Okay, so I’m a newbie blogger with barely 100 followers and less than 70 blog posts, but I’ve learned a lot in the few short months that I’ve been blogging. So if there are any other newbie bloggers out there currently reading this post, here are the steps you need to take to get your blog up and running.
I know you’ve probably seen this everywhere, but it really is a big problem. I’ve had people leave lovely comments on my posts, and when I try to reply back to them, I get the dreaded: [firstname.lastname@example.org]
2. On the left choose “Posts and Comments” under “Settings.”
3. Scroll down to where it says “Show word verification” and choose “No.”
Make your blog pretty
I struggled with this from the beginning. I also have a problem with constantly changing my layout, but I assure you this one is here to stay. Having a pretty blog means having a nice header and sections that really tell your reader about who you are. The look of your blog is a reflection of you. It’s like your clothes. If you wear clothes that look a hot mess, no one will take you seriously just like if your blog is messy and not aesthetically appealing, no one will want to read your blog.
Respond to comments
Don’t leave your readers hanging. If someone reads your blog and is sweet enough to comment on one of your posts, respond! Being a blogger isn’t about anonymity. It’s about making friends and connecting with people. It’s important to interact with your readers. Also on the flip side, you shouldn’t be an anonymous reader either. If you read someone’s blog, comment on it. Bloggers love to hear feedback and know what you think. Blogging is all about interacting, so interact! I also just learned that if you reply to someone’s comment on the actual blog, they won’t get an email notification. So when you reply, you have to reply through emails. That just goes to show that I’m still a newbie too, and there’s always something to learn when it comes to blogging, no matter how long you’ve been doing it.
Do you have any good tips? Share them in the comments below!