I may have been blogging for around three years now, but in all honesty, I still haven’t got a clue what I’m doing. However, when I first started blogging, I turned to other people’s advice when I was stuck, and I read so many posts for tips and tricks on how this whole blogging world works. So, I thought I’d share with you some of the simple tips I found that were super helpful when I first started blogging.
Utilise the Calendar Tool –
This is a more recent trick I’ve been using. I saw this tip originally on Thoughts From Jasmine‘s post, and this widget allows you a new level of organisation. It’s a widget you can download through WordPress, and it allows me to organise my uploads effectively.
You DON’T need a fancy camera –
ALL my blog photos and social media posts during the first two years of blogging were taken with my phone. You don’t need a fancy camera to be a blogger. Yes, I’ve very recently invested in a camera, mainly for upcoming travel trips but I don’t need it to continue blogging. You just need a smartphone. Good lighting is the number one trick to getting good photos, and makes a huge difference.
Have a Fast and Stable Broadband Connection –
I can’t emphasise this tip enough. When I moved out to the UAE and having the worst wifi imaginable, it’s made blogging so difficult. Preparing blog posts at home in the UK is made so much easier by our super-fast broadband connection with TalkTalk UFO*.
Blog on Things YOU Love and Take Pride in Your Work –
Simply stay true to you. Blog on whatever you want. I see a endless number of posts about having a blogging ‘niche’, but to me, my blog represents me, and yours should represent you. With this, you shouldn’t compare yourself nor care what others may think, share things you love. Not only will you enjoy blogging, it will help retain your motivation to keep blogging. I remember when I first started my blog, I was apprehensive as to what I shared due to fear of judgement, but with confidence in yourself, this fear lessens.
Don’t be Scared to Ask –
There has been a lot of times where I’ve had to feel a little silly and reach out to an ‘internet’ friend when I’ve got stuck. The following fellow bloggers were absolute angels, helping me out whenever I’ve got stuck: Louise (Louise Rose Railton), Jas (Thoughts from Jasmine), Corine (Skinned Cartree), and Tori (Indigo Rosee).
When I look back through my published posts from when I started blogging, I always find spelling and grammatical errors. In hindsight that was because I’d finish a blog post, and be so eager to hit publish that I wouldn’t proofread accurately. So, make sure you proof read every single post before hitting that publish button. Don’t be like me!
Read into SEO –
SEO is something that has taken me a long time to get my head around, and I still don’t really understand it all. Read into this if you want to increase your audience reach and ‘up your blogging game’. The basic thing to know is that the better your SEO is, the more likely to show up on google.
Use Social Media to Advertise Your Content –
I cannot emphasis how much publishing your blog posts on social media will increase your views, as well as audience reach. I use twitter, instagram, facebook and sometimes pinterest to advertise my content, and find that my instagram brings in my most views out of all of my social medias.
What are your top tips and tricks for blogging?
[*Disclaimer – I have worked with TalkTalk in the past, but this post is not an AD nor sponsored, I just have great, positive opinions of their service and connection].
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