Six Things To Remember When You First Start Blogging

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.

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  1. November 17, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    Congrats and brill post Bexa! I’m glad my post inspired you. I always remember you were one of the first I followed too so we are defo newbies together 😘 I obviously need to get down to B&Q! Some great tips there for other bloggers 💕

    • November 17, 2017 / 4:04 pm

      Aw thanks so much Rebecca for the lovely comment and for your inspiration 💕. Yes! There is such much to choose from at B&Q. I’m going to have a look again soon for some fresh samples! Have a lovely weekend 😘 xx

  2. November 17, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    Yay!! I’m sooooo happy I helped! I have a box full of samples! I’m going to do a post around it as it’s been on my to-do for a while now! Keep collecting also invest in some beautiful plants I’m off to buy a couple more today 💕✌🏻 Xxx

    • November 17, 2017 / 4:07 pm

      Thank for for the lovely comment Sophie! 💕 Plants are a great idea! They always enhance a photograph and make it pretty 😃. I’ll look forward to reading your post on the wallpaper samples too 😘 xx

  3. Meera
    November 17, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    Well done on hitting over 1,000 views! This is great advice, I’ve only just started blogging and, as much as I love it, i’m a total noob when it comes to promoting on twitter and pinterest. It literally took me half an hour just to work out how to put my post into a tweet (so it also comes up with the photo). I also had no idea about the background samples, I definitely need to go to B&Q! Thanks so much for all the advice, it’s much appreciated x

    LoneTeenTraveller | Travel Fashion Lifestyle

    • November 17, 2017 / 4:27 pm

      Aw thank you so much Meera! 💕He he, I know what you mean, it does take a while to learn how to do everything. I still have no idea how to use Pinterest to promote my blog, I’m saving that for another time 😄. I’m glad you enjoyed my advice and found the post useful. I think everyone should know about the B&Q wallpaper samples, it really changes a photo! Have a lovely weekend 😘 xx

  4. November 17, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    Excellent post Bexa. I’m still new to blogging as well and every single tip is worth gold..Thank you for being so open with about your blogging journey so far 🙂

    • November 17, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely comment 💕. I’m glad my post was helpful ☺️. All the best with your blog, it’s so much fun! Have a lovely weekend 😘 xx

  5. November 17, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    Great post! I was in B&Q the other day buying flooring samples (at £2 a pop they make excellent photography backdrops), I totally should have checked out the wallpaper! 😂

    • November 18, 2017 / 9:42 am

      Thank you so much for your comment 💕. Wow, that’s an excellent tip! £2 isn’t too much for a nice photo backdrop. When I go back to B&Q next I’m defo going to check them out ☺️. Thank you for sharing 😘 xx

  6. November 17, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    Yay for reaching your first month! I love this post + will definitely be heading to B&Q to pinch some wallpaper samples! Look forward to reading more of your posts 🙂 x

    • November 18, 2017 / 9:44 am

      Aw thank you so much Laura! 💕 He he yes, B&Q wallpaper samples can change everything! Hope you find some good ones ☺️ Looking forward read more of your blog 😘 xx

  7. November 17, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    Amazing tips! I will keep them in mind 🙂 congrats on your blog so far

    • November 18, 2017 / 9:45 am

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment 💕. I’m glad you enjoyed the tips 😘 xx

  8. November 17, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    This is amazing! I’m relatively new to blogging and these all came in handy.

    • November 18, 2017 / 9:46 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Katie 💕. I’m glad they were helpful to you 😘 xx

  9. November 17, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    Such a handful & amazing tips, from begginners. I love you for that Bexa! Every tip is so good. Enjoyed this post!! x

    littlewritingworld.wordpress.com

    • November 18, 2017 / 9:27 am

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely comment 💕. I’m glad you enjoyed all the tips 😘 xx

  10. November 17, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I love this post and I found it really helpful ☺️ I haven’t been blogging too long but I love it I just need to learn about taking good pictures X – @hayleyxlunn

    • November 18, 2017 / 9:48 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Hayley! 💕 Photography can be tricky but does gets easier with practice ☺️ have fun with it. All the best with your blog and I’m glad you found the post helpful 😘 xx

  11. Creative Nails
    November 17, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Congratulations on hitting the 1k views and 800 followers on twitter! Great tips for new bloggers, will definitely follow some of these – I’ll have to go to B&Q and check out their sample wallpapers and see if I can use any – that’s so useful!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

