Before you get started, there are a few things you should know about blogging.
Blogging is a lot like an online journal and there are thousands of bloggers online posting each day.
It is a trend that started in 1997 and has continued to grow steadily.
If you are interesting in blogging, but have not started one yet, check out the following quick tips that you should know before you begin.
It’s Your Blog and it’s OK to be Personal
Many times new bloggers are really not sure what to post. They know that their blog is a personal space, but they are afraid to make their posts personal in any way.
The best bloggers do put themselves out there via their posts.
They will post what’s on their mind and their views or opinions on pressing issues.
They may do so in a humorous manner or be quite serious.
Sometimes new bloggers are afraid to post their true thoughts because their blog can be commented upon.
The fact is however that not everyone will agree with your thoughts and posts, but you should not let that hold you back.
Don’t be afraid to let your true feelings show on your blog, after all, that it what an online journal is all about.
Don’t Be Too Personal
Although it is fine to be personal in your posts, you might not want to be too personal in how much you disclose about yourself.
For example, including your phone number or address in a post or on your profile is probably not a good idea.
You should think smart and only allow people to know things that you want them to know.
For your own safety, you might not want to post your last name either.
When someone has a lot of information about you, it is easier for them to victimize you through identity theft, harassment, or other crimes.
So, stay safe and never post really private information.
Don’t Expose Your Friends ~ “Never Use Real Names”
When you are posting, and keeping it personal and real, there can be times in which other people in your life come up in topic.
Be very careful including other people in your posts.
First, never use their real names. This is a huge mistake.
Unless the person gives you permission to write about them, you should never do so. It will only lead to trouble.
If the person you mention reads your blog, they could get offended that you are writing about them.
Even if the post is positive, it can be seen much like talking behind their back.
Try to keep the posts about you or celebrities or other public figures.
Let everyone else’s business remain their own.
Keep It Fresh
One of the best things you can do as a blogger is to keep your blog fresh.
This means that you should be posting often and changing things around when doing so.
Post on different topics so your audience can stay interested.
Also, post at least twice a week.
People who will become fans of your site will want to read as much as possible on your blog.
Updating your blog regularly will allow them to be entertained.
If you only post once a month, the chances are no one will remember to keep checking your blog and your traffic will not be impressive.
There’s obviously a lot more to take in to consideration when you run a blog, but the best tip is to get started and in the famous words of Nike ‘just do it‘
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