How to be a successful blogger in 12 simple steps – Is it really working?

You remember when I analysed the best tips ever to be a successful blogger? It was one of my first posts. Not really le premier. No, my first piece was about the surprise from my family and friends when I dared to say the word ‘mummy blogger’.

So here are the 12 tips that I found when I decided to start the Frenchie Mummy Blog. This time, no joke like the previous post. Maintenant, I will tell you what I really make out of these 12 laws sacrées. Are they really working or is it just a dream?

  1. Get ideas from your audience – True! By reading some posts from other mummies, I get some ideas. We are not saying copying the work from others here!
  1. Understand your audience – My audience is mainly made of mummies like me so I think I get it. We are worried about the same stuff, right? Feeding the baby , getting him to sleep through the night. Equally, we are conscious of not being beautiful anymore, but sometimes, we would simply love for men to disappear from planet earth.
  1. Write for yourself first – Well, it’s definitely what I am doing. I mean, who wants to read about my baby being super cool because he wears the best baby brands ever?
  1. Build your email list– Oops! Coupable! I have not done that yet. But you need to excuse me. I have to take care of a diva, sorry a very demanding baby…
  1. Give stuff away – You know what? I was very ironic in my first blogging tips post, but it does actually work! Both my Baker Days and Childs Farm giveaways were some of the most viewed posts. Get ready for more competitions soon!
  1. Give away your knowledge – I tried to do this a bit. I wrote a post with tips to survive blogging if you have a baby. We also helped mummies to find the best nursery for their enfants. But my best way to share my knowledge so far was definitely the post where I described how to handle very dirty poops! I mean, who doesn’t need this kind of information?!
  1. Be true to your voice – You can’t say I am not genuine! Who else would admit that they want to kill their boyfriend? Or who would admit that they are a murderer? I know, the same topic, right? I must be a bit of a psychopath… I kill (or want to kill) so many people. I better watch out! The police might come and arrest me!
  1. Give it time – I am sure we all did it. You publish your first post and you wonder why you only have two views (Grumpy Boyfriend who secretly wants to know if I am mentioning him, but would totally deny it when I ask him and a nosy friend who thinks I am getting bonkers). And then you see all those bloggers with thousands of views. You wonder what is wrong. But step by step, you build up your fanbase and your social media. Soon, you eventually have more people visiting your blog. It needs work! It won’t happen in a fortnight (except if you are a genius. Personally, I am not…)
  1. Write catchy headlines – It depends on my mood. Sometimes, my titles are very boring but personne n’est parfait! This advice is actually true. You want people to click on your post.
  1. Be Yourselftrès similaire to number 7. I don’t need to go on about it! Frenchie Mummy, the only one for sure!
  1. Keep it short – I might have failed at this one, but I had no complaint from my readers so far. I reckon that as long as your post is not something like 5000 words, then you are fine! C’est bon!
  1. Make it worth referencing – I had someone from the Times asking me to work for them about two weeks ago. I had to refuse as I am way too busy buying matching underwear…

So here is my real opinion about those tips to succeed. I would love to hear from other bloggers what they make of them. Which one do you think is the most important? Which one doesn’t do it for you? Let me know!
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57 Comments

  1. September 22, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    Ha ha, I loved reading this, how many times do we bloggers read, we should do this and we shouldn’t do that. Definitely the most important advice here is write for yourself, write about what interests you and stay true to yourself and don’t try writing about something you know little about just because you think someone will want to read it because it will lack the conviction it needs of your own beliefs.

    • September 22, 2016 / 8:05 pm

      So true! Thanks for such an honnest comment! I agree a lot with you here. Hope to see you again soon x

  2. September 22, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    Thank you, not only another fabulous post – I love your blog, but also incredibly helpful for newbie bloggers, like myself. Did I mention, I love your blog 😉

    • September 22, 2016 / 8:08 pm

      Merci! an for all the RTs too. And I am now following you on twitter too! sorry, I thought I was!!!! xxx

  3. September 23, 2016 / 11:55 am

    Totally relate to the killing boyfriend/hubby thing… lol. Tip no 13… Don’t delete blog. Yup, that’s me! Got to start from scratch. Luckily I didn’t have many blog posts though 🙂

    • September 23, 2016 / 12:09 pm

      oh non! how come? YOu need to tell me what not to do… I might do the same lol

  4. Sarah Lea Stories
    September 23, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    I’m still working on that whole successful blogger thing. I have a poetry blog, so that’s probably why mine isn’t blowing up with comments, but oh, well, I’m writing for myself and anyone who’ll listen (or read). One thing to add: a powerful visual or beautiful image really helps get the clicks, if nothing more. Just keep writing great content, and eventually, you’ll get there, and you are right about headlines. They are even more important than the image.

