Blogging can be confusing, but there are definitely some things you need to understand before you dive in head first. Bloggers are a curious breed, with each having their own tips, tricks and techniques that they can share with you which they claim is responsible for their success. If you want to one day join the league of successful pro bloggers, there are a lot of things that you can do, but there are also a lot of things that you should never, ever do when blogging.
1. Don’t Procrastinate
A lot of those who are relatively new to blogging seem to have this idea that you can sit at a computer and ponder your thoughts all day long while sipping on a cappuccino. Maybe you will do some blogging and submit a post today, maybe you won’t. It’s all about having the best and brightest, most well thought-out idea before you impart your wisdom onto the world, right? Stop procrastinating, do it now!
If your to-do list is long and you are totally overwhelmed and do not know what to do this is a tip we got from simplology years ago: Do it, Delegate it, or Delete it. You need to deal with everything on your to-do list, make a list and make a decision about each one. Either you are going to do it today, delegate, or delete it. It is exhausting to have stuff piling up and you know you have to do it. Just do it or decide you are not going to, that is ok. There is the ability to put off in a file for later too but do not let it sit and worry about it in the back of your mind.
Remember, havinga blog is all about continuous and consistent updates. If you don’t start blogging on a consistent basis, your followers will lose interest.
2. Don’t Be Disorganized
Organize! Clutter is exhausting; it is not good for you or for your mojo! You are going to feel more energetic, feel better and be more productive when you are neat and organized.
One of the biggest time wasters for bloggers is being disorganized. As mentioned above, you need to have some sort of schedule. Foolish bloggers believe that ideas will simply come to their minds and the words will write themselves on their blogs; successful bloggers make a set time and place to get their work done so they can focus and make sure that the work is completed.
Part of being organized also means that you have a good, thorough list of places, bloggers, and social media groups that you can hit up for ideas or inspiration. Yes, this may take a while to build up, but before you know it you will have a list of different sites that you and your followers find credible for information, and you can use those to help formulate ideas.
Take advantage of RSS feeds whenever possible, too. Your RSS feed can give you little nuggets of information quickly and can do the searching for you when it comes to looking for links or things that are related to your niche.
3. Don’t Be Negative
This is such an energy drainer and if you are going to be successful you simply do not have time for negativity. You have to focus on your goal and never stop, stay away from the nay-sayers and the people who say you can’t do it. One of the worst things that bloggers can do is let anyone’s negativity get to them. Treat any negative comment with respect, and with a bit of humor. You don’t have to insult or make fun of the person, but you can “listen” to their point, and then come up with a good argument or agree with them. As long as you show them respect, then they should give you respect in return. Not only with that negative reader appreciate you more for it, but everyone else reading the running dialogue will respect you more, too.
Stay away from those people; stay focused on your goal. One step at a time and you will get there. There is no room for negativity and negative people.
4. Stay Away From Stale Material
Maintain your momentum, you do not want to stagnate and get comfortable. It is not good for you, do not slow down. If you are sitting still, everyone is still moving and you are going to fall back. Keep moving and keep gaining momentum, it is very important. You always want to keep learning, learning new things, and moving forward.
Keep it fresh. Do reviews on different products, share different pearls of wisdom, invite guest bloggers to post on your site, and if you have nothing else, at least post a funny video or image! Part of changing up your blog and keeping it interesting also includes changing up the media, so take advantage of vlogging too if that captures your interest.
5. Don’t Stop Learning
“I Already Know That” – thinking this is going to ruin your business. If you think you know something, you are wrong, whatever it is that you think you know you need to review it again and again. It is important to learn and grow. Even if you have already been through a particular training, go through it again. You will learn something new every time.
As blogging veterans and professionals know, you have to keep on learning about new things to keep your blog going. Not only do you have to stay on top of the latest news about anything happening that is related to your niche, but continually learning also makes you a far more credible source for information. After all, people go to your blog for your expert opinion, right? So prove to them that you’re an expert.