5 essential pieces of advice for the new blogger

A year ago, I published a series of articles on seattlemomblogs.com giving tips and tricks to new bloggers. I’ve decided to repost those articles here, with updated information. I’d love to get your ideas, suggestions, and experiences on these topics as I post so that we can learn from each other. Let the journey begin!

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Every so often I get an email from a reader who just started blogging and who wants my advice. Which is funny, really, because I feel like I’m the one needing advice.

And yet, when I think about it, I have learned an awful lot in my time blogging… much of it the hard way. So I’ve decided to share some of this hard-earned wisdom so that some of you can learn it the easy way.

Here are the five major topics that I’ll be covering. I’ll post something like one article a week, and as I post, I’ll link them up here.

  1. Branding yourself. (No, I don’t mean branding in a scorchy, hurty sort of way. I mean the marketing kind of branding)
  2. Protecting yourself and your family. It’s not fun. It’s not glamorous. But, unfortunately, it is important. Especially for the “mommy blogger” genre, privacy, safety, and security are topics that bloggers can’t afford to ignore. In this section, we’ll talk about strategies for being prudent without taking all the fun out of blogging.
  3. Establishing a readership. Without a readership a blog is really just a journal, right? And yet, at times, finding and keeping readers can seem nearly impossible. In this topic, we’ll cover;
  4. Finding balance in blogging. You remember your life, right? Come on, think really hard. It’s true, blogging has a way of taking over and sucking the life right out of you. Which is why it’s important to come up with strategies, checks, and balances to keep yourself sane.
  5. Taking it to the next level. Ah, the golden egg of blogging. We read about Dooce, who purportedly supports herself AND her entire family through blogging. How does she do it? We wonder. And, more important, how can WE do it? In this section, we’ll discuss strategies for taking your blog to the next level.

And, like I said, I want to hear your thoughts as we go! Tune in for first installment, coming SOON!

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14 Comments

  1. Really looking forward to this. Thank you!

    Kerries last blog post..And Mom Guilt Creeps In

  2. This would be helpful. I’ve been blogging for three years now, and it would be great to have some advice. :) Thanks for doing this!

    scatteredmoms last blog post..Shoppers are Cows

  3. Yeah, I blog for fun and I only have a few readers. I could use all the help I can get!

    Just Jiffs last blog post..Happy Belated Easter. :)

  4. I remember when you did this the first time around. You have obviously helped me in some way :-)

    midwest mommys last blog post..Easter Brunch

  5. Sounds like some great advice! I look forward to checking it out!

    HeatherYs last blog post..Again With the Playground Peeps

  6. I loved those articles! I could definitely use a refresher course…

  7. Great information. I am a very new blogger and love soaking in all the advice I can!
    Thanks so much.

    Chris Georgious last blog post..Ugg the word of my Monday.

  8. Oooh, I’m so excited to hear your thoughts!

    katies last blog post..A little bling

  9. Yeah…I definitely fall into that “journal” camp!! I just started a few days ago and am pretty sure I’m the only one tuning in :)

    Looking forward to learning more!!

    Leighs last blog post..Stating the obvious

  10. Hi, I have been blogging for just a few months and would love to hear your thoughts! Looking forward to it!

    Graces last blog post..10 Pressures about being a Stay at Home Mom:

  11. Hi Jen!

    Just wanted to let you know I’m posting about this blog series. I hope that’s okay. The post will be up tomorrow morning.

    Thanks!

  12. great post. I also recommend conducting polls-helps alot when it comes down to finding out what your list wants, needs and desires.

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