Introduction To Advice For Young Bloggers
A little while ago, I received this comment on one of my posts:
I found it very interesting because I usually write advice posts about a number of things but I don’t recall writing anything specifically for younger bloggers or bloggers that are not yet adults even though I know there are quite a number of them. In fact, I started blogging when I was still in high school myself.
I guess it’s just something that never came to my mind which is why I am grateful for comments like these because they help me come up with blogging ideas that will benefit you guys that I would probably not have thought of myself.
Recently, I have been sharing a lot of my older blogging posts because I get a lot of questions about blogging from new followers and most of them I address in these posts so I thought it might be easier/faster to just reblog them. However, this week I decided to write about some tips I would give to younger bloggers or those that are under 18. Of course, older bloggers are more than welcome to follow this advice too… 😂
The first thing I would like to say to younger bloggers, especially those that aren’t adults yet, is to always be safe on the internet. Don’t give out any of your personal or private information to people no matter how nice they seem. If they are asking for very private information they are probably not very nice.
The best part of being on WP is meeting all these amazing bloggers and socialising with them but remember that there are always limits to that. It’s totally fine to chat with them either on here or through email/social media but just be careful because not everyone has good intentions. If they do or say something that makes you uncomfortable don’t hesitate to block them.
Another thing to look out for is scammers. A lot of people on the internet are scammers and when they see that someone is underage or really young they will try to take advantage of that. They may promise you partially or fully free products or a way to make money online. Yes, some of these offers are legit but many of them are not. Do some research on the brand and make sure they are legit. While we’re at it, stay as far away as possible from MLM’s and anyone trying to recruit you into one. For more information on why MLM’s are basically pyramid schemes click here. If something sounds too good to be true it probably is.
I know that when I first started blogging I thought I would have a lot more views and followers than I did at the time. I think we all expect a lot when we start out but that’s really not the reality of blogging. It’s not necessarily that the quality of your posts is bad because most people have really great posts. It’s usually the fact that it takes a while for you to build your following, reach your target audience, learn to use the features on WordPress properly and more.
It also takes a while to figure out your niche or find a niche/niches that work best for you. Most people end up writing about topics they never thought they would when they initially started blogging. For example, this was first a psychology blog where I was writing about the things I learnt in my psychology classes. Then, it was a poetry blog. And now it’s whatever this is. So yeah, a lot changes over time.
Be patient and over time your blog will grow. Don’t expect instant views and followers because it rarely works like that. My advice would be to just stick with it and keep doing your best. Over time, your blog will grow.
A lot of people tend to focus on growing their blog and there’s nothing wrong with that. I also want my blog to continue growing and for people to keep joining the lifesfinewhine community. However, growth should not be your only primary goal.
The reason people get into blogging is because they have something to share with the world. Some people like to write, some people want to share their photography, some people want to share their art, some people want to share their music and honestly the list goes on and on. There is so much you can do on this platform. Don’t forget to create quality content that you enjoyed making. As much as blogging is about the readers it’s also about yourself. Do what you enjoy doing, post what you enjoy posting about even if other people don’t seem to care about it as much as you do. Over time, you’ll find your audience. It may take a while if your niche is super specific but there are literally thousands of bloggers on this platform. There is always someone who’s into the same stuff as you.
I would also recommend socialising with other bloggers. If you focus too much on growth, you’ll miss out on all the amazing people you get to interact with in the WordPress community. I have made some really cool friends here and met some amazing people that I am lucky to have met. Where else would you be able to interact with people from all around the world the way we do on WordPress? You may say, “duh, I can do that on social media” but anyone who has blogged for a while now will tell you that social media and WordPress are worlds apart. The interactions we have here are just totally different.
I hope this was helpful to for younger bloggers. I was once you, back in the day before the grey hairs and wrinkles came in. In many ways, blogging saved me and it gave me an outlet that no other platform has been able to give me. I hope it does the same for you and gives you a safe space where you can be yourself.
Please feel free to leave suggestions or post ideas in the comments because it helps me understand what my reader want to read on the blog better. A lot of times you guys have great ideas that I wouldn’t have even thought of and I always love hearing them and trying to make posts accordingly.
What advice would you give young bloggers? Are you a young blogger or did you start out as a young blogger? Did you find this post helpful? Let me know in the comments below and if you don’t want to answer the questions simply stop by and say hi!
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