Day Six: Ten things you would tell yourself when you started blogging.
I’ve been blogging for over three years now, so you would think that I’m a ‘pro’ at this blogging gig by now. Well, you would be wrong. I don’t know if I should have admitted that. Whoops. I have had several ‘anonymous’ blogs when I was an angsty fourteen or fifteen year old but they never lasted long (thank goodness!).
The first ‘proper’ blog I had I called Just Another Teen Blogger and it chronicled my life from when I was an (still) angsty seventeen year old until I was nineteen. One day I woke up and decided that I needed to change my URL and my name…and those changes were implemented within two days.
Snap decisions for the win. The second blog was called Diary of a Kiwi Girl and it lasted about six months before my little sister discovered my site which spurred a freak out and I deleted the site. My third (and final) blog is this one. Hooray! Little Misadventures was started on New Year’s Day and I have been in love with this blog. I think I will be here for a long, long time.
I had no idea what I was doing when I started blogging and I still don’t know what I’m doing
sometimes most of the time. However, I do know what I do and don’t like about blogging.
One) Do not compare yourself to other bloggers. They will always be writing about something different, be participating in different link ups, posting better photos or have a constantly changing layout. Just keep doing you.
Two) Comment on other blogs! This is the ultimate way to gain a following and some awesome friendships in the blogosphere. I swear I have made some kick ass friends just from commenting on their blogs. A couple of people come to mind, looking at you guys Jess and Izzy. You guys are the bestttttttttt.
Three) It is time-consuming. When I first started blogging, I thought it was just sitting down and writing but it is so much more than that. Like Helene said, it almost becomes your child and (I think) an extension of yourself. The topic of blogging and my blog always comes up when I’m talking to friends. It is the coolest thing.
Four) Keep your voice. I guess this kind of relates to number one because it is so easy to look at other bloggers and be like I don’t fiiiiiiiiiiiiit. Cry, cry. I seem to have this crisis a couple of times a year despite telling myself that it’s okay. I’m not a fitness blogger. I’m not a foodie. I’m not a mum. I’m not in the “real world”. I don’t consider myself to be a lifestyle blogger either.
Who am I?
Five) It’s your blog. That means that you don’t have to apologise for not posting. That means that you can write whatever, whenever and wherever you want. Don’t let anyone tell you what to do on your space. Would you let someone come in and tell you how to run your life? No. So don’t let them do the same to your blog.
Six) Pictures can make or break a post. I follow blogs who post no pictures whatsoever and it is 100% fine. They manage to paint a picture with their words. It is so vivid that pairing any photo with the words would be blasphemy. That being said, Picmonkey and Canva are two awesome photo editing/creative sites.
Seven) Design is important. I feel like it always tells the reader a little bit about the person you are…before they even get to reading your blog. Change it up. Mess it up. Buy a theme. Hire someone to create one for you. Try designing one yourself.
Eight) “Success” doesn’t happen overnight and “success” is personal. Success, to some people, could mean getting hundreds of views a day, and it could mean getting a new follower to someone else. Success could simply be posting that day. Decide on what “success” is for you and pursue that.
Nine) Be consistent. I know that you have a life outside of the blogosphere, but a lot of people like routines. They like going somewhere and knowing that a post is going to be waiting for them. Heck, it’s also a good challenge for yourself.
Ten) Above all else, have fun. This is a hobby (or job for you lucky people) so it should be fun. Change up your content. Go on blates. Join link-ups. Take crazy photos. Write vulnerable entries. Write with your eyes closed.
Day six and I’m still going strong! Say whaaat?
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