By Request: Tips and Hints for First-Time Blog Writers

Thanks to the reader who left this curious comment on my blog post Where Do Tote Bags Come From:

"Hmm it looks like your website ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips and hints for first-time blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it."

Thanks for reading and commenting! Sorry for the annoyance of the eaten comment, I know how irksome that can be.

Here is my list of tips and hints for first-time blog writers, by request and in no particular order:

> Do not spend money on a blog if you do not know what you are doing. 💸

> There are numerous free blogging platforms for a reason -- so people don't have to spend money! Learning for free is awesome in the 21st Century; take advantage of it. 📚

> The best way to learn how to blog is to sit down and actually do it once you have set up a blog. 💻

Blogger and WordPress are popular blogging platforms; or do a web search for 'free blog platforms' to find more options. 🔎

> Once registered, follow the blog set-up instructions; read or watch recommended tutorials, which all the sites offer along with blogger community forums for assistance. 💁

> Utilize whatever informative tools are available to help you learn how the blog platform works and apply the information through hands-on experimentation. 🙌

> Experiment with design themes and formatting BEFORE adding a blog article. 🎨

> Learn how to manage and design the blog through trial and error; this is an on-going process. 🔧

> Preview any changes before publishing and then REVIEW after publishing format changes or new articles; make sure the blog looks and works the way you want. ✅

> Don't just review the blog with a glance but PROOFREAD it if you care about the quality of your content. 💟

> In order for writing to be understood, which a blog is a medium for writing, there should be no spelling errors or grossly incorrect grammar, or at least a bare minimum; consider the importance of reading ease and legibility with paragraphs, commas, and periods when it comes to being understood by the reader. ✏

> Content should be driven by personal interests, knowledge, and experiences with the purpose of informing, enlightening, or entertaining the reader; and it should be free of spelling errors, but that's just the nit-picky proofreader in me who tires of not knowing what something says because it is filled with evil typos. 🙈

Happy blogging!