Do you want your blog to become a business? Are you hoping to make money from your blog? Or is it a hobby? If you want to make money from your blog, then you should probably go here for advice. Actually even if your blog is a hobby you should check that site out. Some of the best advice I’ve read has come from professional bloggers.
If your blog is more hobby related then definitely read on, because this post is aimed at the hobby bloggers, like me.
Know what you want from your blog
My blog is my hobby. I don’t make any money from my blog. It is my online space to be creative. My blog is where I can work on finding my voice and honing my writing skills. My blog is my way to connect with other bloggers who also love to write. So what do you want from your blog? What are some goals that your blog can help you achieve? Having a clear understanding of what you want from your blog will make it easier to actually get what you want from your blog.
Also, it’s ok if what you want from your blog changes over time. Maybe you start out wanting your blog to be a hobby, but it turns into something more. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s good to change and grow!
Don’t worry about niche or branding when you’re just starting out
When you’re first starting out, you’re just finding your voice and figuring out what works for you and your blog. Don’t add the extra stress of having to find your niche just because almost everyone tells you that you need to. In time, you will discover it. Or maybe even decide that you don’t need one.
The same goes for branding. I’m still learning about it. In fact, my blog is going through a rebranding right now. You have time to figure these things out so don’t stress about it.
Though I do recommend using the same image across all your social media platforms, because it will enable people to recognize you wherever you participate.
Do spend some time on SEO
This is something that I wish I had spent more time on when I first started out. If you blog on WordPress, definitely download the Yoast SEO plugin. It’s helpful when you know nothing about Search Engine Optimization.
Also, do name all your images. Don’t leave them with their “image.jpeg” titles like I did. You’ll thank me later!
Do Have Share Buttons
After reading a great post one of the most disappointing things that can happen is finding that I have no way to share that great post! Especially if I don’t have a comment to make. Which happens because sometimes I have nothing to add to the conversation, but I still want to let the blogger know that I enjoyed their post. So please ensure that you have a way for your readers to share your posts through their favorite social media platforms.
Let posts sit a few days before you post them
Don’t feel that you have to publish a post as soon as you write it. Sometimes it’s a good idea to wait for a few days or week. Unless it’s time sensitive post that is.
Don’t be afraid to spend a little money
Think about the money that people spend on their hobbies. If you fish you need fishing poles, reels, bait. The same if you like to knit or paint or quilt. You need tools to do those hobbies and you have to spend money to get those tools. It’s the same with your blog. So, don’t feel guilty if you want to invest money in your hobby blog.
But don’t feel like you have to spend a ton of money either. There are all kinds of free resources out there for bloggers – from themes to stock photos to image editors. I link to several on my credits page.
And I know that everyone recommends Adobe Photo Shop, it is the best, but I want to recommend Coral Paint Shop Pro as a cheaper alternative. I’ve always found it to meet my blog design needs.
Read all the advice – But make up your own mind
Some people will say that shorter posts are best. Others will say that longer posts are the way to go. Some will say to post everyday. Others say that that is too much.
There’s all kinds of blogging advice out there. It doesn’t hurt to read as much of it as you can, but you don’t have to follow all, or any of it, for that matter. In time, you will discover what works best for you and your blog.
Read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
This book was a game changer for me. It reminded that I want to live a creative life, and my blog and writing are my way of doing so. Everyone should read Big Magic!
What about you? Do you blog for a living? Is your blog a hobby? Or is it a little of both? What tips do you have for other hobby bloggers? Let me know in the comments!