Starting a blog can be a daunting task – there is so much to do but there is also so much to learn. Luckily there are lots of ways in which you can learn all about blogging from fellow bloggers and the resources, blog posts, and tips they frequently share. It’s not just blogging tips that are available though. In my time blogging so far, I have learnt a few other things that I want to share, which maybe other people can also then learn about.
All things blog
Before I decided to create a blog, I read a book by Catherine Balavage which is a guide to how to become a successful blogger. I knew very little of what is involved up until then and so found this book invaluable. Not only did I learn all about blogging, it also gave me something that I don’t think is spoken about enough in terms of how great it is – inspiration. Hearing about what other people have done and their journeys to achieving it is so inspiring. When I joined the blogging community and started reading other people’s blogs, I quickly understood how much time and effort goes into creating something that others want to read. By blogging about the experience, it gives other people inspiration and ideas for how they can achieve their goals.
All bloggers are unique in the way they write and what they write about because we all have different topics, likes and opinions that we want to use and talk about. However, one thing all bloggers need is people to view their content and this is where social media is so important. I primarily use Twitter for my social engagement, but I also have accounts on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Social media engagement is vital to generate traffic to your blog, and many bloggers blog about this and give lots of advice and tips for how to achieve this. A lot of the time, bloggers can only write about things if they have experienced them and been through the process of achieving their goals, which makes it all the more worthwhile when they share their thoughts and tips. Instagram is one example of how social media engagement can be difficult to get, but Amber’s post about how to get five thousand followers in five months includes tips on how to engage in different ways as well as how to get the best out of the different features it has. My next challenge is to tackle Pinterest so I might be writing my own post about how I’ve found that one day.
Through blogging, there is always the opportunity of learning about things you wouldn’t normally look into. As a new blogger I am learning about how visuals can be the key to promoting posts, especially on Instagram, but how to get the perfect photo can be difficult if you are creating the photos yourself. One aspect of photography I hadn’t heard of before is flatlay, but from reading LoveRosiee’s post explaining what flatlay is, I now not only know what it is, but also how to achieve it if I want to. Flatlay is where you lay out whatever it is you want to photograph and then take the photo from above. There are also lots of other tips and tricks that Rosie talks about in her blog post and it’s posts like this that are invaluable for learning more about the process of blogging.
I know throughout my time blogging I will continue to learn from other bloggers and find out new things that I can perhaps use in my own blog. Sharing tips and tricks can always benefit someone, and so it’s great to see so many bloggers sharing their own experiences in order for others to learn more.
Have you learnt anything from other bloggers? Let me know in the comments below.