As the New Year rolls around, many people will have ambitious goals about what they want to achieve in 2022.
If you want to get more serious about your blog, or you’ve set yourself a New Year’s resolution to start a brand new blog this year, there are a few ways you can stick to your plans and have a fun and productive New Year with your new hobby.
In this post I’ve put together a few bits of advice if you want to start a blog this year, helping you make the most of your blog as a new hobby or fun career idea.
1. Choose a good domain name
It goes without saying, but you need to try and choose a good domain name. I’m no blogging expert, but as someone who has been blogging for 4+ years, I’ve seen a lot of domain names!
You need to try and choose a name that isn’t too specific, and one that will last in case you keep blogging for lots of years to come.
For example, you might choose a domain name to do with pregnancy to blog about your pregnancy journey, but once you’re a parent blogger this domain name is a little misleading, so keeping an open blog name is key.
This isn’t the case for everyone, but choosing a good domain name is a great way to start off your blog on the right foot.
One of my favourite blog names is The Doubting Thomas as it isn’t too specific, but it draws you to its blog posts!
2. Be consistent
If you want to start a blog this New Year, you need to be consistent. Consistency really is key, and it means something different for different people. It can mean posting once a week, or logging on to engage with other bloggers everyday.
Don’t push yourself to post everyday or even every week, just put a posting schedule in place that works for you- and stick to it.
Lots of people don’t get instant “success” with their blog or social media platforms, and so they give up. But I’ll let you in on a secret: no-one gets instant “success” with their blog.
Whether success means making money, gaining followers, or getting people to read your well-written posts- it all takes time!
Consistency is the best way to reach your blogging goals, trust me.
3. Take a break
If you blog to build an online career, or you want to blog as a hobby- it’s not going to be fun all the time.
Take regular breaks from your blog to give yourself time to relax and come up with great blog posts ideas, and don’t forget that this should be enjoyable- so you need to take a step back from it if it becomes a chore.
If you start to get bored or unmotivated with your blog, take a break- but never delete your site completely.
I took long blogging breaks when I was at University, but then I returned to it in 2020 and started to grow my readership.
If I’d just deleted my blog, I wouldn’t have had the chance to return to one of my favourite hobbies.
4. Take it a step at a time
If you’re starting a blog this year, take it one step at a time. It’s very common to see people who start off by joining every social media platform or posting everyday of the week.
There’s nothing wrong with this, but take it one step at a time so you don’t get too overwhelmed from the start.
Try starting by creating your blog, engaging with other bloggers, and creating one social media platform. For example, I created a free site with WordPress and I joined Twitter too.
This meant I had two places to connect with others, and to write my content.
From there, I have created a Pinterest and Instagram account- but I barely post on those even now!
Choose a free site option in case you don’t continue with your blog- you can always upgrade later on.
It’s important to take it a step at a time when it comes to introducing a new hobby or venture into your life in a sustainable way.
5. Engage, engage, engage
When you post that first blog post, it can be a terrifying feeling. If you’re reviewing your favourite book or writing something a bit more personal, it is scary to put your thoughts and experiences out to the internet.
But the blogging community is such an open and supportive place, so don’t be afraid to engage with others about their work, and encourage them to read yours.
Don’t post in a vacuum: engage with everyone you can, whenever you can. Read posts that genuinely interest you, and ones that are similar to your posts.
You can find bloggers on social media or via the internet, and finding other small bloggers means you can both share the ups and downs of the blogging journey together.
Are you going to start a blog this New Year? Do you have any blogging goals in 2022? What is your blogging advice for people who want to grow their blog this year, or for new bloggers who are just starting out?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
Happy reading x