Despite having read blogs for a long time I found that starting my own was a completely different experience, and there were so many things I just wish I knew back then! I know these sort of posts can be a bit decisive, but personally I find 'blog tips' type posts so, so helpful and I thought now that I've been blogging for 8 months I'd do one myself!
1. Commenting and interacting with other blogs is not only one of the most enjoyable parts of blogging, but also what will help to grow your blog. I love reading comments on something I've written and always try to check out blogs in return. I think a nice, thoughtful comment really can make somebody's day. I would suggest not going for a really generic "great post, follow my blog" type of comment though as they can seem slightly insincere, and honestly if they've just been cut and paste to as many places as possible its fairly obvious!
2. Remember your blog's supposed to be fun! It can be so easy to get swept away with increasing your follower counts, getting a few free products and trying to keep up with posting goals that you forget why you started all of this in the first place! I won't lie, reaching 500 followers on Bloglovin, Twitter and Instagram was great, but it isn't a magic fix to making you love your blog so remember to enjoy and be proud of what your posting, even if it gets a few less comments than usual!
3. Use natural light. It just looks so, so much better! Although winter hours now make this trickier and trickier, particularly for those of us working and studying a lot, it really does make such a difference to a picture. Check the difference lighting and editing can make to the picture's below to see what I mean!
4. Appreciate all your blog achievements. I think comparing yourself to other bloggers or even your own previous blog posts is such an easy trap to fall into and we're probably all guilty of it! I remember having one post that for whatever reason got way more views and comments that any of my previous posts (like literally double the views of the one directly before) and after being ecstatic for a few days, I then started to worry about whether I'd ever have a post that successful again! Which obviously isn't the most positive way to look ahead!
5. Your blog template isn't the most confusing thing in the world, I promise! If, like me, you're not ridiculously savvy when it comes to html, java and encoding there are a crazy amount of step by step guides out there for even the most novice wanabe computer programmers! Check out the blogging tips series on vvnightingale for some great, easy to follow advice, or consider downloading a cheap template. Mines from the wonderful Pipdig and not only was it crazily easy to apply but it also essentially does nearly everything design wise for you!
6. Dont feel too self-conscious. While really fun and exciting, starting a blog is also pretty scary, and I think one of the scariest things is the potential reactions of others. When I started blogging I only told my sister and my best friend and to be honest this number hasn't hugely increased! I would say that if you're worried about having people laugh at you or just not understand the point of blogging then don't worry too much! It's your little space online to write about what you want to write about, so try not to worry too much about what other people might or might not think. Although big shout out to my mum who secretly stalks my blog!
7. Social media is super important! Whether its getting new readers, putting your blog out there or finding new blogs to read and interact with, social media, and especially twitter, is the way to go. Joining twitter chats is really fun and also allows you to meet so many new bloggers and potential readers, so just go for it!
These might seem like pretty simple tips, but these are definitely the ones I wish I'd known all those months ago when I decided on the spur of the moment as I avoided revising that starting a blog would be a great idea. And to be fair, it was a pretty great idea, so I'd definitely recommend going for it if you are considering starting one, and I'd love to read it!!
What do you think of these tips? And if you have a blog what is the one thing that you wish you'd told your newbie blogger self?!