Advice For A New Blogger


Since I've only been blogging for about 4 months, I wouldn't say I'm a pro or anything but I have learned a thing or two that I thought I could share with anyone who's thinking of starting out! I remember when I started out, I feel like I trawled through every corner of the internet looking for advice and tips for new bloggers, so I thought I would bring together everything I've learned so it's all in one place for you!

JUST START BLOGGING

I actually wanted to start blogging for years before I wrote my first post and I really regret not starting sooner, I guess I used the excuse that I wasn't confident enough. But honestly, if you have even the smallest passion for writing or the tiniest thought that you might want to start a blog I 100% would say - go for it! Even if confidence is an issue for you too, its a brilliant way of gaining confidence and I still feel like with every post I'm becoming more and more confident with my writing and my own thoughts. Even if it never becomes anything huge for you, blogging is a brilliant hobby and it certainly keeps me entertained!! Also, if you write a few posts and decide that blogging isn't for you, you can just stop - you've got nothing to lose!

TRY NOT TO COMPARE

My favourite quote that sums this up nicely is 'don't compare your chapter 1 to someone else's chapter 20.' When you first start up blogging (even after 4 months... a year or even more later) there are always going to be blogs that are better than yours (or that you see as better than yours!) or bloggers that are more successful than you, that's just how life works. But it's so important not to compare yourself to them, trust me, this can really bug down your confidence. But your own successes will come, it just takes time - and you need to be in your best form, with your best confidence, to get there! Instead, see the uniqueness in your blog - after all, this is what is important. And just remember that everyone started out with a blank page and 0 followers, you'll get there! 

FIND YOUR OWN STYLE

There are about a million beauty bloggers out there who are all blogging about the same palette or hair product, and this will happen in just about any category of bloggers. This is why it's so important to be unique - you need to stand out in order to be seen. Find your own style and make it different and people will be interested in you. If they've already read 10 posts on the same lipstick, chances are they won't read yours, so make them want to! Find something that makes you different from the rest and they will definitely come back for more! 

DEDICATION IS THE KEY

Unless you were born famous, chances are you won't get millions of readers overnight - so don't start blogging with this expectation. In fact, gaining a lot of followers can take years and years to do, so it's so important to stick to it and keep going! A lot of people can become discouraged when they don't see their stats increasing or if a certain post doesn't get a lot of views - and this will happen, a lot - but it's so important to stay dedicated and to work at it, eventually you will get there, so don't give up so soon! Also, it's so important to keep consistent with your posts, because if you don't post for months people will forget your blog exists and you will lose readers. To start with, I recommend publishing blog posts twice a week - that way you are consistent, but not super super busy!!

TWEET, TWEET

The blogging community on Twitter is pretty much amazing so I highly recommend getting a Twitter account! I can't recommend Twitter enough, it's basically free advertising for your blog. Every time you publish a new blog post you can tweet a link out and people will come - In fact, most of my readers come from Twitter, so I don't know where I'd be without it! It's also a great way of meeting other bloggers and reading other blogs, it's so important to engage with other blogs too, as this will not only help you to gain readers but you may also make new friends! I also highly recommend joining in with blogger chats (eg. #TheGirlGang chat on Mondays) as this is a brilliant way of getting your blog out there and meeting new people - we're also all very lovely and welcoming *grin* ! 

BLOGGING NECESSITIES (?) 

Trust me, you don't need any fancy high tech camera or lighting when you first start out blogging. In fact, when I first started blogging all I had was a laptop and a phone. I used to take all my blog photos on my phone, using Instagram so I could use the filters...! This is fine! - People aren't going to expect the best photography when you're first starting out, honestly, even if you did have the best camera it can still take a while to really understand how to get the best pictures! Practice makes perfect after all. 

