Sahara
    http://saharas-dreams.blogspot.com

  20. This post is spot on! Everything you say here is so true Jenny ☺️. I was worried that I didn’t really have a niche at the start, but now I think it’s awesome as there is so much freedom! As long as you are having fun and enjoying what you write – that’s all that matters. Fab post! 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com