‘Never give up on something you really want. It’s difficult to wait but worse to regret’.
I am nowhere near the level where I am making money from my blog. I am actually deciding if I want it to go that far because I love it as my hobby.
However, I have learnt some vital lessons regarding blogging in the last 6…almost 7 months.
Why are you blogging?
This was important to me and it is important when you start your blog to ask yourself this question. Why are you blogging or why do you want to start blogging? Is it because you want to share your views with the world? Share your style? Your work? Don’t start a blog or a Youtube channel just because you want free products or you want to be flown around the world. Try not to let these things entice you. These things are good don’t get me wrong, but they shouldn’t be the main reason why you want to start a blog. I think it is like that with all things really. Let your passion drive you. Money and free things are just the icing on the cake.
I have to constantly remind myself not to focus on how many views I get on a daily basis and just focus on producing quality content consistently. If you have quality honest content, readers will come, companies will approach you.
How to get started?
So there are two options with blogging: Blogger or WordPress. I don’t know much about blogger, because I started with WordPress but I have read that it is very easy to get started on blogger, and it is easy to customise. However, I didn’t like the ‘.blogspot.com‘ as a domain name. I wanted to create a blog that could be read and enjoyed on mobile devices because I always think about what I like when I read other blogs.
The great thing about using wordpress.com is that you can use your own domain name. I self host my blog…sorry I am not really technical but I will describe what I did.
Firstly, I bought my domain name for around £20, then I self hosted it. I used Siteground, but BlueHost is cheaper and does the same thing! One of those moments when you buy something and you see the exact same thing somewhere else for cheaper and you cannot get a refund!!!! Hate that! However, Siteground had easy to follow instructions so I was ready to go in minutes.
I am not technical at all so I knew that I needed a pre-designed WordPress theme, so I used one of the Pipig themes. They have so many different themes suitable for bloggers on Blogger and WordPress and everything is already customised. It is great! It costs between £29-£49 per theme and if anything goes wrong, they answer your queries pretty quickly. They even support bloggers who want to move from blogger to wordpress.
Once you have your theme, you can start blogging!
People always ask me if I take my own photographs and yes I do, if I don’t, I specifically mention it at the bottom of the post.
For my pictures, I use my iPhone 6 or my Olympus PEN E-LP7 which are great for taking pictures. I always try to use natural light for my pictures because it makes the pictures look better.
For backgrounds, I use one of three things:
Furry rug – Got this from ikea – http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/30229077/ – £10
White background which is a small white table from ikea http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/20011413/ – £5
Or that white tile effect which is actually a flooring sample from B&Q http://www.diy.com/departments/leggiero-whitewash-oak-effect-laminate-flooring-sample/288737_BQ.prd – £2
See you can get great pictures on the cheap!
Keep consistent and good content
One of the tips I learnt is to keep my blog posts consistent. Think of your favourite tv programme, you know what time and day it will come on during the week and you expect it. I think it is the same with blogging. Keep it consistent. However, try not to bite off more than you can chew.
Don’t commit to four days a week, if you only have the capacity to do it twice a week, because blogging is alot of work. I decided at the beginning that I would do 4 times a week, I wanted to try to blog everyday but it was just too much for me, so I have kept it at 4 days. Also, ensure you have quality content. I only blog about what I am interested in or passionate about, I do not force it. By ensuring that your content good, and easy to read, you keep your readers engaged. I have realised that having a few pictures really helps.
Do not compare yourself to others.
It is easy to compare yourself to others in everything really, and it’s the same in blogging. You see people with awesome blogs, with thousands and thousands of views per month, thousands of subscribers, making so much money and you can start to compare your blog to theirs. Please don’t. Focus on making your blog the best it can be. These people also have had their challenges. You don’t see their small beginnings, their struggles, their sacrifices to get their blogs to that point. Just do you. Focus on yourself, making your blog enjoyable and engaging. I know, it can be hard. Believe me, I have days when after looking at many great blogs I look at mine like…what is this nonsense?! There are times when I dont actually feel like blogging because I feel discouraged. But I try to keep on going…why? Because I love reviewing beauty products.
Don’t be afraid to step out and do what you are passionate about or love to do….even if it is not blogging. Life is too short to live with regret or fear of the unknown.