If I Could Restart // Beginners Blogging Tips

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I've been blogging for nearly two years now... yep, how the hell did that happen! I am in nooo wayyy any kind of expert, but I always find myself wondering about what I would do differently if I could go back to that first post and start again. I've been putting more effort into this little blog for the last couple of months, and it has been on my mind a lot. I feel like some of the things I would change are maybe a bit too late for me to start doing now, but I can at least try and help any of you newbies, and guide you along your way.

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-Schedule And Plan-

Planning ahead is definitely the way forward when you are blogging part time, so many other things in life get in the way, and if you don't try to plan, you will forget things and fall behind.
It's very useful to have a schedule, meaning you know exactly when you want to post, what kind of posts, and what you need to do to complete it. when I started blogging, I didn't do this at all, I just posted random days, sometimes every day, and then not for ages, and that isn't good to get you noticed, or for your own blogging guilt... It's a thing, trust me.
Lately I've been putting this advice into action, and I've started a bullet journal (Post coming soon!) and It has really helped me organise myself, in everyday life and with my blog. I have monthly to do lists, daily to do lists and notes for when I think of post ideas. thinking ahead for what I want to post every month, and then writing down little actions to do each day means that you don't procrastinate as much, and you get the posts done for when you want. My current schedule is Fashion posts on Tuesdays; every other week being an outfit post, and lifestyle posts on Fridays. This gives me enough time to create the content, yet is slightly pushing myself, with two posts a week. It's important to get the balance right.



-Social Media / Contact Prep-

Social medium is very important when starting and running a blog, otherwise no one will be able to see your content. The important ones are Instagram, Twitter, BlogLovin and a Facebook page, but you can have as many or as little social media accounts as you want. You might not want to dive in too deep straight away, and that's fine. When you have decided what social media you want to use, it's a good idea to make them all correspond with each other, using the same usernames and themes throughout, so you have a continuous look for your blog brand.
An idea that I really wish that I had done when I started is set up a new email dedicated to your blog, use this to run your social media through, and to have as your blog contacting email. This will really make it a lot easier to have all of your emails, and everything blog related you need all in one place. This allows for no distractions from other emails, ensuring that any collaborations or other things don't get lost in your inbox.



-Themes And Niches-

As I touched on above, it's very important to have a theme running throughout your blog and social media. It doesn't have to be anything too drastic, just as long as each of your profiles don't look dramatically different. I have a theme of monochrome, light grey and muted pastels, with light / white backgrounds for photographs. I haven't completely mastered this yet, but It's subtle and I'm trying to improve on it! Having a theme is especially important for attracting people to your Instagram!
Another thing to think about is what you want your blogging niche to be. I'm going to be honest, you don't actually neeeeeed to have one, but it's always good to have an idea about what yours is, even if it is a very loose idea, as it can help with deciding what posts you want to create, who your target audience is, and the best way to tag and promote your posts.
I class my blog as a fashion, lifestyle and creative blog, And I'm trying to make it a little bit more nerdy too. keeping these in mind will help to make your blog look and feel all as one, giving it some order and creating an audience who can trust that you will post content they will like. A Theme and a loose Niche are a killer way to get yourself noticed and be known for a certain something.
Don't put too much pressure on yourself too early though, as this takes time, and I have only just started to work this out. But thinking about it early is a good way to get started, and your can expand on it as you go.



-Layout-

A good layout is key to making your blog easy to navigate, meaning that your content won't get passed by. Starting with a simple layout is always a good idea, as you don't know how the body of your posts are going to feel and look in that layout yet, and as you go on, you can adapt it to this. Having a photo of yourself and a brief description adds character to the page and breaks it up a bit, whilst allowing any readers to engage in who you are as a person.
I mentioned above about having your theme run throughout your blog channels, and your layout is no exception, A simple white or light grey background colour, with the colours of your theme for the writing and headings is a good and easy place to start. Consider how you want to display links to your social media channels, down the side? at the bottom of a post? or both!  Do you want buttons down the side pannel of your blog, showing off your Instagram and popular posts, or do you want a more clean look? Again this doesn't have to be decided right away, but it's something to research and consider.



-Interaction-

So you have your overall look and social media channels sorted, you've written a few posts and you've been promoting yourself on your new Instagram and Twitter, but you've not been getting much response or feedback... so what can you do?
The best thing for this, not only when you are new to the blogging world, but throughout alllll of it is to interact online. Talking to other bloggers, getting involved in blogger chats, commenting, liking and following other blog content that you enjoy is the best way to get others to do the same to yours. To get noticed you really need to immerse yourself in the community and make the effort.
To be completely honest I'm being a massive hypocrite, as I am terrible at this! I find it really hard to find the time to interact that much without it taking over my personal life, but even if it is only a little bit, it will all help. I think this is especially achievable if you are starting blogging young, (like I wish I did!) as you have more free time and less commitments, allowing you more time to interact with other blogs and like minded bloggers. Curse you full time job!



-Quality Over Quantity (Kind of)-

When I first started I posted an outfit everyday for about a month, and then I wore myself out and got a bit depressed that I couldn't keep up that momentum, and looking back I don't know how I thought that was going to be possible! I rushed the looks and the editing process to achieve the one post a day idea, and it just ended up with me being stressed and a bunch of average outfits with rushed writing. Not. Good.
The blogging world is very saturated, with so many blogs and posts that your need to make original content that is true to yourself and that you enjoy, otherwise you will get lost, so pushing yourself too hard and rushing a post is not what you should be doing. For me personally, blogging is about doing something I enjoy, and being creative and I shouldhave fun with it. I push myself enough but not too much. I try to make the best quality content I can about things that I am interested and enjoy. If I have too much going on in other areas of my life, I give myself a week off, or miss a day on my schedule. I allow myself these little breaks otherwise you will burn out and stop blogging all together, and you will regret it. Don't put too much pressure on yourself though, you won't make the perfect post straight away, and don't be upset or put off if you aren't completely happy with your first posts. It takes time to figure out your voice and what style you want to blog in. Try starting with one post a week, put all of your effort and thought into that post and enjoy creating it. One amazing post is much much worth your time than two average ones that have been done before. Work out what you want to create, practice it and then when you feel comfortable try and go for two posts a week, and so on! But always think about the quality of the content before the deadline.

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And those are my little tips to help beginners along their way in the blogging world!
I hope that these have been helpful for someone, and helped you to plan and get some ideas for how you want to make your blog the best it can be.
I'd love you to leave a comment or follow me on my social media channels if you did find this helpful (see what I did there...) and I will comment back and say hello!
Good luckkkkk and have fun!




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