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!
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.