From when I first started blogging I started reading a lot of posts about how to be a better blogger, which did actually help me a lot – this is not one of those posts. Instead, I intend to tell you how to enjoy being a blogger. What’s the point in learning how to do something well if you don’t even like doing it?
For me, this is one of the most enjoyable things about blogging. I am by no means a photographer but I love exploring London to take photos for my blog posts – it’s a nice creative outlet too. I think that blogs are much more interesting when they include a lot of photos.
Use social media
Sharing your blog posts or even just simply posting a link to your blog on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc. will give your blog a wider audience. From this, you’ll find that more people comment on your posts or start conversations with you: a great way to make friends or contacts. I’ve been blogging on and off for the past two years and have only just published a post on Twitter. I wish I’d just gotten over the fear of being judged and ridiculed ages ago because it held me back quite a bit.
Talk to other bloggers
Following on from the last point, talking to other people with the same interests is useful as you’ll become more confident in your blog and yourself as a blogger. There are so many blogger chats that you can find on Twitter which will make finding other bloggers so much easier. Also, talking to other bloggers means that you can seek advice from people or find some inspiration from others.
I find blogging is a lot more smooth-running when I’ve taken the time to plan my blog posts and write some in advance so they can be scheduled for certain days. This also stops me from becoming stressed about juggling blogging, university, work and socialising. Use a diary and dedicate certain times to blogging, even if it’s just an hour or two a week.
Don’t stress over posting
I’ll try my best not to contradict my last point when saying this… If you don’t have time to blog or have other things that you need to prioritise it isn’t the end of the world. It’s all well and good to be super organised and up to date with your blog, it’s also all well and good if you have more important things to do.
Work with whoever you want
One thing that really irritates me about the world of blogging and social media is that people are so judgmental when someone decides to work with a brand, accept a sponsorship or accept gifts from brands. If you want to do any of these things then just do it. As long as it’s a brand with good values and safe products, accept as many free gifts and collaborations as your heart desires.
Don’t obsess over stats and followers
I’m bad for this. I get upset if a post receives less views than I want it to. I assume that I’m doing something wrong or that my posts aren’t worth reading. However, I have now solved this my linking my WordPress account to Twitter – much more people have access to my blog. That being said, it’s really not important. What is important is you feeling confident about the content you’re publishing and having fun while you’re at it.
Thank you for reading!
I hope at least one person found this post useful. Even I might have even learned something whilst I was writing it.
Ps: I’m not an expert so take everything I say with great caution.
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Bye for now,