As a relatively new blogger myself, I know exactly how it feels to start right at the bottom of the scale and just how hard it is to get into that routine of posting several times a week and adapting to something that you're not used to doing. As there are so many bloggers around and so many ideas floating about, it's sometimes difficult to be different and to produce content that people genuinely want to read. Which is why I thought that it would be nice to write a little post on some of the tips that I find the most helpful to give the me inspiration when it comes to blogging and the steps that have paid a massive part in my blogging life.
ESTABLISH WHAT IS BEST SUITED TO YOUR BLOG: I'm talking products and material for posts. You'll probably find that even when you're blog isn't one of the most popular around, you'll have small companies contacting you with opportunities and interest in sending you their products to review.... But my best advice would be not to accept every single one that you come across because for one, you don't want to look too desperate and two - there's no point writing about something that doesn't match your blog's theme. I've recently discovered what's right for my blog and what isn't so will kindly reject an offer if I'm not feeling it.
GIVE YOUR BLOGGING AREA A TIDY BEFORE YOU START WRITING: I know it sounds silly but honestly, a clean and tidy atmosphere is so much better for your concentration levels. Whether you work from a desk or even your bed like me, you'll find that a tidy space around you will help you to relax so much more which then helps massively with your trail of thought. There's nothing worse than looking around you and seeing clutter and mess, especially as blogging in itself can be stressful at times.
BUY A FANCY NOTEBOOK: If you're like me and you love to be organised, this is a great way to schedule and plan posts which will also decrease your chances of writers block. Being a blogger, my mind is constantly, and I mean constantly thinking about what I'm gonna buy and try out next so I'm always having ideas flying around my head on what to write about. It's good to have that place to write it all down as soon as it comes into your head so that you don't forget ANYTHING. WHSmith and Paperchase sell some really nice notebooks.
DON'T RUSH OR FORCE POSTS: If you're not in the right state of mind to write or your brain just isn't with it on a certain day, write your ideas down and put them aside for when you're ready. Your readers will be able to tell when a post has been forced or if it lacks certain details that are in your usual content.
TAKE INTERESTING AND ENGAGING PHOTOS: My photos aren't as amazing as they could be at this point and whenever I see some of my favourite bloggers' photography it does make me feel a little depressed but I've learnt to work with what I have and to make the best out of a situation. No matter what lighting I use, I always find that my bedroom still looks dull and dark and I have to take hundreds of photos to get the right one. I use the cannon 600d which is an amazing camera in all aspects and definitely does the job for me. I'm usually pretty happy with my final products once they've gone through the editing process but it does take a lot of work to get it to that point.
BUY DANA FOX'S 365 BLOG TOPIC IDEAS BOOK: I genuinely believe that every blogger should own this book. If you're in need of some inspiration on what to write about next, this book will be perfect for you. Read my full review on it here.
KEEP OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT UP TO DATE: For me, Instagram is the main one as not only is it my favourite form of social media as I absolutely love taking photos of pretty much everything I come across, but it's also where most of my followers are. Be consistent with uploading photos but also find a balance with it. When I say this, I mean post a few photos at different times of the day and not 10 all at once. Add your blog link to your bio, publish your latest posts, upload photos of products/items of clothing that you've purchased and tag the companies in them. I've found that these simple tips will help to promote your blog and to also gain followers. Find out what apps I use to edit my Instagram photos here.
BE HONEST WHEN REVIEWING NEW PRODUCTS: Let's face it, you're not gonna like every single beauty product that you try out and some will definitely suit you more than others, but you'll find that people will rely on your blog reviews to try things out themselves so you need to be honest. If something didn't work for you, write about the negatives as well as the positives. People will respect your blog so much more if you voice your opinions honestly rather than glorifying every single product when you don't actually feel that way.
DO THINGS IN BULK: As much as I like the concept of planning my posts for certain days, not every week is the same for me and my work rota is always different so I find it hard to commit to particular days. Whenever I have a day off or a spare few hours, I tend to prepare 2 or 3 posts at once... This might mean that I'll take my photos and edit them so that they're ready for when I have time to do the rest, or sometimes I'll even do it the other way round. I find that drafting and preparing my posts a couple of days before I upload them makes my life so much easier.
DON'T GIVE UP: I know this sounds cliché but I really do understand what it's like to get to a stage where you literally don't have a clue what to write about next and it does make you feel like you're not cut out for it which sometimes makes you wanna give up altogether. My best advice is not to put too much pressure on yourself. If you feel like you need a break for a couple of weeks, then take one. Blogging is meant to be pleasurable and not seen as a chore so don't let yourself get to that stage. Always think of the positives and that sense of achievement you get from writing a post.
What tips would you give to a new blogger? Did you find this post helpful?