3 Great Lifesaving Tips for Newbie Bloggers

By K. Douglas Brown
Guest Columnist

I recently sat through a course on blogging and social media with Laura Christianson of Blogging Bistro. I found myself frantically trying to write down everything I could so I wouldn’t forget anything after the experience was over. I wanted to learn everything I could about blogging and social media and I put great pressure on myself to get it all figured out right then.

What I’m about to share with you just may save your sanity as you press forward in this new adventure.

3 lifesaving tips for newbie bloggers1. You won’t learn every facet the first time you hear it.

Because the technical skills and computer knowledge involved with blogging and social media are so unique they require a slower pace of learning.

I liken it to learning a foreign language. Take your time and don’t put extra pressure on yourself.

Remember the old saying, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”

ElephantGet in the habit of writing it down and come back to it later. So don’t bury your notes in a drawer once you leave the learning environment. Come back to them every so often and review what you learned.

2. Don’t forget to enjoy the ride.

Some of us venture into the blogging/social media realm out of necessity. Perhaps our boss sent us for training as part of changing job requirements or maybe you are like me, an author, and you feel the need to pump up your platform.

Not everyone ventures into this realm simply for personal enjoyment. Whatever your reason for traveling down this path, make it your goal to enjoy the process. Look at it as a challenge and don’t take things too seriously along the way.

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3. Make a habit of practicing one thing you learned at a time.

Don’t feel like you have to get it all right the first time out of the gate. You will improve your work little by little if you make it a priority to nibble away at it one piece at a time.

For instance, you might want to spend an hour practicing how to attach a photo to your blog post or working on your tags.

Think of time as your friend, not your enemy. Approach your work like a marathon, not a sprint. You will only find frustration if you try to take on too much at once.

Most of all, be encouraged, knowing you will eventually get there and soon see the benefit of your effort.

Slow and steady always wins the race.

Doug BrownDoug Brown has been an associate pastor for over 25 years. He is currently a Pastor of Family Ministries. Throughout his ministry he has been passionately encouraging ministry leaders through training and writing and has trained Christian leaders abroad.

He writes devotionals which are posted weekly on his blog, http://www.shotgunride.com/, and he is the author of Shotgun Rider, a new book for for every church leader who’s not in the driver’s seat.

Dr. Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages, says of Shotgun Rider:

“I have never read anything more helpful than ‘Shotgun Rider: Restoring Your Passion for the Ministry Trail.’ I highly recommend it!”

Doug and his family make their home in suburban Edmond, OK in the heart of Tornado Alley. He loves to talk about his favorite “fishing hole,” the brackish waters of Ten Thousand Islands near the Florida Everglades.