    • November 18, 2017 / 9:30 am

      Thank you so much! 💕🌷 Yes, B&Q wallpaper samples are brilliant, I hope you find some good ones! 😘 xx

  12. Bookinggoodread
    November 17, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    I’m quite new to blogging, some great tips here. I always try my best to be supportive 💕

    • November 18, 2017 / 9:50 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment 💕. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and all the best with your blogging journey 😘 xx

  13. Corinne and Kirsty
    November 17, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    I think being helpful and supportive is really important. Blogging teaches you everyday! Like the other day I learnt how to make gif on photoshop! xx corinne

    • November 18, 2017 / 9:40 am

      Thank you so much for the comment Corinne 😘 It’s amazing what blogging can teach us! Wow, I wouldn’t have a clue how to make a gif in photoshop. Well done! 🌷 I am going to ask you for tips if I ever need to make one now 😘 xx

  14. November 17, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    love this!! point number two was literally me…wallpaper samples, who would have thought? haha!

    Hayley | hayleyxmartin

    • November 18, 2017 / 9:52 am

      He he, when I found out I was like wow! What a genius idea! 😄 Thank you for so much reading and commenting! 😘 xx

  15. lisamclachlan
    November 17, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    Congrats on reaching those milestones, that’s brilliant. This is such a helpful post, full of fab tips and advice. I love Twitter too, it’s my favourite social channel. And I’m off to B&Q this weekend to check out their wallpaper samples, excellent tip! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • November 18, 2017 / 9:32 am

      Aw thank you so much Lisa! 💕 I’m glad you liked the post and have fun at B&Q, I hope you find some good ones! 😘 xx

      • lisamclachlan
        November 19, 2017 / 3:29 pm

        I did! Look out for them in some future snaps, haha! x

    • November 18, 2017 / 9:52 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Kate! I’m glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  16. November 17, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    Amazing post! Love your tips and what you said about Staying Positive and Support other bloggers, so true! 🤗 thanks for sharing this post with us 💖

    • November 18, 2017 / 9:54 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment 💕. Positivity and supporting others is so important ☺️. I’m glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  17. November 17, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    Congratulations on your Blog-versary, Bexa!
    My blog is 5 months old but I haven’t considered it seriously until now so this post was really helpful!
    Good luck and have a nice day!

    Tsu xo

    • November 18, 2017 / 9:55 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment 💕. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and all the best with your blogging journey. Have a nice day! 😘 xx

  18. November 17, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    This will definitely be so helpful to so many new bloggers. I remember how overwhelmed i felt with all the other bloggers with their amazing photos and content when i first started out. I would say one of my main tips is to just work with what you have and keep learning along the way!

    • November 18, 2017 / 9:35 am

      Thank you so much! 💕 It can be so overwhelming at the beginning. That’s a brilliant tip, never stop learning – there is always something new to discover. Thank you for sharing 😘 xx

  19. November 17, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    Congratulations! This is such a helpful post, full of amazing tips and advice. Thank you for sharing.

    Kirsty. X

    • November 18, 2017 / 9:56 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Kirsty! 💕 I’m glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  20. November 17, 2017 / 10:31 pm

    Aww what a lovely post! The way you write it’s like you’ve been blogging for years and not a month! Congrats on reaching 1,000 views it can be so hard! Good luck with the rest of blogging!

    Liz x

    • November 18, 2017 / 9:59 am

      Awww thank you so much for your lovely comment Liz, that’s such a nice thing to say! Good luck with your blogging journey too! 💕☺️🌷 xx

    • November 18, 2017 / 10:00 am

      Thank for your comment ☺️💕🌷 xx

  21. November 17, 2017 / 11:37 pm

    Wow! I wouldn’t have known you’re a newbie! Your posts always look so well presented. Agree with all of these tips and congrats on achieving 1000 views in your first month! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • November 18, 2017 / 9:37 am

      Aw thank you Sophie, that’s such a lovely thing to say! 💕 I’m glad you enjoy my posts, thank you for always being so supportive 😘 xx

  22. November 18, 2017 / 7:00 am

    Great points! I’ve only been blogging for eight months and still have so much to learn! Thank you for sharing!

