Since businesses became digital, blogging evolved to being more than someone’s overlooked pastime. Before it became a trend, there were already bloggers. Those who kept at it today can tell you right now how much easier their lives have been outside their 9 to 5 jobs because of their blogs.
Starting a blog can benefit you in a lot of ways. These benefits include:
- working at the comfort of your own home.
- controlling your own time.
- being your own boss.
- seeing your brand get easy exposure.
- reaching a target audience worldwide.
That being said, where and how does an ambitious newbie blogger like you even start?
Don’t let your doubts stop you from blogging. Most bloggers started out clueless too. But because they eventually found their niche, they ended up being more successful than they could ever imagine. Eventually, these bloggers ventured on to other businesses besides their blog.
It took these people a series of trials and errors before they got their perfect mix to attract an audience to their site.
As a newbie blogger, you need to focus on a particular set of skills to have an edge over other bloggers. Don’t waste your time trying out every skill out there. Master these skills and you’re on your way to mastering the craft of blogging.
Here are some blogging skills you can work on now to start your own blog:
1. WRITING SKILLS
Anyone can easily make their own blog post. However, it takes a great writing skill to be noticed. Out there on the internet, you’ll find a sea of poorly constructed content. All it does is add to the noise. Make your blog count by making it easy to read and understand. Readers will thank you for it.
Here are simple ways you can improve your writing skill.
- Master the basics. Reversing the process to successful writing is impossible. You must learn the basics of your language of choice and master it to get to the top.
- Edit your work and proofread it. As a writer, you’ll have a lot to say. It’s easy to get caught up in your own work and go on it you forget to double check your mistakes. Be professional at your output and always look out for those misspelled words or grammatical errors.
- Research, research, research. Keep your research free from bias. Gather all the information you need from multiple resources. Take down your notes and review them. This is important for making drafts in detail.
- Keep practicing. Motivate yourself to keep writing. Learning something new like writing is hard but it take a thousand times of practice to be an expert at it.
- Get to the point. No matter what people have told you, long flowery words get you nowhere. The longer your paragraphs are, the faster readers are likely to close your blog. Keep your thoughts concise.
All your efforts will be null if your writing is not good enough. Don’t do any spelling & grammatical mistakes, use punctuations wherever necessary, make paragraphs at regular intervals.
2. IMAGE EDITING
An image can say a thousand words. Pictures are as much a part of your blog as your words. It’s what attracts your readers to the topic and encourages them to read on. More likely or not, it’s what people remember most from a blog. Which is why it’s crucial that you choose high quality photos. If not, learn the know hows of basic photo editing.
Photo editing can be simple enough that you can do it on your phone or a simple software like Paint. These basic photo editing skills include: crop, resize and format.
If you’re really dedicated and interested enough, you can check out Adobe Photoshop tutorials from Youtube. You can either go pro or stick to basics like retouching, cutting, and layering.
If downloading Photoshop’s a hassle for you, you can check out sites online that offer free photo editing services. Some of these sites off free graphic design templates. For editing photos online for free, you can try:
Other simple alternatives can be your phone or even Powerpoint. No point in making excuses. Be creative in finding ways to make the best visual presentation for your readers.
3. PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS
With photography, you need to have a good eye for angles and lighting (amongst other things). If you’re starting out as a blogger, you don’t have to pressure yourself to be at par with the pros. But if you’ve got a great camera lying around your place, why not?
Before you get excited though, do your research. Look at blogs like yours and their pictures. Not copying other people’s work, you can draw your inspiration from them. Experiment on making it your own.
If you’re not the creative type, you can always take legitimate high quality stock photos for free from sites like:
In case you want videos, they offer those too. Someday, you might want to try out premium photos. You’ll pay a small amount to get them but if you get high quality photos for your money, it’s all worth it.
4. SOCIAL SKILLS
Applicable to business as well as everyday life, you need social skills to grow your network. A network is your support group. Without them, no one sees your blog.
Get your target audience engaged with content that they actually need. Reply to their comments or messages. Acknowledge their feedback. Who knows? Maybe they know more than you do. They’ll keep coming back to read your blogs when you’ve built a relationship with them and that’s what really matters.
5. FOCUS AND DEDICATION
As easy as it may seem at first glance, a blog takes unwavering focus to finish. At times, bloggers get in a rut and can’t figure out what topic to write about. Reasons could vary from lack of motivation to emotional barriers. Beyond all that blockage, bloggers don’t stop their work. They multiple their focus tenfold doing research, editing, and proofreading to complete a blog.
Real talk. You might not be able to master all these skills all at once. That’s part of the long process. Enjoy it! Like any other skill in the world, you can develop blogging skills through constant and intentional practice. As a blogger, you have to roll with the punches. That means keep making your own mistakes and learn from them. Soon enough, you’ll be surprised how far you’ve come.