9 Effective Habits of Real Girl Bloggers ~ Blog Tips
Tue 15th, Nov, 2011
How about some Sweet Blogging, How to Blog Tips for Real Girls?…we haven’t had any for a while and I just lurve blogging about blogging.
So, I don’t know about you, but I have seen Blog Tips for How to be the Most Effective / Famous / Popular Blogger on the Planet all over the place…and about a year into my blogging…once people were beginning to sit up and notice this blogging thing that was going on on the internet I subscribed and surfed a lot of what the Blogging Professionals had to say….there are LOTS of them out there…and what comes with that is lots and lots and lots of advice.
And therein lies the problem…. you see often this advice is conflicting…use every single piece of social media, don’t use social media….relentlessly plug other bloggers, don’t mention other bloggers, advertise, don’t advertise, blog 7 days a week, don’t blog too often…and the list went on and on and on.
I’ve said before that the worst thing that happened to me in my blogging journey was getting on those How-Popular-Are-You-How-Popular-Am-I-Blog-Ranking thingies and checking my stats too often..in addition to that the other thing I did was spent too long perusing professional blogging sites and ending up with 101 different bits of advice.
Thankfully I had a reality check and the best thing I did with my blogging, looking back, is throw all that out the window, concentrate on why I wanted to blog and continue doing it for me.
Along that road though, I’ve learnt the things that are effective for a blogger like me…not a blogger doing this full time for a full time income, not a blogger with a business website, but a blogger with a mummy/home/busy life too…
I’ve also quietly observed what those super-duper Professional bloggers do that is super-duper effective…I certainly haven’t implemented these all the time… to be quite frank, I never set out to rule the world or pay the mortgage with this blog and realistically sometimes, I just about get time to throw a load of laundry on and get the dinner on, typing a blog post at the same time, so some of the habits of the big bloggers I’ve noticed really when you get down to the nitty gritty, aren’t always realistic or do-able for a Real Girl blogger like me…
…but here’s what I’ve seen, with my ear to the ground – you might not like what you read below, and certainly I do not have the time or the inclination to do it all…but from my observations, if you want a big blog or at least a fairly good following, to make some good connections and make it all worth while, you will have to more than dabble at it…and try a few of these blog tips along the way…
9 Effective Habits of Real Girl Bloggers
1. Effective Real Girl Bloggers are Consistent
This is the numero uno of the big bloggers out there…look at any of the super stars in the early days…yes Pioneer Woman was a new girl on the block once too, and you will see that they were blogging consistently. I think as a new blogger that can be intimidating…and I have a lot of emails from people asking me how to deal with that. How do you keep consistent? How do you stick with it.
Well bottom line is that first of all it’s pretty easy if you are passionate about what you are blogging about in the first place…if you are (see the next step) consistency will naturally come cos you’ll want to be firing up that computer and sitting down to your little place in the world
…but passion is soooo not enough…if you want to be effective you just have to accept that you’ll need to keep turning up. Like regularly.
Super Bloggers are consistent…their posts are timed, mostly on time and regular…whether it’s just twice a week (and that is so ok, I avidly read a couple of bloggers who post no more than twice a week, often only once) or six times a day, they stick to regular posting schedules.
Quick Blog Tips : Take a few minutes with a coffee to look at the archives of your favourite top blogger .. look back at the early days of their blog…you will see how most of them developed a posting schedule and got into a rhythm….you will be able to see that they pretty quickly worked out that regular blogging is effective.
2. Effective Real Girl Bloggers Have Their Own Voice & They Work it.
Yep, blogging your own voice is the only way to go for effective real girl blogging. Effective bloggers love their topic in their own voice & they stick to it. They work their Blog Voice, with what they love, doing it consistently and they don’t (very often) go off topic, they will always write about a topic they love & they know their readers love too.
Quick Blog Tips : Look at any of your fave bloggers, I bet they are pretty distinctive? I bet they are blogging with at least one very unique talent…a mummy blogger with a wicked tongue, a coastal blogger who loves white ;-), a fashion blogger with budget style…look a bit deeper at some of the Super Bloggers who may now be blogging a few different categories & you will see that in the early days they were pretty much sticking to one genre..& working it well.
