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Sunday, 28 February 2016

5 Tips I've Learnt Since Blogging


When I first decided that I wanted to create a blog, I tried to find so many tips and inspiration on where to even begin. I read blogs every week and found out peoples personal opinions of blogging and how they have built their blogs up to where they are today.

Over the past month of two, I've been receiving many Instagram messages and emails from my readers about how I started my blog and how to help those who want to start one themselves. I know I've only been blogging for 7 months now, but in the space of that time, I've learnt some valuable tips which I would love to share with you.

Confidence
This is the biggest advice I could give to someone. About 2 years ago I decided that I wanted to start a blog but I had no confidence in doing it as I worried too much about what people would think of me. But I bit the bullet and here I am. Now I couldn't be happier with my decision to start a blog because I'm having so much fun with growing and creating my website. Confidence is key! Remember, the first blog is the hardest. 

Content
Your content has to be varied and strong in order to keep people wanting more. Try to write in a more chatty and informal way as people feel like that get to know you more. I've been stuck a number of times on what to write about but a little research never hurts anyone. If I'm a bit stuck, I love reading through blogs and finding posts that give you a list of topics to blog about. Another way of creating my content is looking through magazines. This gives me a chance to see what major companies are talking about and how I could incorporate it into my blog. You also have to be passionate about the posts you're creating and the words will then come easy.

Engage
If your readers comment on your posts or images, then always give them a little mention back. Bloggers rely so much on their followers and readers as they help to grow page views as well as spreading your blog. I'm forever thankful to those who comment on my posts and Instagram photos as there's nothing better than knowing people appreciate your time and work. Also think about asking  retorical questions on your blog. You never know, you may just get someone replying to your comment. 

Hashtag
I know it looks 'cringe' and everything else but let me tell you now ... I would not have as many followers on My Instagram if I didn't hashtag! Use Instagram to it's full advantage and tag words on your photos that have thousands of posts. For instance, when you upload your photo to instagram, hashtag and type the beginning of a word and see what suggestions come up. Always go for the highest ones as these are the words that people search for on a daily basis. I always go for the likes of: #instadaily #blogger #photooftheday and everything else that's relevant to that image. Take a look at my Instagram account HERE to see more on what I hashtag.

Be Original
I know it can be hard to try and create a blog that's never been done before. Because lets be honest, there are so many bloggers out there. But you have to be yourself as that's why people will read your blog. Readers and followers want to learn who you are. Many bloggers read through other blogs to find a bit of inspiration and to see what they're talking about. There's nothing wrong with this as long as you don't copy. Be creative with your work and think about things that you haven't seen before. Think a little bit 'outside the box and don't be afraid to experiment. After all, experimenting will help to create and develop you as a blogger. And last of all, always be honest so people believe in what you do.

There's so many more little tips out there that we're all learning along the way but these are just a few that I want to share with my readers and followers that I know are interested in creating their own blog. 

Love Robyn xxx

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