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Newbie Blogger

Newbie bloggers, look away now. You don’t need to know this. You’re a babbling brook of sparkling innocence.

That’s a great way to be. Keep those wonder-goggles on for as long as you can.

And as for the rest of us, who have been in this game longer that we’d like to admit?

Experienced bloggers and business owners always have a ton to say to newbies. We like to believe we know it all. We’ve conquered the jungle, earned our stripes.

But maybe, just maybe, we can learn a thing or two from newbie bloggers.

What do newbie bloggers know that’s all too easy to forget once you’ve been fighting in the ring for a while?

(I know, I know, you weren’t born yesterday. Neither was I. Stay with me on this one).

Getting Ahead Isn’t Everything

Yes, if you’re a business owner, it’s vital that your business survives and even thrives.

But you don’t need to be at the head of the pack to do good work.

It’s good to do things for sheer, unadulterated joy. Follow your heart. Drop your ulterior motives and just have fun.

Instead of creating content to draw a crowd, write something that makes your heart sing. Do it because it makes you feel alive.

I don’t know about you, but feeling alive is way more important than having a piece of content go viral. (Although that feels pretty good, too.)

People Are Made of Stardust

The good folks over at the Institute of Physics confirm that stardust is what we’re all made of, saying, “It sounds like a line from a poem, but there is some solid science behind this statement” (perhaps not realising that it is a line from a poem).

We’re all fearfully and wonderfully made, as the good book says. We’re all human beings with blood pumping through our veins, with our own hopes, fears, and dreams.

Sure, other people can help you up the ladder. But remember that they’re people, and it can be just as fun to sit back and enjoy their company.

There’s stardust and magic all around. Don’t forget that.

Stats Aren’t Everything

Tracking your numbers is where it’s at if you’re serious about blogging and social media. You see what works and do more of it.

But stats aren’t everything. Chase numbers too far, and you can lose sight of why you started blogging in the first place.

Remember to take time to tune into what matters to you. Blogging is about finding the balance between doing what you care about and doing what gets clicks.

Speaking of numbers…

Small Is Beautiful

Building up a huge tribe of followers is great for your business. We’d never discourage it.

But small is beautiful, too. You don’t need a big community to have great discussions. In fact, having too many people talking can get in the way of conversation.

When you only have a handful of followers, you can get to know all of them in-depth.

Even if you’re a superstar who’s always in the spotlight, you need a small community of friends you can trust and who have always got your back.

So don’t just use social media to fuel your marketing or as an ego boost. Get out there and talk to people. Join Google Plus communities and Twitter chats. Have fun!

You Don’t Need All the Answers to Do Good Work

Blogging’s a journey. Newbie bloggers don’t always know a great deal about the topic they’ll be writing about. They figure, “I can learn by writing.” And their fresh eyes give them a unique perspective.

When you’ve been blogging on a subject for several years, you can start to feel like you should know all the answers. Many of your readers will hold you to that impossible standard.

The truth is, no one knows everything. We’re all still on the blogging journey, and we’re all learning every day.

Remember, you don’t need to know all the answers to do good work. And often you’ll do your best work when you’re stretching yourself, when you’re learning and exploring.

And while you’re out exploring, remember…

It’s Okay to Make Mistakes

Truth is, if you’re learning and growing you will make mistakes.

Make avoiding failure your aim, and you’ll avoid doing anything. In other words, you’ve got two options:

  • Fail forward; or
  • Stand still (and stagnate)

There’s no point in making mistakes for the sake of it. Once you’ve learned from your mistakes, don’t repeat them. But remember to keep experimenting.

Dream Big!

When you start out as a blogger, anything seems possible. You’ll build up a huge tribe, write an eBook series, blog every day, and become the go-to expert in your niche.

Yeah, riiiiight. Right? Well, maybe.

It’s not always possible to do everything you want. But without big dreams to drive you forward, you’ll stay stuck where you are. Dreams are the fuel for your soul. They’re what get out of bed in the morning and give you your mojo.

If your blog or business is growing and you want to take it to the next level, you can always hire help. Admitting you can’t do everything yourself is part of making your dreams happen.

Curiosity Matters

Curiosity is the opposite of cynicism.

Cynicism says: “Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.”

Curiosity says: “That was a pretty cool t-shirt. I wonder what would happen if I went there again?”

Curiosity keeps your heart open and pushes you to constantly challenge yourself.

So drop your cynicism and stay curious. You never know where you’ll arrive when you start chasing rainbows.

Newbie Bloggers: What do You Think?

If you kept reading, well you’re here now. So let us know your thoughts in the comments. What would you say experienced bloggers can learn from you?

Influencer Conversation

Twitter is the networker’s social network.

That means if you want to connect with influencers in your niche, it’s the place to go.

The only problem is, Twitter is also noisy. There’s a ton being said, which means if you want to get noticed, it’s tricky to stand out from the crowd.

The solution? Be a go-getter. Instead of waiting for people to come talk to you, reach out and talk to them.

It’s a bit like a cocktail party. If you stand in the corner waiting for conversation to come to you, you’ll probably spend the whole night as a wallflower. If you reach out and talk to people, you’ll have a good time. And you’ll help others have a good time, too.

On Twitter, the way to talk to people is to tag them with using @username. Recently, Twitter also added the option of tagging people in photos.

Just like starting a conversation, tagging people can feel a little scary. So here are five ways you can use tags without the need for nerves:

1. Drop Them a Note to Say Hi

This is the easiest way to get a conversation started. Just say hello! The person you’re tagging might well reply, in which case you’ve started a conversation. Awesome!

