So today I have a slightly different post on the blog than my usual beauty related topics. Some things have been on my mind a lot lately with regarding being a blogger so I thought what better way to express them than to feature them in a lifestyle related post.
When I first started up my blog in April 2013 I had quite a lot of spare time on my hands. I found blogging was really enjoyable and I loved every aspect that came with it; the photography, the web design, the writing and the general creative outlet it brings. I still to this day love running a blog and love being able to call it my own and be proud of what I have achieved in my 2 years + of blogging. All things aside though, I can honestly say I have learnt so many new skills from running my own blog that no school or college could ever teach you.
You only get what you put in..
As with a lot of other things in life, you will generally only get what you put in. The same applies when it comes to blogging. This is something I have experienced throughout my 2+ years in writing a blog. Sometimes I would have massive amounts of free time on my hands and I would do nothing else all day but sit down and write out posts and take pictures. Other times I would be so busy with work commitments, family and social engagements that I simply hadn’t got the time to sit down and come up with new content for my blog. However, when you don’t put the effort into getting your latest content uploaded it definitely shows. You start receiving less and less feedback on that last post you did and even traffic across all your social media platforms starts to wane. I can honestly say I have experienced this feeling on and off throughout my last 2 years in writing for my blog and it does leave you feeling a little deflated.
Blogging is something that you constantly have to keep on top of in order to maintain a relationship with your readers but don’t let the workload defeat you! When I say workload, some people may disagree and say it isn’t work if you enjoy it. Don’t get me wrong, of course I don’t think of it as traditional hard labour but running a blog essentially does take a lot of work. (And time at that!) It is only natural to feel a little disheartened by the fact that only a small amount of people read your last post and you can so easily get bogged down by visitor numbers and stats that it may make you want to stop writing altogether!
I will be the first to admit that at times, I haven’t put the effort into maintaining my blog on a regular basis for no reason other than losing interest due to feeling like no one reads your content – yet I still expect that after 2 years blogging, surely I would have more readers than I do? This is the part where I tell myself I am not doing this for the views or for the freebies, I am doing this because I love it and it’s my passion and unless I continue to put all my effort and drive into making it as successful as I want it to be, it’s not going to happen. You only get what you put in after all!
Good photography is key.
I have come across so many great blogs in my time, but unfortunately the one thing that often let’s them down is the photography. My own being one. No, I am not here to bash other bloggers nor do I mean to make fun of anyone (hey, I’m no great photographer myself) but I can’t help but cringe a little bit when I see old photo’s indeed I or someone else has taken of a badly done manicure in a dark dingy lit room.
None of us are qualified photographers and boy do we know it, but do you often think about those big successful bloggers you follow and wonder why your blog doesn’t look quite as pretty and proportional as theirs? Good quality photography. It just makes so much of a difference to the overall look of someone’s blog when their pictures are on point. You don’t need the most expensive camera you can find either, a fairly decent digital camera will do the job just fine alongside some creative product poses. Excuse me.. I’m off to scroll through Pinterest.
If you don’t know how to do it.. Teach yourself!
When I started out blogging I pretty much hadn’t a clue how to do anything for myself. Website designing, editing photographs and even setting up my own domain name sounded like a foreign language. Throw in learning how to use html and coding and I was nearly on the verge of throwing my laptop out the window altogether. One day you go from just reading other people’s blogs to eventually wanting to start up your own and it really can be a daunting process. Not to mention you probably haven’t got the first notion on how to go about doing it! If there is one major thing that blogging has taught me I can honestly say it was to teach myself how to do all these new things that you think only a qualified person can do.
Meet Google. He is now your best friend! The very first place I turn to when I don’t understand how to do something is Google. If I had to pay 1 cent for every time I needed to type a question into the search bar I would owe thousands! If anyone tells you that you can’t learn anything from being on the internet all day, then they are quite simply a fool. You will need some amount of patience though (another thing that blogging has taught me to have) but it will be worth it in the long run when you finally know how to make your very own button for your website or upload a file using an FTP client.
Learning how to do things for yourself is also great because you don’t have to rely on anyone else to do it for you. That means you can have your blog looking exactly the way you want it – everything down from the design to the content to the name. I have learned so many new skills when it comes to using new computer software and editing programmes. Next time you don’t know how to do something, don’t feel defeated by it – teach yourself.