Are you still thinking about starting a blog?
Did you read my first post titled Thinking of Starting a Blog? I wrote that post several months ago and it’s not necessary to read it before this one.
Now that I have been blogging for over a year, I thought I would share a few of the new things I have learned.
This first item has caused me much stress, even after changing themes.
1. Sideways Photos: I had to do a lot of research to find out why some photos in my articles were sideways when being viewed via cell phone or tablet. This was because, when you take pictures with the camera on your phone and then upload them to a computer, they then need to be sent through a photo editing program. This needs to be done before uploading them to your blog hosting account. I use WordPress.org and I have the option to edit my pictures within that program, but it will only turn the edited pictures when being viewed on a PC or laptop. This was a huge frustration for me, and it took forever to figure it out.
2. What’s Real? : You will receive emails every day from people that want to work with you, be an affiliate, give you a blog contribution or a job resume. You will need to take the time to determine what is legitimate and not spam. Also, you will need to decide if you would like to allow guest posts on your blog and set guidelines for them.
3. Reader Engagement: Once your blog is up and going, your readers will comment on each blog post (hopefully). Sometimes, no one will comment or I will receive a bunch of positive comments. But beware, every once in a while there will be a negative or mean comment. The first time I received a negative comment on a blog post, I thought about marking it as spam and not letting it pass through so no one would see it. Then I decided since it was only the readers’ negative opinion and not something bad or harmful, that I would allow it to go through and be posted. Then, I responded politely. Several people saw the negative comment and followed up with their own opinions which were positive. So, it started a kind of dialog, which is engagement, which in the end, is what all bloggers want. I was happy it worked out this way, as it generated more comments and interaction than if I had sent it to spam.
4. Get Connected: I have joined multiple groups on social media and listened to podcasts that have helped encourage me to post and explore new ideas. The best way I have found to get more information on writing and blogging has been through two Facebook Groups:
The Aspiring Travel Writer This group is run by Alexa Meisler and she also has a podcast called Break into Travel Writing. I have learned so much about becoming a better blogger as well as the different blogger opportunities available such as; press trips, travel summits and meet-ups. All of which are invaluable for networking and learning.
WordPress, SEO & Internet Questions This Facebook Group has helped me with technical blog issues, I have received a quick response and there are some very helpful people.
Now that I have shared a few more things I have learned along the way, hopefully it makes your path a bit easier. Maybe it will help answer some of your own questions about blogging.