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Tab’s Tips for beginner bloggers

When you’ve been asked a dozen times, you think maybe you should write about your advice for beginner bloggers, especially when it’s your ten-year blogging anniversary! So here are

Tab’s Tips for beginner bloggers

after 10 years of blogging.

{I looked it up and my very first post was actually on my “Finding Myself in Graceville” blog on August 31, 2007…you can read it here!}

Yes, I first started a “mom blog” in 2007 when my son was two years old.

I’ve since managed over a dozen blogs including one for a moms’ group, to help sell our house and to chronicle my last pregnancy. For years, I wrote about my craft projects and shopping adventures. I also ran one about my spiritual journey for a time as well as our “trying to get pregnant” process which took exactly one try.

As a writer and teacher as well as someone who loves color and design, blogging is one of my favorite things to do. Ever. In all of life.

It’s a creative outlet for me as well as a space to inspire, teach and connect. I consider it my number one most effective marketing tool for my paid services as well. My entire online and social media presence revolve around this blog like spokes to a wheel. If I ever look distracted, I’m probably mentally preparing my next blog post.

Of course there are things I wish I’d known when I started ten years ago and I’m happy to pass those lessons along to any newbie bloggers. My advice for beginner bloggers means you don’t have to learn everything the hard way like I did!

You might want to check these out, too:

To blog or not to blog QUIZ

Should you blog?

The power of blogging

Why I blog about image, style and beauty

Tips for beginner bloggers from Tabitha Dumas
From The Grit and Grace Project

1. Blog for yourself first.

Unless you are here to get tips for the blog you are starting just to help promote your business, this tip applies to you.

There will be days when you feel like your posts are met with the sound of crickets chirping.

At that point, you better be enjoying it for the art of it or you’ll want to quit.

In fact, I recommend to clients and all beginner bloggers to have a WHY behind their blog. To inspire? To establish your expertise? To connect with prospects? To practice your writing?

2. Know your target market.

Who’s coming to your blog? Who are you writing for? Who are you hoping to connect with?

It’s OK if it evolves. Most people don’t take the time to consider who they’re talking and what those people want to hear.

YES, you can have two target markets. I talk to everyday women about beauty and style…and I talk to entrepreneurs and small business owners about all the ways that I talk to my women and how they can talk to theirs. Those are different targets with different needs.

3. Repurpose content.

Blogging is a great place to park content that you’re sharing on social media and in your email newsletter. One blog post can be repurposed in a dozen ways!

4. Be YOU.

Represent yourself accurately. Don’t refer to yourself as “we” if you’re a one-woman show like I am. Don’t try to duplicate the way another blogger writes. Use the colors and styles you like. People will be drawn to YOU first, then your message. People can sense when it’s “off.”

5. Spend time with other bloggers.

We’re a unique group and it’s fun to talk shop. We all have something to offer–and something to learn.

6. Buy a domain name, pay for hosting and get onto WordPress.

Unless you plan to be a “hobby blogger,” you NEED a dot com, hosting and a WordPress platform.

Tips for beginner bloggers from Tabitha Dumas
Via Via

Trust me, you’ll save so much time, energy, money and heartache especially if you aspire to become a speaker, author or influencer (and I know you do).

I also highly recommend hiring a professional to design and launch your blog from early on. They know the bells and whistles you need and will make sure it is secure.

7. Choose 1-2 social media platforms for promoting your blog.

You don’t have to be on EVERY platform. The key is to use the platform YOU are most comfortable with…where your people are hanging out…and where they’re looking for your message.

People rarely subscribe to and read blogs these days so you have to draw them in from somewhere, which leads us to…

8. Start or grow your email list.

Email is still the best way to keep in touch with people, whether they want to hire you or read your stuff. I have mine set up via Mailchimp. My readers receive an email every Tuesday with my latest news and updates plus a link to whatever I published the week before. There are many options–just get started.

9. Keep your ideas organized.

I keep files for each blog topic where I can outline my ideas, save images, edit and eventually copy and paste into my blog without ever losing a great idea.

Be consistent.

10. Blog consistently, even if it’s just once a month.

Also make your post formats consistent, your graphics consistent, your colors consistent…it’s all a part of your reader’s experience, and your brand.

You might also want to check out: Blogging tips for busy people

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About Tabitha Dumas

Seeing women showing UP to their life authentically and confidently--THAT is what excites me. I am a strategist, bringer of the fun, trail blazer and agent of encouragement offering creative and effective strategies to help women elevate their image and expand their influence. I'm also a magazine junkie, dedicated wife, fun-loving mama, bargain shopper and story teller trying to use my powers for good in this crazy world. I love my life!
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2 thoughts on “Tab’s Tips for beginner bloggers

  1. Thank you Tabitha for writing practical tips that encourage bloggers to be themselves! So often I read advice for bloggers that just doesn’t apply to my personal values and objectives.. Your advice for people to know why they’re blogging and what they hope to get out of it is spot on!

    1. Oooooh, I’m so happy to hear that!!! 🙂 It has taken me years to learn that if I don’t start with my values and my “Why,” I’ll soon end up on the wrong path! Thank you for reading!

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