The ins and outs of becoming a blogger
I put a message out on Instagram stories asking, if there was 1 blog post you’d like to read on my blog, what it would be, because I like to know what you guys actually want to read, so if there is ever a blog post you really want to read, please just let me know!
I received quite a few messages back with the similar things. How to be a blogger? Where to learn the skills to be a blogger? How to start a blog? Top tips for starting a blog? How to grow a following?
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So I thought I’d answer all of the Q’s in one post and sum it up to be ‘What you need to know to being a blogger’ First of all, I don’t really feel like I’m in a position of giving advice, I’m not the Queen B at blogging, I’m not the best in the industry, so can I really give advice? I can give you my opinions, my thoughts and things that have helped me! After all, I guess that is what a blogger is isn’t it!
‘How to be a blogger?’
It really is as simple as starting your own blog, and there you go, you are a blogger.
‘Top tips for starting a blog?’
I wrote a post on my top tips on starting a blog if you’re thinking of starting out. Read it here if you missed it. This covers quite a bit.
‘Where to learn the skills to be a blogger?’
If there were blogger courses, or something like that, I think everyone would be booked in! Unfortunately, there isn’t or I have never seen anything like that before! I haven’t been anywhere to learn the skills, it’s one of those things you learn them along the way. Everyone is different, everyone’s blog is different, but I’d say these are the most important skills that you would need to create and maintain a blog, as a hobby.
- Good Writing/grammar skills
- Basic understanding of your blog’s theme (each theme is different, so you just need to be able to use your own, so you know where and how to change things)
- Basic photography skills
- Able to use social media
- A genuine passion for the industry you want to blog about
- A passion for wanting to create high quality content for you, not to get paid.
You can google/YouTube just about anything, if you’re not sure, google it! When I started YouTube, I was searching on YouTube how to edit videos…. Oh the irony! Turning it in to a job and career is completely different, and I think I’m going to write something separate about that.
I started my blog in Jan 2014, my mum or dad helped me with photos in our garden and I had the basic of basic blogs, but I loved it and did it as a hobby for 3 and a half years! It’s only been the last 6 months that it has turned in to a part time job for me. You have to do it because you love it, you have to put the time and effort in to it!
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‘How to grow a following?’
This is a really hard one, and there is no 1 answer or no magic wand (unless you buy your followers – don’t do that). As I said above, I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years now, and I’m just under 23k. I have seen people who have been blogging for 6 months and have 50K, and then people who have been blogging for years like me, and have under 20k. It isn’t about the followers and it’s very easy to get caught up in the numbers.
I think if you are passionate about the content you create, you portray it in a way which you would like to see content, you’re consistent, and you are happy with your content, then you will naturally attract new followers. It doesn’t happen overnight, it takes weeks, months, and years to build a loyal following. Just keep at it!
Just a few other things I wanted to put in this post….
- Be patient. It will honestly take 100 photos to get the 1 ‘money shot’.
- Get ready to annoy all friends and family by keep asking them to take photos and then take more because you don’t like the first 300 that were taken!
- I cannot be productive when I’m hungover, so I don’t really drink anymore because i’d much prefer to spend a day on my blog, rather than being hungover and unproductive! I know it might sound lame but I want to put as much time and effort in to it as I can.
- You don’t need to be a professional photographer, and you don’t need to spend loads of money on equipment. Make the most of what you have got, just play around with settings and edits.
- You are probably going to be half naked on a London street if you choose to shoot in London, because you’ll need to change your outfit for shoot 2 and sometimes there is no where to get changed!
- You may be approached by brands that you wouldn’t usually choose, stay true to yourself and your style, don’t just promote something because you got a free hair mask/jumper, do it because you actually like the product!
- If you’re going to be working full time alongside your blog, you might find this blog post (here) handy, it’s talking all about how I juggle both.
I’ve learned the most from blogging than I have done in any job. It is just so amazing to have your own little space of the internet world, where you can create what you want to create and share it with the world!
I hope this has been helpful, insightful and answered some of your questions!
Sending lots of love