Two years ago I launched into a blogging endeavor on a whim with no prior expierence or “Blogging Knowledge.”
I was more than just a new blogger, I was actually a terrible blogger (but taking action is always key to starting something).
To say that my participation in blogging has been similar to riding a roller coaster would be an accurate way to describe the past two years. Just like roller coasters, blogging can be exciting, fun, sometimes scary, sometimes stressful and always surprising.
For the better part of my relatively short blogging career (Money Life Wax is now two!) I had no clue what I was truly doing. In fact, I made just about every mistake of blogging you probably could. From…
- Creating a really bad domain name the first time
- Having to rebrand month two
- Writing really, really unfocused articles
- Starting a blog on Wix instead of WordPress
- Designing graphics on Word
- To not even using proper grammar when differentiating “Pay Off” and “Payoff”
The list could go on forever!
However, since I am no longer a “New Blogger,” I decided to impart a little blogging wisdom after reflecting back on the past two years to hopefully help new bloggers avoid some of my pitfalls!
Six Rules All New Bloggers Need to Know!
One of the most important things I think most new bloggers need to figure out is when do they plan on blogging!
Most new bloggers will quit blogging because of perceived “Lack of time.” Truly, time is a major reason why many people don't start or don't finish most things in life, not just blogging.
Knowing this, you have to figure out what you can commit time-wise and what works best for you. Most mornings you will find me doing some sort of combination of the following:
- Hitting snooze 1x (9 minutes of sleep more, thank you Steve Jobs)
- Feeding Morgan (My dog), making coffee and walking her
- Running, Reading, Reflecting (Sometimes 1 or all 3)
- One hour of focus with no distractions
Personally, I have found that I am a better writer in the morning with a cup of coffee and a clear mind. I can get down my thoughts way quicker in the morning. In the mornings there are just fewer distractions, less “other things” to do and so on.
Most mornings I get a rough draft written in less than 30 minutes before the day can take many twists and turns.
So rule #1 for new bloggers to follow: Plan Your Blogging Time Accordingly
Avoid Blogging ADHD
Similar to blogging rule #1 for new bloggers, while we are on the time efficiency topic, do your best to avoid what I commonly refer to as “Blogging ADHD.”
I will be writing a blog post (Like this) and five minutes later I am surfing social media, playing with my dog outback, or worse checking my page views as if they're going to magically jump.
The quickest way to get nothing done blogging is to try to do everything all at once.
Whether you find yourself surfing social media, distracted by things going on around you, or if you're like me and you can waste tons of time designing photos or formatting – do your best to avoid blogging ADHD.
Blogging ADHD When Writing…
As a caveat to time, you can also have blogging ADHD when writing.
When I look back at some of my early blog posts as a brand new blogger I cringe at my early content. I somehow managed to throw student loans into every blog post – even if the focal point of the post was budgeting.
If it helps, plan your posts out with headings and do a little research to see how successful bloggers structured their content!
So rule #2 when it comes to blogging…
Rule 2: Avoid blogging ADHD when writing and blogging!
Social Media & Blogging
When it comes to social media and blogging, social media is a necessary evil.
There is no doubt you will want to spend time promoting your blog on all the different social media channels:
However, when you feel like you have to do it every second of the day, social media can contribute to your blogging ADHD as a new blogger.
In other words, social media can be very distracting!
So if you're a new blogger, or even if your a normal person who spends too much time on social media, limit yourself to checking social media in the mornings, one mid-day check, and then a night-time check.