Blogging has been a guilty pleasure of mine for a little over 3 years now, I may not blog everyday or even every other day, but I do try to bring new content every now and then. Being in the blogging world for a good period of time, I'd like to think I know my ways around this little corner of the internet. So, I thought I'd share my tips and tricks in a series beginning with starting a blog!
1. Decide what category your blog would fit into
Whether you're into beauty, fashion, travel, photography, food or even a bit of tech and gadgets, there's a place for you in the blogging world. You don't have to be a beauty blogger, you don't have to change up your closet, just do what you love and enjoy what you do. If you follow my blog, you'd notice I have a little bit of everything. I talk about beauty products a lot, I have a little bit of heart to hearts and a handful of fashion posts, To me, my blog is the place where I talk about everything I'm loving and that's how I like it to be. If you'd like your blog to be all about beauty tutorials or concentrate on your daily outfits or even be full of photos and nothing else, that's completely fine. It's your little space, make whatever you like out of it!
2. Planning is key!
Planning was never my thing until recently, I've gotten a lot busier than when I first started my blog and organising my time to stay up to date with the blog has been a struggle but that's until I caved into planning. I did have a bunch of cute stationary lying around my desk which I did buy for blogging purposes and I finally started using them. Writing down what you want to post, how you'd like to write them up, deciding your theme and setting a little timeline of when you're going to take the photos, write the post and actually put it up is a great way to blog without fail. I definitely have been blogging a lot more since I started planning!
3. Only invest in a DSLR when the time is right.
I know more than a handful of people who have wanted to try blogging for so long and when they actually start to do so, they just don't enjoy it as much or they quit after a good amount of posts. So I'd definitely advise you to try blogging first. Know if it's for you, if it goes well and you know this is what you want to do, then you can invest in upgrading your blog. A DSLR definitely makes a difference but to be honest, even your phone will do in the beginning. I didn't invest in a camera until over a year of blogging and at the time, my phone did actually please me and I'm sure with all the upgrades and improvements on the phone camera quality, you'll be just fine with just that until you know what you want to do.
4. Find your audience without spamming other bloggers.
There are countless blogs and bloggers out there, so finding your audience can take a lot of time and effort. Joining social networks and being as active as you possibly can will help a lot. But being active doesn't mean you can go around other bloggers feeds and comment 'Follow my blog, I follow back' or 'Check out my blog!' because that can be a bit annoying and very disrespectful to the other blogger. Personally, when someone comments on my blog, I know straight away whether they actually read my post or are just commenting to get clicks. If you like reading blogs, comment what you really thought, or what really interested you in the post. Don't just comment for the sake of a click, it doesn't make you very likable.
5. Be yourself!
I love reading other blogs and finding inspiration from various platforms such as Pinterest, weheartit, etc. But just because I'm into a certain blog or really enjoy a certain blogger's photography does not mean I have to become like that blogger. I have my own ways of writing and my own ways of photography and my own little theme and there's nothing wrong with that. Just because most bloggers are loving marble and copper (which are amazing), doesn't mean I have to as well. Just because bloggers are into a certain product, doesn't mean I have to be into it too. Some things work for some people and don't work for others, it's totally normal.
Do what you love and what you enjoy and always remember to just be yourself. Don't copy anyone because eventually, you'll end up losing the passion you had to begin with.
And those are my 5 top tips if you're interested in starting a blog, I hope they help! If you are a blogger already, what are you tips? Leave them in the comments below!
Until next time,