Last week I started my piece on 25 thoughts on blogging for 25 years of life. Check out the list if you didn’t see how I started. Today I’m going to finish off with my random lessons and thoughts on blogging.
If you’ve been blogging for a while. I would love to read your input. Thanks in advance!
Let’s continue on with the list…
14. Start a newsletter.
I regret waiting so long to start a newsletter. If I could do it again, I would start one sooner. A newsletter is where your readers sign up to receive exclusive emails from you. This is more intimate than a blog post.
What are the benefits of a newsletter?
I suggest that you go through Aweber and get rolling! Don’t wait to start your private mailing list.
15. Cross into other niches.
Have you thought about entering a new niche? I’ve done this. I started a site on freelancing (Start Freelancing Now) because I really wanted to explore new niches. I plan on getting into fitness next. I really believe that you should try out a few niches so that you don’t get burned out from writing about the same topic over and over again.
16. Don’t worry about Twitter and social media.
What’s the value of Twitter? It’s good to get instant news and to stay in touch. Nothing else. If you’re just getting started, I feel that it makes more sense to focus on your content. Social media is great, but not king. Content trumps everything and always will.
17. Stay in touch with peers.
“Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” — Muhammad Ali
Your friends make you. I try my best to stay in touch with my peers. I attend conferences and chat on Twitter. I love to bounce ideas off my blogging buddies. I suggest that you build a few strong blogging connections.
18. Research keywords.
While I wouldn’t suggest that you write SEO-heavy content, I really believe in the benefit of solid keyword research so that you guarantee search engine traffic to find your blogs.
19. Stay on top of trends.
Writing about trendy topics has really helped me gained new readers over the years. Writing about a trendy topic will keep you current and allow you to branch off once in a while.
20. Break the rules.
Screw “set rules.” It’s your site. Do whatever you want. I delete comments, curse, and cover new topics. You don’t have to follow any blogging commandments.
21. Blog after a few drinks.
You ever write after a few drinks? It can be pretty entertaining. I once read that you should write drunk and edit sober. We all also know that a drunk man’s words are a sober man’s thoughts. Give it a try. See what magic you create.
22. Attend blog-related events.
As mentioned above, I believe in attending blogging events. These are a great way to learn new tips, put faces to names, and stay in touch. I actually wish that I could attend more events. Here’s to hoping that more blogging conferences come to Toronto.
23. Become an expert.
Are you an expert in your field? It’s okay to be a jack of all trades and master of none, but it’s hard to build authority without results.
How do you become an expert in your blogging field?
24. Keep a real job.
Please don’t quit your blog to be a professional blogger just because you read some article that told you to “follow your passions.” It’s great to do what you love. It’s even better to pay your bills on time and not be a homeless ghost. Working a real job will force you to balance real life commitments with your side business. This is the best lesson in time management that life will ever teach you. I bet you that some of your favorite bloggers still hold day jobs to this day. Don’t quit just yet!
25. Have fun!
Have fun. You have nothing to lose. Everything is a work in progress. You can always delete blog posts and edit later. There’s no need to stress over every little detail.
Bonus tip. Alway over-deliver.
I do my best to go above and beyond. Those bloggers that take the time to respond to comments, reply to emails, and add a little extra to their posts, are often handsomely rewarded. Try to go over what’s expected.
Those are my 25 random thoughts on blogging. What are your random thoughts?
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