So You Want to Start a Blog – Writing Tips for First-Time Bloggers

Guest post by Peter Garety

Thanks to blogging, becoming a well-known writer with a loyal audience is now a lot easier to accomplish.

All you have to do is to set up your own blog and start writing.  Certainly there is a bit of technical stuff involved, such as buying your own domain name, designing your blog template, making your blog more SEO-friendly and all that.

Still, if you can’t manage these technical details just yet, you can get started blogging by spending five short minutes signing up for a free account with Blogger, WordPress or LiveJournal and then get to work.

Despite this fact, so many would-be bloggers get stumped – they fail even before they get to see their blog ideas take flight.  It is quite a shame, really, when most of the problems that set new bloggers back and prevent them from succeeding are merely trivial.

So, do you want to start a blog? Is it really your desire to become a blogger?

If yes, here are a few writing tips that will help guarantee your success.

Tip #1: Don’t Hold Yourself Back

Most of the time, the only thing that’s holding you back from realizing your own potential as a blogger is none other than yourself.  Far too many people don’t write even if they have the time, the talent and the inclination for it.  That is because they think too much of what other people will say about their writings or they don’t believe that their writing is good enough.

You need to remember that nobody is perfect and you can’t please everyone anyhow.  What’s more important is that you write in such a way that other people will find value in what you have written.  Your blog posts and articles should be rich in information, presented in a clear, concise and logical manner.

It’s a fact in every blogger’s life that some people will like their work while some won’t.  You should actually consider it an honor and an indication that you are doing a good job if someone hates your writing and tells you so.  It means you have evoked a strong emotion from them, which is what you should be aiming for in the first place.  Also, if you’re so worried about the quality of your writing, the only way you can make it better is through practice.  You can’t become a better blogger if you don’t write.

Tip #2: Bloggers Are Readers

Another fact that you must face if you want to be a good blogger is you have to be a reader too.  You must devote at least a couple of hours daily to reading books, magazines, blogs and other rich sources of information.  Becoming a reader presents you with a lot of advantages.  It can help you improve your writing style and give you fresh ideas for blog content.  More importantly, reading enriches your mind and broadens your horizons.  If you’re not a reader yet, you’d be surprised at how much you’ll improve not just as a blogger but also as a person when you start reading.

Tip #3: Connect with Other Bloggers

No man is an island and no blogger is, too.  If you want to become a well-known and respected blogger, you need to connect with other bloggers, even those you consider as competitors in your niche.  The blogosphere is a community, and most successful bloggers are humble and generous enough to extend a helping hand towards the newer ones.  At the very least, you can get backlinks from leaving comments and guest posting at other blogs.  At most, you can get some mentoring and learn tricks and secrets to better blogging.

Tip #4: Just Get It Done

Perhaps the biggest enemy that most would-be bloggers face is procrastination.  You can’t get your blog started because you keep putting it off.  It’s either you don’t have the time right now or you are too busy or you are not in the mood to work on it.  Guess what: There is no good time for getting started with blogging than now.  If you keep putting it off, you will never get it done.

Becoming a well-known writer with a loyal audience has never been easier, all thanks to blogging.  If you want to become a successful blogger, you have to believe that you can do it.  You also need to enrich your writing through reading, as well as connect with other bloggers for what help they can give you.  Most importantly, you need to stop making excuses and just get it done.  Once you do all that, you will be well on your way to blogging success.

So what’s been holding you back from starting your blog?  If you already have one what steps are you taking to ensure its success?

Peter Garety is the passionate online marketer who helps people to quit their 60 hour per week job and double income within 90 days. Currently, his main focus is on Auto Traffic Avalanche review blog, where he provides free information how to make money online fast.

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  1. As I see it, don’t just write, you have to write to a target audience. So first decide what audience do you target: men, women, parents, teenagers…etc. If you don’t focus, then you’ll lack direction, and that’s definitely bad.

  2. Good basic tips. I think procrastination and insecurity are the biggest stumbling blocks to blogger wannabes. We hear a lot about researching a “niche” to blog to – and I do this myself – but it seems that the most popular blogs I’ve found are the “rant” boards where some highly opinionated person is pointing out all the wrongs of our world. personally, I avoid these; too much negative energy, but many others seem to be drawn in like flies to — well, you know the saying. In any case, a fledgeling blogger needs to decide what hey want to “say” and just say it. As you point out, we will not please all people all the time.

  3. Such great tips in here. I especially like that you need to read, because it’s true. And also you need to connect with other bloggers. I would also say that it’s incredible important to find your niche. It took me awhile to do so, but now that I have, I find blogging much more fulfilling.

  4. The best part of blogging for me is joining this amazing community. I had no idea that would happen and it makes life so interesting. New blogs to read and learn from every day (sometimes a bit overwhelming) but so helpful and generous. Problem is, knowing when to stop reading and simply write!

  5. For new bloggers it is also important to write the right content, that is in demand currently in the specific niche.
    I get a lot of fresh and trending content ideas for blogs by using google alerts and google reader.

  6. I also think patience and good time management are keys to success as well. In addtion to these, I also wrote about some other tips for new bloggers over at Fuel Your Blogging. Thanks for sharing these great thoughts!

