I would never consider myself established or a subject matter expert on blogging, but I do get DM’s and questions about blogging, especially from newbies. As many of you already know my blogging story, I wont bore you with a repeat. But I would have found it so helpful if a fellow blogger at the time had an open discussion with their readers and answered as many blogging questions as they could. So I thought I’d give it a try today.
As I have already said, I’m by no means an expert at this. But I really want to help new and or established bloggers, with any helpful advice I can give.
I took to Instagram and told my followers to ask me any blogging related questions, and I’ll be answering these on this post. But I want to you be able to ask questions in the comments too. So if you have any blogging related question you’d like answered, please leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer.
I’ll get started on the questions my lovely Instagram followers asked:
HOW DO YOU OVERCOME WRITERS BLOCK?
Writers block is something a lot of people struggle with. I have written about this topic before, but I will share some of my knowledge here. When my mind goes blank and no ideas or motivation is coming out, I tend to take a break. I remind myself that I am in charge of my schedule, and I am the only one that is putting pressure on myself to post on the days I do. In all honesty, nobody would notice even if I took a day off, and thats what I remind myself.
I also seek for inspiration to get the excitement back about writing. I ask friends or family if they have any ideas and I actually look at stock images. Im a visual person and looking at things makes me inspired.
WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO AN UPCOMING BLOGGER?
There are 2 pieces of advice that I wished I had done when I first started blogging, and I’ll go through them individually.
1. Consistency – Its so so important to remain consistent with your posting. Thats why having a schedule is so important. I think being consistent is so beneficial in the long run. It allows others to be exposed to your work on a regular basis. It shows brands and companies that you are serious about your blog and that you are reliable.
2. Interaction with other bloggers – When I first started I hardly every interacted with other peoples content. I always was under the impression that people would come to me and want to comment on my stuff. This of course is not the case. WordPress has such a great community and is full of such lovely people who want to support and love your blog, and if you are here you need to be the same. How can you expect to be found and expect comments when you don’t take the time to read and appreciate other peoples posts. Its a two way street!
WHAT DOES IT MEAN BY EXCERPT WHILE POSTING A BLOG POST?
If you are a WordPress user then you’ve probably seen the word excerpt on the right hand side when you are writing a post. An excerpt is basically a short summary of the post you have written. It will be what people on google or any other search browser will see when looking for your content.
They are beneficial to use, but I don’t actually use them myself. I would advice to use them if you are trying to optimise your site for SEO (search engine optimisation).
HOW DO YOU OBTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS AND SPONSORSHIPS?
I don’t know much on the topic of affiliate links as I haven’t done any as of yet, but I am linking this helpful post by Jenny in Neverland where she speaks on the topic and provides some great advice!
In regards to sponsorships, I think it’s important to put yourself out there. One thing I recently created after seeing a post by Bournemouth Girl, is a media kit. A media kit is a document which is you showcasing yourself, your work and your website. It’s a document you can send to brands that gives them a snapshot of who you are and what you do. You include your stats and some photography of your own that you have done. That way brands can see if they want to work with you and if their products or services will link to what your website is about.
DO YOU USE PINTEREST TO INCREASE ENGAGEMENT? IF YES, WHAT’S YOUR STRATEGY?
I have used Pinterest in the past yes, but as of recently I haven’t utilised it as much as I should have. When I have used it, its made a great difference to my engagement and helped increase traffic to my site for sure. My strategy is that I create the content for Pinterest as I am creating the blog post (I do this with Instagram content too). I use Unfold and some other apps to create the content, as its the best place (in my opinion) to make easy professional looking content.