So it turns out I’ve been blogging for just over six months (how time flies!?). I started my blog because I loved reading other peoples blogs and wanted to capture some of my experiences. Since then it’s been my little side project that I’ve loved working. Here is some of my advice for those considering venturing into blogging or those just starting out alongside some of my blogging highlights so far. Disclaimer – I am certainly no blogging expert, this is simply my reflections and thoughts on the six months I have been running my blog – enjoy!
- Don’t be Held Back by the Judgement of Others – There is no doubt about it so many people have their own blogs these days and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Don’t focus on following the crowd, find your own niche and write for yourself. Unfortunately there will always be some people who don’t appreciate your work but as is life and haters gonna hate!
- Get Ready to Have Some Amazing Experiences – Getting into blogging I completely underestimated the number of opportunities it would bring. I’ve already attended events with Magnum, Mahiki, Hard Rock Cafe, Funkin’ Cocktails, Hummus Bros, the Cheltenham Races with Ladbrokes and met amazing supportive people. I’ve never been great at networking but going to blogging events has certainly helped. It’s amazing to be part of the blogging community and have my eyes opened to so many opportunities.
- When in Doubt, Ask Others – This follows on from my previous point, but there are so many bloggers out there that are always willing to help you with any blogging relating issues you might have. Get involved in Facebook groups for bloggers, twitter chats and how-to guides online. Any blog is always a work in progress so don’t expect things to be perfect the first time around. It’s ok to evolve your blog as you learn the ropes, even the biggest bloggers started somewhere.
- Live Life First, Blog Second – I’m sure it goes without saying but without living your life fully you don’t have much to blog about! It’s very easy to get caught up in the social media addiction that comes with blogging or feeling like you have to write content consistently. Although this helps, it’s far better to produce high quality content that you are passionate about than endless blog posts with empty meanings.
- Be Prepared to Learn How to Talk Technology – Setting up your own website, domain name and learning the importance of SEO (search engine optimisation) is no easy feat. It’s a steep learning curve but thankfully there is plenty of help floating around online. I think so many people believe that starting a blog is as easy as taking some photos, adding a write up and posting it online but you need to learn the mechanics behind running a blog too. It all comes with experience but it is certainly frustrating at times.
If you are considering starting a blog, just do it! The amount of people I speak to who want to start a blog but don’t because of time, judgement of others or fear of not having anything to write is too many. A blog can take any form you want it to, including just being an instablog. For those of you who have just started blogging (or been blogging for years) let me know your experiences!
“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game”