Last week marked one whole year since i started this blog and i wrote a post about my first year of blogging and what an amazing year it had been both blog and personal wise for me. I still class myself as a new blogger and i still have so much to learn. But in this last year i have learnt so much.
1.) Pick a name you love.
When setting up a blog spend time picking a name that you love and that will grow with your blog. I just picked the first name that i came up with and i wish now that i had of thought about it more and picked a better name, something more me. As it will be a lot of work and i will probably lose followers if i change my blog name now.
2.) Google is your friend.
If like me you are technophobic and have no idea what HTML and all that jazz is then setting up a blog might seem a bit daunting at first. When i set mine up i googled everything as i had no idea what i was doing and i managed to set up a blog, install a theme on my blog and even buy and install my own domain name all thanks to google. Seriously anything blog related google will have the answer.
3.) Blog about what you love
It might seem obvious but blog about what you really love, if you love food blog about it. If you have read a great book, blog about it. I read a lot of blogs and you can always tell when someone has just blogged about something for the sake of it as the post is a bit bland. But when a blogger has blogged about something they love, well it shines through in the post and those are the posts that readers love.
4.) Social media is brilliant
If you want to get people to read your blog and you want to discover other blogs to read and make some blogging buddies then you need to get on social media. I find Twitter the best place to meet bloggers and it is also where i have had most of my blogging opportunities from. I have accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest , but Twitter is where i spend most of my time.
5.) Have clear social media buttons on your blog
When i take part in linkies i often discover some wonderful blogs and i want to follow them on social media or boglovin and so many times there is no social media or bloglovin follow buttons. Mine are the top right on my blogs homepage where they are easy to find. If you are reading this and don't have any social media buttons please add them. It is really easy to do and if you are unsure remember google is your friend and will show you how.
6.) Be Yourself
Don't try and be anyone else, always stay true to you. People read your blog because they like your style of writing, your content and voice and they want to read what you have to say not what you think they want you to say. Don't try and be like someone else just be yourself and write what you love and you will soon get readers who keep on returning to your blog.
7.) Blogging is amazing
I have had some truly amazing opportunities via blogging which is brilliant, i have reviewed great products and discovered new brands. I recorded my whole pregnancy with my son and i have attended events and made friends. It has given me confidence, pushed me out of my comfort zone, it has given me a voice, a place to call my own. Its my "me time" its something i have created and built up all on my own. It has taught me things, it has stopped me being bored and helped me use my brain, it has inspired me and ignited my love of writing and reading. It has changed my life for the better and i don't think i ever want to stop blogging now.
8.) Your blog your rules
Remember it is your blog, you make the rules. If you want to post every day then do it likewise if you only want to blog once a month that's fine too. Blog about whatever you like, don't follow what everyone else is doing. If someone asks you to review a product you know wont fit with your blog then it is ok to say no, and i have only just started realising this myself.
9.) I wish i had of started sooner.
I love blogging and i only wish that i had of started a one sooner. It has opened up a whole new world for me, i have made friends, i have earned money and reviewed some great products. It has given me confidence and most importantly it is something i enjoy. If you are reading this and thinking of starting your own blog, then just do it. Yes it can be hard work and you will have so much to learn to start with, but once you get going you will see how amazing it is and you will not regret it and it might just be one of the best things that you have ever done.
10.) Have fun
Blogging is meant to be fun, its my hobby and enjoyable. The moment it stops becoming fun and becomes a chore then i know that it is time to either a.) take a blogging break or b.) stop blogging. And i hope that it always remains fun and enjoyable for me.
So that is what i have learnt in a year of blogging, what have you learnt about blogging since you started?