Blogging Insights — Advice For Newbees

Blogging insightsDr. Tanya has posted another in her series of Blogging Insights posts. This time she’s asking us veteran bloggers to share some blogging wisdom with novice bloggers.

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

Make it easy for people to search your content by prominently displaying a search functionality on your blog. Also add a contact page, have an About page telling your readers a little about yourself, and pick a theme design that is crisp, clean, not too busy, and easy on the eyes. I prefer dark text on a light background over light text on a dark background, but that’s a personal preference.

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

I’ve been pretty much able to do everything I wanted to do, so I don’t think I have anything of value to add.

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

When I first started blogging, back in 2005, my average post was around 800 words, with some being as long as 1,500 words. I quickly learned that most people who read blog posts have a relatively short attention span and don’t have the time or patience to read thousand-word posts. So over the years I’ve tried to be less verbose and more concise, which has led to a much wider audience, more views, more likes, and more comments. My advice to new bloggers is that short and to the point is better than long and convoluted.

If you feel you must write a longer post, I suggest breaking up the text blocks with subheadings and/or images.

Of course, not all bloggers share this shorter posts trump longer posts perspective (and yes, Jim Adams, I’m talking to you 😉), but Dr. Tanya asked me for my insights…and that’s my story and I’m sticking with it!

27 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — Advice For Newbees

  1. pendantry April 13, 2020 / 1:51 pm

    Make it easy for people to search your content by prominently displaying a search functionality on your blog.

    While this is excellent advice, one is hampered by not knowing the browsing environment being employed by the user. As a recent adopter of a dumbphone, I was shocked to discover that although my own blog has a prominent search box in a standard (PC) browser, when viewed on a dumbphone, that search facility doesn’t appear 😦

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  2. Paula Light April 13, 2020 / 2:15 pm

    Great advice! I try to stick with shorties myself, but occasionally lapse into a “pointless meandering.”

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  3. newepicauthor April 13, 2020 / 2:25 pm

    I am shattered, my brains have been battered and this April A to Z has me feeling tattered.

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  4. Taswegian1957 April 13, 2020 / 3:09 pm

    I had to learn all the points you made in your first answer for myself. I always find keeping it short is the hardest one for me. I do use images and headings to break it up a bit and now if I think I’m going to go over a thousand words I often turn the post into a two-parter. Stay tuned!

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  5. Tatiana April 13, 2020 / 5:07 pm

    Very good points and I think the clutter is the worst enemy of websites/blogs. But the question is what do we want to achieve with the blog. Once we know that we’ll have a better idea of what we have to do too 🙂

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    • Fandango April 13, 2020 / 10:48 pm

      That’s a good point, and when it comes to blogging, one size doesn’t fit all.

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      • Tatiana April 14, 2020 / 2:03 pm

        I’ve been doing websites for others for many years (mainly graphic design and interface, but also organization, etc.), and a few for myself. To be honest though, I’m not an expert in “blogging”. I’m trying to make a mix now between what I used to know and have as websites (content based websites) and blogging. I’m not really sure I’m doing it well enough… Well, I’m not an expert in writing. My poor English doesn’t help too much either… ehh 🙂
        However, I’m trying to stay focused on what my sites are about and not to get washed away by so many waves around. That’s a big subject to talk about though…
        I noticed here on WP that some are blogging only to have something to do… I’m wondering why those people need to have a WP blog for that, when they can do the same on Facebook… Actually, now you can do much more on FB.
        But, as I said, it all depends on what your target is – what you want to achieve.

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  6. ayesha April 15, 2020 / 1:19 pm

    Great advice!! I’ve also seen that shorter posts perform better ☺️

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  7. Melanie B Cee April 15, 2020 / 1:59 pm

    Ah! The wordiness ‘rule’. I break that one all the time, can’t seem to help it. Of course, that will come in most handy if/when I ever get ’round to finishing my novel….they LIKE a lot of words in that forum, don’t they? 😉

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