Blogging has proved to be not a hype but an important online activity, very creative and useful for many. At some point regular blog-readers get inspired to start blogging and naturally seek for some advice.
Being a 2 year old blogger :), I have the following to share:
Fall in love with your favourite blog! – the best inspiration is by love, and naturally you will pick out a blog which appeals to you, because you can actually do the same. When I started, my inspiration was Meditation Photography by Suresh, with his excellent pictures and great philosophical texts, which he always kept short enough. In the beginning you always have to learn, and it is better to learn from the best!
2. WHAT IS YOUR BLOG ABOUT?
The subject of your favourite blog is probably also the best for you 🙂 So what do you want to blog about? Normally, a blogger has a certain theme, which makes the orientation easier both to the blogger and to the readers. You may also like to blog on random topics – in that case you need a strong personal expression to make the blog interesting. People will read you just because of your special character, your style of writing and self-expression, does not matter whether you blog on the US president elections or your last shopping for shoes… My favourite example here is the blog of my best friend Sладкая жизнь. – she may blog about any silly or any deep stuff – it is for the language and her gorgeous metaphors that I love to read this blog. My blog Shaktipower is clearly dedicated to one narrow topic of woman and her spiritual beauty. That was also the reason why I started another blog, because I felt too limited by the topic. 1000petals falls more under the category of random thoughts, although I blog about everything from the spiritual perspective, which serves as a golden thread to this kind of blog.
4. USE PICTURES!
Your blog is the manifestation of your personality. Some people love pictures, some not – but we all have left and right brain hemisphere, we all need word and image to please our intellect. That is why it is hard to precept a blog without a single picture… So, do not hesitate to implement nice photos into your blog posts. The best way to do so is to use your own pics – even if you have never tried it out, it is high time to start taking photos. For 2 years I did not know what “megapixel” is – now I have 2 photo blogs! 🙂 Another way out would be using photos made by others (my favourite source is flickr.com), however there is always a copyright issue. Intrestingly, it is after a couple of copyright incidents (I linked to the photos but did not ask for the permission beforehand), that I satarted with my own photography.
5. WRITING STYLE.
First of all think whom are you addressing. Even if you never know who may land on your blog, keep in mind a person you are narrating your story to. There will be certain type of people visiting you, and when you address them, they will feel your are talking to them personally. That is beautiful. Some excellent tipps for writing well I found by Nita here – by the way, she is another blogging Guru to learn a lot from.
Try to write well and take care of spelling! I am still too bad at that and sometimes forget to check. Thanks God, I have some good friends who double check 🙂
Blogging is like bringing up children, you will need lots of love and patience – with yourself, with your readers and with fitting your blogging into your daily life… But you will be rewarded, because blogging is one of the most joy-giving and fresh activity of today` life! Some more reasons to start blogging you will find here.
In this sense, go ahead! 🙂
P.S this post is dedicated to Ramya, who has been very persuasive about starting blogging with my tipps.