I suspect that many people will be thinking of starting a blog as a new year project. There may also be many who might be considering giving up on blogging too. In the summer of this year, I will have been blogging for five years. My blog is just an average thing, something I do for my own pleasure and amusement. It does not attract daily views of 1,000+, and cannot boast a following approaching 500,000, like so many of the busy blogs out there. However, it is enough for me, and I have some thoughts and tips for anyone embarking on a blog in 2017.
Don’t blog just to make money. It rarely happens.
Don’t be attracted by SEO bloggers, or Spam bloggers promising to increase traffic on your site.
Write about things you are interested in, not what you think others will like.
Keep it personal, and only add photos and images that are relevant.
Don’t preach or lecture. Keep your religion to yourself, and if you have outspoken themes, make sure that you advertise them clearly.
If you just want to sell things, invest in a website, and don’t bombard other bloggers with requests to buy your books, your paintings, your blogging tips, or anything else you want to make money from.
Don’t copy the styles and format of other more successful bloggers. Nobody will be fooled.
Try to add some original content from your own thoughts and ideas, instead of just constantly re-blogging someone else’s.
Keep amusing gifs to a minimum. The world can only tolerate so many cute cats or babies.
Interact with your followers, and the blogs you follow. Leave comments as well as likes, and if you don’t agree, don’t be afraid to say so. Blogging is about debate and communication.
Don’t just click a ‘like’ on every post. Try harder.
Be an active part of your blogging community. Don’t just sit back and expect them all to come to you.
Be polite. Thank followers, and show respect to comments, even if you disagree. it costs you nothing to do so.
Above all, enjoy it. If you see it as a chore, and it all seems like too much effort, then maybe you shouldn’t be blogging in the first place.
Keep developing, carry on writing and posting, and the blog will reward your effort with satisfaction and fulfillment. It’s as simple as that.