Top tips to be a good blogger

It’s decided, you want to write a blog. Not easy if you’ve never ever been part of the social media landscape. A bit scary even. C’est facile! Click ‘top blogging tips’ and you will have plenty of ideas. Here are some of my favourites and what I make of it.

  1. Get ideas from your audience – So I read other mummy blogs for research. Non! It’s now midnight and I have written absolutely nothing. Too tired now, off to bed…
  1. Understand your audience – You’re kidding me? I can’t even understand myself sometimes. My hormones are playing weird tricks on me. Happy now, moody in the next hour. Even poor Grumpy Boyfriend doesn’t know sur quel pied danser.
  1. Write for yourself firstFacile! I already talk a lot to myself during my endless walks to get Baba to sleep.
  1. Build your email list – Click follow, done! I am now following a lot of other cool bloggers. Still wonder why they don’t follow me back…
  1. Give stuff away – Who wants my old maternity clothes? They look brand new, I promise. I only got stuff like Isabella Oliver or Seraphine. Remember I am a sophisticated woman, right? No, wait a minute, I might be able to convince Grumpy Boyfriend to have another Mini-Me. I will actually keep mes vieilles fripes. Sorry if I disappointed anyone.
  1. Give away your knowledge – I have plenty to share. Don’t know if it’s of best quality though. You will have to sort it out yourself I’m afraid. Bonne chance with that by the way. I can be very chatty. Je vous previens!
  1. Be true to your voice – According to my friends, I am genuine, honest and funny (really?). So I suppose I will just be my old self.
  1. Give it time – But I don’t have any!
  1. Write catchy headlines – Totally something I can do. But I also read that I needed to keep titles simple and easy to find in a browser. Que faire?!
  1. Be Yourself – Yep, that’s what I am indeed planning to do. Readers will have a true picture of Frenchie Mummy: silly, tired, witty and sometimes totally lost with new technologies.
  2. Keep it short – ‘A blog post is like a miniskirt.’ Got it! Will try, but as I said before, je suis une vraie pipelette. Bear with me.
  3. Make it worth referencingLe Saint Graal! Talking about boobies’ size, stretch marks and other wonders… It’s all that people want to know, without admitting it.

Voilà what I make of ces lois sacrées. Every time I upload a post, I swear to abide by them (or not!).

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114 thoughts on “Top tips to be a good blogger

  1. Loved the zippy style of your blog, almost lyrical…maybe the french helped. I like your take on the tips for bloggers – great fun! Alison #chucklemums

  2. haha, love your list, you can never go wrong with a list! Number 9 is one that constantly baffles me, I can never think of a good headline that doesn”t make my blog sound like a tabloid! #chucklemums

    1. glad you like it. When I decided to start my blog I looked for tip and I saw that some people were really into it, like serious stuff so I thought, let’s have some fun. I am not the perfect student 🙂

  3. You are doing really well – I, like Fran, didn’t have a list (still don’t) and basically make it up as I go along. As long as it’s fun, you aren’t doing anything wrong! (And ‘yes’ to having no time … that’s the real killer!) #fridayfrolics

  4. C’est Magnifique!! This was very funny. We always have so much advice given to us but sometimes it is simply impossible and we must do and follow what comes naturally. I think you are doing very well.

    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

  5. Its really hard to be a mother and a blogger at the same time so I think theres no real rules to be one. Just find time haha which is really hard so I have so much respect for mothers who blog because I know that finding time squeezing to write is hard. This is the first time that I have visited your blog and I am glad to have found it =)

    #ablogginggoodtime

  6. I had a giggle at this! I find all the rules I should be following baffling a lot of the time and have come to the conclusion that I can’t really be bothered and will have to just make my own rules up as I go along and hope that works somehow! Thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting

  7. Haha great advice, I could have written this myself! It’s only easy when you have the time!! I barely have a minute to breathe these days, which is why I am sat here at 10.30 in the morning still in my pyjamas with the kids running riot! Agghh! #TheBabyFormula

  8. Love. It. There are far too many blogging tips posts out there, usually written by someone with 10 minutes experience in the field. Definitely a subject ripe for parody. Love the way you’ve peppered your post with French (although my French is bad) and I’ll take your old maternity clothes!

