Guest post: A new world of blogging

I’m writing this as a new blogger. When I say new, I mean really new. Brand new, you could say.

I’m a Journalism and PR Student from Bristol, UK. I’ve always loved writing, ever since I was tiny. Though I had no idea how mad the world of blogging had become! The sheer variety of posts that are available at our fingertips is staggering, and however scary this may be, nothing has excited me so much in months. Finally a way for young writers, busy with university courses or entry level jobs, to get their work out there and stand a reasonable chance of getting it read by those who share the same interests.

I’ve always adopted the same methods in a sense, that when I discover something that truly interests me, I Google until my fingers ache! Over the last couple of weeks I’ve found some really inspiring posts with tips for beginners that have genuinely helped me in finding my voice.

Here are some of the posts that I think are most useful to beginners…

1. Write what you know.
This may sound basic, but going off on a rant about topics that aren’t familiar can be a major downfall for new bloggers trying to be something they’re not. Learning new things through blogging: yes. Trying to be an expert on Chanel’s latest catwalk show when you know everything there is to know about baking beautiful cakes: no. Write what you’re good at to begin with! The rest can follow!

2. Know who you’re addressing.
If you are a student, wishing to address other students, make this clear in your writing! There is no use in using language you barely understand to dictate drivel to other students wondering what in the world your point is.

3. Give away what you know.
If you have an interest in fashion (for example), there are millions who share that interest. If you know of a source for the latest photos, share these with others! If you’re into food and a new restaurant is opening, tell the world! Information is like a candle flame, it never decreases from being shared.

4. Love what you write.
Never write a post you aren’t proud of. If you get halfway through and realise you’ve already forgotten the beginning of your sentence, chances are it wasn’t very riveting to begin with. Start over, what point did you have in mind that was so interesting it had to be shared? Bring it back, take a breath, and write well.

There are so many more things I have learned from lovely bloggers who appreciate the need to share. After all, that’s what blogging is all about, isn’t it? I look forward to learning more, from new people with new ideas that I’m just dying to uncover.

Guest post by

My name is Polly Snell, I’m a 19 year old Journalism and PR Student from the UK. pollyannabelle.wordpress.com

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