ORGANISATION

I can't stress the importance of organisation when you first start out blogging, especially if you're planning on sticking to a posting schedule. I will be doing a post on blogging organisation soon so look out for that if you want more tips! But my main tip would be to write EVERYTHING down - some days you'll have so many ideas for posts and others you'll have no ideas at all. On those good days I highly recommend writing every idea down - get yourself a notebook and pen, it's as simple as that! 

I hope these tips were helpful for you guys, and I hope that it has possibly inspired some new bloggers to write their first post..?! If you're a new blogger I would love it if you could leave your blog link down below and I'll be sure to check you out - also I'm always around on twitter (@jemmasimplelife) if you need more advice or just a chat!


20 comments :

  1. These are really great tips, Jemma :) It's so important to stop yourself from comparing your blog to others when starting out as it can quickly make you loose motivation. Also, scheduling and planning is the way to go! I couldn't do anything properly if I didn't plan in advance and didn't keep anything organised :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. Thanks so much lovely! :) That's so true, it's really easy to fall into the trap of comparing your blog to others, but being unique is the way to go!! Also, your so right about scheduling, I wouldn't be anywhere near as organised without Excel!! x

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  2. Great advice! So many simple and easy tips that any blogger, new or otherwise can quickly take on board! Dedication really is key, and it's so important to just have fun with your blog! It's your own personal, creative space, so run with that and blog what makes you happy! Everyone excepts success overnight and the blogging market is so saturated these days, it's better to just concentrate on having fun and meeting amazing people, if success comes it comes, but it's not the be all and end all :)

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more! For me, blogging is pretty much just a fun hobby that I love and that keeps me occupied - I feel like that's a good place to start for any blogger and then just see where it goes from there! x

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  3. These are amazing tips! Have your own style is super important because sometimes we get caught up in the style and the blogs of others bloggers and we lose our esence which is the most important thing we have. Thanks for doing this! :)

    www.blossomikebana.com

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    1. I'm glad you liked my tips! I 100% agree with you there and that is such a huge one for me because whenever I read other blogs I'm always inclined to write in their style, because I feel like that's the 'correct' way of doing things. But I've really found my own style now, and it feels so much more natural - finding your own style is the right way to go!! x

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  4. I have been blogging for almost four years and I still compared myself to others, it's impossible not to but it doesn't help x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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    1. I know, it's so difficult - I do this all the time too! I just try to look at it differently and see what is unique about my blog compared to others - people like uniqueness and it'll make people want to come back and read your blog more! :) x

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  5. I have blogging on and off since I was 13, but now I have created a blog I love and am happy to stick to it. I still struggle with being able to produce content I am happy with every week, ut it just takes time.

    P.S love this post :)

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    1. It can take time to find your feet and to really build a passion for blogging and what you're blogging about! Dedication and commitment it really the key to finding this passion :) Thanks for your lovely comment x

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  6. Love this, it can be so so hard for all new bloggers (I've only been blogging for two months) twitter has helped me lots!

    lovely post,
    Daizy from| www.ZyaandDaizy.wordpress.com

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    1. I know what you mean - twitter has literally been a life saver! :) x

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  7. It's refreshing to see this post today because you can have down days when you think you're not doing enough! But I think clear planning goes a long way, and Twitter is a great platform to find and meet other blogs/bloggers ! Great post Jemma! :)

    Shannon ~ www.shannonkara.com

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    1. I completely understand what you mean - I think we've all been there at some point! :) Planning is a huge life saver for me, my Mum always makes lists for everything, so I think it's in the genes! Haha! Thanks for your lovely comment! x

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  8. Such a lovely and useful post!! Thank-you for sharing your tips!!

    Xxx

    throughherblueeyesblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. No problem, lovely! :) I'm glad you found it helpful x

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  9. These are great tips for bloggers. I too wish I had started sooner but least we're doing it now.
    I'm loving your blog by the way ❤
    Louise
    Lifestylen.co.uk

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  10. Hey these are some great tips! i really enjoy reading your blog :) I'm a new blogger jadelisajago.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much! I just checked out your blog and you're doing a great job so far - keep it up! x

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