    1. Thanks for commenting. You are so right, so many people feel like they know it all and can give you some tips when they’ve been doing it for 10 minutes. When I checked it all online, I thought i had to take the mick a bit… It was too tempting 😈

  9. Love this! I generally ignore most of the blogging advice tips – mainly as I just can’t do them (write a catchy headline?! But that also works for SEO of course! Forget it!) I think we can be guilty of taking it all too seriously 🙂

  10. Haha, brilliant! The title one always gets me too – do you make it catchy or optimized? It can’t always be both! #blogstorm
    Debbie

  11. Hi Cecile, this blogging lark can be a bit tricky at the best of times without the added complication of blogging tips.Reading them is a must though as you never know when you come across that gem of advice.

    xx

  12. Ha ha – brilliant. Great advice, even if like you we can’t always follow it. We could all do with more time to do the blogging we love so much. Once day… one day…

    Sally @ Life Loving
    #LifeLovingLinkie

  13. Haha! There’s so much advice it can get a little overwhelming. Great post xx
    #TheList

  14. This really made me giggle! When I first started looking a few months ago, I came across loads of good advice but I ended up doing exactly what you have just said! Thanks for sharing. #thelink

  15. I am brand new to the world of blogging. I clicked on this post thinking Yayy a fab blogger is sharing tips but it wasn’t. It was actually the best post I have seen, it’s hilarious and so true. I would rather of seen this than a load of boring what to do information. xx

  16. New blogger, but I feel like rules are meant to be broken. If you’re true to yourself that is probably all that matters. People enjoy reading you, not what is supposed to be you! #TheList

  17. Keep going I love your blog and you are a super writer very funny it takes time I wrote one post and it changed my blog overnight about 6 months ago it apparently was controversial not that I saw it when I wrote but all of sudden I was noticed very strange feeling that. I could of given up a 100 times so easily so keep doing what you are doing because you really are very good
    #brilliantblogposts

  18. Brilliant list. Let’s face it, unless we don’t work or don’t have kids or a social life, how are we supposed to be perfect bloggers??? Love your one about keeping it short like a mini skirt. I’ll remember that one as my posts can be like maxi skirts!! nice to have come across this post via #brillblogposts The follow up comments are great too.

  19. I jumped into blogging not knowing much & fear I still don’t 😁 I’ll never be a SEO champion or google analytics pro. God the more i think about I’m a blogging fraud. #coolmumclub lifeinthemumslane

  20. This made me laugh out loud. I especially love give it time, I did laugh a little too hardly at that one. Love your light hearted, comedic point of view. Really enjoyed this post, thanks for sharing and making me realise, don’t take it too seriously! #coolmumclub

  21. Lol this made me chuckle!! Espically love the one around giving it time and keeping at it! …. 18 months and counting! When does one count themselves as successful?! #TheList! Xx

  22. Haha! A blog post is like a mini skirt! Hilarious. I kind of ignore the rules too. More interesting, right? Also, who has time to find out what the rules are? #momsterslink

  23. I think the first rule of blogging is follow your own rules 🙂 It gets easier once you find your pace, and we are all tres different! It took me a good year to chill into a flow that works for me and mine. Just enjoy, and you’ll be winning 🙂
    Merci beaucoup pour le linky-uppy #coolmereclub ( comprend pas?). Your blog is refreshing my GCSE French ha ha!

  24. You’re hilarious! Yep I often wonder how come I’m following lots of people via email and they haven’t returned the favour, hmmm. Don’t worry Frenchie Mummy, we’ll be brilliant bloggers in no time!! xx #coolmumclub

  25. Great list! A little advice with the following by email part. I did that at first but then my emails would be in the high hundreds and I honestly don’t have the time to read that many emails or blogs. I follow anyone who has a wordpress blog as it’s easy to keep track of them in my feed. I used to spend hours reading blogs and finding new bloggers. But now it seems like my linky and trying to get something written at least once a week takes up all of my time. So I am so happy to have you as a part of my linky because I love reading your stuff. #momsterslink.

    1. I see what you mean. I used to follow by email a lot of blogs but I got fed up with all the emails. I have a bookmark with my fave blogs and I read whenever I want. Freedom! Thanks for your lovely comment. So happy to have found you. You are so funny and I love your posts xx

  26. LOL don’t you love the posts about how to blog? It’s all bs in my opinion because we all have our own way and there isn’t a wrong way persay. Tips about marketing and such yeah if they are from someone who actually knows something, I get it. Your very popular so you are obviously doing it right. And teaching us French!

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