Lessons I’ve Learned Since Starting Blogging & Tips

Blogging Tips

I started blogging in the beginning of March, and it is now approaching the end of June. In the last couple of months I have learned so much when it comes to the world of blogging, and creating good content. I wanted to write this little post up to try and fill you all in on where I am at when it comes to blogging. I also figured I would throw out some tips that could possibly help those who are thinking about starting a blog themselves, because it can be a bit overwhelming at first.

Blogging Is Much More Than Just Writing & Publishing Posts

I knew when I started out blogging that there was a lot more to it than just posting my work up on a website, but I didn’t really know the extent of work I could choose to put in. For me this is a great thing, for others this could be the deal breaker when it comes to deciding whether or not they want to start a blog. I love how much control I have over my site, what I post, SEO, pretty much every aspect is up to me, and I really like that. No one can tell me what to post, what to say, or how to say it. I can customize and make my blog look however I want it to.

& by this I don’t mean to sound bratty, or like “EVERYTHING IS ALL MINE” what I do mean is that it can become whatever I want it to be based off of the time and effort I am willing to put in. I’m not held back by any rules or requirements that someone else has placed upon me, i.e. a teacher or a boss. There is a lot of freedom when it comes to starting a blog, and it’s empowering.

Pinterest & Other Bloggers Are Great Resources

Need to find out more information on how to improve your SEO? Don’t know much about self-hosting your own blog? Just need tips and tricks about creating great content? Two of the best resources I have found have been other bloggers and Pinterest. Okay, well technically it’s bloggers posting their work on Pinterest but you get the point. πŸ˜› Fellow bloggers know the ropes when it comes to pretty much anything blog related. I created a Pinterest Board just for resources I can look back at whenever I want, and it has benefited me A LOT.

Here is a list of some blogs that I go to whenever I want feedback or help:

Β  Β  Β  Β  Pictures Matter

I am continuously trying to improve my photography skills, and add new props to my pictures to keep things interesting. Pictures are a big deal when it comes to blogging. Β lot. Many readers pick the posts they plan to read based on the quality of the featured image. It’s similar to judging a book off of it’s cover. People are drawn to things that are visually appealing. I have noticed that the more improvements I make to my pictures/flat lays, the better my views are. Getting creative with props has been fun for me, but it has also benefited the blog when it comes to views. PS. craft stores can be great places to find the cutest props. πŸ˜‰

Have Fun With It

I absolutely love my blog and I have a lot of fun creating and publishing content. I enjoy every aspect of what I am doing, and that’s really important. If I didn’t have fun doing this, what would be the point? Currently, I’m not making any money off of blogging… actually it costs money to create and maintain a self-hosted blog. Money well spent in my opinion. πŸ™‚ Anyway, have fun with blogging, otherwise there’s no point in putting in so much time and effort. Especially if your content ends up relaying to your readers that your heart isn’t fully in it. If you enjoy blogging, but not what you are blogging about, then switch it up and try something new.

On a different note, I think my next post will be about hair-care. Β I recently picked up some new hair-careΒ products. As soon as I get my hair back to normal, I will start posting makeup looks again. I didn’t enjoy having dark hair, and it really zapped the inspiration right out of me. My hair is taking a toll because I had to have it bleached to get it light enough to go back to my natural color. To stay up to date with these kind of “life events” (real world problems right?? ;P) you can follow me over at twitter right hereeeee.

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  • Wanderlust Girl (kyia belle)

    Loved the post! My opinion is that blogging is initially a hobby, as you’ve chosen to do it because you truly want to do it. Not because you feel like this is something you have to do to get noticed by brands. I started my blog around the same time as you started writing yours, and I did it because I felt like I needed a place to write down my feelings and thoughts, while at the same time spreading positivity. I’ve followed you on bloglovin, I love your blog so much! xx

    http://wanderlustgirl-kb.blogspot.ca/

    • Awee thank you!<3 I agree completely! I create content that I am passionate about that I hope others will enjoy as well. Exactly like you said, blogging is an outlet. I just checked out your blog and it is absolutely gorgeous! I followed you on bloglovin as well! πŸ™‚
      xx Nichole

  • loved this post! I always sneak around other bloggers to know more..being curious and reading tons of blog has helped me a lot in having an idea of what is blogging. at the beginning I was really confused and not really aware of being so, if it makes sense.
    Now it is getting better! Absolutely agree with you with pictures matter and with the basic notion of “blogging because you love it”.

    xx from Brighton
    Cate ღ kate/idoscope | Enter my Charlotte Tilbury GIVEAWAY here

    • I do the same! I’ve read so many blog posts about blogging and blog tips, and mistakes other’s have made. It’s super beneficial. I’m glad you enjoyed my post! πŸ™‚ I will check out your blog and your giveaway.
      xx Nichole

  • Pictures definitely matter! Nice bright photos make me want to read the blog post more πŸ™‚
    Kathy x
    http://www.alongcamekathy.blogspot.co.nz

    • I agree! I love bright white pictures as well. πŸ™‚
      xx Nichole

  • Bookmarking your pintrest board! This was so helpful <3 I loved reading about your passion for blogging

    Passion Blog | BCfactor.blogspot.com

    • Awee, thank you so much! πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy my pinterest board!
      xx Nichole

  • Envy

    I’m gonna go check that pinterest board of yours, because even after almost four years of blogging I still have no idea about things like SEO πŸ˜› I’m glad you’re enjoying blogging so much πŸ™‚

    x Envy
    verdwaaldinvertaling.blogspot.com

    • SEO can be super helpful and wasn’t as confusing as I expected it to be. πŸ™‚ I hope my pinterest board helps you find great resources! πŸ™‚ & congrats on being a blogger for so long! I can’t wait till I make it to my 1 year mark. πŸ˜€
      xx Nichole