how to start a poetry blog

How to Start a Poetry Blog | Best Tips for Beginners

Let’s Get Started! How to Start a Poetry Blog:

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Are you looking for ideas on how to start a poetry blog? I’ve gained some great experience over time that I would like to share with new bloggers. So I put together my best tips for beginners on how to write a poetry blog.

1: Setting Up.

A. Start on WordPress.

This is by far the most popular and easiest place to start when you want to learn how to write a poetry blog. Not only is it very easy to set up, but there is also a large community within it to help you get exposure for your blog. You can start by going to http://WordPress.com.

B. Pick a Memorable Name.

Your name doesn’t have to be amazing or witty. Just don’t make it so complicated that people can’t remember you. Make it easy for other readers to remember and recognize you.

C. Focus on Content, Not Layout.

I have seen a lot of blogs that have become very popular while having sites that were, honestly, not that good. That’s because people are here to read your posts, not look at your site design. What I mean is, follow all of the rest of the steps here before you start focusing too much on actual site design.

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2: Writing.

A. Find a Poetry Format that Works for You.

Cracking the poetry code is an important part of how to start a poetry blog. You can make it up as you go or choose classic, structured style like Haikus or Sonnets. Click here for a great source describing different forms of poetry from “Every Writers Resource.”

B. Pick a Word or Topic to Write From.

Start with an idea, or challenge yourself with a word from the dictionary. Or pick a trending topic from the daily news. If you have a word that you need help expanding into an idea, the SEO company “Yoast” provides a great website to help you (find it by clicking here).

C. Or, Do the Exact Opposite.

Write whatever you feel until a topic comes out naturally from your words. You don’t always need guidelines or blueprints. Poetry is a personal expression, so just be you. If you try to be someone else, you’ll never be the best version of yourself.

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3: Expand Your Base.

A. Blogs are a Community.

Blogs are meant for interaction. So be sure to read, comment on, and follow other blogs. And when someone comments on your post, comment back! Also, find posts relevant to yours, and see who comments on them. Those are the king of bloggers you want to connect with.

B. Use Good Tag Words.

Sure, your poem might be about red balloons. But how many people are specifically searching for red balloons? Use general concept tags, too, like “poetry” or “love.” WordPress will actually provide for you the top tags currently being used by clicking here. Or, to get an idea of what people are searching for, check out Google Trends by clicking here.

C. Be Real.

Readers like it when they can relate to what you are writing. That’s one reason topics such as love and anxiety are so popular; they’re things that everybody goes through. So write honestly about the things you are going through because, chances are, your readers are going through or have gone through the same thing.

My Final Word.

Most blogs don’t explode in popularity overnight. It takes consistent posting and patience. And don’t forget to follow these steps. My final word is this: Yes, you can make your own poetry blog and, with a little bit of work, it can really be great.

If you liked this post, also check out another one that I liked with some great tips, “What Makes a ‘Good’ Poem” by KaylaAnn Author. Also, check out my post “Come Share Your Blog with Phoebe!” for a great example on how to get the word out for you blog!

© Joey Blue and thepoetryaboutus.com, 2018. All rights reserved.

24 Comments

    1. Thanks, Sam Allen, I see you have your own poetry blog, as well. I completely missed that tip, but it’s a great one! Maybe if I get enough get additional tips from my fellow bloggers, I will update the post and include them in their own section.

    2. True, I often tell people they should try writing poetry if they have a lot of built up feelings inside. Enjoy your weekend, as well.

    1. Hi Ishra. First build your WordPress audience. The best way to do this is through using tags. What tags did you use in your last post?

    1. Yes, in fact, I’d say a lot of the people that “like” our posts from the reader didn’t actually even read it. Ya, the fox is having a good time, right?

    1. Thanks, WInnie! You’ve already grown your site well, was there any advice you could still use?

    2. You’re welcome and thank you for the kind word. I can still use your other advice as guidelines especially when I’m having a writer’s block.

  1. I appreciate these tips! Also liked “…just be you. If you try to be someone else, you’ll never be the best version of yourself.” <3

    I once re blogged another person's poetry because I admired their choice of words and their poetic style. When a friend of mine first read my blog, he knew that that post wasn't my voice!

    It was then that I realized that I had a distinctive way of talking that is unique to me alone. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Sa! I’m not sure if I made that quote up or heard it from somewhere else! It’s funny that, while you were admiring someone else’s post and wanting to repost it, someone else was trying to admire your own work.

  2. From my short experiences in the blogging world, I’ve learned that people approach it a variety of ways! As for myself, I started to participate in a variety of tags that were meaningful to me. I guess I never saw it as promotion, but more as friendly interactions.

    So it started off with the Daily Word Prompts, FOWC with Fandango, VJ Knutson Weekly Prompts. Many people participate in these challenges because they’re fun and gives you great exposure. They will get a feel for how you feel about a variety of issues.

    I weave the words of the day with a message that clicked with me. People begin to get a feel of how I write. I started to follow other people that participated in those tags. I commented on their work: something that stood out to me, something I liked, etc. (I think that’s when I learned about you! When you commented on something I wrote 🙂 )

    When you begin to write content that invites people to be more interactive rather than just passively reading, that distinguishes yourself.

    I also use tags and key phrases on my posts, so that when people search into their Reader a key phrase, it’ll pop up. It helps me get connected to people who are genuinely interested in learning more about the topic.

    Also, I occasionally promote other bloggers by giving a short piece on something they wrote that meant something to me. Promotion of others is one way to promote yourself as being supportive of others in the blogosphere.

    1. Thanks, Sa, these are really good tips! I used to do the “Daily Prompt,” but it has since stopped. Do you mind sending the links to the other prompt sites here in the comments?

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