When I started blogging, or just taking my blog more seriously really, I found a plethora of articles which explained endless things about SEO and being Self Hosted and coding and a lot of other words which I really didn't understand. I really just wanted someone to tell me what I needed to do to make my blog good - I knew that I wasn't going to make money from it even this year. There seem to be a lot of 'how to take your blog to the next professional level' type posts - but my blog wasn't at any kind of level, let alone a professional one.
Since then, a few people have asked me to help them set up their blogs and about why I do it and how I do it etc. My blog is honestly nothing like I want it to be and if I had a lot more time there are a lot of things I would absolutely love to do to it. I'm not going to sit and list them all for fear of you all noticing how average my little corner of the internet really is.
Anyway, here are a few tips for when you're actually, really just starting out - whether you want your blog to go viral/make you a career or not.
- Do not use blogger. Please, please just trust me on this one - you'll thank yourself if you decide you want to do more complicated things with your blog later on.
- There's also no need to pay for a domain name or anything when you start blogging. Don't kid yourself that if you've paid for it then you'll use it, because honestly, if you don't love it, you won't do it anyway.
- Write down ideas ALL THE TIME. If you have something you want to say and you're on the bus, make a note on your phone. I make notes everywhere and then every week or so go through my notes and decide what I'm actually going to make something of.
- Remember that you don't have to make something of everything you ever think of. Some things just won't be that good - even ideas which you originally thought were amazing - deleting things was the most valuable thing I learned to do!
- Put a photo on every. single. post. I know I don't do this and I hate it every single time I post something without a photo, but I get far too stressed about the quality of photos and end up never actually attaching any.
- Write about what you know. There would honestly be nothing worse than me trying to enter the beauty blogging world because I'd be like, 'er yeah I think this eyeliner looks fine but I don't really know what all the fuss is about' - I just can not give the impression that I find it to be life changing when, frankly, I don't think it is.
- Be a tiny bit relatable. Some people do this by accident/by default depending which way you look at it - for example I wonder if Meg Fee writes with the intention of people understanding her, or if she just writes what she feels so beautifully that people find an affinity with her anyway.
- Find your writing style (mine is basically exactly how I speak), but with good grammar. If you're going to write about Mac Lipsticks and Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation all the time, well, the internet has proven that you can get away with writing sentences which don't actually make sense. Saying that, I assume that those slots are metaphorically filled now. If you look at the blogs which are really successful, or even the ones which don't have a huge following but look fantastic and have quite a high 'status', they're all wonderfully written.
Is there anything I've missed? Are there obvious, confusing things which I've neglected in this list? Let me know!