The blogging industry is growing to be bigger and BIGGER every single day and it is crazy how it has become really popular. When I first started blogging I didn’t really know of anyone else who wanted to become a blogger or had any intentions of it, but now I almost get emails daily of people asking me about how I became a blogger, why, what I used… You get the idea.
When I started blogging, as I have mentioned previously I had << NO CLUE >> about anything to do with blogging. There are so many ins and outs of blogging that you only really discover as you progress with your blog. It also depends on where you want your blog to lead you, whether you are just blogging as a habit, for it to possibly become a future career or just to earn a little bit of money, or to help you with school or uni work. The possibilities are endless but if you really want to MAKE it with your blog then you need to know the basic secrets of blogging.
~~ Time is EVERYTHING ~~
Depending on whether you take your own photos, or use stock images or on the length of the blog post it all racks in a bit of time. When I take my photos I normally do it in large shoots which take me up to 3 hours because I just gets really messy, and then I edit my photos and then writing a post can take me from anything up to half an hour to an hour. You need to make sure you have enough time on your hands to blog because you don’t want to pile too much stress or tasks on to yourself.
~~ Unfortunately blogging is not free ~~
You can find sites like WordPress.com or Tumblr to start a free blog on but there are HUGE limitations. ‘But Emily why are you saying that when you use WordPress.com?’ I do use WordPress.com but I have the premium membership which allows me more freedom… However I will talk about why I chose that rather than moving to a self hosted site in another blog.
If you want a funky looking website with big design opportunities, your own web address and chances to monetize your blog then you will need to purchase all of this either like I did through WordPress.com or by having your own self hosted website. Themes for your website will cost around £40-£50 and then hosting that can cost up to £100 a year. It can become expensive, however this only really is the case for bloggers who want to make a career or a bit of money out of their blog. If you are just blogging for a hobby and aren’t necessarily into all the business side then you can use a site like WordPress.com and pay absolutely nothing!
~~ Patience is KEY ~~
Gaining followers, raking up the views, getting in contact or receiving things from brands does not happen overnight. This is one of the most important steps because a lot of people start blogging because they think they will earn lots of money, receive loads of goodies and become the next Zoella straight away. BUT IT IS OKAY TO NOT THINK LIKE THIS. In my first few months of blogging I only had 60 followers but I have been blogging for a year and a half now (WOW!!) and I have 4000 followers (DOUBLE WOW!!). If you are determined to succeed and stick to your blog then there is no reason why you won’t.
~~ Let’s talk copyright issues ~~
On a more serious note, on side to blogging you –DEFO– do NOT want to fall into is the copyright side. Anyone can accuse you of stealing their content or ideas even if it wasn’t your intention or if you never have seen their profile before, it will happen. It can happen when using images from the internet too, by using things you thought were free stock images. That’s why I tend to take my own images… but also because I like to be creative. If you stick to your own niche then you will be perfectly fine!
~~ Learning the tech stuff ~~
What is HTML coding? What is SEO? These are things which will help you succeed as a blogger, and more importantly will help you run your blog. They are tricky to get your head around, and I am still unsure about some bits because as I am on WordPress.com, it does it all for me (BONUS), however there are loads of online courses which are FREE to get you started and prepped.
~~ Social media will be your bff ~~
It’s no secret that social media and blogging are related, and social media is going to be the best thing that can happen for your blog. Platforms like Twitter and Instagram are amazing for connecting with other bloggers, building a following and getting yourself and your content OUT THERE. It is pretty much a constant task with Instagram comment pods, or just loads of notifications 24/7 however I have made some cool friends through it who have taught me what I know about blogging today.
This might seem really overwhelming and it will because I totally understand how it feels to be starting out in such a complex industry. It is a bit like being a rabbit in a headlight. However where do you think everyone started? Blogging has so many pros too including making friends, creating contacts with brands and industries, and sometimes it can act as a place to escape too.
If you have any friends, family or pals you know are thinking of starting a blog then send them this because it will help them a great deal!
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