Always write about things that you want to write about, things you're passionate about and things that make you happy! Being yourself & having fun with your content is one of the most important things because when you're having fun with it, it'll be a pleasure to read and to share in your enjoyment of it!
Twitter is such a great platform to interact with a huge variety of people. Set up an account for your blog & start taking to people you would really like to get to know more. Start following some of your favourite bloggers and interact, more often than not they'll reply! There are also weekly blogging chats that are a wonderful way of getting to know new people and discover new blogs.
Make it easy for readers to subscribe to your blog by placing your google friend connect/bloglovin' widgets in a really visible place. Also place links to any other social networks in an easy to spot place too!
Large, clear photographs are something I really appreciate when I'm reading a blog. This doesn't mean you need to have a fancy camera, there are lots of affordable point & shoot cameras available for under £100 and if you have a phone with a nice camera on it, that will work wonderfully as long as you're shooting in a nicely lit space. Don't worry about being super professional, I really enjoy simple snapshots because they feel more personal & I know others feel similarly - you don't need to be the next Rankin! Again, have fun with experimenting and learning new things!
If you have captcha enabled on your comments it can occasionally deter people from leaving a message. Those pesky words and numbers are often almost impossible to read & it can feel like a bit of a chore having to fill them in. If you're worried about getting a lot of spam comments, consider putting them on approval. I do this on my comments, partly so I can be sure I don't miss any & can reply, but also partly so I can delete the spam that gets past the filter.
We all have those times where life gets in the way or we just don't want to do something & if you're not feeling it, then never feel like you have to post something because absolutely you don't. When you start forcing it, that's when it can start to feel like a chore and this is supposed to be a fun thing! It doesn't matter if you post something every other day or once a week, but try to be as consistent as possible.
Please don't ever be put off by the possibility of mean spirited comments. I remember being quite upset the first time I received a comment that was just plain horrible, but it actually really helped me develop the ability to not care about what other people think of who they think I am. A blog is never going to represent every single part of your life or facet of who you are, but some will make judgements of who they think you are and they might simply get the wrong end of the stick. Constructive criticism is an entirely different thing and I think it's important to take those kind of comments on board but anything that's just mean - ignore & delete! Not everyone is going to like you/your blog/the way you write and that's okay!
Don't focus on the numbers or the possibility of freebies because in the grand scheme of things, that's not even close to being one of the most important parts of blogging.
Be careful with how much you share because the internet isn't always a nice place. Please don't include pictures of envelopes with your address showing, I'm sure it's not the worst thing in the world but I'm a little bit of a worrier and I would hate for anything terrible to happen! Don't write about anything in a public place that might come back to haunt you in the future, if you're using your full name be mindful of future employers who may google you!
It's hard to get noticed but if you love what you're doing, people will see that & your readership will grow. It's great to have goals and aspirations for your space on the Internet, but don't get disheartened if things take time to start happening. Make your journey positive one, try new things, find your voice and enjoy it. Remember, everyone starts at the beginning.
What's your number 1 top blogging tip?