  7. Found myself in this post :)
    Not only I am scared to write but I keep putting it off. I always find something “more interesting” to do.
    Guess I should print this post out and keep it next to my laptop’s monitor…to remind me how to get more effective!

  8. Yes, bloggers are the readers too. We need to learn all the time and keep connected with other bloggers. I read a lot of blog articles every single day. And i will leave comments in other blogs to interact with other bloggers. In my opinion, this is the most exciting part of blogging.

  9. Continuous learning both from visiting other blogs and also doing my own research is important to my writing quality posts on my blog. A good test is whether I would enjoy reading the post myself and would I come back and visit my blog again.
    Patricia Perth Australia

  10. This are some good this but I think the most meters the quality of the subject and writing stile. I think this are the main things that a new blogger should think.

  11. Brilliant Tips,

    I wish i have read this when i wanted to start a blog.

    Oh well, we can’t get everything.

    When i started a blog, i just did it because of pleasure, i love doing it.

  12. Hey Peter,

    Great tips there. i agree with you that bloggers should be good readers as well. You definitely learn a lot from reading blogs and other materials, after all we are trying to tell our readers what we’ve learned about too.

    Have a good day

  13. This is what I’m looking for. Thanks for including this in one of your post. As novice in blogging you have taught me significant information which greatly help me in blogging and at the same time increase my productivity. Much thanks again!

  14. I think you have mentioned all best points in your article . I have noticed that many new bloggers just keep running behind high paying niches but after few months they endup with nothing . They must start a blog on only those topic , which they love to read and explore in daily life . By this only they can give best information on blogs .

  15. Undoubtedly awesome tips

  16. Thank you for your inspirating post. You encouraged me to start my own blog today.

    Finnblogger from Finland

  17. I found your blog via your guest post on Problogger. Thanks for the great content. I look forward to following along.

  18. Isabel Rodrigues - Pro Blogger Journey says:

    Thanks for the informational post. As bloggers we all are learning each day. I learntlots of useful information through your blog. Thanks

    • @ Isbael : i agree with that. blogging is a each day learning proces , the more you read the more you learn … i like to write more … since i come from a country where english is not the first language

  19. All great tips Kiesha, thanks for the share. I enjoyed reading your article as always. Great share!!!

  20. Targeting Keywords says:

    Well blogging have enormous benefits that you can think of. Just enjoy doing it and success will just follow.

  21. first time bloggers must read a lot . follow the writing of top bloggers aswell as bloggers who are doing good … sometime setting the goal too high is bad for progress ..


  22. Sometimes I get the feeling that it is my first time blogging especially if I have a difficult time thinking about what to write.

  23. I wish I could do it myself, but this theme is affordable enough to get someone to do it.

  24. Thanks for this post. The tips are simple but so powerful!

    I definitely was able to relate to the barriers. Your solutions are right on! I won’t succeed as a blogger if I don’t consider myself a writer and a blogger.

    I’ve wanted to try my hand at blogging for several years. My first attempt three years ago failed miserably. I stopped blogging after just 4 posts! I took up blogging again this month with the launch of my new blog: A Brilliant Second Act. This time I’ll put as much time into mining the web for the wealth of valuable information – like this post – to help me stay motivated and grow as a blogger.

    A Brilliant Second Act, is written with people aged sixty and over in mind. Lots of folks in this age group on are the web e-mailing jokes and photos from Florida to Mumbai. My challenge is to find them and introduce them to my blog.

    Any ideas or feedback would be most welcome.

    Thanks & happy blogging

  25. I love writing, love blogging, but I can’t fit within a niche and it has no particular purpose (not for a business or anything). My biggest problems are rambling and redundancy. My friends and family don’t mind it, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the internet world thinks it’s cute. :)

  26. Tip #3 is very important so you won’t feel “alone” in the jungle. Start connecting with other bloggers in you niche probably through commenting as first step. Be part of the community and surely you’ll learn some tips and tricks and create friendships along the way.

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  36. Nice post! I’m also starting my own blog, but unfortunately for all of you, it’s not in English :)

  37. Peter, good job helping people overcome the roadblocks to getting started with blogging.
    Procrastination (tip 4) and Holding Myself Back (tip 1) have been my biggest enemies, and they work together to stop a potential blogger from getting started at all. You are right to tell people to Just Get It Done because once you start, the momentum will help overcome some of the other things like perfectionism. As with everything in life: The more you do something, the better you will get and confidence will follow.
    Thanks sharing this useful information with us to help people get started blogging.

  38. A nice article for fresh bloggers. I strongly agree with the third point. I am a blogger too and i find it quite helpful to interact with other bloggers. It not only builds up your web community but is also beneficial for your own blog’s promotion. But the intention should be to share positive and useful views on the posts rather than posting vague comments.

  39. Point number really speaks to me! I have had this ‘problem’ from the get go, and have been working to overcome it for some time now. I always aim to please, and sometimes this means I will be more vague than necessary because I don’t want to offend someone, or the more logical reason that I am constantly thinking that a future potential employer may not agree with something I write.

    I am still working on this, and am open to anyone who may have some advice for how they finally overcame this.


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