The day has finally come! I’m celebrating one year of blogging and boy what a year it’s been. After months of going back and forth, I’m so happy I decided to just go with it back in January 2016. Creating content has given me so much joy this past year even if I wasn’t as consistent as I had planned on being toward the end of the year. When I started “hobby blogging” last January, it was a way for me to express myself creatively as I wasn’t feeling inspired and fulfilled in my day job. Looking back on the past year, I feel that blogging has become so much more than just a hobby. It’s a little slice of who I am now and I’m optimistic about what my blogging journey will bring!
With that being said, I’ve learned a lot about blogging and nothing at the same time. And I say that because there is always something new to learn whether it’s on the tech side of blogging or growing your audience on various social media platforms. There’s a never ending list of to-do’s that might make you feel paralyzed in a sense. But know that you’re definitely not alone! It’s best to take things at your own pace until you feel completely comfortable with your corner of the internet.
Aside from that, it’s extremely exciting to know that the possibilities are endless when it comes to blogging. You can make it what you want and there are unlimited resources online to help you along the way. I’ve rounded up a few tips to take away if you’ve just started your blogging journey. And if that’s the case, happy blogging!
Always be consistent with posting content. Even if you only post once a week or once every other week, make sure you post at the same time during that week EVERY week. Your readers will trust that you’ll have something new to share with them. And that will hopefully keep them coming back for more.
Design & Theme
Choose a design and theme that suits your personal style and aesthetic. I’d recommend having a fairly simple design to start off with for a better user experience. There are so many stunning blog templates for you to choose as a beginner. The first template I used for my blog was the Aruba Nights template by pipdig. I highly recommend their professional Blogger templates and WordPress themes! After switching over from Blogger to WordPress, I had my blog custom designed by Kotryna Bass Design and I’m super happy with it.
I can assure you that your blog photography will get better with time and practice. I think the #1 factor to consider above all is lighting. Take all of your photos during the day by a window or outside depending on what you’re photographing. Natural light is key! Even if it’s a gloomy day, you can always edit your photos to boost brightness and increase contrast as necessary. Other factors to consider include adding props to your photos like candles or makeup brushes and using textured backdrops like marble, white bed sheets or a sheepskin rug for example.
If you’re using social media for personal use, I would say have fun with it and post whenever and whatever you want! However if you’re using social media to grow your business or help people discover your amazing blog, there are ways to be a bit more strategic about what you post. I’ve found that it’s helpful to focus your efforts primarily on one social media platform to not overwhelm yourself. If Instagram is your social media hero, try to post content every single day using relevant hash tags. And engage with other bloggers and content creators by liking and leaving comments! Spread the love and you shall receive love in return!
Growing an audience and readership takes time, hard work, blood, sweat, tears, etc. You get the point! There are going to be times when you question what the hell you’re doing. However even on those days, just keep going. Hence one of my favorite quotes: “No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up.”