I was asked the above question the other day and I took it rather badly. It’s not what was said, but the way it was said. As if they were trying to imply ‘how dare you think you’re a blogger’, which has prompted me to write a little piece on my experience so far.
Where it began.
In January of this year, I decided to start a blog. I had a fairly good Instagram following and just thought it was time to expand and use new platforms for sharing and networking.
Why it began.
I realised most of what I do in life revolves around other people’s needs, so my blog was just for me. After having a baby and renovating our house I had lost touch with some of my friends. A lot of them aren’t settled in life like I am so we have less and less in common. My blog was intended as a way of meeting more mums in my position and building a new network of friends to suit my life. I also just like the idea of sharing information, mainly for myself so I can look back on it like a diary but also to entertain and maybe enlighten other people.
6 Tips I have learnt so far that may help new bloggers:
1. Never compare your blog to another person’s. A blog is personal and therefore, totally unique and that’s what charms readers.
2. Honesty is the best policy (this is so true in most aspects of life, but certainly blogging!) You may think your life is dull, but the mundane parts of life that no one really talks about can make for the best blogging material and can be the most humorous. If it’s a part of your day to day life then chances are it is also a part of many other people’s lives, so readers can relate to you.
3. Your blog is a brand. Even though my little blog is a tiny spec of dust within the WWW I am particular about what goes on it and try to think carefully about it. I want it to genuinely represent me and my life to anyone who comes across it who doesn’t know me. So have a bit of a plan on how you would like it to be perceived.
4. Write as if you were speaking to a friend. This ties in with both the brand and honesty part. If you word your posts in the way that you would say it out loud it becomes a lot more personal and human. It will make for an easy read, you don’t need to make it robotic.
5. Only feature strong Images. There’s no point wasting time and space on images that don’t bring anything worthwhile to your post. A blog is almost like a virtual magazine that someone may flick through to see what images look appealing before they even bother to read any words. Make them eye-catching, ensure that they relate to the post and if they’re borrowed always credit the source. It is definitely worth looking into basic methods of taking a good photograph if you would like to use your own.
6. Don’t be put off if it takes a while to build your following. The WWW is a huge place so it may take a while for people to come across your blog. The least you can do to help this is to join a couple of blogging communities and make sure you share your blog post links on various social media sites.
I hope you’ll find this useful and inspiring if you’re just starting out!
Guest post by:
Alice is a Mum from Gloucestershire who’s main interests are fashion, interiors and motherhood. She works part time within interiors, is addicted to Instagram and likes to blog in her spare time.
@alicelawts | atpatrickshouse.wordpress.com