Before I started blogging, I never knew how much went into the whole process, so when I decided to go for it, I started from the very bottom. To be honest, I haven't moved very far from the bottom, so no, I am not a blogging professional. And I am, by no means, claiming to be a know- it- all but, this past year has taught me a thing or two about the blogging game and I want to share them with all the beginner bloggers or folks thinking of starting a blog!
1. Plan ahead.
Blogging is so, so, so much easier if you have a plan and actually carry out said plan. There are so many days that I tried to write on the spot, take pictures and throw it all together for that day's post and while it gets your adrenaline pumping, it's chaotic, stressful and a disaster waiting to happen. Using a content or editorial calendar like this, Epic Blog Editorial Calendar, is essential to being an organised girl boss blogger. It's already helped me getting organised and staying focused on treating my blog like a business!
2. Google analytics.
I've mentioned it before and I'll mention it again- Google Analytics is your friend! Use it from the very beginning so you can track all of your slow but steady progress as a brand new blogger. I only started using it three months ago, so I don't have too many stats to go off from, and now I'm wishing I had stats from the very beginning. It's a lot to learn but the information that it provides will help you to be more effective with your audience.
3. Be consistent.
This ties in with point #1, but it's been my main problem and I've found it as the most important point, so I'll just throw it in there one more time. Be consistent. With posting, with your theme, with your brand, with your content, with your images. Be consistent.
If you're anything like me then in the beginning, you might not know exactly what your blog is so being consistent might sound out of reach, but over time it will evolve and will shape into something more concrete. But until then, you can still be as consistent as possible. Especially with posting, whether it's once a week on Mondays at 12:00, twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday's at 2:00pm, try and stick to the schedule as much as you can.
4. Be you.
In the beginning I was comparing myself to this blogger's pictures and that blogger's recipes and I was looking at my blog like it was the fruit jello at Thanksgiving- mediocre at best but really just unnecessarily there. I was losing my style, vision and voice to look like someone else, which in the end, will just make me look like everyone else- DUH. And what even is the point, if that's what we're going to do?? In the beginning, you're not going to be as good as someone who's been in the game for 10 years. That's okay. Don't compare. Just start and keep working.
5. Have freakin' fun with it.
It's your blog. It's your creativity. It's your voice and opinion. It's yours. I assume you're doing it because you enjoy it, so try your best not to stress out about it. Allow yourself creative freedom and pour it out into your beautiful, wonderful blog and good things will eventually come.
I hope you found some of these tips useful! Now go start or keeping working on your own adventure. You got this!
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