The magical world of blogging is wonderful but at the same time it can be somewhat daunting, sometimes you feel like a turkey in a world full of eagles; everyone seems to be soaring and hitting new heights whilst you simply sit back, flap your wings and watch. When starting out it’s very easy to feel lost, confused and maybe a little bit hungry (always hungry) and before you know it you’re making a few common mistakes that most new bloggers fall victim to (I know I did!)
When I look back at my previous blogs I can see exactly where I went wrong and why I’d end up giving up after a month or two. Sure, my pictures weren’t up to scratch and there were a few spelling errors (admittedly, I used to hate reading back over my own work) but these were not the reason they weren’t successful, there was much more to it than that. So get yourself a brew and settle in, if you find any of these points relate to you, stop and rethink, I promise It will make you a better blogger in the long run.
IT’S NOT A NUMBERS GAME
It’s easy to scroll through Instagram & Twitter and think ‘why don’t I have as much followers as them?’ And to be disappointed after working for hours on one blog post only to get 4 views but you’re missing the whole point and soon that desperation for the higher numbers takes over and your readers start to sense that. Slow down and remember why you started this, it’s not about the numbers, it’s about your love of writing and even if you reach post 300 posts and end up with only one regular reader, that’s one reader more than you’d have if you were constantly chasing numbers.
PLAN PLAN PLAN: IT’S QUALITY NOT QUANTITY
Planning was definitely not my forte, actually I’d go as far as saying it was one of my biggest downfalls. Previously, I would get a burst of motivation write one post, publish it straight away and then I’d have wordblock for weeks. So, if you’re about to burst into the the bloggersphere, the best advice I could give you is PLAN PLAN PLAN; Plan the subjects you would like to write about, plan your posts, plan the days you are going to publish and how many times a week you’re going to post. I’ve started to write down all my ideas on my phone whilst walking around, you never know when inspiration is going to hit.
If there ones thing that you cannot get away with, it’s not being yourself. First of all your friends are most likely going to read your blog and will notice if you’re trying to be anyone else but yourself, secondly it will come accross in your work and anybody reading will fail connect with what you’re writing about. I completely understand that sometimes it’s hard to know how open you should be but if you stay true to yourself, the right balance will follow.
IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT THE PERKS
I think a lot of people think you become a blogger, write a few posts, start getting paid and sent free packages in the post. WRONG. If anything your blog is an investment, I’ve put way more money in than I’ve had out so far. If you’re simply in it for the glitz and glam side of things, you might want to rethink and choose a different path.
BE MORE SOCIAL
‘You should treat people the way you want to be treated’ Abso-fucking-lutely. You can’t just scroll down your social media pages ignoring everybody else’s work and expect everybody to notice yours, it doesn’t happen. Be confident when reaching out, the majority of bloggers are so friendly and open so if you comment on somebody’s picture telling them you love their outfit and feed they’re not going to find it creepy, it will most likely make their day and when it comes to you sharing your work, they will be in the front row cheering you on.