Over the last eight years, I’ve written hundreds (probably thousands!) of blog posts for dozens of different blogs.
I’ve also written quite a bit about blogging. Today, I wanted to share five of my favourite pieces about blogging, all published here on Aliventures over the past couple of years:
When I got into blogging ten years ago (yikes), the prevailing advice was to “choose a niche”. Since then, many bloggers have realised that picking a very narrow topic can become limiting. So how can you strike a balance between staying focused and yet giving yourself enough space to explore a range of interesting ideas? This post takes a look at how to decide what your blog will be about … and how it’ll be distinguished from lots of other blogs that cover similar topics.
All bloggers sometimes struggle to come up with ideas – especially if they’ve been blogging for a while. In this post, I take you through seven great ways to come up with blogging inspiration … from thinking like a beginner to borrowing a title idea from someone else.
If you find that weeks or even months go by without you publishing any posts on your blog, then it’s important to get into a good blogging routine. This post explains how you can do that, by taking little steps (like figuring out a time slot for writing posts, and coming up with a publication schedule) – with plenty of examples along the way.
The beginnings and endings of blog posts are crucial but they can be tricky to get right, so it’s good to have a few tricks up your sleeve. Here, I give you a list of easy ways to start and end your post … each with an example from a different blogger’s work, so you can see exactly how they work in practice.
Do you need to blog to promote your novels? Different people have different takes on this one – and if you do decide to have a blog, there are several ways you could approach it. In this post, I go through three examples of different writers’ blogs so you can figure out what might suit you (and your books) best.
Good luck with your blogging!