Monday, 6 October 2014

Blogtober | 10 Things I Would Tell Myself When I Started Blogging

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It's time for Blogtober day 6! 

What I've been up to 
Today I tried to sort my life out ...after I woke up at 12:00pm of course. I tidied my bedroom, did some washing and got some more blog posts written. Just sorting out my desk alone made me feel more motivated. Now I actually have somewhere to blog and do Uni work from other than my bed. I think this is why I've been so crap at sleeping recently. My bed has become a place of work, which is not good. 

Tonight my boyfriend is coming to visit me at University for a few days. He graduated this year and is currently looking for a full time job. (If anyone knows of any Publishing jobs for 2:1 History graduates...) Anyway, these 'what I've been up to' sections may get a little more interesting as I have to play hostess and find things and places to go see and do. No more sitting indoors and complaining that I haven't done any work... 

I posted a get to know me post this morning, where I talk about where I'm from, school/university and just basic information about me that you may not know. Because I'm doing Blogtober, which is typically more wordy posts about my life and opinions than my usual copy. I thought it would be nice to do a little introduction post where you can get to know me a little better. I had never really done a 'get to know' post before so it's probably long overdue. 

10 Things I would tell myself when I started blogging 

1. You don't need to spend lots of money
When you're a style/fashion/beauty blogger (whatever you want to call it), you can get caught up in buying all the new product releases and more clothes than you will ever need just for the purpose of your blog. You definitely do not need to do this. Use what you have and be inventive. 

2. Don't compare yourself to others 
Don't compare your start to somebody else's middle. Some of the bloggers you read have been updating and improving their sites for years. Give yourself time to grow and if you keep at it, your blog will improve too. 

3. There will be dry spells 
Blogging isn't always fun and games. There will be times when writers block comes into action and you feel like you've failed. My advice is to keep on going and fight through it. Get inspired by reading your favourite blogs and magazines. I did a post last month on how to get motivated when it comes to blogging. 

4. Be yourself
Let your personality shine through your blog. Blogs are all about the individual behind them so show the world who you really are. In the true worlds of Tyler Oakley "you do you and I'll do me." 

5. Write what you find interesting 
So your blog is about fashion? That doesn't mean you can't write about other things you're interested in too. If you like food, dogs, pottery, bungee jumping, anything- you can write about it. Your blog is your own space and you can do with it however you choose. 

6. Learn SEO 
Search engine optimisation is the secret to a great blog. SEO gets your content showing up in the search engines, which can lead to more people reading your content. When I first started I only knew the basics, but over the years I've picked up on it. Heart IFB is a great website for SEO tips and other useful advice for fashion bloggers. 

7. You don't need to be an excellent writer or photographer
The beauty of blogging is that anyone can write one. You don't need to be the next big journalist or photographer. As long as your content is entertaining or informative, you have a shot at getting an audience for your blog. 

8. Get involved in the blogging community 
Comment on blogs, write to people on Twitter, follow them on Instagram. Making friends in the online community who have similar interests to you is incredible. Because of blogging I have spoken to people all around the globe online and have even met some of them in real life. 

9. Try not to get caught up in numbers
It's definitely worth setting up Google analytics and webmaster tools to your blog, but don't get too caught up in the numbers. Keep posting new and exciting content on a regular basis and you'll see those numbers increase in no time. 

10. Don't give up
Keep on going as in the end, it will be damn right worth it. If your blog helps you land your dream job, helps pay your bills, allows you to make new friends, or even just allows you to be creative and do something you love, it will be worth it. 

If you run a blog, what would you tell yourself when you first started?  

Helene in Between Blogtober

If you missed yesterdays post, you can read Blogtober day 5 here. I talked about all the things I hope to do this Autumn.

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