9 Blogging Tips for You

Last week I had an incredible opportunity to speak to my Alma Mater, Salem State University’s Enterprise Center about Blogging. This was by far the largest audience I have spoken to. However, that wasn’t the career milestone, which had my heart racing and the reason I kept asking myself, “Is this really happening right now?”

At multiple points in my “corporate” career, when I found myself unemployed, I would attend the SSU Enterprise Center Speaker Series. I looked to the Speakers as experts in their field, and a source of inspiration of something to aspire to, or at least learn from.

On Dec. 5, 2014 the tables turned. I was in the speaker seat, inspiring others.

It has been 10 years since I have attended SSU. It has been a long and winding path that often times I questioned, if I was doing the right thing. Standing up there, it was so satisfying to help and inspire others who found themselves in similar situations that I had been in. Also, I was able to give back to the community that provided me the knowledge, education and skills needed to pursue my dream career.

The topic I spoke on was “Blogging – How To Make It Work For You”. During my presentation I talked of my blogging journey. I have had 6 blogs over 13 years or almost half my lifetime. I guess this means, I know a thing or two about blogging, but it has been mostly trial and error. During my presentation, I shared various blogging tips that have helped me along the way. Now I am sharing them with you.

9 Blogging Tips For You

  1. Create a list of potential topics/posts to write about. You may not get to everything on that list, but at least you have a bank of post ideas to reference when you are stuck.
  2. Build an editorial calendar. Plan out your content at least 3 months out. (Free download here).
  3. Research other bloggers in your genre.
  4. Create a blog wish list of things you like for your own blog.
  5. Look for blogs that inspire you. While you research blogs, scroll to the bottom of the ones you like, a link to download the theme or to visit the designers’ website is often listed.
  6. Write all your posts in a separate location. I use Microsoft Word. Wi-Fi glitches, servers crash, it is always best to have a backup file.
  7. Go back in time. You can always return to past posts and share or re-package older content as well.
  8. Recycle and reuse older blog posts and other content for your social media or email marketing.
  9. Use the world as inspiration. Trending Twitter topics, Monday motivation quotes, throwback Thursday (#TBT), or news articles are great resources to help inspire your next creation.

I hope these tips help you on your blogging journey. Happy Blogging!