Tips for new bloggers

Entering the blogosphere for the first time can be a daunting prospect. There seems to be thousands of articles and blog posts online that guarantee they have the best blogging advice and they all contradict each other. This blog post is different from the rest because I’m not here to tell you exactly what you need to do to make your blog go viral with step by step instructions. Instead, I have put together some helpful blogging tips I’ve learned while studying Internet Communications and blogging that will make setting up a new blog easy.

Develop your blog’s identity and theme

Your first task is to take some time to develop your blog’s identity and theme. Decide what you will be blogging about and then make sure all of your blog’s features match that identity. The name of your blog, the blogging platform you select, the layout and colours you select, and the topics you write about, should all reflect your blog’s overall identity and theme.

A great way to help you work out your blog’s identity and theme is to write a detailed ‘About’ section on your blog. Your ‘About’ section should include information about who you are, why you blog, and the kinds of things you will blogging about.

You can choose to keep your true identity private by choosing a pseudonym and developing your blog’s identity and theme around that. Using a pseudonym provides a lot of scope for creativity as you will need to create an entirely new character!

Get Social

Select the social media platforms that best suit your blog’s identity and theme.

Facebook and Twitter are good social media platforms to connect with readers due to their popularity, although Facebook can be difficult to build traction unless you are prepared to pay for advertising.

Instagram is fantastic if you enjoy taking your own photos and there are a lot of active blogging communities there.

Take some time to search for hashtags and topics that are relevant to your blog on different social media platforms to get a better idea of where people who are interested in the same things as you like to hang out.

Most digital professionals recommend that you should have at least three social media platforms connected to your blog. Three platforms is a good amount for most bloggers, but the amount of social media platforms you choose should really be however many you feel comfortable with. Many bloggers are perfectly happy to simply blog with no social media accounts at all.

Once you have selected your social media platforms make sure they reflect your blog’s identity and theme and are connected to your blog. Use the same colours in your social media cover images and condense your blog’s ‘About’ section to fit in your social media bios.

Connect with other bloggers

Once you have developed your blog’s theme and identity and set up your social media accounts it’s time to connect with other bloggers. If you are using a blogging platform that has a connected news feed such as WordPress or Blogger, start by searching for topics that are relevant to your blog and get reading.

Reading other blogs will help you with your own blog because it will give you an idea of what topics are relevant to your readers. When you come across an interesting blog post make sure you hit the like and follow buttons and leave a comment to let the blogger know how much you enjoyed their post. You will also find lots of blogs to read on social media using the same method.

It’s impossible to read every blog post every day, but when you do spend time reading other blogs you will find that leaving relevant and thoughtful comments will inspire most bloggers to come and have a look at your blog too.

Develop a posting schedule that works for you

It’s a good idea to develop a posting schedule that will work best for you. Some bloggers post every day, some post once or twice a week, and some post whenever they have time. Make sure your posting schedule fits in with your current schedule and do your best to stick to it. Setting yourself blogging deadlines will help you to plan ahead and manage your blogging time better.

I hope these tips help you get started on developing a blog that you love. Taking time to develop your blog’s identity and theme, setting up your social media accounts, connecting with other bloggers, and developing a posting schedule, will help you decide on the blogging choices that will work best for you.

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I love to connect with new bloggers! You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Instagram

2015 Review

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Happy New Year to all my bloggy friends from all corners of the world. I hope you all saw in the New Year in style and wish you all an absolutely fabulous 2016!

Due to some unforeseen circumstances I spent New Year’s Eve watching Netflix at home with my boyfriend and our cat, but it was actually quite nice to have a quiet one for a change. I think I must be getting old!

2015 has been a bit of a strange year for me. I’ve had some tough times, but there were plenty of good times as well. I’ve moved house which is never much fun, but I am loving my little sea change now Summer has arrived.

I’ve worked incredibly hard at university, but all that hard work is finally starting to feel like it’s paying off. I’m now well over half way through my BA in Internet Communications! I am currently enjoying a well-deserved break until March and am doing a very good job at catching up on my naps and Netflix.

And, finally, my blog has been so rewarding over the past 12 months. I have ‘met’ so many kind, clever and caring people through this humble little blog. It’s hard to believe that Scatterbooker started out as an assignment just over a year ago. I’ve learned a lot about myself and an untold amount of bookish and social media things in 2015 and it’s all thanks to you guys.

I’ve had some periods where life and uni got the better of me last year and that meant I wasn’t able to blog as much as I would like. So, the only thing close to a resolution I will be making this year is: spend more time blogging. Besides from that, I will continue to be just as fabulous as I was last year.

Thank you all for being your fabulous selves!

 

One Lovely Blog Award

lovelyI’m an extremely flattered to receive the One Lovely Blog award from Marjorie at Kyrosmagica https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/

Thank you so much for the the nomination Marjorie, I think that you are pretty lovely too!

To accept this award, the nominees have to follow a few rules:

* Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
* Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post.
* Share 7 facts/or things about yourself.
* Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog.

7 facts/things about myself:

1. I wish I could be a full blown crazy cat lady! For now I just have one cheeky cat called Zeus but I would love to                     jazhave more one day. And a puppy!.

2. I am studying a BA in Internet Communications.

3. I once lived on a tropical island. I used to work as a housekeeper on Brampton Island in the Whitsundays…

4. However, I hate cleaning! Maybe housekeeping when I was so young scarred me for life?

5. I am the worst procrastinator ever. I’m meant to be doing other things right now while I’m typing this post!

6. My best friend says that my best quality is my loyalty. This can sometimes be a good thing or a bad thing. I tend to give people way too many chances.

7. The beach is my happy place which is lucky because I grew up on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. sorrentoMy nominees:

1. Terry Tyler, author. http://www.terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/

2. Rosie Amber, book reviewer. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/

3. A Woman’s Wisdom, book reviewer. https://awomanswisdom.wordpress.com/

4. Some Kind of Book Blog, book reviewer. https://somekindofbookblog.wordpress.com/

5. Em Does Book Reviews, book reviewer. https://emdoesbookreviews.wordpress.com/

6. Rachel’s Reviews, book reviewer. https://rachaelsbooks.wordpress.com/

7. Pages and Tea Book Blog, book reviewer. https://pagesandteablog.wordpress.com/

8. Books and Bookmarks, book reviewer. https://booksandbookmarks.wordpress.com/

9. Bookaholic Confessions, book reviewer. https://bookaholicconfessions.wordpress.com/

10. Steve Marriot, traveler and author. http://stevescribble.com/

11. Postcards from, Asia, book reviewer. http://wrongspelling.com/

12. Margaret Lynette Sharp, author. https://margaretlynettesharp.wordpress.com/

13. Book’d Out, book reviewer. https://bookdout.wordpress.com/

14. Bookshelf Fantasies, book reviewer. http://bookshelffantasies.com/

15. Lisa Tiller, blogs about a bit of everything. https://lisatiller.wordpress.com/