Blogging Tips for Beginners!

Things I've learned in my first 6 months of blogging


blogging tips for beginners

After much thought, I started my own little blog at the start of this year. I'm not going to lie and say that it has all been plain sailing because it hasn't! One of the most difficult things for me was actually starting up and finding my niche. I had no idea what kind of blog I wanted to have or what it would include. Also, I battled (and still do battle) with my motivation to blog for various reasons. On the whole though, half a year down the line I am happy I started this and don't regret it for one minute. Here's just a few points i'd like to say to new bloggers just starting out!

1. It's okay if you don't 'find your feet' straight away

As I said, when I first started blogging I had no idea what kind of blog I was going to have or where I was going with it. In 6 short months I must have changed my blog banner about 15 times! I do believe it's all trial and error though. Don't get fed up or mad because your blog doesn't look exactly how you would like the first time you design it. Especially if you know NOTHING about HTML! Everything I know about HTML (which is still very little!) I learned through blogging. It takes a lot of patience but think of the skills you'll learn along the way? With regards to posting, schedules etc I also think it's okay not to have a 'plan' at the start. Write what you enjoy writing, see what other's enjoy, and possibly venture more into the area that you find is more popular for you? In the long and short of it, don't be too hard on yourself!

2. Social media interaction is important

Unfortunately it isn't enough to just write a blog post, publish it and wait. As soon as you have decided to blog, the very second after you sign up to Blogger or WordPress, get onto the social networks and save your usernames. Choose a few from the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Chictopia or Tumblr and set up relevant accounts for your blog. This makes sure you can (try) and secure the username you want for all your social media channels. Sometimes you can hit lucky and all your usernames will be available, if not you may have to alter your name a bit. It's good to have all your social media under the same name so you can be easily recognised by your readers on any platform. This encourages them to follow on more than one medium. I've learned that the key is to write quality content so that you improve your SEO and to make yourself known throughout social media.

3. Engage and participate

This point leads on from the previous point. I had been blogging for a good few months before I knew about Twitter chats! These are chats for bloggers using hashtags that are on a few times a week and they really help you settle into the blogging community. Whether you are a fashion blogger, beauty blogger, student blogger or need help with your blog there's a chat that you could take part in. Blogging is NOT a lonely hobby, you should engage with other bloggers as well as your readers. These chats can be really rewarding and I have learned so much from them. I have also discovered so many blogs that I love to keep up-to-date with on these chats. If you have yet to take part in these I will link the Twitter blog chat schedule from Becky so you can see which ones are relevant to you and your blog. Go on and introduce yourself!

4. Blogger's block isn't as bad as you may think

We have all been there, sitting staring at the laptop screen at a blank document. Where do you start? These are the times when we become demotivated and unsettled with our blog. I thought that being a 'blogger' would mean that I would be forever broke as I need to buy things to review and keep up-to-date with trends. The longer I blog the more I believe that this is rubbish! If you are sitting in your bedroom and you are struggling to write then just look around you. Do you have a full jewellery box? cool, what's in it? What's in your makeup bag? What is your most recent beauty purchase? How do you organise your things? Do you have a wardrobe? (silly question) if yes then show us your hundreds of OOTD outfits. That book sitting on the bedside table, tell us about it. Those new shoes you bought at the weekend? I want to see them. Already reviewed all your makeup/skincare? No excuses, review your mum's/aunt's/friend's makeup. Now that will take you an AGE! Look in your kitchen, tell me a recipe for making the best brownies/cookies/milkshakes ever! have you been on holidays recently? let's hear all about it!

5. Don't compare yourself to other bloggers

Yes this is one of the most difficult things to do, especially if you are starting to engage with others and get to know other bloggers and their blogs. The number one thing to remember is that you blog your YOURSELF and no one else, you blog about what YOU enjoy. Everyone has their own niche. You follow a blog with 20,000 followers? So what? Those bloggers have worked extremely hard to get to where they are and it didn't happen overnight! No matter how far away you may feel, if you care enough and don't give up, you will get something out of it! Keep doing what you are doing, your readers will come, just think quality over quantity when it comes to your posts.

6. Don't forget your priorities

As I said I love blogging and I'm kind proud(ish) of my own little space on the internet and you should be too! in saying that it isn't my full time job (even though I wish it was!) and I have just went into final year at university. There's no way I can jeopardise not getting a good grade at the end of my degree so my blog will have to take a back seat for a year. Of course I will still blog but I will have to organise my time a bit better and schedule posts for the week so I don't need to think about it when I am loaded down with other work. A lot of you will be in the same position as me or you will be at school doing your exams or maybe you are taking a year out to go travelling. My advice is don't worry, your blog will still be there when you get back! When you look at life as a whole, one year is nothing. Go and enjoy yourself, or in my case, i'll have my head buried in a business book! 

I hope these 6 points help you in some way and gives you some reassurance if you are just starting out as a blogger. If you have any questions just comment below, e-mail me at thefashionsixblog@gmail.com or Tweet me @thefashionsix - I'd love to hear from you.


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16 comments

  1. Great post :) and I have the same ikea notebook! x

    www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

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  2. Such great advice, I agree with everything especially not comparing yourself to other bloggers!

    saltandchic.com

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  3. I think the best thing I learnt was around not comparing myself to other bloggers. There are so many great bloggers out there that it's impossible to live up to expectations! It's all about improving and moving at your own pace :)


    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  4. The tip about not comparing yourself is so true! Of course everyone wants their blog to be successful but as long as you're confident with your writing that's all that matters :-)
    Vix
    vixmeldrew.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. This is so true. I have had a blog for ages and just four months ago gave a shot at a lifestyle blog. So far, I'm loving it and all its challenges. You just have to figure out if this is what you really want and, if you have the time, invest it, every time possible. Eventually, you just have to believe that your hard work will pay off! Keep going.

    www.i-life-u.com

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  6. Thank you Heather! It's so cute isn't it? x

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  7. Yeah Amy, that'll just demotivate you! x

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  8. I agree Corinne, It's great to read other blogs but keep them completely separate to your own. You are your own person x

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  9. Everyone grows at different rates Victoria! x

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  10. Exactly! We wouldn't put so much effort into our blogs if we didn't really care. To get something out of it in the future would be a great bonus x

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  11. Thankyou for this post! I have just started blogging and it was nice to have a read like this :) definitely inspired me to keep going!

    www.alwaysalicex.blogspot.co.uk

    Alice x

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  12. AMEN to this post! This is exactly what I would have written! Social Media is so important!

    Ffion
    www.asouthwalesblog.com

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  13. Thanks for your kind comment Alice!

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  14. I know, I think about social media just as much as blogging itself x

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  15. This is such a good post. It's so hard not to compare yourself to other bloggers, especially in the beginning, but it's important to remember that four, five years ago they might have been exactly in the shoes that you are now and so it's important to keep going!


    Sammy xo.


    littlefickleblog.blogspot.com

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