So a month is a drop in the ocean compared to some others that have been blogging years. However I thought it would be good to pass on what I have learnt.
I have actually learnt a lot in that short amount of time. It is certainly an eye opener and there is a learning curve you need to adapt to. There is however definitely a correct way to get of to a non messy start.
Take a Step Back.
I wish I had spent some time to understand it all. I normally do my research before approaching any new topic. I did the same for blogging but I still felt a bit overwhelmed once I started.
Think about what you want to do and then spend some time just looking it all up. Try to find other blogs that have a similar thought. Understand the tools you are going to be using and what other people say about them.
There’s nothing wrong with starting rough, and its possibly the best way to display growth. However getting content of to a strong start will only help.
Have Content Ready
Personally I wish I had saved a few articles and then started my blog. Firstly this would have allowed me to work on my style and quality. For my first few posts I was always going back to make edits so they were similar in feel. I actually re-wrote a whole review.
Secondly it will give any viewers an idea of what your whole blog is about. Sure you can give it a name and a category but having a few posts that people can view will let them know if they want to keep up. Individual posts will always peak but aiming for consistency is key.
Lastly, you will always have a next objective. I see some posts about ‘blog ideas’ and to me I don’t understand why you would need an artificial idea, it should feel organic. Maybe that’s where I’m going wrong?
Join Your Community Early
You may wish to spend some time just joining your community. Like minded blogs/ bloggers that you can engage with and build a brand.
I am yet to find my community. There are some good ones around on Twitter and Pinterest but nothing like this blog. Sure people do reviews but its all books, beauty products and travels. Also some are self serving and really only use engagement to build their own brand… so be careful.
Its not a no, but be careful of follow for follow/ follow and unfollow community. Its unlikely that engaging in this type of community will lead to real growth. It’s like having a thousand people visit your art gallery but no one could say what your paintings were about or why they entered.
Use Social Media
I think depending on your blog, will depend on your social media usage. I have personally found that Instagram is where my content fits. Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook doesn’t seem to work.
As I said if you run a lifestyle, travel or beauty blog Twitter is probably the best place to start and Pinterest to follow. I’m giving all of them a fair shot, but I’m not sure how long I’ll continue with Twitter.
Experiment and Don’t be Afraid to Change
This blog has only gone under one redesign. The next one feels close, I know what I want and I’m trying to figure it out.
When you start you’ll likely want some sort of style that will change when you start to explore others. Personally I’m not a fan of other film/ gaming review blog layouts. That’s why this is more of a casual/ lifestyle blog aesthetic. Again this could be where I’m going wrong but I won’t change it.
Make the Decision if you want to Financially Invest Early.
There’s a few things you can throw money at.
- Your own domain and hosting – Something I would recommend as it’s cleaner and not that costly.
- Premium plans on WordPress – this gives you access to a bunch of new features such as plug ins.
- Themes – Some people charge for a theme you might want.
- SEO – Search Engine Optimisation. Basically do you want people to find your blog quicker and easier.
All of these together will mean the sooner you invest the more chance you have at getting it back. It’s still a risk but gives you longer to get used to it all. Implementing these slower could cost more in the long run.
Use Quality Design Pieces
The thing with design is there’s quality everywhere and someone is always better. The thing with poor design is it’ll be avoided and that will hurt. Tools such as Canva and the adobe quite will help depending on your level of skill.
If you use your own photography make sure its good and relevant, as this is a selling point for your brand.
So in summary, it’s been a good month. My views are below 10 most days but there’s been a couple of good days. I’ve recently stepped away from some of the reviews because they work better on my Instagram. Also I’m still looking for a community. So yeah absolutely still figuring it all out.