Blogging Advice

My Advice For New Bloggers This Year

Around August last year, I really started to hone in on the type on content I wanted to produce for my blog. I’ve always been passionate about blogging itself, so blogging related topics such as tips, advice and discussions started to creep up more and more. As well as my two blogging eBooks, I really felt like I found a place for myself by upping my blogging (and well-being) related content.

And this year I obviously want to continue with that. My passion for blogging only grows and grows and whilst I have other things on the go now, like my book which is being published this September (ahhh!) I also very much want to focus on continuing to share blogging advice more specifically for newer bloggers.

Because we were all new once and I want to provide the information a new bloggers needs that I didn’t have when I started blogging 7 years ago now. Seriously, it took me about 3 years to learn half of what I needed to know in order to grow a successful blog!

So what would I want someone to tell ME if I was starting a blog in 2020? Here’s my advice for new bloggers this year!

Girl holding a phone with Twitter open

Stop getting upset when someone unfollows you…

We all want followers and want to grow our blog following, I know. But getting upset every time you lose a follower really is unnecessary. There’s a ton of reasons someone might unfollow you. They’re not online anymore, Twitter are clearing out their inactive / bot accounts or perhaps someone just doesn’t enjoy your content anymore. And so what? They’re not your people. Move on.

…and definitely stop moping about unfollows / lack of views etc. on social media

Even worse is when you take it to Twitter and mope about things rather than doing something about them. Your views aren’t as high this month? Okay, let’s figure out why and learn from it. Let’s not take to Twitter and start crying about it. Sorry but someone moaning about their lack of views definitely DOESN’T make me wanna give you a view.

Be extra careful when it comes to brand collaborations

When you’re a newer blogger, all types of collaborations can sound hella exciting. I know, I’ve been there. And you’ll tend to agree to everything without giving much thought as to what’s being asked of you or what’s being offered to you. Check out this post for some specific things to watch out for as a new blogger when it comes to working with brands – there are some Sneaky Pete’s out there!

If you lose your passion, take a step back

Passion ALWAYS shows. So if passion shows, then a lack of passion shows just as much. Whether you started your blog as a hobby or with the aim of taking it full-time one day, always keep your passion in check. If you ever find yourself resenting it or you feel like writing blog content has turned into a chore, step it back, honey. Re-think. Re-charge. And think about what you really want.

Don’t be like everyone else

I’m never one to say that the blogging industry is over-saturated. I believe there’s a place for everyone here, who can provide a unique insight into their niche of choice. But, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think the blogging industry has a LOT going on and a LOT of people all fighting for a place in the spotlight. I urge you, as a new blogger, not to create a carbon copy of what everyone else is doing. Nobody wants or needs to see the came content 17x over.

You don’t need to burn yourself out to create a successful blog

I see this so much on Twitter and it makes me want to scream. People almost boasting at the fact that they’ve stayed up until 3am, not slept or eaten and are just sOoOo busy. I mean. Stop it. It’s not necessary. And it’s not healthy. As as a new blogger, you really don’t need to be swept into the idea that you have to be working on your blog 24 hours a day in order for it to become a success. Have a bath and a cuppa hun, chill.

What advice would you give to new bloggers this year? Are you a new blogger yourself and have found any of these points particularly useful? Let me know and let’s chat in the comments! Pin this post for later:

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

130 Comments

  1. This is so helpful! I really hope follow/unfollow dies a death one day. It has to be the most annoying thing – I tend to block any people I recognise doing it though xx

    1. I block them too! SO annoying x

  2. If only tips like these had existed when I first started, I might be less angsty about my blog! Haha!

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

    1. Haha oh no!

  3. I definitely agree with stopping worrying about follower numbers x

  4. This was really helpful!

  5. these are fab tips. deffo stop when youre not feeling it. ive only just learnt that after 3 years

    1. Glad you learnt it though!

  6. I love this – especially the take a step back if the passion goes. I’ve had a few breaks over the years when it’s all just got a bit much, and each time it’s left me buzzing to get back to it. I think I’d tell myself that, at the end of the day, I’m doing it as a hobby and it doesn’t matter – if getting 3 book reviews a fortnight done is too much, then ease up on it! Actually, wait, I’m telling myself that now as well, aha! Great post!!

