Once in a while, I get messages from bloggers asking for advice with their blogs. Although I feel very flattered and honoured that anyone would come to me for such a thing, I also feel a little bad because I don’t have that much to offer. I can only draw from my own experience which is still fairly limited.
So I asked for help! And because anime bloggers are the best, I immediately got a whole bunch of responses. I reached out on Twitter and asked anyone who wanted to participate to DM me. Then I asked my volunteers the following question:
What is/are the one (or two) thing(s) you wish someone had told you when you first started your blog?
I figure I can steal these next time someone asks for advice! In the meantime, I’m sharing them all with you, because it’s never too late to learn. I’ve also grouped them in general categories for ease of reference:
Search Engin Optimization
To be honest I’m just too devastatingly lay to properly apply SEO tools and tricks but for bloggers that want views, this really is a must. And the sooner you start, the better. Once your site already has good traffic, it’s a lot easier to make new posts popular.
Also, people here really are great, speaking of which,
Community is important
I was lucky enough to find out just how great the anime blogging community was pretty early on. It’s one of the biggest reasons I’m still around. So if you’re still wondering whether you should take the plunge and get involved more, well don’t take it from me! Take if from these amazing bloggers.
Both Marth and Naja bring up some other good points as well, but let<s start with Marth.
Hosting and Packages
I have actually heard this as well. If you have the time and patience, do research your hosting options carefully. It’s going to make your blogging life a lot easier or at least cheaper!
Finding your own voice may be one of the most important blogging rites of passage. And it is way easier said than done. We all struggle with being true to ourselves but the rewards are undeniable.
And as that Random Editor says, you shouldn’t worry too much about growth. Building a successful blog is a slow process. Probably the most common advice I give is:
It Takes Time
Ok, the social media thing is actually great practical advice. I could use help with that myself.
And because it takes time, you should really learn to
True story, because of G I R L up there, I have now finally installed Grammarly on this computer. Let’s see if it makes a difference. All of these are really great and my takeaway is, don’t concentrate too much on numbers or compare yourself to others. The blog is supposed to be for fun so just go with the flow. I definitely agree with all of them, except that I live and die by my schedule. That didn’t sound too healthy.
Here are some various responses that don’t fit in any one category. I also wish I had known these:
I thought Auri’s response was really great and completely unique. I probably would not have thought of this. Asking for feedback is a good way of improving and most of us don’t think of it at all.
I have three notebooks. One to take notes while watching for reviews. I’ll also scribble post ideas I get in the middle of watching a series. One that I carry everywhere and just write ideas down as they strike me. And one is a Google doc with all the tag and collab posts I need to do.
I haven’t personally had any privacy issues yet but I have gotten some readers a little steamed. I didn’t do much damage control I’m afraid. I do bite my tongue from time to time. Or my typing fingers I guess.
Matija speaks my language. I integrated both of these early on in my blogging adventure and I’m very happy I did.
Of course, we have the ever practical Karandi giving us her advice:
I know what she means. I’ve been meaning to clean up my tags forever but I have a lot of posts…and I keep publishing more… and I’m lazy! 😦
Finally, I figured we<d end on a high note and this one made me smile:
A huge thanks to everyone that answered. You guys are the best and I’m sure you’ve helped some bloggers new and old, today.
Please make sure to go give some love to all these wonderful bloggers:
In no particular order:
- Crow’s World of Anime
- Matt Doyle Media
- When Sirius Writes
- Galvanic Media
- K at the Movies
- AJ the Anointed Geek
- Mel in Anime Land
- The Aniwriter
- That Random Editor
- Marth Aurion
- The Kitten Who Eats Ramen
- Black and Yellow Otaku Gamers
- Average Joe Reviews
- Animated Andy
- Anime Articles
- Right Wing Otaku
- The Animanga Spellbook
And as always thank you Karandi!
Oh, wait…I never answered my own question. When you find a blogger you enjoy reading, don’t be afraid to ask for a collab. They might turn you down but then again, hey might not! I really wish I had started writing collaboratively much sooner!
Do you have any advice that’s not on here?
Contributed by Irina
from I Drink And Watch Anime!