One of the biggest pleasures of having a blog is meeting other people with similar interests, to share our photographs, experiments and experiences.
So when you leave a comment on a post, I check out where your name links to. A few have their own established photography blogs. Some don’t link to anything at all, just a name.
But the majority seem to link to a blog that’s either not been updated in months, even years, or the outline of a blog and one of those template posts reminding us “this is what a blog post will look like”.
35hunter is around 28 months old but in the first year I wrote far less consistently than I do now. The increase in views, visits, and most importantly conversations, has increased hugely the more consistent I’ve been with posting.
For the last four months, I’ve published a new post every three days or sooner.
Whilst I wouldn’t ever claim to be some kind of blogging ninja, I think I have enough experience from 35hunter and previous ventures to be able to offer some helpful tips.
So here’s how to get your blog started (or indeed restarted, if it’s been in hiatus).
1. Accept that your first post won’t be your best ever.
It might not be much good at all. It’s more important to get started than try to endlessly craft and hone that initial attempt into a literary and/or photography masterwork.
It doesn’t have to be long either, and if your blog is about photography, you needn’t write much at all – just a picture and a few words can be ideal. Just begin.
2. Don’t publish anything until you’ve written a dozen posts.
This might sound like making the task of writing one post 12 times harder, but in fact it reduces the pressure. If you publish once, then the pressure is on to write the next one, also know as “follow up fear”. The number of blogs I come across that have less than five posts published before they were abandoned is testament to this.
So if you wait until you have 12 posts written, then schedule them to publish once a week, you have three months of new posts for your readers to enjoy. And three months to write some new stuff. Which brings us to…
3. Ideas breed ideas, writing breeds writing.
What you’ll also find by writing 12 posts before publishing is that every time you’re writing about one thing, a host of other tangents will be going off in your head. Rather than try to crowbar every last one of these new directions into the one post, just note each of them down somewhere (or start a new draft post in your blog) and get back to the main post you were working on.
You’ll soon find that you have ideas for 12 posts, and of course each of those posts will give you further offshoot ideas. (As I write this I have 52 posts in draft!)
I could go on and write five or 10 or 20 tips but I want to keep things simple. You know me!
I believe by following this plan you can get your blog off to a flying start and have enough momentum and new ideas to keep it going for as long as you wish.
Please try this out for yourself and let me know in the comments below how you get on.
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