Want to make it as a writer? Are you trying to develop your blog and grow your followers? Start with awesome content. We’ve heard that a million times. Like you just press a magic button on your brain and the little guys up there furiously pick up their number two pencils and start scribbling away.
Figure out a topic that gets you so excited you can’t wait to get out of bed in the morning to start researching. It could be anything from what to grow on the shady side of your house to selecting the best solar lights for your walkway or how to update your kitchen cabinets for under $100. It’s not always the topic that is exciting. It can be how you present the topic.
Find your passion and start sharing your knowledge with the world and you will become an expert in your field. Not sure what you want to focus on?
Follow Other Bloggers
If you want to grow your audience, start following other bloggers today. Read what they’re writing and see if it triggers any ideas. Connect with other writers online and leave comments when appropriate. Ask other bloggers if you can link to their articles. The more connected you are as a writer, the more opportunities will appear in your life. These can be job opportunities, financial opportunities, writing opportunities and so on. Do not expect to be rewarded in terms of dollars and cents when you’re first charting your path. It takes time to become an authority on a topic. If you’re on sites like LinkedIn, post samples of your work. Upload articles you’ve written and link them to your website.
Complete Your Profiles
If you spend time on LinkedIn, make sure your profile is complete. Take the time to fill out as much information about yourself as possible so you have a complete resume visible at all times. Let the world know what you’re up to if you are a freelance writer. Create as many posts as you can while you’re establishing yourself.
Grow Your Network
You know how to make friends in real life. Make a few jokes. Strike up conversations with everyone you meet. Show them that you’re an intelligent, witty person and they will want to spend time with you. How does it work online? Browse around different websites. If you’re a blogger, explore other blogs besides your own. Why should anyone care about your content if you don’t even read theirs?
Add friends on Linked In. Connect with people from all aspects of your life. Think beyond your immediate work friends and add friends from church, local groups, people you worked with in the past and more. Remind yourself that it’s not going to happen overnight. Just wake up each day and do one thing that day to grow your network. Read a friend’s blog. Post your new article on LinkedIn and share it with your friends.