    1. Haha yayy!

  7. I think these tips are just as important for ‘existing’ bloggers as well as new bloggers as it is easy to forget the basics

    1. I agree actually 😌

  8. I love this post so much. Thank you for your tips! Starting again with my blog in the latter half of 2019 was scary but I’ve learnt so much from my first time around. I know exactly the direction I want to process in and the brand I want to become. I’m less worried about the numbers (especially on Instagram) and more interested in creating quality content for my blog.

    You’re blog has been so helpful in my journey too which I’m incredibly grateful for.

    Kate | thelittlecrunch.co.uk

    1. So glad to hear you have a clear vision of what you want for you blog – best of luck with it! πŸ’›

  9. Great post! I agree with you about passion in anything you do in life…including blogging. If something is too much of a chore, then something is wrong. The great thing about blogging is that people share their ‘passions’. For some it is photography; for others, it might be travel. You catch a glimpse of the world from another person’s perspective and that is a wonderful thing. πŸ™‚

    1. Absolutely agree πŸ™‚ x

  10. You always give such great advice! xx

    1. Thank you x

  11. Boss Babe Chronicles says:

    Excellent advice! I especially agree with not burning yourself out. Hustling ALL. DAY. LONG isn’t something to be proud of!

    1. Nope, it’s totally not! x

  12. You provided some really valuable tips here! We can get so fixated on numbers that sometimes we need to take a step back and realise that it’s better to have fewer followers who engage with your content than hundreds or thousands of people who don’t. I would also add the fact that it’s not necessary to invest in expensive equipment or courses before you start – as long as you have passion for it, you can take beautiful photographs on your phone and learn as you go!

    Dominika | Into the Bloom

    1. Oh totally! Engagement is definitely more important anyway! And that’s a really good thing to add too – learning as you go!

  13. Great tips! I’m not a ‘new’ blogger but I’ve only really been blogging now and again. I want to really focus on my blog this year so this advice is really helpful. Thanks for posting!

    1. Hope you get into blogging more regularly this year!

  14. Great tips, every new blogger should read this!! The one about losing your passion really stood out to me, I definitely think that’s such an important aspect to consider. And you’re right, your audience can really tell when you’re passionate, and the same when you’re not!

    1. They absolutely can tell πŸ™‚

  15. Good advice for ALL bloggers!

    1. Thank you!

  16. Very good advice for beginners. I’m just (re)starting my blog so I will take the points to heart. Thank you!

    1. Hope they help!

  17. SUCH good advice – I need to use some of it myself! I can be a nightmare!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    1. Oh no!

  18. All of this advice is so good. My only addition would be to make realistic goals and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t make them! Thanks for your advice. πŸ™‚

    1. That’s a really good point too!

  19. Could not agree more with all of the above! It’s crazy to think that I’ve been blogging since 2015 now but even still require advice and help! I definitely think you’re one of the best people at giving blogging advice Jenny! I love your style of writing πŸ™‚ also congrats on those 10k followers of yours I saw over on twitter!

    Ashleigh – https://www.ashleighsmoments.com

    1. Awh thank you! Although I’ve been doing this 7 years and still need advice on things! I still buy ebooks and courses to help me learn things I’m still not sure of πŸ™‚ You never stop learning! And thank you!

  20. Thank you so much for this blog post! I am a new Blogger myself and I will keep your tips in mind πŸ™‚

    1. Hope they help!

  21. Brilliant tips for new bloggers. Last year was my step back time and now I’m ready to get back into it and really enjoy it all again.

    https://littlemissmelanie.com/

    1. So glad you’re enjoying it again!

  22. Kayleigh Zara says:

    These tips would have been so helpful to me when I started blogging, especially because accepting brand collaborations was something I wasn’t great at when I started blogging. I also tried to grow felt quickly and obviously it took me a lot longer to get there than I initially thought x

    1. Oh neither was I – I said yes to anything haha!

  23. These tips are absolutely amazing! I love seeing new bloggers!

    Love, Amie ❀
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. Thank you x

  24. This is a great list! I love that it has different advice than other posts I’ve seen (and done) about advice to new bloggers.

    I especially love not complaining about lack of views on social media.

    1. Thanks so much – I did want to offer some sort of different advice to normal!

  25. Thank you Jenny for the tips. I am new to blogging and I totally agree that we are all unique. The first thing that was hard for me to cope with was that it will take time. I always remind myself that Rome wasn’t build in a day.I will keep your tips in mind and come back for more.

    1. That’s absolutely true!

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