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Blogging for Beginners

Posted By Darren Rowse 1st of October 2004 Miscellaneous Blog Tips, Start a Blog 2

I’ve been asked to submit a very short piece into a magazine with some basic tips for beginner bloggers which I thought I’d share here. They are not Rocket Science – pretty basic – but a good starting point for someone starting out in Blogging.

Keep it simple. Start with a free and easy to use blogging tool like Blogger. Pick a simple design and just start writing. You can tweak the design and make it look good later.

Write for yourself. It takes time for others to find and read your blog so use it as a space to think out loud about the things that interest you. Pick topics that you are passionate about and you’ll find people with similar interests will connect with you.

Interact with your readers. Make sure your blog has a commenting feature – when someone leaves a comment email them or leave a reply comment. People will come back if you take the time to acknowledge and interact with them.

Set boundaries and think about the purpose of your blog. Remember what you are writing is in a public domain so you might want to refrain from talking about your personal life – people WILL find it. Decide up front about what you will and won’t write about and stick to it.

Read other blogs and link to those that interest you. One of the best things about blogging is how it connects people thinking through similar issues. Link to them, add your own ideas, leave comments on their blog – blogging can bring about rich and wonderful conversations and lead to lasting friendships.

Be patient, post regularly and have fun. It can take a long time to build up a readership. In the mean time just enjoy the writing process. Make it a daily exercise (it takes some discipline) and don’t give up if it seems no-one is reading – just be yourself and have fun.

What tips would you add for a beginner?

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Comments
  1. Good basic info for a beginner like me – thanks. I still dont understand how to make money out of blogging but thats because I dont really understand how it all works yet. In the mean time I am just enjoying the writing part – I was getting impatient – just wanted someone to give me some feedback or comment etc.. Now I know that I must be patient.

  2. I entered the world of blogging a few weeks ago. I am glad to have stumbled onto this post; I feel more at ease. I have five posts, a few page hits, and no comments. I mostly started blogging to serve as a writing exercise, just to get ideas flowing for a script writing class I’m taking. After seeing my words up on the internet, I now have the urge for people to read, comment, and relate to them… A natural inclination, I guess. This post has reset my internal timeline for what “should” be happening 2 weeks into a new blog. I’ll keep writing (for myself) stop worrying too much about ‘niche,’ continue to refine, and absorb.

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