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.
- 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.
- Build an editorial calendar. Plan out your content at least 3 months out. (Free download here).
- Research other bloggers in your genre.
- Create a blog wish list of things you like for your own blog.
- 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.
- 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.
- Go back in time. You can always return to past posts and share or re-package older content as well.
- Recycle and reuse older blog posts and other content for your social media or email marketing.
- 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!