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Blogging tips ~ Basic/Beginner

Basic blogging tips, My Spanish Vida

~ Disclaimer - this post is just a light hearted look at the very basic blogging tips. I do not have high DA or high stats, but I thought some of the things I have picked up over years may be helpful. Even if just one person takes one thing I've shared as useful info, then this post is worthwhile. This post also contains affiliate links ~

I'm laughing at myself a little bit writing this post as I want to be very clear that I'm not an award winning blogger, I don't have a high da score and I don't really have many page views at the moment. You're probably wondering to yourself why am I even writing this post if I'm not a far flung award winning blogger?

Well, this is it. I call myself a blogger, because well I have a blog and I document stuff. I've had my blog for over eight years now and even though I haven't had a breakthrough (yet) I have picked up a couple of things along the way. I have also been asked before by friends about starting a blog, so I thought I would share some of the things that I know about blogging and what I wish I'd known in the very beginning.

Blogging tips ~ in no particular order

Consistency ~ This is a good one and one I'm still working on myself! Be consistent with your posting. Set yourself a target of one post a week and publish on the same day each week. I've started to post once every Sunday for sure, but then if I fancy posting during the week then that's a bloggy bonus. I suggest that you start off with once a week because you don't want to put any unnecessary pressure on yourself as your blog should be something enjoyable and you don't want to get stressed out with it. Even though a blog post can be read on any day and people can refer back to it whenever they want, I think it helps to give yourself a target for a specific day to post on. It's also a way to stay focused and to get into the habit of posting regularly.

Blog name ~ Really have a think about what to call your blog before you go 'live' with it. My blog up until recently was called Suncream and Sparkles, but I just didn't love the name anymore and my blog was slowly taking a different direction and it just didn't 'fit'. Obviously you can change your name, but it is a pain in the bum, especially if you then have to change all your social media handles and domain name etc. So make sure you are 100% sure about your blog name! Have a search around the internet at what other people in your blog genre are calling themselves and have your own brainstorming session too. Think about what your blogs going to be about. Mines personal/lifestyle/travel and to me Suncream and Sparkles seemed more beauty/fashion orientated. Once you've decided on a name check out 'Go Daddy' to see if yours is available to buy. They're really not expensive at all. 

Connect with bloggers ~ I follow loads of fellow bloggers on Twitter and Instagram and I also try to follow their Facebook pages too as I know how hard and frustrating it can be to grow your blogs Facebook page. Also which has probably been one of the best things about my blogging journey is the online friendships I've made. It's good to have blogging pals as sometimes real life friends and family don't really 'get' the whole blogging thing, so it's nice to be able chat with like minded friends especially if you have a blogging 'drama' or just want some advice or to find out another persons take on things.

Active on social media ~ Tweet tweet tweet! Share your blog on Twitter and chat too. Just get involved! I use Buffer to schedule my tweets, you can schedule up to 10 in advance for free. Post to Instagram regularly and again follow the bloggers you like and look up to. It's all about being social. I'm still to crack the insta game so if you have any tips for Instagram leave them in the comments below!! 

Which platform to blog on ~ Blogger or Wordpress. There are many others, but I think these are two of the main ones. I use Blogger, but I think Wordpress is a lot more popular for Bloggers and writers. I think once you get into the swing of blogging Wordpress is the preferred one. I have toyed with Wordpress before, but came back to my Blogger blog, only because I was use to it and it was already set up. If I was to start from scratch again I would use Wordpress I think.

Camera ~ Unless you are a photography blogger and love photography you really don't need a fancy camera. I did buy myself a nice camera a while back, but to be honest I hardly use it now. It's too bulky to carry round and to be honest the camera on my phone is just as good and is something I always have with me. Also I still get a bit shy taking pictures in public, so whipping out your phone to take a pic is a lot less discreet then a bulky camera, but that's just me. It's really not something you need to invest in to have a successful blog.

Stock pictures ~ I use to stress out if I didn't have a photo to go with a blog post. What I didn't realise in the beginning was that you can use stock photos. Websites like Pixabay and Pexels have a bunch of free pictures that you can save and use on your blog - or anywhere you like. You have to be careful with pictures you use off the internet, you can't just use any photo, because of copyright laws. By using a picture from a website like Pixabay you know you'll be ok. 

Pre-prepared posts ~ Before you go 'live' with your blog I would have a few posts in the bank ready to publish. You can have them pre-written and sitting in your drafts section. You can then either have them scheduled to publish or just publish them when you're ready. That way if you get bloggers block you will have some posts to publish - keeps the consistent thing going

~ Don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle ~

In my opinion your blog can be anything you want it to be. It's yours. Your little space on the internet. Go at your own speed and don't think you should be at a different stage because so and so is. They may have started years before you and remember as well that things aren't always as they seem. (I think a lot of people tend to big themselves up and make themselves sound a little more successful then they actually are - ssh, I didn't say that, hehe). 

One thing I would say is don't get caught up with what you think you 'should' be doing. There's no right or wrong way to blog. Let others inspire you of course, but don't change who you are. Sometimes there seems to be the odd thing that seems 'blogger esque', fairy lights, rose gold stationary, eating avocado on toast and having a white marble kitchen back-splash. Don't fall into little traps of being something you're not. Don't worry about stats, you blogs da (domain authority), seo, affiliate links or blogger opportunities, that will all come in due course. 

Just do your own thing and enjoy your blog.

~ I hope you've enjoyed today's post, let me know if you have any blogging tips in the comments below ~

x Heather

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