Wednesday, 11 March 2015

My Top 5 ... Blogging Tips



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I don't know about anyone else but I love reading blogging tips.  I've been blogging for about 18 months now and my blog has been steadily growing and is pretty successful, by that I mean that people read it which I didn't think would happen when I started!  So I'm happy.  Always looking to improve I think we can learn from others, I love tips because you can take them or leave them if they aren't for you, I know I've read some that I've incorporated and others that I've thought were good but not for my blog.  That's the beauty of it.

Anyway, I thought I'd share with you my top five blogging tips.




Don't Worry About Statistics

This is one of the best pieces of advice I read, and luckily for me I read it early on.  When I started my blog I was under no illusions that it would be read by loads of people, I just wanted to write.  It is very easy to get dragged into checking statistics and I can see how you could get a little crazy about it, fretting if you don't think you're being read, or a post that you thought was particularly good doesn't get many views.  I think it is also probably quite easy to feel disheartened if you aren't getting huge views like the "big bloggers" (who are all fantastic)  but remember they all started somewhere so don't be intimidated by anyone else.  I think that the best blogs are the ones that have their own style and are consistently written and sound like a real person.  If you are happy with what you are writing then that's great, relax, be yourself and write about what you like.


Widgets Are Good

I like widgets. If I like a blog then I like to be able to see if they've got a Facebook page, or a Pinterest board (Pinterest is my favourite thing at the moment) or if they're on YouTube.  Plus I think they fill the page out a bit and they are also a good way of advertising your blog to tell people you're out there.


Read And Comment

There are a lot of blogs out there and I mean a LOT.  If someone writes something that I like and think is good I always try to comment even if it's just a short one and I love it when people comment on mine!  I also try to read as many blogs as I can.  We are all short of time but if there's someone I particularly like then I usually set up an email subscription so it pings into my inbox as a reminder.  I think Bloglovin is good but when there's a lot of blogs and they all pile up it can get overwhelming.


Re-read Before You Press Send

This is quite a good tip and one I always try to adhere to.  Firstly, its good to give what you've written a bit of a spell check and a grammar check too, not that I'm any great shakes and I know I flit between past and present tenses but I try to punctuate and spell properly.  I've got three primary school age kids that do a spelling test at school every Friday so I can hardly bug them about their spelling if I'm not willing to check my own!  Secondly, it's a good idea to re-read what you've written just to check that what's on the page is what you wanted to write.  Sometimes I write, re-read and think  "how the hell did I get onto that, it doesn't make sense and its boring.  Start again."   
 
 
Your Blog, Your Choice

Don't feel pressured to "be like" anyone else.  If you want to write a blog that does mainly reviews then that's fine, if you want to write a series that's great too.  It's your blog, write about what you like and what you know and be happy with it.  I'm a firm believer that there is room in the blogging world (in this case the beauty blogging world) for everyone.

I  hope this has helped and has been encouraging, it was definitely meant as helpful and not preachy!

Maria
xx

p.s.  I'm always in the market for new tips, if you've got any bring them on!
 



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Thank you for taking the time to read this post and to comment, I really appreciate it! Maria xx