#Blogtober14 : 10 Tips For New Bloggers

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.

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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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5 thoughts on “#Blogtober14 : 10 Tips For New Bloggers

  1. Couldn’t agree more with the Don’t Compare! And Success ones. They go hand in hand. What another blogger deems successful to them isn’t the same for me or any other blogger. It’s super hard to not get discouraged or lost in the game of comparison. Stay true to you!

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  2. I love your blog so please dont ever change it…. (haha,unless you want to! Its your blog after all!) But i love your way with words and how you write 🙂 Its a comfort to read about someone elses life and know i can relate to it… the school pressure, dating, thinking about future and what you want to do!
    And some very great advice!!

    The comparing thing is very relevant, many bloggers do that. Even i do it… i read other blogs and ask myself, why am i even blogging, it feels like my blog is a -5 on a 1-10 scale. Hahah. But i know deep down that isnt true!

    Keep writing your awesome posts, i love reading them 🙂

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  3. Big ‘ol fan of this one! I’m coming up on 2 years w/ my blog and it’s been quite a little journey; learning to branch out and be inspired from others, to design and write to my voice, etc. I learn so much every day. Thanks for the read, and have a fabulous day! 🙂

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  4. I love this post!! I’m new to blogging too and I’ve found myself struggling with what my blog really is about.. So I gave up on trying to define it and let it be what it is and what I love writing about. Keep up the great work, love your writing xx

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