The Best Way To Teach Yourself How To Blog [Blogging]

Blogging is no walk in the park. I honestly don’t know if I ever would have started if I knew how much work it was going to be. Then again, I never would have known how rewarding and fun it is.

I started this blog in May 2012. I started it because I heard through the grapevine that it was a good idea for writers and authors to have a blog or “author platform.” Even though I barely had anything under my belt, I started it anyway.

I didn’t have a consistent schedule something going months without publishing a post. I mostly complained about how much homework I had at school. Oh, and I also made a lot of writing promises that I never kept and then made up excuses for why I didn’t follow through.

It wasn’t until 2015 I decided to make some changes and blog for real. I decided to get myself on a content schedule, posting every single day with regular features.

In 2016 I bettered my content with new features and ideas, better article quality, and sticking to my schedule.

In 2017, I improved still. Now in 2018, I think my blog has been better than ever with a new make-over and everything else I’ve updated and added.

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How Do You Get Better At Blogging?

Trial and Error

Blogging is a learning curve and the best way to learn how to do it is by trial and error. See what works for your readers and what doesn’t. See what you’re comfortable doing and what you’re not.

You’re going to have a lot of ideas but not every single one of them is going to work out. Not all of them will be able to have the spotlight. There’s only so many days in a week and so many hours in a day.

Pay Attention to Other Bloggers

There were plenty of times I’ve done something, blog promotion, for example, and I thought I was some business-buff because I “knew” what I was doing. Sometimes my method would work, sometimes it wouldn’t. Then I would check out some blogs I follow and see the way they did things. I’d try out their way. Sometimes their way worked for me, sometimes it didn’t.

Still, it helps you keep an open mind about what you can do.

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Just Do It

The best way to teach yourself how to blog is to just dive right into it. Create an account, make a URL, and whip up a post. You can read books and articles about blogging, but each blog, niche, and writer is different.

You have something no one else can provide to your readers. Find it and embrace it.

How did you teach yourself blogging? Where did you learn it from? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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15 thoughts on “The Best Way To Teach Yourself How To Blog [Blogging]

  1. I’ve been blogging for about 12 years. I officially took a break at one point, convinced blogging was “getting in the way” and I needed to quit. Turned out the main reason I was feeling so bad was that I was really ill (as in, ended up in hospital having a blood transfusion ill). As soon as I was well enough to think clearly again, I started missing blogging. Took me ages to admit it though, because I’m stubbourn. So I set my blog to private and blogged secretly for a while, because at the time it seemed logical to me… I’m still not sure why. Guess I wasn’t thinking quite as clearly as I thought. Anyway, I started blogging publicly again after a while, though am sad to say it cost me several bloggy friends who I lost touch with, and who don’t seem to realize I’ve been back blogging for ages now (and those people have either moved their blogs, or stopped blogging themselves, because I can’t find them to get back in touch).

    I started blogging because I knew some people who did it, and it seemed fun. As for how I learned: I learned blogging through trial and error. There weren’t thousands of articles telling you what to do when I started blogging, so I just did whatever I felt like doing and got excited whenever someone liked something enough to comment on it. I’ve since read loads of “how to” blogging articles. Some of the advice I’ve immediately dismissed, some I’ve tried. Either way, I’m still learning what does and doesn’t work for me.

    Yep, even after about a dozen years of blogging, I’m still learning. But then, I’ve been writing for about 30 years – counting my early attempts as a child – and am still learning with that, so why should blogging be any different?

  2. Blogging must have evolved – it is what people have made it, so blogs are as individual as their creators – no teacher or boss telling you what to do. In some ways we are back at school writing essays, but we can choose the topic. My best moves were getting on WordPress and getting to know lots of other bloggers. Blogging is part of my writing, I’m not aiming for hundreds of followers and not expecting a surge in book sales. I shall continue learning and enjoying linking up with others.

  3. Hey Rachel,

    Where have you been all my life, I’ve read a million and one how to blog blogs and they all just leave me frazzled. I’ve been going for just over 2 weeks and I still don’t know what my voice is, why people are following (other than my pals obviously) or whether it is doing alright or not.

    I don’t suppose you do tune ups for other people? Only kidding but at least your points seem to make sense. My latest posting explains the dilemma for new blogs and I’d love your opinion, but it is an unsolicited request so so problem if not. I’m only just learning what good etiquette is.

    Anyhow I’ll keep reading and check out some of your commenters blogs too.

    So thanks everyone.

    • Hey Neilio! Thanks for reading and commenting. I hear you when you say that those kinds of blog posts can leave you frazzled. They all say you “have” to do this or that and that’s not true at all. You do you because you have things to offer and share that no one else does. You have a unique voice that no one else does, even if you haven’t found that voice yet. It’s all trial and error, it’ll come to you. I started blogging in 2012 and didn’t figure things out until 2015/2016. I’m still learning even now.
      The thing with blogging is that nothing happens overnight. It takes time and it’s a lot of hard work. You also have to know why you’re blogging, too. Is it for a fun, a hobby? Or do you wish to make a career out of it? The answer will come in time. 🙂
      Thanks so much for stopping by and reading! I’m glad you liked my post.

  4. Your best point: just do it. I literally just say down one night and created the whole thing. I was thinking about it for a while, but yup, you just got to take the plunge. Thanks for sharing your experience!

    • You really do. I’ve seen so many posts about blogging and they all the same thing, first of all. And secondly, they all say, “You have to do this, you have to do that…”
      But no. Just do you. There’s an audience for everyone and as long as you have fun with it, that’s all that matters. 🙂

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