So You Are New to the Blogosphere…

So you are new to the blogosphere, now what?

Everyone is new to blogging at some point or other, but how do you get started? I started my blog a little more than a year ago and I never imagined I would ever get any hits on it. That has changed and it has a lot to do with things I have learned through my own experiences and reading other blogs.

The following are some tips I have for those of you who are new to blogging or want to jumpstart your blog again.

  • Make a plan. The first year I started my blog I did not really have a plan for it. My goal was to get a few posts up a month, but nothing far beyond that. When I decided to buy my domain name and attended Real World PR for the second year in a row, I decided to make a plan and be more serious with my blog. Maybe it took spending money on a domain name, or attending a conference two years in a row where they stress the importance of social media, but I now have a plan for my blog. In your plan, decide what you want to base your blog on and create topics you would like to write about. I suggest this to anyone starting out. It really helps!
  • Research. As PR students we already know the importance of research. When it come to blogging this is no different. See what other PR students and professionals are doing with their blogs and what they are writing. Along with this research you will create a list of blogs you will read daily or weekly.
  • Network in the blog world! Almost everyone is on Twitter, and there are Twitter chats for almost everything. One of the first few chats I was ever in is #blogchat. This Twitter chat has helped me network with other bloggers and get a lot of questions I had about blogging answered. While there are a wide range of bloggers that participate in this chat, you can still find a lot of useful help by participating. If you really want to network with bloggers that are interested in the same topic as you, find a hashtag that fits you. #PRStudChat introduces me to a lot of PR students who are interested in the same field as me and blog about similar topics.
  • Comment on other blogs and share posts. To me, this is very important. Read other blogs and join in on the discussion in the comments. This is a great way to get your name out there and show that you are not just promoting your blog, but other blogs as well.

What are other tips you have for starting bloggers?

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11 thoughts on “So You Are New to the Blogosphere…

  1. Laura says:

    This is great information as I’m quite new to the blogosphere. Studying PR sounds cool. I saw your post on twitter and figure I can pick up a tip or two about blogging and publicity from you on my journey to becoming a published author. Thanks!

  2. Ashley F. says:

    Thank you Laura! Glad to hear you find the information helpful. I know I wish I had done a little more research before I jumped into blogging, but at the same time I am the kind of person that does not mind jumping into something and learning along the way as well. That is so exciting you are working to become a published author! You will have to keep me updated on how that is going. 🙂

  3. Keri says:

    Very helpful post! I just started a blog this week after several failed attempts in the past. In past tries, I just didn’t really understand WHY I was blogging. Now I have a better idea of how to get started. Thanks! 🙂

  4. Ashley F. says:

    Thanks Keri! Glad it has helped you out! When I started my blog I did not know what the purpose of blogging was, but now I know and love it! If you need any help, please feel free to contact me! 🙂

  5. Foldager says:

    Nice post. I have decided to give twitter a try, as my next step into social media away from ego-facebook. I believe that there must be some true value hidden somewhere in microblogging, but i still have to find it. Maybe i should start up my blog again too. You make me think that i should 🙂 . Planning is a simple advice that works in most other aspects of life. I should have started that way i guess. Thanks for the tip! Ups, i ended up talking about nyself again, well i am trying not to.

  6. Ashley F. says:

    Thank you and glad this has (hopefully) inspired you to start your blog back up! Twitter is another great microblogging source. You should definitely join and give it a try. It has helped me network with professionals and students around the world! You’re right. Planning can be used in any aspect of life, and it really helps!

  7. therealsimonoh says:

    Love all of your tips, Ashley. I love blogging but would love it even more if I can be more active with it. I blog as much as I can but only when there’s something I can really write about that might interest others. The last thing I want to do is let my blog collect dust. I suppose even short posts will still do the job.

  8. Marco Fiori says:

    Commenting is the key – I’ve found a lot of traffic to come from insightful comments I’ve left on other places. I reckon that over everything, you should be enjoying blogging. Sure, it’s OK to be serious about it, but make sure it never feels like an uncreative slog for traffic.

  9. Ashley F. says:

    Simon- Thank you! Glad you love the tips. I think that is a great approach as well, even if it means you are not blogging all of the time. I have been in a great flow lately and I keep thinking of things I would like to blog about. I think it varies from person-to-person. Some people may blog a lot, others may not, but it all boils down to the actual content! 🙂

    Marco- It really is! I have gotten more traffic through comments on other blogs recently. I have always been one to leave a comment when I read a post, but since I have revamped my blog and left comments for others more traffic has come with that. You are definitely right though. Do not do it just for traffic! I leave comments because I love the post I just read.

  10. Chris Ehrlich says:

    Hi Ashley,

    Great blogging advice!

    Think that planning in some way, if not an editorial calendar, is definitely the way to go over the long term. Your Twitterquette series is a prime example.

    Think that stepping out from one’s blog into the blogosphere is essential for inspiration and a fresh perspective.

    And think that brief and candid posts are a great way to keep momentum going between those sparkling longer-form posts!
    -Chris Ehrlich

  11. Ashley F. says:

    Thanks for the feedback Chris! 🙂 I have been slacking lately with my blog, so I’ve been trying to come up with a better plan for me. When I talk to fellow students that are just starting out the first thing I tell them is what did not work for me when I started and what works now, like having a plan. Seems to be helpful!

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