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Blogging Insights # 24 — A Word of Advice

QUESTIONS

What advice would you give someone launching their blog for the first time?

What would you tell them to do that you were not able to do?

What is something that YOU did but you would strongly tell a new blogger NOT to do?

MY ANSWERS

What advice would you give someone launching their blog for the first time?

If you are launching your blog on WordPress do take the time to watch all their how to tutorial videos. I read lots of posts and watched lots of videos on blogging but some of the advice was not very accurate or even practical. For beginners, it is best to use the WordPress blogging videos. After you have gained some experience you will be able to tell which blogging advice seems genuine.

What would you tell them to do that you were not able to do?

I was not able to put a contact form that makes potential subscribers to your blog enter their email address before they follow you. Hence I have not been able to collect any email addresses even though I have 892 followers.

Although I don’t need a mailing list yet, if I monetized my blog I would probably need it. So this is one thing that I suggest all new bloggers to do.

What is something that YOU did but you would strongly tell a new blogger NOT to do?

All the articles that I read very strongly emphasized the need of the Yoast plug in. To obtain this plug in, I spent more than was necessary and obtained the Business Plan for WordPress.

Several months down the road I realised that I did not need plug ins for the kind of blogging I was doing. I downgraded my plan to Personal soon.

Another thing I wasted a lot of time over was exploring numerous themes without realizing if they were appropriate for my needs or supported by my payment plan. Finally I asked the WordPress Happiness Engineer who suggested the Canard theme which I am still using. I suggest new bloggers should get in touch with the WordPress team, state their requirements and get a suggestion for the right theme.

Okay, that was my bit. Now I would love to see what tips all of you out there can share with new bloggers.

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29 thoughts on “Blogging Insights # 24 — A Word of Advice

  1. Here’s my contribution, plus one I forgot to include (which I’ll fix. Tomorrow):

    http://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/04/13/blogging-insights-24-advice/

    I wish that more bloggers I follow would give at least their first name. I realize some folks (Fandango and others) are more concerned about privacy, but they also have made it clear that “Fandango” is their on-line name). I try to write a response to each SYW participant and it’s rather embarrassing to me to find I don’t know WHO I’m ‘talking’ to. Maybe that’s more a pet peeve?

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