New Blogger

Are you a new blogger stuck in a rut?

You are new to blogging, you have consumed all this information and you are excited to share on your blog.  

You are proud of yourself that your blog is up and running and you realize that there is more work to do.

You know that you should be posting content consistently but the fact is, you are stuck in a rut.

You are fearless and are determined that nothing is getting in your way of achieving your greatness.

The internet is full of wonderful information which in my opinion can be a blessing and a curse at the same time.

It is a blessing because you have access tons of information, a curse in that it can be difficult assembling through it all.  There is some good content and not so good. 

Additionally, it can be tricky trying to find all the information you require in one source

So if you want to build a business online then you needed an online presence and most importantly a hub, preferably blog that you own I refer to it as my online casa,  Click here to read the benefits of such a setup.

Although I am in the IT industry building a website and blogging was a different beast all together.

The idea I had that it is hard to build a website soon proved to be a misconception in my head.  I was able to build my website at rock speed, put some initial content there and then got stuck.

It is also important to use the right resources.  Take your business seriously and you invest in it.  Keep searching until you get what works for you.

Build and they will come.

 

That is what I thought,

I was very proud of the achievement of getting my site up and running. 

By the way, it is important to celebrate any progress and be grateful. Gratitude is an important element. This is a journey and any milestone overcome and progress deserves a celebration

I proceeded to invite family and friends to check out my new online casa.

I set off to google analytics to constantly checking how many visitors I was getting

As you may have guessed, there was hardly any traffic. 

At this point, I developed “imposter’s syndrome”

Doubts began creeping in.  I began to wonder what the heck I was thinking; I had no business starting a website.

 Suddenly this blogging thing became so overwhelming and I set off to conquer Social media instead.

I opened a Facebook account, Google+, twitter, Pinterest. I was about to create an Instagram account when I started getting asked how my blog was doing.  I knew that any readers could tell that there was no activity there and it looked like an abandoned house.

That was the kick in the butt I needed. 

Blog

Stop wasting time!!

 

Back to blogging, there is no need to reinvent the wheel!! There is already a lot of wonderful information.  Utilize it.

Off course, I am not suggesting that one plagiarizes themselves.  That is not cool at all and you will get caught. And remember to give credit where credit is due if you quote or copy someone’s work. If you are on planet earth then you may recall what happened to a certain American candidate recently.

Follow and learn from those that are successful.

Below I share some tips on how I got unstuck.  It is still a journey but I will share as I get along.

 

5 effective steps to writing a blog post.

Identify your audience

 

This gold nugget was a life saver for me.  It stops you from being a Jack of all trades. Hence you do not know where to start.

So create an avatar and give your Avatar a name. 

Determine who your ideal reader is who you want to work with, who your ideal client is.

 Define their Age, likes, dislikes, hobbies.  Find out where they like to hang out, what their pressure points are. 

This will come in very handy when creating content.

Have a Plan and stick to it.

 

In my opinion, this was the biggest step I missed that got me stuck in the first place.  I had no idea when to post I had no plan or schedule and would show up when I wanted. It was like having a shop and only opening when you feel like and not leaving a sign for your customers to let them know when you are open for business  They will just go to another shop.

Determine how many posts you want to write each week.  A tip I have learned from top bloggers is that the plan content weeks or even months in advance.

Create your blogs over the weekend for example and post them on the established dates.

This serves you and your readers well.

 

Decide what you want to write about and do some research.

 

People use the internet to search for solutions to their problem.   Find out what their problems and offer the solutions.  Research to solutions to the problems and become a master in the subject matter.

You can find get this information from places like Quora, Digg , google and many more sources.

Writing your content.

 

Sit down and assemble your gold nuggets.  Write like you are writing to a friend, your avatar.  Be authentic; let your personality shine through.  Do not try to be someone else, trust me. Assemble and add your own thoughts, forget about grammar SEO and all that jazz while you are writing.  This was a time waster for me as I lost focus on what I was trying to write about because I was trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.

Write some more and make sure you have covered your points.

Now you can do the spell check, grammar, formatting, SEO and all bells and whistles

Remember do not be too critical about the smallest detail if you are a beginner

Do not strive for perfection initially you will only end up rewriting the whole post and the final version will end up nothing like what you started with and will still not be good enough.  And I am not saying that you publish gibberish.   I am talking from experience here.

Have you ever gone shopping and filled your basket, and then you remove most items at checkout. You get home and beat yourself up, go back, the items are gone and you a start all over and this time you shop like crazy?

Practice makes perfect there are many more blogs to come, so cut yourself some slack.

You will be getting better as you write.  Do not be afraid to make mistakes.

Promote, Promote, Promote

 

Build and the will come was the philosophy that I had when my blog was ready.

 

There is a rule out there that 20% of your time should be spent writing your post and 80%promoting it. Now this is a biggie you need to take heed of.

Or else you end up with great content but no eyeballs on your post!!

Social media is a great platform for this.

You have Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, twitter and a lot of information on the internet.

Luckily for you, I have some free amazing training that you can utilize.

Choose your weapon and master one at a time.  Do not do what I tried to do and try to conquer then all at the same time.

Click on your preferred method below for access.

 

Facebook; Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat

 

Till next time

Harriet.

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2 Comments

  • julie syl kalungi

    Reply Reply August 18, 2016

    Love the story, the advice and your solution to our online marketing problems. By the way Casa HN looks awesome. Blogging is an amazing way to build your online brand and stand out firm the noise. Thanks for sharing.

    • Harriet

      Reply Reply September 26, 2016

      Thank you Julie. Glad you found some value in it
      Harriet

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