As I always say in these posts, I'm no blogging expert but if someone asked me to give some tips to a new blogger then these would be my top 8.
1. Do what you love
The one thing I always say but its so true. Write content that you love and believe in - it will make blogging so much easier.
2. Be yourself
Dont be afraid to put yourself out there. Its very easy to want to be the next 'x' but honestly being who you are is what will make you unique and give you that 'something' that will help you and your blog stand out.
3. Be polite
Nobody likes an asshole or a bitchy blogger.
4. Dont get caught up in numbers
I said this in my last post but for new bloggers its very easy to get caught up in views/subscribers etc. It does take time to build a blog and readership. Stay focused on putting out great content and the rest will follow.
Join social media - I'd say twitter is a must if you want to get your blog out there, the others maybe not so much. Join in with blogger twitter chats - you can find a list of all upcoming chats here. Its a great way to chat with other bloggers and help to promote your blog.
6. Turn off captcha
If there is one thing that puts off readers from commenting on blog posts its this. Captcha is basically when you have to verify your comment by typing in a number or word in a blank box. Its so difficult to read and to be honest, if it comes up when I'm commenting on a blog, I'll more than likely switch off and avoid commenting in future. You can turn it off by going to your dashboard - settings - posts and comments and setting show word verification to No. If you want to avoid spam you can moderate comments instead.
7. Dont expect 'freebies'
There are thousands of bloggers out there and in general far more bloggers than there are samples. Receiving samples and products to review is a huge perk of blogging and it is very exciting but I would honestly say that if you're only in it for 'freebies' then you wont get very far.Very few bloggers receive things at the beginning but if you work hard and build up your blog than the opportunities will come.
8. Dont give up!
There are many times that as a blogger you will become frustrated with your blog. In those moments, I'd say its best to take a break and refresh yourself - think about why you started blogging, maybe try something new, freshen up your design or consider what content you want to produce. If you're still passionate about blogging then keep going!