So You Want To Be A Blogger?

Good afternoon everyone!

How are we all? I hope you had a fantastic week last week and my ramble raised a few chuckles!

Today’s post was inspired by my husband and comes in on the back of Renard’s post for aspiring bloggers. Having seen my husband get enlightened and disheartened by the blogging process, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you all. I don’t normally like following in on other blogger’s ideas, but as I had this post scheduled for today and with no alternative at such short notice, it’s one such time that these collisions of schedule will inevitably occur.

Today, I have compiled a list of not less than 10 blogging-related questions for you to answer, and underneath each one, I will explain why it’s important. Whether you’ve been blogging for a while or you are new to the community, it is important to keep your answers in mind. Let’s dig in!

1. What’s Your Niche?

It’s such a simple question, isn’t it? We’re starting easy, what do you plan to write about? What’s your favourite topic, or topics? An easy answer! Don’t think too much about it.

2. How Many Times Has it Been Done Before?

The answer to this question was ultimately Wolfie’s downfall. Wolfie planned to start up a football blog on which he would talk about football, but then, he realised, it’s been done several times before. Thousands, in fact, there are thousands of bloggers out there, already talking about football. For me, I found my niche in talking about BDSM as a more plain Jane kind of woman, rather than a porn star or an expert, or someone with a plethora of assorted sex toys and experiences (no shaming, of course, we’re just not all that lucky). I found my niche in being a disabled person and saying “hey, disabled people can be kinky, too!”. In a combination of those two and a combination of the next point, I’ve found myself some success. I’ve now been spreading into food and food tasting and I’ve been having some joy with Instagram as well, but still.

3. What Makes You Stand Out From All Of The Others?

Well, what is it? For me, it’s my writing style. Nearly everyone who visits and hangs around on my blog loves the way that I write. It’s friendly, it’s fun and I engage my audience in debate instead of telling them what’s what. There are millions of blogs out there, why are you so interesting? What makes you stand out from all of the other bloggers who write in your niche? Get that answer down!

4. How Sociable Are You?

How much do you enjoy interacting with people? How much will you remember (and enjoy) popping over to your friend’s blog, commenting on their post (in a very authentic way) and giving the ‘like’ button a smash? Blogging is much more than writing words and adding pictures. In order to reach readers and followers, you have to become a reader and a follower yourself. Read blogs that interest you, like their work, comment (remember to be authentic, don’t spam) and follow. Before too long, you should have yourself a nice little following.

5. How Committed Are You?

I’m kind of putting this one above point six on my list because not all blogs are words. Some are pictures or videos, and that’s totally okay. The important thing is, how committed are you to your blog? Even if you only blog once or twice a week, how committed are you to keeping that going? We all have days when we can’t write (trust me, that happens) but if you can write for a day or two and then go a week or more without wondering if you should just maybe check-in and write something, blogging is not for you. The people who follow you depend on your to create interesting and engaging content. If you can’t be bothered to boot up your machine and write something, you probably don’t deserve their readership, sorry.

6. How Much Do You Enjoy Writing?

Once upon a time… Okay no, but seriously, before I started writing, I used to write lots in my journal. Lots! Four or five pages a day, easy. I hated writing at first and I can remember my first journal post (it was part of therapy, hence the loathing) being along the lines of “well I suppose I better do this damned thing then..”. Now I am here, and I love writing! Readers, when I get on a topic I can go on one, and I mean really go on one – 2,000 words or so! I try and play around with it and see if I can work out a length that most people seem to prefer. Regardless though, if you’re going to have a written blog then you need to like writing. Remember what we said about standing out? If you’re dull and unenthusiastic your readers are going to meander off and read elsewhere, don’t let that happen to you.

7. How Willing Are You To Learn?

When you step into the blogging world, you think it’s going to be soo easy. You just open up WordPress, write some words, add a picture et voila, done! Not so fast. Suddenly, your more experienced bloggers are talking about SEO and those three letters bring you out in the sweats, what the heck are SEOs? There are plugins and widgets and Creative Commons Licenses, and you thought it would be so easy to just write something and whip an image off of Google! There is a lot of things to learn when it comes to blogging, and even now, I’m still learning two years on. If you’re not willing to grow as you go, you might not go too far.

8. Why Do You Want To Run A Blog?

Again, I’m putting this one above my next point. Why? Do you want the social element, or are you planning to turn it into more of a business? Blogging is not something that you can just dive into and make money from, there are millions of bloggers out there, all competing for space and earning business. Blogging is not a big money business, at least, not right away. Do you know how much I’ve earned in the whole 18 months I’ve been blogging? £15. £10 was because a friend used my Gousto referral code to get themselves started, and £5 was a very kind donation from a reader. The money you make comes from small savings like friends referral codes, at least initially. The best payments I receive are all of the positive comments I get from my readers – they just make running my blog worthwhile. Money might not buy you happiness, but knowing you’re loved and appreciated sure can!

When I started my blog in 2018, I set out with the idea of doing something with my time and the brain that I’ve been gifted with. I’ve been in receipt of benefits all of my life, but I wanted to give something back for the money that I receive instead of lounging around and watching the TV. Even though I don’t make money from my blog, I see that by sharing my ideas and tips, I’m sort of giving back to the taxpayers in the community for the money that I receive. It’s not about earning a keep for me, it’s kind of my way of saying thankyou!

9. How Much Will It Bother You If You Don’t Get Followers Right Away?

I’ve seen so many bloggers give up because, after a handful of blog posts, the reads and follows just aren’t there. My advice? Don’t! My reads and follows started coming in while I was 170 miles away on the coasts of Cornwall, I wasn’t even blogging at the time! Blogging doesn’t pay off right away, not financially, not socially. Over time though, you can and will connect with a great many wonderful people who love the same things that you do – just be patient!

10. How Will You Draw Traffic To Your Blog?

Perhaps not unlike my previous point, the last thing to consider is how you’re going to draw traffic to your blog. Blogging is all well and great, but there really isn’t much point if you don’t have anyone to read it. For this reason (and as I previously mentioned), networking with other bloggers is great, but also consider social media. For me, I use Facebook and Instagram, but many other bloggers use Twitter, too. Consider platforms that you like and will use regularly, and use then them to your advantage.

Alright lovelies, I hope this post has helped you, whether you run or are thinking about running your own blog. While we’re here, please do visit Renard and Pooja for more great blogging tips!

What other questions can you think of for aspiring bloggers? Why not leave them in the comments?

Until next time.

Stay safe & have fun,

Helen xx

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