I’m fairly new to blogging (it’s been a few months) and if you’re anything like me, you’d want to get stuck in pretty quickly. Looking for ways to get involved and help your blog reach people – even if it’s a small 5. I’ve read posts and searched online for simple ways to engage with blogging in a productive way.
I’ve listed 5 ways in which new bloggers can kick-start their engagement with blogging:
- Read other people’s blogs. ACTUALLY read them. Sometimes we have a tendency to just like a post from a blogger we like or know has good content. Take the time to read all of it. Some posts might be long and some short.
For new bloggers, there is this nerve to want to throw yourself into the blogging community to get some recognition. Desperately, even. Just read people’s stuff. You will be inspired, motivated and even hooked onto a topic or point that suits your interests.
- Leave comments. If you’re going to take the time out to read someones work, let them know. Tell them what you thought and any general feedback you’d like to give. People always appreciate it. And although seeing that people ARE reading, it’s nice to know who. (also to avoid the doubt that perhaps nobody is reading and your views have been taken over by an internet monkey!) Leaving comments will help connect and build a network.
- Like, follow and re-blog. This has the same effect as leaving comments. You’re letting your fellow bloggers know that you’re enjoying with their content. This builds a network. Follow other bloggers, engage and participate.
- Follow (hash)tags. Adding and following tags is a brilliant way to find posts which interest you. It’s giving you what you want. It helps you gain ideas for topics and future posts by searching the tag, especially if you know what you want to write about but can’t get started. If you tag the right stuff on your posts, you can also help find your audience. Look at the tags that other fellow bloggers are using too. It will enable you to find new topics and exciting ideas.
- Take part in tags, challenges and community prompts. I will get you chatting to a lot of new and/or experienced bloggers. Many reply to comments, particularly on blogs such as the Daily Post. Challenges are quite popular and so it will draw in newer readers to your content if you take part. The Daily Post publishes a prompt word every day. This is great for when you’re hitting writers block or can’t shake your brain cells enough to create an idea. Be part of the blogosphere!
If you’re an experienced blogged or have a few tips you’ve learnt along the way, feel free to share them in the comments section below.