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.
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?
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.