I've had my blog for over two years now and there are still so many things I'm learning. There's stuff I wish I did differently when I first started, from photography to content, and I know I'm not alone in still trying to find my footing. If you're thinking of setting up a blog, or you've just started one, here are a few of my personal tips I would give to you...
Make a plan
If you're starting out in blogging I would suggest making a list of content ideas you can produce so you don't get stuck within the first few weeks. When I started blogging I knew I wanted to cover beauty but I found it hard to come up with fresh content as I was new to the scene. Thinking up some post ideas, and jotting down a few notes for each, will make it so much easier when you're starting out.
Even if you want to blog once a week, make sure you do. For me now, this is something I'm still struggling with. I have a rough schedule in my head, but as I'm in my third year at university, I find it very hard to stick to. When I started out I wish I did it more regularly, and I always see my site grow when I do. If you're thinking about quitting because you don't think anyone is interested, please don't stop, keep going and I promise it will be worth it.
Numbers and just numbers
When I started out in blogging I was always looking at how many other followers fellow bloggers had and how I wished I could be like them...this is not going to do you any favours. Although I still kind of do this now, we are all human after all, I have come to the conclusion that staring at someone else's stats aren't going to change mine. There's no problem with having aspirations in the industry, but focus on growing your own blog organically and be proud of what you have achieved.
Use social media to your advantage
It's so important to get your blog out there when you first start out. Two years on, and I've only just mastered the art of social media...I never used to be fussed with Twitter and tweeting about my most recent posts, but it's really important. I use hashtags such as #blogginggals and retweet accounts such as @FemaleBloggerRT to get my stuff shared, these are a couple I would recommend embedding into your own tweets!
When there are so many bloggers out there it's hard to be original and come up with your own fresh ideas. You don't want to copy someones content ideas word for word, of course there are posts which may overlap in someway, but by including your own products and writing in your own way, it will be different. Photography comes under this too! There are loads of bloggers which have the most amazing photography skills I wish I could steal, but it's crucial to take your own and create you're own image style.