I can’t quite believe its coming up to my 3rd year of blogging, (on the 14th) and I don’t know where the times gone!
Today I thought I’d share what I’ve learnt in three years of blogging. To be honest, its quite a lot and only in the past year I’d say, have I properly got to grips with the whole blogging thing.
This is something for the first two years of blogging, I did little of. Of course, I had a Bloglovin’ account where I’d follow others, comment and read their posts. But what I mean by getting involved is using Twitter and Instagram to your advantage, and joining in with the blogging community. Its so lovely to chat to other bloggers and make friends, and I think thats the thing I love most about blogging. Also, get involved in Twitter chats. It gives other bloggers out there the chance to discover your blog, and also for you to find others.
Photos can speak a thousand words
I know blogging isn’t all down to the photography, and I admire a lot of bloggers for their writing style. However, I do believe that the photo you put at the beginning of your post means a lot. When I first started blogging, my images were unedited, and didn’t look ‘professional’ at all. Since then, I’ve learnt how to use the manual setting on my camera, and worked my way around Photoshop. Although, you definitely don’t need a fancy camera or Photoshop. iPhone cameras work wonders, and if you can get the composition right, and all that jazz, you’re good to go!
Invest in a cute design
The default templates that come with blogger, or wordpress aren’t anything special in my opinion. Sure, they’re great for when you’re getting to grips with the whole blogging thing, but if you want to give your blog a bit more ‘something’, then investing in a proper design is the way to go. It doesn’t even have to be expensive, for example mines from Etsy for just under £10, bargain if you ask me!
Don’t get obsessed with numbers
Sure, numbers are important. Its always so pleasing to see your follower count go up, as it shows people like what you’re doing and that can be a great feeling. But I’ve learnt not to get bummed down when your follow count isn’t going up, or you’re losing some followers. At the end of the day, if you’re enjoying blogging and your content then who cares. You keep doing you, and people will follow if they want to/enjoy your content and style.
Of course, you’ve gotta have fun. Your blog is yours and you’ve got to do what YOU want to do. Don’t always follow the crowd, and make sure you write about things you’re passionate about. I love beauty, but I’m also passionate about lifestyle type things, such as photography and mental health, which I try and incorporate into my blog. Make sure you sprinkle a lil bit of you into each of your posts.
What have you learnt in your years of blogging?