5 Skills Every Blogger Should Have

skillsWe blog for many different reasons. Some of us use our blogs as a way to express our views and opinions, release our emotions or share with others whatever it is we may be feeling at the present time. Then there are those of us who us our blogs as a platform to showcase our creative side in hopes it helps us gain bigger and better career opportunities. Often times the idea of having a specific skill set for blogging may be taken lightly or not even given any consideration at all, but I think all bloggers should have the following five skills.

Engaging Content: Regardless of the genre your blog falls under, the content you’re presenting to your readers should be engaging.You should know your target audience so that you’re able to use specific ways to draw your readers in and keep them engaged. You want your audience to anticipate your posts and love them enough to not only come back for more, but to share them with others.

A Solid Work Ethic: One of the most important skills is having the drive and determination to produce content by any means necessary. If you take your blog seriously I would suggest looking at it as a second job. Carving time into your schedule to create new content for your blog often and not leaving it idle for too many days is best. Self-discipline is key and extremely important in order to run a SUCCESSFUL blog.

Willingness to Network: I’m one of the biggest introverts you’ll ever meet. I’m so shy and I prefer to fall in the back and not be around big crowds but I’ve never let that stop me up from networking and connecting with other bloggers. You not only need to have the willingness to network, but you have to want to be supportive or other people’s blogs and brands. Networking is a skill and you don’t really get far without perfecting this skill.

A Decent Blogging Schedule: Lawd, help us all. I’m fully aware how crazy having a set schedule can be, but this is where your strong work ethic skills will come into play. Your willingness to set up a schedule to create content is important. I’ve found that having a calendar for my blog has really helped as well as choosing a day like Sunday to do what I like to call “binge writing.” I’ll create 3-4 posts in one day and schedule them to post throughout the week. For those of us who work Mon-Fri this skill really comes in handy.

Develop Tough Skin: I know we all love positive feedback when it comes to the work that we share on our blogs but it pays to be prepared to receive any negative feedback that may come our way. Negative feedback comes with the territory of blogging, which is why having tough skin is important. When you grow as a blogger so will your audience. Growth will be followed by many who love your work and others who will always have something negative to say. You have to be brave enough to blog through it all. You must be strong enough to never give up despite the bad things you may hear. Confidence is key! As long as you’re confident in what you create you’ll continue to prevail.

Nobody ever told me that I would fall in love with blogging. What’s kept me going is the desire to not only perfect my writing skills, but the desire to perfect my blogging skills as a whole. When putting your work out into the world it’s not just about what you love and want, but it’s about what your audience loves and wants as well. A great skill set is what a successful blogger should possess. We should always take our skills seriously. So here’s to developing our skills or just simply perfecting our current ones. Happy Blogging Ladies!

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  • NeoshaGEE

    I JUST got into building a better blog schedule for myself. Now I schedule for each Friday which helps me greatly. Now my readers will known when to expect more from me. #thankyalort


  • TC’s Views

    The blogging schedule is a must! I was lost without one last year. Thanks again for the advice!

  • Great post! Im still working on finding balance with my schedule. I try to strive for at least 3-4 posts per week. In my niche that can be tricky, though, especially when projects are slow going:)

  • JasmineSkyy Forcer

    Blogging is helping me express my creative side while also building my self confidence. I’m learning that I am very much capable of building my own dreams. A great deal of my life has been spent building others dreams, and that’s all well and good but I too have a purpose!


  • RedTagChicLA

    Great post – thanks for the tips which are truly relatable!!!

    Much love!

  • Blogging actually pulled me out of the introvert life a bit. I’m still not a people’s person, but when necessary, I step out of the box. Very encouraging tips btw!

  • Stephanie

    Great tips! As a recent blogger who works 9 to 5 will definitely need to ‘binge write’ but struggling to figure out a schedule I can stick with.

  • Cianni

    Great tips! It’s been interesting trying to separate what my social media audience needs in comparison to those that view my blog. You’d think the two would go hand in hand but from my experience — albeit brief — that’s far from true.


  • Tomi

    Love these tips, networking and scheduling are ones I really need to work on! And I like the idea of binge writing, especially so you can have ‘back up’ posts. Thanks :)

    Tomi at http://www.dashik.co.uk

  • Love all your tips. I use Sunday as my day to blog as well.

  • Great tips super useful! I will be applying them in 2015~!

  • This is great! When I first started blogging,I would set aside time and then get writers block and couldn’t decide what to write about. I found that if I’m somewhere and I think of something I would love to blog about, I write down all of my thoughts in the notes section of my phone and email it to myself. That way, all I have to do during my blogging time is organize, proofread, and schedule the posts.


  • Tough skin is a must. I remember when I got my first piece of feedback about recommending candy bar as a snack. The commenter said I was irresponsible for suggesting something not so healthy. I was shocked at first then just happy she took the time to comment. That meant I was doing something right. Good post.

  • What I would give to have those days often, lol!

  • Amber Janae

    Yes, some days we are just way more inspired than others. I love those days when the content just flows. Thank you so much! :-)

  • I’m definitely a proponent of “binge-writing.” I call it batching, though. That’s the easiest, albeit most laborious, way that I know how to get a bunch of content ready to go at once. Good post, Amber!



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