    • November 18, 2017 / 10:02 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Ann 💕. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. All the best with your blogging journey 😘 xx

  23. Shaun
    November 18, 2017 / 10:20 am

    Excellent post Bex 😘. I love the photos, I will have to get down to B&Q myself 😄. The stay positive tip is my favourite 😊. Well done on getting 1000 views in your first month 😍😘 xxxx

    • November 18, 2017 / 10:32 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Shaun 💕. He he, you can come to B&Q next time I go which will be fun for you 😄. Thank for all the support 😍😘 xxxx

  24. November 18, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    Congrats for everything you’ve achieved with your blog! Very helpful tips too, I’ve recently been thinking about creating a Twitter account to connect to more bloggers, I think I will now I’ve read this <3 xx

    • November 18, 2017 / 3:24 pm

      Aw thank you so much Alys 💕. I am glad you found the post helpful. Twitter is such a supportive community for bloggers. Looking forward to see you on there! 😘 xx

      • November 18, 2017 / 3:25 pm

        You’re welcome! I’m currently revamping an old account haha, excited to get started! xx

  25. November 18, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing helpful information for new bloggers. I have my notebook & pen ready. I am still eager to learn new things. My first month of blogging is in two days & I am excited that I have 3 followers from WordPress…Woo-hoo!

    • November 18, 2017 / 6:23 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment 💕. Blogging is such a great way to learn new skills! Congrats on nearly reaching your first month and all the best in your blogging journey 😘 xx

  26. November 18, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    Happy 1 month anniversary & all your view stats! 👏 really enjoyed this encouraging read as I’ve only been blogging myself for 6 weeks (a bit behind you with 700views) so it was useful to me at this point. Great tip re the wallpaper – who knew hey! 👌😉 great post 😊👍

    • November 18, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment Helen 💕. I’m glad you found the post useful. It sounds like you are doing really well, keep it up 😘. He he, the wallpaper tip is such a good one, it really changes a photo 😃 xx

  27. November 18, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    This is a really great post! I never thought about using wallpaper samples when taking photos! I will have to try that 🙂

    • November 19, 2017 / 7:15 am

      Aw thank you so much Katey 💕. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Have fun experimenting with wallpaper samples! 😘 xx

  28. November 19, 2017 / 9:49 am

    Thanks, Brexa! I am relatively new to blogging. I started on the encouragement of a friend: https://theblogbroadblog.wordpress.com/ I had sent her a copy of a book I wrote. So I started blogging too. I love to write, I love to take photos and I love to tell stories. I’m finding it hard to do all that social media crap, mainly because of my day-job as a teacher. I can’t have creative freedom AND be a teacher. But I would love for my life to just be writing funny stories, books, even articles. I’m really glad I found your blog and I really like what you’re doing to help grow an audience for yourself and others- this Sunday Blog share is really cool. 🙂 You’re awesome!

    • November 19, 2017 / 12:08 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment 💕. It sounds like you have a passion for creativity and blogging is such a good place to get your ideas out. Good luck with your writing, can’t wait to read more of your blog! 😘 xx

    • November 19, 2017 / 12:16 pm

      Thank you for reading and commenting 💕. It is overwhelming but I’ve found everyone to be really supportive and they like reading new blogs ☺️. Keep sharing yours – it’s lovely! 😘 xx

  29. November 19, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    Great post! I think we can all certainly make a lot of mistakes when we start blogging – I know I did and I wrote a whole post on all the mistakes I made a year or so back. It was quite funny! The most important thing is to keep learning and be open to learning, I think. I’ve been blogging 5 years next year and I’m still learning things (: xxx

    • November 19, 2017 / 6:52 pm

      Thank you for reading and commenting Jenny 💕. Great advice, there is always something new to learn! Love your blog by the way 😘 xx

  30. November 19, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    Great post, congratulations on your first month of blogging, keep up the good work xx

    • November 20, 2017 / 6:50 am

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely comment 💕🌷 xx

  31. November 20, 2017 / 9:37 am

    This is really useful as I have only been blogging for about 2 weeks & hoping for it to be a big part of my life in the next year! 🙂

    • November 20, 2017 / 9:57 am

      Thank you for lovely comment Bex 💕. Only two weeks? Wow, your blog is awesome, so many cool posts already! Good luck with your blogging journey 😘 looking forward to read more about your adventures xx

      • November 20, 2017 / 10:20 am

        Thank you! Reading posts like yours make it easier as I love getting advice from people who are more experienced ☺️xx

  32. November 20, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    I just started my blog today and I’m about to write my FIRST blog post everrr, this was really helpfull ♥ Tysm! 🙂

    • November 21, 2017 / 7:07 am

      That’s awesome! 💕 I’m glad it was helpful and I’m really looking forward to read your first post! ☺️ Have fun on your blogging journey 😘 xx

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