Guide to Blogging for Beginners

blogging for beginners

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!

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

โ€œNever let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the gameโ€

 

 

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13 Comments

  1. April 10, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Aw wish I could have read this 500 posts ago! Really good advice.

    • Just Joelle
      April 10, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      You’ll have to do a blogging guide for experts!

  2. April 10, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    You have some really great tips and experience there! I completely agree though with everything, especially with life first, blog second, even if I do have 2 blogs๐Ÿ™ˆ

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

  3. abbeylouisarose
    April 11, 2017 / 8:22 am

    Such a great, encouraging post Joelle! I haven’t been blogging all that long either (one year at the end of June, eek!) and I definitely agree with all this advice! Living first, blogging second is definitely an important one, as it’s so easy to get caught up with content that you forget to enjoy your experiences and days out! Thanks for sharing this!

    Abbey ๐ŸŒธ http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  4. April 11, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    I love this post!
    It’s perfect for someone just starting out and it’s even giving me advice!

    I agree with your quote at the end too!

    Bronagh
    http://www.BronaghLoves.com

  5. April 11, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    Definitely agree with #5! Would be amazing if more people recognised just how technical blogging is!

  6. April 12, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    I love this post so much! I agree with all of the points, but especially number 4 as this is something I’ve been learning to do myself recently! Glad blogging has already given you so many amazing opportunities, cannot wait to see where it takes you next!
    Love,
    Hayley X

  7. April 12, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    Love this post! I especially agree with your point about living life first, blogging second. Sometimes my blog is all I think about, and I often read a book and feel guilty that I didn’t review it! I also agree with the point about having to know technology. Luckily I work as a virtual assistant and doing thing kind of stuff is literally my job, so they go hand in hand!

  8. April 15, 2017 / 6:47 am

    You should make an entire post about advice #5! I’ve been blogging for 2 years and I still don’t know anything about SEO and tech talk! A post like that would be really helpful!
    Have a nice day!

  9. geet
    April 16, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    such a lovely post! glad I read it and #5 is so true! thank you for sharing.

    GEET X
    Getalongwithgeet.blogspot.com

  10. Eszti
    April 25, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    I love this!!
    I have literally started a few days ago that I want to do this! I want to write about amazing things I love and post pictures on insta about the things that interest me.
    I have a full time job (in Finance) at the moment but would love to start this as a hobby and see where it takes me.
    Do you have any suggestions on what website to use to help build your own?
    Thatis the part i am most “worried”
    About.
    Thank youuu!!!!!! And thank you foe the inspiration and motivation. This is EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜

    • Just Joelle
      April 27, 2017 / 2:58 pm

      Thanks Eszti! Glad you found it useful and inspirational. Best of luck with starting your blog, I’ll be writing a post on working/studying full time and blogging so keep a look out. Joelle X

  11. July 29, 2017 / 11:09 pm

    What an amazing post. As someone that’s just starting blogging, even if it is more for myself than anyone else this is such a great read! And I couldn’t agree more!
    Thanks so much for putting it together. I’m so happy for you that you’ve already had some amazing experiences through the blogging world!

    Lorna | http://www.simply-violet.com

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