There’s no denying that blogging has changed the way we share and communicate information. From expressing our opinions to sharing experiences, it’s a fantastic way to connect with others. The number of people starting their own blog has trebled in recent years, and some have even made lucrative businesses out of theirs. The blogging community is one that encourages involvement, no matter what your age, gender, beliefs or interests are. But they do have an unofficial etiquette you need to abide by. So if you’ve just set up your first blog and want to make a good impression, here are some things you should never do.
Expect overnight success
Many new bloggers think that creating a successful blog can be done in little time and with minimum effort. This is a common misconception of blogging and sets unrealistic expectations. Even though it often doesn’t seem like it, top bloggers work for years to build a good reputation and loyal following. They will plan and create original articles and images, which can take hours or even days to accomplish. So if you’re not prepared to put the work in chances are your blog won’t succeed. If you are willing to put the time and effort in, start considering how you can drive traffic to your blog. You could hire an Adwords Consultant to help you or promote it regularly on social media. In addition to this, use a calendar to plan your weekly blogging schedule and a notebook to generate ideas.
Copy another blogger
While there is nothing wrong with taking inspiration from another blogger, you should never directly copy their work. Copying and pasting their text and images shows a significant lack of respect for the blogger. They will have spent time and energy creating that content, and it’s unfair to take credit for their hard work. It also shows that you care very little about your content. Looking at other blogs is something that is encouraged, so don’t be put off from doing so. This is a brilliant way of learning how to blog effectively from people with more experience than you do. Contact them directly to see if they will allow you to write a similar piece based on their idea. As long as you credit them with having the idea with a link to their blog, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Ignoring their loyal readers
Even though your blog might be a personal outlet, it’s also a source of information and insight for your loyal readers. These are the people who return to your blog frequently and communicate with you. They are a valuable asset to your blog, so it’s vital that you take the time to acknowledge them. Otherwise, they will feel unappreciated and find a similar blog elsewhere. Encourage your readers to communicate with your by asking them questions. You can even ask them for advice on blog titles and content. You’ll discover that their ideas and feedback could improve your blog and make you a better blogger. Plus it will help you build a good reputation which could help you reach newer readers.
It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by blogging, and there’s a lot you need to learn. But knowing what you shouldn’t do is always a good place to start.