4. Effective Real Girl Bloggers Work Hard & Write Hard
Top bloggers work hard and write Hard. Their writing may not be a literary classic, it may not be perfect, but it will be out there, it will be their Blog Voice and they will have perfected it.
While I don’t necessarily agree with what a lot of professional blogging experts write about the number of posts you churn out a week, (I actually believe in girls blogging and particularly in Home & Garden blogging where images are very important that quality content is Queen), it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that the more you post, once you have a following, the more people will visit, the more links you’ll get from search engines…and the spiral goes on and on.
Quick Blog Tips : Look at some of the professional blogging sites…see how many times a week they post…look at some of the top lifestyle bloggers (you only have to glance at Pioneer Woman) and see how they are pumping out content left, right and centre…
There is no easy answer to this (and I have written about how I have found the time in my life in the Beach Cottage Sweet Blogging Course)…blogging with the big girls is hard work…top bloggers are serious, this is not a walk in the park
Real Girl Blogging : That said though I think you can do it even if you have a busy lifestyle, work, are a mum, etc and there are plenty of people doing that and fitting it in…but to fulfill all the other points in this post, like consistency, blogging will be hard work. End of story.
5. Effective Real Girl Bloggers Are Pretty Savvy
Top bloggers don’t foof around…they may be blogging about foofing around with white paint but on their blogs they take no prisoners….super bloggers switch everything on…they know what their readers want, they know what times of the day they want it, they know how to promote their blogs in social media, they have a well-designed, easy to read blog, they have well-chosen images to illustrate their message, they know their readers and interact with them… Super bloggers do not have their heads in the clouds.
Real Girl Blogging *a note on my journey….This is one of the parts of blogging where I am not so good… I am not a natural networker or promoter, but in reference to point 3 above, being savvy and keeping up with it all is part of having a successful blog…where I differ from a lot of the professional bloggers who say that traffic and engagement comes first – I have always maintained that in this crazy journey of blogging, number one is always me here and I don’t mean that in a I am better than you way, I mean that in a I started this blog to log my journey and make some time for me kinda way… yes I know my readers, yes I love the friends I have made all over the world, yes I am very grateful for the Beach Cottage facebook gals that have come about because of this blog, yes I love the opportunities and doors that open because of this thing they call the blogosphere BUT I am the one who is still important here…me and my journey with moving to Australia and living the dream…by the sea …that is why I came here in the first place and still do…so for real girls being savvy is one thing, getting it doing something for you too is something else.
no I certainly haven’t been brilliant at the networking or promoting bit.. no I haven’t sucked up to the in-crowd bloggers, no I am not sure how to get my blog linked and tweeted all over the internet…but take it from me, I have observed many semi-mediocre blogs get popular purely on the merit of their intensive savviness with social media, self-promotion and networking….if you want to get big you will have to get to grips with all that…
Quick Blog Tips : Take a look at one of the Super Bloggers & who they connect with by looking at their social media streams…these girls are not messing around, there is some extensive work going on there…you will quickly see a weave of networking and inter-connecting going on…just like in real life & business, blog networking is huge
6. Effective Real Girl Bloggers Are Disciplined
Those Super Bloggers don’t mess around. Simple as that. Look at any of the big bloggers, especially the mummy bloggers and those bloggers blogging to pay their mortgage and I guarantee they won’t be spending half the day scooting around the internet wasting time & reading The Times Online…take it from me, bloggers who are putting out any kind of good quality content, and even those who are simply re-regurgitating other content are disciplined and focused to get their stuff out there and in the blogosphere. They do not have time to mess around…they are focused on their blog & want it out there with the best…
Real Girl Blogging : I am not blogging to pay my mortgage, so at the end of the day for me, when push comes to shove, my family comes first…but….I do have a routine with blogging, and I am somewhat disciplined….mostly ‘cos I love it….and because it’s part of me, I LIKE blogging…but to get a post out at the time that suits me and my readers means in my little world I have to self-start, …school run, coffee, beach…home…blog….if I don’t do it then, simply there won’t be a blog…after school, in the evening I am cooking dinner, doing sport pick-ups, just being a mum…blogging is not on the agenda :-) …. so Real Bloggers are disciplined, they work out when, where, how and what to blog and they stick to it, week in week out.
