The other day, a blog post flashed up on my Twitter timeline. It was by Rebecca from Rebecca Reviews and it was titled: 1 Month Blog-versary (And My Tips For Other Newbies). It was a really useful post and whilst reading I thought, wasn’t Rebecca was one of the first people I followed when I started out on Twitter. Then I thought, yes hang on, it must be coming up to my one month blog-versary too! Sure enough, I checked and I had shared my very first post (Study Tips from an Open University Student) on 18th October 2017 which means I’ve also been doing this thing for a whole month too.
Feeling inspired by Rebecca’s thoughtful tips, I wanted to share my own ideas and suggestions for other newbie bloggers and recap on my first month of hellobexa.
1. It’s okay to ask for advice. Being a newbie on the blogging scene can be quite overwhelming to start with. We are only just finding our feet and working out the basics whilst being caught up in a whirlwind of polished looking posts and professional looking photographs. Blogging is all about discovering and developing your own unique style. So never be afraid to ask for help – there is always always someone out there that will be available to offer some useful advice or point you in the right direction. There are tons and tons of blogs on the subject of blogging too. I particularly like: 6 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging by Amie and 8 Things I Have Learned After Four Years Blogging by Jemma. Just remember everybody started out as being a newbie too.
2. Learn the tricks. When I first started reading other people blogs and looking at their photographs, I thought how on earth does everyone have such clean, stylish and photogenic backgrounds?! I am going to have to either move house or at least invest in an expensive looking marble table. Before I did anything of that drastic description, I found out from (from Sophie) during a Twitter chat that wallpaper samples are the secret. Wow. Later on, I went to B&Q and sure enough marble, brick, wood and every other Pinterest-style wallpaper exists and a sample is absolutely free! So there you go, no marble tables required.
3. Support your fellow bloggers. The most important (and fun) thing about blogging is connecting with other people. I have found Twitter to be the most effective social media platform for doing just that. You can encourage others to reach their goals, promote other bloggers, get inspired and join in with chats to learn new things (see tip #2). I am positive that Twitter has completely enriched my whole blogging experience. If you don’t know where to begin, Bloggers Tribe, The Blogger Crowd, LBloggers and The Girl Gang are great accounts to follow, enabling you get involved and make new friends.
4. Never stop learning. I recently purchased the book: The Million Dollar Blog and found it to be a really useful place to start if you want to deepen your understanding of the complex world of blogging. Hey, I even know a little about what SEO means now, check me out. A lot of this is way over my head right now, but it’s good to know there are detailed steps to take to grow your blog plus they seem easy to follow when the time comes. I have also bookmarked links from how to take better photographs to how to turn your blogging hobby into a career. There is a whole world of information out there and its so exciting to learn more and more everyday.
5. It’s okay to say no. Having a blog means others may approach you with requests – such as collaborations, brands looking for some free advertising in exchange for a freebie, and so on. Some of these will be fantastic opportunities and I say go for it. Others, on the other hand, may not be right for your blog and your readers. You will know what you are genuinely excited about and can’t wait to share on your blog. And you will also know what doesn’t quite feel right. In my experience, if you are honest with a brand or PR company with your thoughts and feelings then they are normally fine about it. Don’t risk losing your authenticity for a quick payout or freebie.
6. Stay positive. As Rebecca says in her post, stay positive at all times. Like anything, blogging can come with its fair share of stresses and pressures. You want to keep up with a regular posting schedule, you want to join in with all the Twitter chats, you want to respond to comments and leave encouragement for others, you want to do everything. On top of that, you are drafting blogs, planning, writing, taking photos, looking for more inspiration – it’s a lot to do! If you feel like your blogging life is getting a bit much, take a step back and chill. Only return when you are feeling refreshed and energized. Blogging should always be a rewarding and positive experience – instead of stressing, you should be buzzing to sit down at the computer and start writing your next post.
As I write this, my blog has had just hit over 1,000 views and I have reached over 800 followers on Twitter. I feel so grateful for every single person I have interacted with and I’m really excited about the future of my blog and what opportunities and surprises will come up next. I am looking forward to follow my new blogging friends journeys and see where it takes them too. Let’s see what next month brings for everyone!
Are you a newbie blogger? Let me know how you are finding it all. Also experienced bloggers, feel free to leave any tips and suggestions. I would love to hear from you all.