I’ve moved my usual Thursday post to Wednesday this week so that I can actually post on the 1 month anniversary of my blog! Keep reading to find out what I’ve learned this month and where I’m going in the future.
I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for a month already! (Mostly because I’m pre-writing some of this, which is one of my tips below) It seems like it has gone by a lot faster than that. I know I don’t have that many regular readers yet but I am having fun and getting used to the idea of sharing my thoughts and opinions.
I have to be honest though. This first month has been pretty easy but hectic at the same time. First of all, it’s been easy just because I’ve had so much to share and write about that I’ve accumulated over years. For example, my photography posts (one and two) are old photoshoots that I wanted to share. And the video (one) is a very old video but was still relevant to my current blog so I decided to share it. I imagine the next few months will get harder when I have to go out and create new stuff to post.
However, at the same time, it has been hectic! I started this blog at the same time I was finishing a semester in school. Which means, in addition to writing this blog I was trying to put together two presentations, three papers and study for four finals! This is why its good that I had enough ideas to pre-write a lot of posts so I didn’t have to feel stressed about the blog on top of all of this!
Now onto my tips! I never thought I would have useful advice to give to other bloggers being that I am so new! But Blogging Tips: To the Beginners from a Beginner inspired me to share what I have learned so far!
- Don’t be afraid to pre-write and schedule posts if you know you have a particularly stressful week/month/year/life coming up!
- Don’t be afraid to use old photoshoots, videos, or other content that you have created too. If you haven’t posted it on your blog before it’s fair game! Especially useful to combat stressful weeks.
- Make time out of your day to blog + read other peoples blogs every day! Even if you only have half an hour to find some new blogs or write a few sentences then do it! A little bit every day keeps the blog moving forward.
- Follow those who inspire you and not those who you will compare yourself too. For example:
- As a general rule, I don’t follow “beauty bloggers” because I know that their lives are purposefully portrayed as perfect, extravagant and beautiful to attract followers. I don’t want to be constantly comparing my lives to theirs when they pop up, so unless I’ve made connections with them elsewhere I won’t follow them.
- However I will follow bloggers who are older than me, have been blogging longer than me and are tackling similar topics as I am. Blog Woman!!! is one of those bloggers that I look up to even though I haven’t worked up the courage to comment on anything of hers yet.
- Create as many posts as you have ideas for them! By this I mean, if you have an idea for a post but not the time/resources to write it right away you should create a draft for it so you can come back to it later.
- Set a limited amount of time for you to tweak your site theme! If not, and you’re anything like me, you will spend hours going through each and every theme, trying them out, only to find out they don’t work
- On a similar note, pick a colour scheme and stick to it! It will help you narrow your search for themes if you know exactly what you are looking for. Also if you use the same colours across all social media platforms, everyone will know when they’ve found you.
- Do not write in bed! If you’re anything like me if you write in bed you will just get sleepy and make mistakes or never finish anything.
- If you have a smartphone use it!
- Take pictures of interesting things out in the world for feature photographs (like the one on this post).
- Use it to make notes on topics you think about while you are out and about as well.
- Don’t be afraid to go back and edit posts if you spot grammar or spelling mistakes. But if you edit the ideas make sure you leave a note so your readers can know that you are honest and trustworthy.
- Don’t be afraid to tell people in your real life about your blog! Unless it contains really personal experiences you don’t want them to know about. But otherwise, let them know (which is what I’m going to do right after this post goes up)
Any tips or tricks that I’ve forgotten? Any other new bloggers want me to check out their blog? Leave a comment below and I will check it out.