I’ve been meaning for MONTHS now to write a post for newbie bloggers, and I just haven’t gotten around to it until now! I get tons of messages and emails about blogging, so I thought it would be super fun to write a post about what I’ve learned throughout the the last year and a half! I’m all about women empowering each other, so I wanted to dedicate today’s post to those of you who have just decided to start blogging,
First of all, I just want to say CONGRATS! Making the decision to start a blog is one of the most terrifying, yet rewarding decisions you will ever make. There are so many things I wish I would have known before I started blogging, and I’m here to share that insight with you today.
Only blog if you enjoy it.
This might sound like a silly, but I know lots of people who have started a blog as a “get rich quick” kind of deal. Blogging for income is NOT easy or quick. Blogging takes hours of time and effort, and it takes months, even YEARS to build a platform where you could eventually start making money. If you start a blog but don’t really enjoy it, chances are that you will not stick with it long enough to make any money from it.
Focus on producing quality content before marketing yourself.
When I first started I wanted to grow my following the second I created a blog. How can you expect to gain genuine followers if you barely have any content to market? Creating a following takes time. I would seriously suggest having at least 5-10 blog posts published before even telling anyone about your blog.
Don’t compare yourself to bigger bloggers.
Everyone has to start somewhere! Even those super famous bloggers. As you grow and evolve, so will your blog. Comparing yourself to others will get you NOWHERE, Blogging is all about creativity, so don’t look to others for answers !Pave your own path. Do your own thing.
Don’t be afraid to be different.
If I only knew then what I know now. I used to spend hours taking notes on other bloggers’ blogs. It’s great to collect inspiration, but don’t be afraid to do things your way. I’ve learned throughout time that the most successful bloggers succeeded because they dared to be different.
Keep things visually appealing.
There’s nothing more annoying than a cluttered site with bad photography. Keep your site simple, with clear-cut menus and categories. You don’t have to be an expert at photography, but try to do your best to have crisp images with decent lighting. I’ll never forget how horrible my photography was when I first started blogging. Let’s just say I was a little obsessed with the “saturation” filter. Oops! Live and learn,
Play around with different niches.
As a beginner, I experimented with blogging about a variety of different topics, which I encourage, because it really helps you find your niche! Once I started blogging about style, it felt like home. I loved every single aspect of it; from styling clothes, to photographing fashion, to working with clothing brands. It was not a chore for me. Like I stated above, as you grow, so will your blog!
Find blogging friends to seek support.
This one is huge. No matter how close you may be with your brother or your BFF, if they don’t blog, they may not understand why you are so upset that your pageviews were down by 30% this month, or why you are obsessing over your Instagram . I’ve met so many amazing blogging ladies throughout my time; ladies I regularly email, Skype, text, and some of which I have even met up with in real life! These ladies are your TRIBE and support.
Take breaks when you need to.
Blogging can get EXTREMELY overwhelming. As a beginner, I used to think the world was ending if I didn’t publish a post every 3-5 days. Guess what? It’s okay if you need to take some time off.
Taking breaks is crucial to foster your creativity and refresh. It’s important to stay consistent with your blog, but know when you are approaching burnout. It’s totally okay to take breaks, and your readers will understand
Know your limits with social media.
Man, social media can be obsessive, especially as a blogger. In fact, with influencer networking, I can honestly say that I put in more effort growing my social networks (especially my Instagram) than my blog itself. The hard thing about social media is that it never stops. I can easily put away my laptop for the night; my phone, on the other hand, is another story. I’m always getting notifications.
When you find that social media is getting the best of you, I’ve found that it’s helpful to just turn off all notifications. In addition, don’t ever put social media before your friends/ family/partner. I try to go to social media every few hours answer all questions and comments and then put it away. Don’t feel like you have to respond to everyone right away.
The beautiful thing about blogging is that the journey is all about creativity.. Do your own thing. I want you to succeed and enjoy every minute of it.
I am going to start a new blog series about blogging so if you have any blogging questions for me? Leave them in the comments below, or message me directly and once a week I will answer them on the blog.