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What I Should Have Done Differently When I Started Blogging

Sunday, 11 October 2015

What I Should Have Done Differently When I Started Blogging

Since it was my blog's anniversary a couple of weeks ago, I've been quite reflective about my whole blogging process. I've been doing it for quite a while now. It's actually even my job in IRL (not this blog, though. Obvs!) and I've realised all of the things I've done wrong, where I went awry and what I should have done. So I thought I'd talk about them. Maybe they will help newer bloggers make smarter choices and maybe it will just make me face-palm with shame. Who knows?! Let's have a look at what I should have done differently.

Invest in a template
When I started blogging, I wasn't sure how long I was going to be doing it. I didn't know if I would enjoy it so naturally, as a poor student at the time, I just went with a crappy pre-made blogger template and tried to jazz it up myself. And it looked pretty abysmal.

If I was to do it all over again, I'd get a good template and try and make my blog attractive right off the bat. Etsy is probably the best place for templates. You can find some really amazing ones there for such an affordable price. And I think it's well worth the investment.

Think about the type of blog you'd like to have
It's so strange how nuanced beauty blogging is. It's not just about reviewing products. There is so much more versatile content and for me, it took me a long time to find what I wanted to do. I love a blog that has a specific style and focus and I wish I had honed in on a theme. Whether it is more review heavy, full of pretty pictures or have fashion and life posts, I think I would have benefited from being more streamlined from the start.

Practice before posting
A really common piece of advice I heard when I was thinking of starting my blog was "Just do it! Jump in and learn along the way". I followed this, jumped in blind and now I realise that it was terrible advice! I had never taken a proper picture before, I had only used Blogger, I hadn't written about makeup and my content suffered because of it.

Looking back I wish I'd taken a month or two to really practice and absorb some knowledge about blogging. Taking some time to research blogging tools, seek out advice from other bloggers and learning what it actually takes to write a blog would have really helped me and boosted my confidence.

Read more blogs
This is one I could still try harder at, but I stupidly didn't follow many blogs for a long time. For some reason, I was very conservative with the old follow button on Bloglovin' and I think it held me back. Now I find the more blogs I follow, the more ideas and inspiration I get for posts. It also connects you to other lovely bloggers and that feels nice!

Don't buy products just to have content
I mentioned this in another post, but I'm going to chat about it again - don't buy products just to blog about them! I have wasted so much money on products I don't like or never used just because I needed something to talk about (I'm looking at you Naked 3 palette!). I've stopped now, and sure I don't have as much to blog about, but at least I'm not wasting money on things I won't use or need. Of course now I just waste my money on wine and junk food but... that's another story.

What would you do differently if you were to start blogging all over?

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