  5. September 23, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    Great post and tips! Sometimes I drift away from the things I want to blog about but then eventually go back to them..

    • September 23, 2016 / 9:28 pm

      I do that too. Thanks for stopping by xxx

  6. lindseytradup
    September 23, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    These are all extremely relevant tips. The one thing that I really wanted to focus on when I first started blogging was my e-mail list. Now that I (kind of) have a grasp on that I’d like to start figuring out how I can post consistently. With work, school and family, it’s difficult to find time to just… WRITE. Happy weekend to you love! ?

    • September 23, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      I must do it soon! I will for sure. Good luck with it all xx

  7. September 24, 2016 / 7:16 am

    Nice post – lots of great tips #FortheloveofBLOG

  8. September 24, 2016 / 7:20 am

    You are the one and only Frenchie and that is why we love you – always pays to be yourself #fortheloveofblog

  9. flyingsolo7
    September 24, 2016 / 7:26 am

    I totally agree, when I knew nothing about “blogging” when I started, I knew about what I wanted to write about and I have stuck to that, albeit with shorter posts and more photograohy, I am still learning so much after 6 months but your right, it takes time to build it up and get people coming back. #fortheloveofBLOG

  10. Ali Duke
    September 24, 2016 / 10:48 am

    Your tips are great! I like you need to do an email list. Love your blog, always makes me smile.
    #fortheloveofBLOG

  11. Rachel (Lifeofmyfamilyandme)
    September 24, 2016 / 10:59 am

    Good tips. I personally prefer short posts rather than essays but i guess it’s how it’s written too. #fortheloveofblog

  12. September 24, 2016 / 11:08 am

    I love your points about writing for yourself and finding your own voice. Being true to who we are is always a good start!

    #fortheloveofBLOG

  13. Kate Orson
    September 24, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    these are really helpful tips. I really like the idea of writing for ourselves first. If we’re not passionate about what we’re writing, then it’s hard for readers to be passionate about what they are reading. #fortheloveofBLOG

  14. September 24, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    I love this post! I’m in the still going nowhere fast stage but getting so much out of writing for myself – very cathartic too ? How do you go about doing giveaways though? Need advice! ??

  15. September 25, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    Some great tips. Totally right about writing for yourself and catchy titles. I find writing titles the toughest part. I could never be a journalist. Only other tip I have picked-up is to get involved and give back. So read, comment and follow people else why will they do the same for you?! #fortheloveofBLOG

  16. Susie - This Is Me Now
    September 25, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    Haha I love you! It’s not fair, you seem to have such a unique ‘voice’ and I just feel bland and boring! Need to work on that! Will keep trying with these tips though X
    #fortheloveofBLOH

  17. September 25, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    Great tips – and I think that I am now following most of them – but I’m with you on building the email list – there is no way I’ve even started to think about this!!

  18. September 26, 2016 / 8:20 am

    Oh thank you for sharing your tips! Titles are so important I find. I’ve ever done a giveaway but sounds great. I also love to read and read for the inspiration too #BigPinkLink

  19. September 26, 2016 / 8:38 am

    Some great tips here and agree that we all need to stay true to ourselves when writing and remember why we started on this journey in the first place. #bigpinklink

  20. absolutely prabulous
    September 26, 2016 / 9:13 am

    I have to keep remembering number 4 as I constantly forget to email my posts out to my subscribers ( sacrébleu ! ) and I’ve given up with number 11! #bigpinklink

    • September 26, 2016 / 9:19 am

      I am pretty bad with number 11 too! hahah. Thanks for reading x

  21. debsrandomwritings
    September 26, 2016 / 9:22 am

    Hi Cecile, some sound advice you’ve dealt there! My favourite has to be stay true to your voice. I used to worry about waffling on too much, but that’s me in text or real life. If I were to try and change my writing style I would no longer be me and then who would I be?

    Giving it time is also a good tip. All good things come to those who wait; it’s just that some may wait a little longer.

    #BigPinkLink

    • September 26, 2016 / 9:23 am

      Thanks for your lovely comment. Hope you are ok. I juts read and commented on your post about your dad. xxxx

  22. Mummy Muckups (Anna)
    September 26, 2016 / 9:35 am

    Some I do well; some not so well; loads of great tips. Thanks!! #bigpinklink

  23. September 26, 2016 / 10:45 am

    the perfect recipe for successful;l blogging. Well done to you and your lovely blog and for sharing! #BigPinkLink

    • September 26, 2016 / 11:02 am

      Thanks for your super comment. I hope to see you again soon x

  24. thismumslife
    September 26, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    Hehe!! Very down to earth, and achievable tips!! I think, as somebody else commented, staying true to you, and your voice, will always be top for me. I sometimes swear, and sometimes give too much information, but this is how I like to write. This might rule me out from some collaboration opportunities, with companies who want more wholesome bloggers, but I’m not going to change the way I write, just for that! I think that not thinking too much about stats and page views etc is also really important. Building a following takes time, and will happen slowly, when you produce consistently good posts!! Thanks for sharing these tips with #bigpinklink