7. Effective Real Girl Bloggers are Creative
One of the things I have noticed a lot over the last few years is how the top bloggers are the ones who try different things, have great ideas and fresh content…recently as the blogosphere grew like crazy the top bloggers lifted their game & got creative…I think this is particularly evident in the top bloggers in the lifestyle and home niche…these girls are rocking it…they are working hard to be creative and provide new content…you won’t see many of the super bloggers copying and pasting content…what you will see is real pictures of what they are creating and doing….
Quick Blog Tips : Examine the blogs you peruse and just love to see a new post on…bet these girls are throwing, top quality posts at you with new ideas and trying new things…
Real Girl Blogging : Creativity for me on this blog recently has been in expanding my blog to recipes and food…this all started because I was really enjoying some of the foodie/food styling blogs and I wanted to include that in my photography…along with the fact that I love nothing better than getting comfy with my cooking books and trying new recipes…this has been a great thing for not only my blog, but for my readers and especially for me…I love messing around with the settings on my camera and styling food, I love doing the recipes, and there is nothing like getting an email/tweet/facebook from someone at 9pm at night saying they just tried one of the recipes from my blog & their family devoured it ;-)
8. Effective Real Girl Bloggers Know when to Switch Off
This is more to do with me, rather than what the Super Bloggers do…I have no idea when and how the Super Bloggers switch off but I know that a Real Girl blogger who is semi-effective ;-) (that would be me) needs to switch off…about the time I was on those blog ranking thingies and looking at my stats too often, I began to notice I was doing too much with technology…nowadays that is really very easy…iphone, ipad, apps for this and that…checking here there an everywhere, blah blah blah
One day I suddenly realised I was in a vortex of technology and looking back, I definitely think my family was suffering…thankfully, having half a brain cell at my disposal, that didn’t last long and now I have pretty strict rules around my online ‘blogging’ time…I still very much am a blog reader in the evenings for down-time, I love reading the blogs of the girls I now think of as friends…but blogging time as a blogger is, mostly, limited to the blocks of time in the day I assign to it..otherwise it takes over…and it’s really easy for that to happen…and you do not want that….you know why? because being saturated with you blog, makes you lose your passion and all of the above…simple!
9. Effective Real Girl Bloggers Plan
Those super-bloggers from above plan…simple as that…I seriously need to improve on this, I am so a seat of my pants kinda blogger (though I think that keeps things fresh too)…but all the professional blogging sites will tell you that planning months ahead (yes really!) is key to focused, consistent and on time content.
Quick blog Tips : Notice how big bloggers have consistent content over their core range of topics every week…for example a fashion blogger will have a shoes post, an accessories post, a dress post every week, on my blog there will be a decorating post, a ocean / sea post etc… I don’t really plan this with a spreadsheet, I just roughly have that in my mind and go with the flow, but I know a lot of bloggers that extensively plan and have month’s worth of blog posts lined up and ideas ready to go….
Real Girl Blogging : do a take it easy plan…I loosely do this…I write down ideas / use the internet inspiration places and focus it into a general plan for what I may blog about in the next few weeks, depending on mood and cirumstance!
So those are my thoughts on highly effective habits for real girls blogging…some of them take a bit of digesting…whether you want to have a small following and make a niche group of friends or whether you want to make it to the same circles as the blogging hoi-polloi, you will need a little bit of discipine, some hard work, a lot of creativity and a shed load of passion.
I really hope you enjoyed what I have picked up along the way….oh and I would more than love to hear your views and opinions, writing this I went on for a long time so I am composing part two of this post for a later date and I would love your thoughts, ideas and input…
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