-->

5 Tips For Anyone Thinking Of Starting a Blog*

 

Before I started writing my own blog, I was a fan of reading blogs and watching vlogs. I always find it interesting know what people have to say. Back then I tended to be interested in things like plus size fashion especially bloggers who showed off different shop hauls and were honest about size and fit. It was like reading a review of the item from people just like me – great! Then when I was pregnant with Miss D, I decided that I wanted to start my own blog. It started as a way to document my pregnancy and then grew from there. I was nervous about starting my own blog, so I wanted to share some tips with you, in case you’re in a similar position. 

 

March To The Beat of Your Own Drum 

The blogging community is friendly but it can also feel competitive. I am sure we are all guilty of scrolling through social media newsfeeds and feeling that we haven’t quite lived up to someone else, or aren’t doing as well as everyone else. Blogging is no exception. However, remind yourself that everyone started out blogging and when they start, no one knows what they’re doing! We all have to start somewhere and doing anything creative like this is a massive learning curve. Don’t compare yourself to others, just do what makes you happy and learn as you go, in your own time. 

Don’t Be in It For The Freebies 

Lots of people are under the impression that bloggers and influencers are sent loads of freebies all the time. This means that people can be motivated to start a blog in order to be able to get sent gifts too! Let me tell you, if bloggers are meant to be sent lots of free things, my address must have gotten lost in the post somewhere! Of course, you’ll have seen on my blog and Instagram that I have been lucky enough to be sent a few things & Miss D and I have been invited to some lovely places. But, they certainly don’t happen overnight & then certainly don’t happen all the time. Do blogging because you love it and that way anything else is just a bonus. 

Design Doesn’t Have to Be Hard 

The biggest struggle for me was knowing where to start with designing my blog. Initially I went onto Etsy and there are different templates you can purchase and even have installed to get you going. Now I know a little more about blogging I know there are lots of websites such as Font Bundles that help make life easier. These websites have mini sections within them such as a graffiti font site that allow you to download different fonts to help make design easier. You don’t even have to use these for blogs; you can use them for business cards, party invites and so much more. They’re free so you don’t even have to worry about the financial implications. 

Join In With The Blogging Community 

No matter what niche of blog you decide to write, there will be an online community of bloggers with a similar passion. The best place I have found for this is Facebook groups but following hashtags on Twitter isn’t a bad place to look either. This allows you to find people with a similar interest to you and meet new people. I have attended a few blogging events too which can be a good way to make new friends. The great thing about this is that they know about blogging too, so you can ask them any questions when you get stuck with something, really handy. 

Enjoy Yourself 

However, the biggest tip I can give you is enjoy it! I’m not saying that it will always be easy or that it won’t have its struggles, but it does need to be something you enjoy otherwise what is the point? I definitely have times where I don’t feel like blogging and that is okay. I remind myself that I don’t have to keep up with everyone else and it is okay to take a break. Just come back to it when I feel ready rather than forcing myself to put out content I didn’t enjoy writing, as I think that really shows.  

Have a read of some blogs you like & put yourself in their shoes – could you write in the same way and share elements of your life with people? If so, go for it – what do you have to lose?