Whilst I am exploring The Big Apple I asked Gemma from GemsBlogStorey to write me up a guest post,she is awsome so I am sure you will enjoy it and you can find her here.
I often get asked questions like ‘Why did you start blogging?”, “How did you start you blog?” so I thought I would let you guys know my top tips for starting your own little space on the internet.
First thing’s first, choose a platform. There are a few different platforms you can choose form, you just need to find the one that is right for you. I use wordpress, which I love! It took a while to get used to and actually figure out how it worked, but I am getting there and I am getting on with it quite well now. A lot of people use Blogger.
Write about what you love. This is one of the most important tips of the day, just write about what you love. I tend to find a lot of trends go around with blogging, but you don’t need to jump on every band wagon that goes past, be unique and be yourself. You want people to read your blog and for them to feel like they know you. If you love something, write about it. If you don’t love it, don’t write about it.
Your layout. The layout of a blog is very important; it’s what the readers see first and it’s what draws their attention to your blog. If they don’t like your layout, they won’t come back. I tend to stick with a simple layout that isn’t too complicated or cluttered. Keep it simple.
Fancy equipment. This is something you definitely don’t need when you start a blog. I used my iPhone 6 for most of my blog photos when I first started, and still take some on there now as the picture quality is that good. All you need is a phone and natural lighting, and bam you’re ready to go.
Social Media is your best friend. Social Media really helps you out when you first start a blog. It is a great way to promote your posts and use all the hashtags possible to get seen.
Be friendly. Engage yourself with other bloggers. Everyone likes new friends, especially when they are into the same thing as you are! I know for a fact that most of my friends aren’t into blogging and don’t really get it. It’s great to make internet friends, and who knows, you could make a friend for life.
Be Consistent. Being consistent is a really good way to keep your readers engaged with your blog. If they know roughly how many times a week you upload a post and when, they are more likely to keep coming back for more.
It’s not a competition. A lot of people who have been blogging for a while now will probably tell you that the blogging community is a lot more competitive. Your time will come; you just have to be patient.
Support others. If you support others, they will support you too, simple as that.
Don’t give up. If you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere, please don’t give up. It can take a while to build an audience, but once it’s there, it’s like your own little family. Don’t do it more the numbers, it never works if you just think about the numbers. Do it because you want to, because you love writing.
Love always, G x