How to be a Blogger 101
To be fully transparent, I can’t help but feel a little fraudulent writing this post–not because I don’t believe in it, but rather because you should practice what you preach. I told you a few weeks ago, this is my comeback and I certainly wasn’t messing around. So here it is… My top 3 rules to live by. My blogger’s Bible. The guidebook standards I will (try to) maintain with my own blog.
Rule #1: Find your Niche – if you set out with the goal to be a “lifestyle” blogger, you might set yourself up for ultimate destruction. It’s too vague, too unrelatable, what makes you stand out in a crowd of 1 million + bloggers out there already? My “tribe” is twenty-something, young professionals, that like to cook, shop, and explore NYC. That’s pretty specific. If you build your vibe, your tribe will follow (slowly but surely).
Rule #2: Social Media is Called Social Media for a Reason – it’s meant to be social. So, find your niche and engage them! That rule about you following more people than follow you is a bunch of bologna--go find other people that have similar interests, follow them, and engage with them. Comment, like, and share! It gets your name out there and shows that you are interested in being part of the community.
Rule #3: Don’t Give Up: Do you remember why you started this thing? I guarantee that for whoever is reading this, the answer was, “for me.” Who cares if you don’t have that many followers, or you only have a few likes. If you keep going the rest will build organically. I also think something should be said about the fact that it’s OKAY to go a few weeks without a post. We aren’t all full-time bloggers—for some of us it’s just a hobby and we have to realize that there are only so many hours in the day.
You can follow all the rule and “best practices” you want but above all, blogging is supposed to be fun. I know for me, it provides one of the best escapes from hectic NYC and that’s why I enjoy it so much. I hope these quick guidelines were helpful. I hope I can read your blogs soon too :)