Has the thought of blogging ever appealed to you? Are your creative brain juices spilling onto the floor because it hasn’t got a magical cup of creativity to fall into?
Well… firstly, I’m not quite sure what my second question was implying I’m just here to give you some tips (which I learned during my own TSR Bucket List blog) which should, without a doubt, give you a kick start when you decide to create your own:
Tip 1 – Make sure your blog has a focus
To keep the reader’s engaged, make sure that once you begin blogging about an area you’re interested in, you stick to it! Not only will a consistent theme be easier to work with, it just makes your blog look so much neater and a pleasure to read.
Tip 2 – Be engaging with videos and pictures (and other media features)
Don’t tell me I’m the only one who finds that my eyes go a little (very!) cross-eyed when reading a huge wall of text. Don’t be that person! Make some space for a few (relevant) pictures or videos that fit in well with your blog, and keeps your reader engaged. Your blog is meant to be something read for leisure, or academia if you plan to focus it on that.
In my bucket list, I actually decided to change things up for one post and actually record (yes, you can actually hear my voice!) it instead of typing for once.
Tip 3 – No need to use fancy language if it isn’t needed!
Keep your blog post concise, snappy and easy to read for people from a range of backgrounds!
For example, if you’re going to talk about getting a cold just say you’re getting a cold, don’t talk about your white lymph nodes swelling up somewhere in your body because I’m sure you would have already excluded all those non-Biologists out there in the world, unless your blog is about Biology (I’m pretty sure my science-y example wasn’t even accurate )
Tip 4 – Commit to your blog
‘Commitment’ that word just sent shivers down your spine, didn’t it? It certainly sent one down mine now that I’ve managed to involuntarily remind myself that I’ve got to read a book for my English Literature coursework.
Back to the point: it’s so important that you create a blogging agenda that suits you. It’ll be nice to set a little time aside – (it’s possible to create a great blog and not give up your life, soul and cat to it!) – to keep up-to-date with your blog and frequent readers!
Nothing is worse than a blogger who posts every day for the first week in January, disappears from the face of the earth, and then a miraculous new blog post finds its way to the surface a few days before Christmas Day
No, absence does not make the heart grow fonder; it makes you forget why you created a blog and the reader forget why they were reading your blog in the first place!
Tip 5 – Stay true to yourself
One of the true beauties of blogging is that it gives you the opportunity to rise on a platform and be your true self on a global digital scale.
Some of you are probably wondering “thecatwithnohat say wha’?! Stay true to myself, like I don’t do that already ”. The funny thing is, it’s so easy to get caught up in trying to follow how other bloggers post, or what topics other people talk about but the blog won’t really mean that much if it means nothing to you personally.
For example, we’ve all come across the annoying YouTube videos where a vlogger “genuinely” reviews a product even though in very small font somewhere it says that their review video was “sponsored by x”. Don’t do that!
The best blogs tend to be the ones where the blogger’s personality is seen through their sense of humour / the things they post about / what matters to them, and they blog in a style that just belongs to… mmm… them!
Hopefully this article was some sort of use to you, and I look forward to see some of you budding bloggers around the forum! Happy blogging!