Editor’s Note: this post is part of the current series of posts submitted by healthy living bloggers on, “What do you wish someone would have told you in your first week of blogging?” We are currently still accepting submissions, so if interested send your post in the body of an email with pictures attached (must be less than 2MB in size) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This post is brought to you by HLB Admin Julie at Savvy Eats.
I recently celebrated my blogiversary. Here are my top 5 things I wish someone had told me in September 2009 when I started my blog:
- Blog for yourself, not others. You don’t need to fit the blogging “mold.” Figure out what works for you and find your voice. If you let your personality shine through, people will want to come back!
- Remember that your blog is young. It takes time to build a readership! Don’t worry if you don’t have many comments or page views at first. Just keep blogging in a way that makes you happy, and over time, your blog will grow.
- Steer clear of commenting systems that require people to enter a password, etc. They will turn people off from commenting, especially if they are faulty on occasion!
- Reach out to your readers. Email your readers back when they leave a question or particularly insightful comment, or install a WordPress plug-in like the Comment Reply Notification one. When you respond to a comment, it will email the person who originally left it.
- Meet local bloggers (may I suggest using HLB’s “Blogs by Location” feature? ). You’ll be able to give each other advice and support when it comes to both your blogs and your lives in general!
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