Wow! 100 Followers! What a great way to start the New Year!
Thank you to everyone who has offered words of support and encouragement to someone just starting out and who quite frankly should have better things to do.
For 12 years my partner and I ran a social-adventure group called Spice. We had so much fun doing things we never imagined in our wildest dreams; Jungle Trekking in Sumatra; White Water Rafting down the Grand Canyon; Wing-Walking; Sky-Diving, the list is endless. We had lots of adventures and met some amazing people. It was always my dream to turn these memories into a book or blog, but I was overwhelmed by the enormity of the task. I decided to write about the humorous aspects of my partner’s dyslexia as a gentle introduction to writing and I’m flabbergasted at how it’s taken off and how much I enjoy it. The thought that over 100 people see my posts in their inbox fills me with awe and a certain amount of incredulity.
I still have a lot to learn: I don’t know how Pingbacks work and stats are a mystery. I’m struggling with Pinterest and Instagram and my number of Twitter followers is quite frankly, embarrassing. But hey, they’re all things I can build on. The most important thing is writing.
My advice to new bloggers:
- Follow the blogging university courses. There’s an awful lot to learn at the start, but listen to their advice. Visit the neighbours, chat to fellow bloggers. You’ll find lots of interesting sites and come across some great ideas to improve your own website.
- Interact with other bloggers. the blogging community is very supportive and full of enthusiasm. Use their wisdom and pass on what you have learnt to others.
- Keep in touch with your followers. Comment on their posts and most will reciprocate.
- Don’t give up. You have to make yourself known, so keep uploading those great posts and tell the world about them! Some posts will do better than others, there’s no rhyme or reason to this, so don’t try to over-analyse it.
- Leave feedback on the Community Pool and First Friday forums. Feedback and words of encouragement mean the world to those just starting out.
I asked one blogger what his secret was, he said to treat your followers as your friends. Good advice.
So friends and fellow Planeteers, thank you for visiting Planet Dom. I hope you stick around for the rest of the journey.