    • September 26, 2016 / 12:40 pm

      I agree with you. I know that soem brands will never work with me but that’s ok. This is my space so I do what I want with it! Thanks for your in-depth comment xx

  25. September 26, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    I had another blogger share one of my posts with the tagline ” a short, but interesting read from thirsty daddy.” It made me wonder if I should be writing longer posts. That same night a co-worker told me that they liked the fact that I got straight to the point. Lesson : if you try and please everyone it’s not going to work!

  26. September 26, 2016 / 1:02 pm

    Some great tips here, delivered with your own unique Frenchie Mummy style! Great job! #BigPinkLink

  27. September 26, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    Time is the thing I think, it takes time to build a following! That and being regular with posts- I don’t mean loads, just one a week is fine but on the same day at the same time. Xx #fortheloveofBLOG

  28. September 26, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    Agree with all of these. Most importantly – be yourself and give it time. A good word! Thanks for sharing on #overthemoon

  29. September 26, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    Nos. 3 and 7 resonate with me. A very readable post. #fortheloveofBLOG

  30. September 28, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    I remember some of your first ever posts – you have come SO far and your blog is hilarious and awesome in equal measures. For me the number one tip for new bloggers is just to write, write and write. If you do that then all that practice means you get to find your own style and voice and then the audiences will follow. Thanks for linking up with us again on #fortheloveofBLOG x

  31. Hooks and Dragons
    September 28, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    I have been doing this for a year now and I am still not really sure who my audience is. I am good at identifying who I shouldnt appeal to, but as for the rest, not a clue.
    #bigpinklink

  32. playdatesparties
    September 28, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    Great tips! You definitely have to write about things that interest you. If not, you’ll burn out really fast. Probably the best tip I ever learned is to make sure that most of your posts help a reader decide something or solve a problem for them. Thanks so much for joining the #happynowbloglinkup!

  33. Jen
    September 29, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    Yep, you are right on. Blogging is lots of hard work, but I love it! #happynowlinkup

  34. September 29, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    I love reading your blogs they always have a
    éclat to them. Matching underwear is so French. The British version is big Primark knickers and a flesh cloured bra #fortheloveofBLOG

  35. October 2, 2016 / 7:53 am

    Fab idea to revisit your previous post – sounds like it is working for you Frenchie! Hope you continue to grow your blog and keep writing for you x #bigpinklink

    • October 2, 2016 / 9:23 am

      I am for sure writing for myself. Have you seen my latest rant about facebook groups! so much better and and less stressful than an argument with Grumpy Boyfriend hahaha. Thanks for reading lovely x

  36. October 2, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    Great tips lovely … I am also failing at the email list which is languishing somewhere at the bottom of my to do list. I need to pull my finger out and go self hosted first. Interesting point on keeping it short … Do you know the ideal? I read somewhere it should be around 1000 words but may have made that up! Stopping by from #bigpinklink xx

    • October 2, 2016 / 8:15 pm

      haha, the ideal is my choice really! As long as the post is engaging and interesting, I don’t mind the words’ number but if it’s boring, then I am dreading it! Thanks for reading x

  37. shinnersandthebrood
    October 4, 2016 / 10:51 am

    Have you seriously only been blogging for four months? Wow! That’s impressive! Thanks for the tips. Newbie here (one month in!) and I just love getting advice from experienced bloggers, especially ones who have done as well as you have in a mere four months! Go, you! Am definitely writing for myself to stay sane. Sometimes I wonder if I am the only one reading what I am writing and then someone lovely will write a comment and I don’t feel as much like a total raving lunatic!

    • October 4, 2016 / 1:01 pm

      I am sure lots of people read your stuff! keep writing about what you like and it will work. For me, I like playing the idiot and others seem to enjoy it lol xx

  38. October 15, 2016 / 5:56 am

    You probably get this all the time but i totally just read that in a french accent 🙂

    • October 15, 2016 / 6:41 am

      haha yes a lot of people say that. Thanks for reading x

  39. Tracey @ mummyshire
    November 21, 2016 / 9:59 am

    Agree, agree, agree!! Ha ha!!
    Be yourself and the rest will follow!!

    • Cecile Blaireau November 21, 2016 / 10:41 am

      SO true! And I am true to myself for sure. Thanks for reading x

  40. Foirell
    November 28, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    As a new blogger myself, these are really great tips. Especially the tip about being yourself. With so many different bloggers and others showing off their success, page views etc it seems so tempting to follow in their footsteps.

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