how to start a poetry blog

How to Start a Poetry Blog | 9 Best Tips for Beginners

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

Friends, I have been blogging now for a few years and on a couple different sites. I blog about poetry, but you might be blogging about anything else. And, also like most of you, I started with barely any idea of what I was doing and learned along the way. So I wanted to stop and share with you all some of the most important tips that I have learned

1: Setting Up.

A. Start on WordPress.

WordPress is by far the most popular and easiest place to start. One benefit is that you can start for free. But another benefit is that it has a large community for you to interact with, which is much better than just starting on an individual website by itself.  

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, or your web address so long that it’s hard for people to type in. Be memorable, not complicated. 

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. And most people don’t expect a personal blog to look professional (they might prefer it not to).

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, a trending topic, or even challenge yourself with a word from the dictionary. And incorporate that word or idea into your title. Yoast’s Google Search Expander is a tool I regularly use for title suggestions. 

C. Or, Do the Exact Opposite.

Or, don’t try to overthink it; do the opposite. Write whatever you feel until a topic comes out naturally from your words. 

If you are having trouble coming up with ideas, check out my post Writers Block Ideas | 3 Best Tips.

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. 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.

If you want your post to be seen, especially on WordPress, you need to “tag” it with words people are searching for. WordPress will actually provide for you the top tags currently being used by clicking here

C. Be Real.

Speak from your heart. This is one of the best tips I learned from my interview with famous [perfume] blogger, Jeremy Fragrance.

Want to read more about getting connected? Check out my post Get Connected | 3 Best Blogging Tips.

In Conclusion.

These are just a fe of the main tips I wanted to share and I wanted to keep this post simple. But I have many other articles about additional tips. So, when you are ready for more, check out the Writing Tips section of my blog. 

© Joey Blue and thepoetryaboutus.com, 2019. All rights reserved.

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37 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.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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?

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  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.” ❤

    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. 🙂

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    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.

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  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.

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    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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