Becoming an Expert Blogger: Tips for Getting Started, Writing Informative Posts, and Achieving Work-Life Balance
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From travel blogging to creating Do-It-Yourself (DIY) tutorials, it’s possible to create a blog to fit any passion. Of course, in order to become a successful blogger, you need to understand what it takes to create an informative blog post. You want to write content that people will actually want to read. Here are some tips from industry professionals on how to write a great blog post:
- Make It Informative. Don’t just talk “at” people; engage them. Spark a conversation. Or, as Entrepreneur.com advises, “You have to give in order to get.”
- Rank On Google. The internet is overloaded with way too much information. In order for your potential readers to find you, help your blog rank higher on the search engines. The old saying, “If you build it, they will come,” doesn’t necessarily apply here. Instead, try this:
- Don’t duplicate content. Each post should be unique, never a word-for-word copy/paste.
- Link carefully. Link to high-quality websites, and only when they are relevant to the topic of your blog.
- Think like your readers. What would your potential readers type into Google and other search engines if they were researching a topic related to your blog post? Sprinkle those “keywords” and “keyphrases” throughout your blog post to rank higher in search results.
If you’re one of the millions of Americans (including many professional bloggers) who work remotely from home, it is crucial that you create a distraction-free home office. Here are some things you might consider:
- Separate the Personal from the Professional. You might think that working from home will automatically bring you instant work-life balance. However, nothing could be further from the truth. When you work from home, there’s an undeniable risk of your professional and personal lives becoming intertwined.To prevent this from happening to you, it can help to plan ahead. Try to carve out a separate space in your home that will be used exclusively for working. If you have an empty spare bedroom, you could transform it into a home office. If, like so many Americans, you’re living in a small studio apartment, don’t fret. You could still block off a section of your home with curtains or a divider so you can still feel like you have a “separate” office space from your living quarters.
- Keep Your Children Engaged. An obvious option for work-from-home parents is to hire childcare to watch over the children while you’re working. Of course, this isn’t financially feasible for every situation. Besides, many parents prefer to spend their day with their children; after all, wasn’t that a driving factor in your decision to work from home in the first place?As much as we love our children, however, they can become a distraction while we’re working from home. Remember the look on Professor Robert Kelly’s face when his adorable children crashed his BBC interview? So many work-from-home parents can relate, even if not on such a large scale! (CNN, one of the networks where Professor Kelly is also a contributor, summed it up best: “Children have an instinctual understanding of when it is least convenient for them to be present” and seemingly conspire to appear exactly at those times.)
To prevent your children from waltzing into your important video interview or distracting you from meeting a major deadline, you should find ways to keep your kids engaged while you’re working. If your children are present while you’re working, create a safe space in your home where they can play without disrupting your work. Give them structured storytimes, art time, and playtime that aligns with your work schedule in a sensible way.
Above all else, successful bloggers set and enforce healthy work-life boundaries, even at home. This might include creating a physically separate office space and not allowing your work hours to overlap with family time. Remember, you are in control of your schedule and your career as a blogger. It is possible to be successful, informative, and still maintain work-life balance.
Written by member – Alexis Hall