Even if you don’t hear back from them, you’ve identified yourself as someone who’s willing to engage in conversation. You’ve also put yourself on their radar, so the next time you talk to them, they’re more likely to respond.

2. Reply to One of Their Tweets

This one’s even easier than saying hi. Scroll through their recent tweets (don’t go too far back in time, or you’ll look like a creep), find one that’s interesting (or that asks a question), and hit reply. Easy peasy.

3. Share a Photo

If you’ve had the opportunity to meet them in person, be sure to get a photo together. Then you can upload it to Twitter and tag them. That’s a powerful way of reinforcing your relationship.

Even if you’ve not met them in person, you can use this strategy. Share the cover image of a book they’ve written, tag them in the image, and say what you enjoyed about the book.

4. Share Something They’ve Created

We’re all proud of the things we’ve created. So when you’ve found someone you want to connect with, go out and find a blog post they’ve written, a photo they’ve taken, or a video they’ve made.

Then share it. Remember to say thank you and what you enjoyed about it.

5. Write a Blog Post About Them

This strategy is the most powerful of all – which also means it’s the most time-consuming. I only recommend it if you’ve had success with the previous strategies. You want to at least be on their radar before you do this.

Here are some simple ideas for blog posts you could write:

  • Highlight an award they’ve won
  • Collect some of their most interesting quotes
  • Write a case study of something they’ve achieved

Your Turn

What strategies do you use to connect with influencers on Twitter? What have you found works best? Share in the comments below.

Pinterest Boards

We live in the age of the visual. Pictures are no longer 1,000 words. They’re replacing words entirely.

Even Twitter’s in on the visual game now.

What was the game changer? Pinterest. It’s the social network that’s all about finding and sharing great images.

Yet it isn’t only a place to procrastinate. There are boards on Pinterest that inform and inspire.

After all, information makes a lot more sense when it’s portrayed in a picture. And just a single image can be a huge inspiration.

So what are the boards you should follow, as a social media marketer? Here are 19 of our favorites…

Social Media Marketing World

Follow 007 Marketing’s board Social Media Marketing World on Pinterest.

Board Followers: 6,500

Created by: 007 Marketing

Curated by: Various

A pinboard of social media-related infographics put together by thought leaders in the field of social marketing.

See also: Social Media Insights, a pinboard by Jeff Bullas.


Facebook ‘Mega’ Tips & News

Follow Ching Ya’s board Facebook ‘Mega’ Tips & News on Pinterest.

Board Followers: 6,500

Created and Curated by: Ching Ya

Stay on top of your Facebook marketing with this collection of Facebook infographics and tips from freelance writer and social media enthusiast Ching Ya.

See also: Facebook Tips for Business, curated by Lorna Sixsmith.

Facebook Marketing

Follow Mari Smith’s board Facebook Marketing on Pinterest.

Board Followers: 6,000+

Created and Curated by: Mari Smith

Get favorite Facebook marketing tips and infographics from the queen of Facebook, Mari Smith.

See also: Mari has another brilliant pinboard of Social Media Infographics.  

Helpful Marketing Ebooks

Follow HubSpot’s board Helpful Marketing Ebooks on Pinterest.

Board Followers: 16,500

Created and Curated by: HubSpot

HubSpot publishes some of the best eBooks in the marketing world. And they’re free! Following this board is a simple way of keeping up with their latest publications.

See also: Templates and Tools – everything you need to put HubSpot’s advice into action.

So Pinteresting

Follow M2 Media Management / Social Media’s board So Pinteresting on Pinterest.

Board Followers: 3,500

Created and Curated by: M2 Media Management

Keep up to date on the latest Pinterest marketing advice by following this board from M2 Media Management. Recent pins include 5 Design Tools to create Pinnable Images, How to Add Vine Videos to Pinterest, and What Consumers Love and Hate About Brands on Pinterest.

See also: Pinning Tips, a board created and curated by Pinterest itself, and Pinterest for Business Marketing by Cynthia Sanchez.


Google+ Resources #EvanG+

Follow Peg Fitzpatrick’s board Google+ Resources #EvanG+ on Pinterest.

Board Followers: 4,500

Created by: Peg Fitzpatrick

Curated by: Various including Guy Kawasaki

What’s the difference between a Google Plus page, community, and profile? How can you test and refine your Google Plus strategy? Get answers to these questions – and much more – at this popular Google Plus pinboard.

See also: Google Plus Galore, curated by Jimmie Lanley.

Social Media Research, Data and Stats

Follow Beth Kanter’s board Social Media Research, Data, and Stats on Pinterest.

Board Followers: 5,000

Created and Curated by: Beth Kanter

When it comes to social media for nonprofits, Beth Kanter is your gal. This board that Beth has created will keep you updated on the latest research and trends in social media, and you don’t have to be a nonprofit to see its value.

See also: Marketing Fun Facts from Constant Contact.  

Content Rules

Follow C.C. Chapman’s board Content Rules on Pinterest.

Board Followers: 3,000

Created by: C. C. Chapman

Curated by: C. C. Chapman and Ann Handley

A board featuring content marketing tips and examples of brands doing great things with content marketing.

See also: Blogging, a board of blogging tips from Social Media Today.

Creative and Marketing Wisdom, Quotes and Sayings

Follow The Purple Agency’s board Creative and Marketing Wisdom, Quotes and Sayings on Pinterest.

Board Followers: 2,000+

Created and Curated by: The Purple Agency

Need to add some zest to your day? Then check out this board of quotes and sayings that are sure to get any marker fired up.

See also: Marketing Quotes to Inspire