M Y F I R S T Y E A R O F B L O G G I N G S U C K E D .
I kept my blog private for the first year, refusing to announce it to my friends and family. Occasional posts pop once in a blue moon. An embarrassing beauty article with poor photography and unedited writing. These posts have disappeared. Purged to enact a new phase.
That said, H E Y B A S H improved by its second year. Scrolling through old posts reminds me of all the lessons learned. If I were to now these tips when I was starting out, perhaps I wouldn't have to delete those posts.
So here are 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting A Blog!
Aesthetics is the decorative term for having pretty pictures.
Finding a theme that suits your blog can set the tone for your whole post. Like the infamous Instagram feeds, the way you style photos can attract or disinterest. This can also extend to your blog's colour scheme. For example, HEY BASH's main colours are black, white with touches baby blue. Hence, I keep my photos with this aesthetic.
Personally, I enjoy the minimalist approach to photography. White backgrounds, clean and organized, bright and contrasted. To each their own. You may have other ideas for themes. If you're looking to start, vsco.princess has amazing tutorials for perfect filters.
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Accept help when it is offered, and offer help when it is needed.
It was the best advice given. Put your pride aside because Google can't solve everything. No one improves without help. I can't pretend like I did everything by myself. For the past year, my sister clicks the camera and my best friend designs my graphics. I don't think I would have a blog like I do now without their help. All you have to do is ask.
And when someone asks for your help, then accept. If there is any way you can guide them, then do. One problem I had when starting a blog is that I had no one to ask for advice. Now, there is a plethora of bloggers all vying for a community. When you can, ask. And when you can, help.
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I emphasise usually because blogging can be overwhelming. I should know. I'm always overwhelmed.
Blogging is exciting, allowing you to create content with a push of the 'Publish' button. It's your own space in this online world. But it comes with profound problems, you didn't realise would be gained. A strong sense of duty to something trivial. Or a slow self-doubt from comparisons and comments.
I discussed in detail about my troubles with blogging already. A love-hate relationship. Built from a need to feel good and crumbling over broken promises. Like every relationship, it's fun for the most part. But relationships needs a break. So when it becomes overwhelming, give the blogging a break.
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Your blog will not start perfect, nor will it not end perfect. So why put so much effort rushing?
You should always be improving your blog. Better graphics, a compatible SEO and domain. It signifies effort put in your blog. You know you want to get better. However, you shouldn't feel forced to rush it. Start slow, and improve when you can.
I only bought a domain in July 2015, after a year and a half of blogging. This blog has gone through four themes and six headers, consistently tweaked and redesigned. I'm still learning what the heck is SEO. Improving is important and you will never stop improving. Just improve at a comfortable pace.
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Is that even grammatically accurate? Oh whatever, it's still an accurate statement.
Don't compare yourself to others. Stop it.
It's difficult to fathom, who is better and who is worse. There is no such thing. No one likes to be compared, even for that fraction of false happiness. Attempting to be someone you're not is the worst insult you can. Be yourself, and write what you want. You do not need to be someone else to find success.
I hope you enjoyed this post. I hope it helps you, even the smallest bit. And I hope you follow me on bloglovin for more posts like this.
If you're looking for more tips, I have five more blogging tips made a year ago. It starts off similar to this post. Current Me scowling at old posts, and writing five hopefully helpful tips in response. All while sitting alone in her bedroom, drowning in non-alcoholic drinks.
So what are your tips for starting a blog?