When I started blogging, I had no clue on what to expect, the amount of work that goes into blogging or anything about it. I hadn’t really read any blogs before and I had no idea on the details like photography, layouts, prices and SEO. To be honest I still have no clue what SEO is and I am still learning, however when I started to get more into blogging I read a lot of posts about advice. I found the posts specifically by bloggers the best because of course they have first hand experience. There are millions of bloggers out there, all with different pieces of advice that are really handy for either new bloggers or blogger who have got experience themselves. Often getting different views can help because it makes it more varied. I came up with this blog post idea to get a few piece of advice from different bloggers, who in my opinion are very good at what they do and I admire them. Even when talking to the other bloggers, I found some of their advice to be incredibly helpful.
My advice would be is to don’t think you need the best and most expensive pieces of equipment to make your blog good or successful. For example you don’t need the Canon cameras that some bloggers have, or you don’t necessarily need to have Adobe Photoshop to edit your photos. You can take perfectly good photos on a phone stood next to a window, or you can use free editing sites like Be.Funky.com. Yes, it is nice to have them, and if you have the money then I would highly recommend investing in them. However if you don’t have the money, then you can find alternatives.
I hope you find the girls advice here really helpful because I know I did!!
“Be original – don’t try to be like someone else you admire. Figure out what toy you can bring to the table that’s unique. Don’t compare your content to others! Especially when someone has been blogging for 5 years and you’ve been blogging for 5 minutes. Comparison is the thief of success and joy!
Always be honest – never lie or mislead your followers. Always be 100% honest. Trust is easily lost so always be true to yourself!
Be yourself and show your personality. I fall in love with a blog when people make me laugh, cry or feel something. So if it means letting your guard down or being a little geeky, then do it!
Social media is your best friend.
For people looking to work with brands I’d say earning their respect is key. So purchase something yourself and then write about it and do a good job and continue to do this and you may get noticed. But if not and you really love a brand then you haven’t lost out!”
“We all know that good lighting is the key to beautiful photography, but it can be difficult to achieve, especially if you live in dreary London in the winter time. My best advice for well lit images is to have a portable background that you can move according to where the light source is in the room.
I use a cheap Ikea table top (you can buy the tops separately) and I like to position it directly under the window for a crisp white background. If you prefer marble you can get an off-cut of a work surface, anything that can be transported really.
Composition is also super important. I like to add different levels to my images by making use of books, blankets and magazines to add varying textures and heights (especially in flatlay images).
Lastly, enjoy taking photos! If I get into a rut and I try to force myself to take photos then I usually start to panic and get frustrated, and my images don’t come out very well. If you find yourself lacking in inspiration then take a break, browse Pinterest or read a magazine and come back to it later.”
“I suppose for me I just did so much research before I started, especially into what makes people engage with your blog, research into SEO (even though it was just beginners research it’s good to have the basics so you can start optimising your blog straight away rather than trying to play catch up), how to take good pictures etc and that really helped me before I started! Something I wish I had done was start up social media accounts earlier, I have been on Instagram for ages but only just started twitter and I wish I had done that earlier!
And what I would tell myself is to not compare to other people, especially when starting out. Everything takes time, I remember getting so stressed out because all of my pictures hadn’t turned out how I wanted them one day, but literally a few days later they were so much better because I had tried a few different things with my camera! It can be disheartening if you are comparing your blog at the beginning to someone who has been doing it for years, but everyone has to start somewhere!”
“I would say that being original is the biggest most important thing ever. To be yourself and not follow the pack. Do what makes YOU happy and focus on the posts YOU want to write. Words flow easier when you’re passionate about the topic you’re writing on.”
I hope you have found some of this advice helpful! I would like to thank Stacey, Faye, Laura and Elley for giving sharing some of their advice for this post and you would be crazy not to check out their lovely blogs!
What advice do you have for other bloggers or new bloggers?
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… and yes I know the header photo has no relation to the post but I liked it!