Even if you are already an author and your books are doing wildly amazing, sometimes social media and newsletters simply aren’t enough to get the word out there. That’s where blogging comes in, and though it can be scary, if you can write a novel, you can start and maintain a successful blog as well.
The one mistake you don’t want to make is thinking that starting a blog is simple, or that you’ll write your first blog post and the readers and followers will come. It takes work, just like writing your books does. That’s why in this blog, you’ll find a few tips to get you headed in the right direction.
Choose or Create Your Niche
While you certainly might be into a ton of different hobbies, you need to choose or even create a niche that works for you. While you want to choose a profitable niche, you don’t want to be bored with that niche or end up being uneducated about the niche you’ve chosen. It does seem that everyone and their brother has a blog these days, so you need to find a niche that makes you stand out from the others.
Write What You Know
The last thing you want is to be labeled someone who doesn’t have a clue what they’re talking about. It will not only hurt your reputation, it’ll hurt the future sales of your books as well. If you’re not sure what you should write about, take a look at some of the examples below.
If you have an eye for fashion, then why not start a fashion blog? You can easily tie your books into a blog like this. If you can’t dress in the latest trends to save your life, then you have no business writing about fashion.
Another example of successful blogs could be a writing blog. You already write books, right? Then this is something you know! Start a blog about writing and get your thoughts and tales of success out there for everyone to see.
If you have a degree in higher education, then starting a blog to help others can help as well. If you have a law degree, then write about the law. If you have a medical degree, then start a blog that focuses on medical advice, or even write about the MCAT’s and where to find the best MCAT tutor to help pass this all-important test.
The point is that no matter what you write, if you know the content, you’ll come off as the professional you are and enjoy yourself at the same time.
Write, Write, Write
Accomplishing everything above isn’t going to do you much good if you don’t keep up with your blog. You need to write as much as possible, and never let the blog get stale. As a writer, you already know that you need proper grammar and spelling, but you also need fresh content and to be up-to-date on all the latest trends in your niche.
Remember, Success Takes Time
Just as your books didn’t take off in a day, you shouldn’t expect your blog to either. Becoming a successful blogger takes time. While it’s pretty easy to start a blog, keeping up with it can at times seem fruitless and overwhelming. There is a ton of marketing that goes into making a blog a success, just as there’s a ton of marketing that goes into selling your books. Have patience, write fresh content, and your time will come.
These are just a few of the best tips out there for creating your own blog. Remember, as a writer, you already have some of this down. Now take those ideas and these tips and soar.