Hi guys and welcome to Let’s Talk Bookish! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by me, where we discuss chosen topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.
Today’s topic is: Advice You’d Give to Newbie Bloggers
I’ve only been blogging for about 8 months, so I’m by no means an expert. However, these are some things that I’d say to anyone who’s just joining the bookish blog-o-sphere based on my first few months.
#1: It’s Okay to Worry About Stats
This is probably an unpopular opinion since every blogging advice post I’ve seen has said, don’t worry about stats.
But, I say, it’s okay.
Don’t get hung up on them and be checking every few minutes (though that’s what you’ll probably be doing the first few weeks lol), but don’t feel bad if you check multiple times through-out the day. It’s been 8 months, and I still do it. It gives me a sense of security and lets me know that people are coming, people are seeing what I write and they are hopefully liking it. So don’t worry too much about doing it!
#2: It’s Okay to Ask For Help
Here’s the truth: Bloggers are the friendliest, kindest, and most amazing human beings that you’ll probably ever find on the internet. Honestly. I could scream this from the rooftops, and hang up signs everywhere, and it still wouldn’t be enough to get my point across.
Ok, sure, there may be one or two bloggers who aren’t very nice, but don’t let that discourage you because the rest of us are super kind and patient and willing to help!! And you never know, they might just be having a bad day and may be really nice most of the time!!
You shouldn’t feel scared, or nervous about asking about how things work, or about how to do this or that in WP, or even if another blogger wants to work with you for whatever you want to do! Just go for it, and it’s pretty much guaranteed that you will find new friends out of whomever you ask.
#3: Hiatuses? Late Replies? Late Blog Posts? It’s Absolutely 100% A-Okay
I think I should rename this to “It’s Okay | things that seem taboo about blogging but aren’t”. What do you think? Let me know in the comments!!
Hiatuses are perfectly fine. As a matter of fact, I am on hiatus too! And don’t worry about losing followers, or having a dip in your stats, because when you’re back, the community is going to be right here waiting for you. Even unannounced hiatuses are 100% understandable. Remember, we are all bloggers – we do understand how hard it can be to balance blogging with life, so we definitely won’t judge.
Edit: Ok, so it looks like my words are not super clear, so let me elaborate. DO try and announce a hiatus beforehand so that your readers don’t get alarmed by your disappearance, but if you can’t, or it slips your mind, don’t be too hard on yourself about it, and try to let them know as soon as you can. Your readers will appreciate it, and they will more than likely understand.
Same goes for late replies to comments. Life happens, and you might forget to respond to a comment, or you don’t have the time, or you might even completely miss one! And that’s okay because as I said above, we all know how hard it is, and we completely understand.
As you can probably guess, it’s 100% okay to write blog posts late (this includes tags, missing a post, or anything!). There’s no need for me to repeat myself as I’m sure you get the point.
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There you have it! What are some tips and tricks you’d like to share with new bloggers? Do you think it’s okay to be a little obsessed with Stats? Have you ever felt nervous about talking to big bloggers? How did you overcome your fear? Chat with me in the comments below!