What i’ve learnt in a few months of being a blogger

What i’ve learnt in a few months of being a blogger

Firstly thank you to every single one of you who reads my blogs and supports me, I truly appreciate it, and without you lovely bunch I wouldn’t be where I am now. However if you’re doing it for the freebies, you’re doing it for the wrong reasons and it won’t work. I absolutely love love love Blogggging – it’s become my new hobby/passion and it’s now all I think about 24/7. Whenever I am out and see something, I cannot resist but to buy it because I am already planning on the photo I will take to feature it on my blog, or if something happens in my life, I cannot wait to get home and write down all my ideas and share them with you guys. I wake up in the morning and love seeing how supportive you all are, whether that may be liking my photos, following me on wordpress, or retweeting me on twitter. I must say a huuuuuge thank you to my lovely mum as she is my biggest fan and is always liking and retweeting my posts! I was so undecided about starting a blog, and wondering if people would judge me. But I thought to myself what’s the point in worrying? If people don’t like it, they won’t read it. Life is too short, so if you wanna start a blog, DO IT – you won’t regret it.

 

 

How to get started and set up

First of all- sign up for a FREE wordpress account. It’s absolutely amazing, and there are so many free themes to choose from. It also shows you your daily statistics and monthly statistics and where all the views come from, even all around the world. After a month I have decided I want to pay for my own ‘DOMAIN’ which means ‘wordpress.com’ won’t feature on my webpage’ meaning being able to build your own website and have many more opportunities, this can be done from as little as £35 for the year but is not necessary at all. Your iPhone will be your new bestfriend – My camera on my iPhone 7 is bloody amazing, why pay £600 for a phone if you aren’t going to make the most of the camera?? Honestly it’s such a great camera, I love using my iPhone and a plus side to it, you don’t have to carry a heavy camera around with you, and you are most likely to always have your phone with you, however I do sometimes use my camera Fujifilm depending on if i’m at home etc but it’s not a must. The edit button on your photos will also become your bestfriend. I use the Brightness, Sharpness and Contrast to edit my photos. However other editing apps I love are – Lightroom and Canva. Prop’s find anything and everything that you already have, no need to go out and buy lots (even if it’s tempting) and use as much day light as you can for your photos. Get your first blog post written, and you’re on your way.

Social media

I would 100% recommend – Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. Connect all your social media to your blogs. You want to gain support from other bloggers, therefore be sure to follow and support them. Post pictures from your blog and always use a snappy caption to lure people into reading your blog. One of my new fav apps is ‘ Buffer’ it schedules tweets for you. Which is super handy if you have a hectic lifestyle like myself.

Time & Progress

Blogging takes time. It wasn’t until I started that I realised how time consuming it would be, but it’s a passion and hobby and something I enjoy doing. Progress – things aren’t going to happen over night. I have had a few brands approach me to ask if I would like to work along side them, if it fit’s your blog and it’s something you would be/ are passionate about, take the opportunity and nail it. However if it doesn’t fit your style, or something you really wouldn’t enjoy snapping pictures of and writing about, don’t do it. Don’t do it for the freebies. Hard work and commitment pays off in the long run. I had my first ever paid blog post the other day, which felt absolutely amazing and a real sense of achievement. When a brand/company refers to you as a ‘writer’ well –  wow it made me feel incredible. I keep thinking how one day I would love to give up my part time job, and take blogging on as my job. How perfect would that be ey?

Finally

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, ask for advice, follow people on social media and you will see a difference. Don’t use apps to see who unfollows you, because realistically do you care? Not all your readers will like your writing, not all brands will want to work with you. But hang in there and keep going. Show you’re passionate, write till you can no longer write, and blogging will be your new favourite HOBBY.

Much love

Hannah Jayde

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13 Comments

  1. December 2, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    I love this post! x

  2. December 2, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    This is such a great post for anyone thinking of starting a blog – I had wanted to start mine for a year or so but ‘never got round to it’ – I think I just didn’t know where to start! This will be so helpful for someone who was in the same position as me, great tips and I’m really glad to have found your blog! xxx

  3. December 3, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    This is such a helpful post. A few of my friends have mentioned starting a blog so I’ll send them a link to this as it’s exactly what they need to know! I couldn’t have written it better myself,
    Zara xx

  4. December 3, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    All of this is so true! I wish I started my blog sooner, it has helped me grow as a person already and I can’t wait to see what more it can bring me. Glad you’re enjoying blogging 🙂

  5. December 3, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    You are so right about asking for help! So many people have offered me help and support since I started blogging and I couldn’t have done what I have without them!

  6. December 3, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    Fab post lovely! So glad you’re enjoying it ☺️☺️

  7. December 3, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    Amazinggg post! It is a lot of work blogging but it is worth it 💕!

    Your blog looks amazing! Great job 😁

  8. December 4, 2017 / 3:42 am

    Love this blog post! I would love to make a living too about it haha who knows, maybe one day we are badass bloggers 💪 Happy blogging. Blogging can take so much time but it’s really amazing! I also love the community.

  9. Lena Dee
    December 4, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    I think you touched on some key points, I love how inspiring this is. As a new blogger I love reading posts like these…Thanks Hannah! 🙂

    Lena xx: https://lenadeexo.com/

  10. December 4, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    I love this! I’ve been blogging since October and it’s made me feel so much more motivated to keep at it, looking forward to what could have happened this time next year! Thanks for making me feel like I’m not going crazy x

  11. December 7, 2017 / 5:22 am

    How cute! Your mom likes your posts and retweets 😇 Aww! My mom doesn’t even know anything about blogging 😛 I could educate her, but she loses interest whenever I explain to her 😛

  12. Holly
    December 9, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    You’ve definitely mentioned some great key points in this post, and I was literally about to ask what cameras you have in your picture so thanks for pointing this out. I use my iPhone but thinking of maybe getting a camera, not sure though. Keep up the great work!

    Holly x
    adailydoseofholly.com

  13. January 2, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    £35 sounds kind of high for a year’s domain registration. That’s about $47 USD — I pay $15 USD a year for a domain name. When it comes time to renew, you might want to shop around and see if you can find a cheaper deal.

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