I’ve been blogging for just over seven months now and, after taking the plunge and finally going self-hosted (I’m completely obsessed with my new site if you couldn’t tell already!), I thought what better time to share my tips by answering some of your questions about blogging than now? I took to Twitter to ask you guys for some questions and you sent me some really great ones so I’ve put them all together in this post. Hopefully I’ve managed to answer them well enough for you!
If you started your blogging journey again, what would you do differently? – Faisal Ali
Honestly, I probably wouldn’t change much about my blogging journey so far! I think the main thing would be to not get over-excited with the concept of featuring brands. When I first started blogging I had it in my mind that I should accept any opportunity to feature brands on my blog when the reality was that I needed to be more picky about the featurings! Particularly when it came to affiliate marketing options. I got caught up in the whole “I look so professional linking to this brand” thing even if I hadn’t ever used the brand before. Luckily this phase only lasted a week or two so it wasn’t too bad haha!
I would love to start monetising my blog, how do I start or do you have any tips? – Jade Williamson
I haven’t actually made money from blogging as of yet although I’ve worked with a few little brands in exchange for products. If you’re just starting to think about monetising your blog then I’d definitely recommend joining Amazon Associates which is basically just a part of Amazon where you can gain a commission for every product bought through your site via your specific amazon code. It’s super easy to sign up to and, from my experience, easy to be approved for quickly!
What are your top tips for gaining genuine, quality followers? – Jade Williamson
Interacting with people! When I first started blogging I was super active on Twitter and that’s how I started connecting with like-minded people who’re running their own amazing blogs. I was lucky that I started blogging over the summer holidays so I had A LOT of free time to interact with people on social media. Reading, commenting and liking fellow bloggers posts is such an amazing way to connect with people and find inspiration for your own posts.
What are your top tips for good photography? – Jade Williamson
I definitely don’t see myself as a great blogging photographer to be honest! I find Instagram super hard to use for my blog because I never feature myself on my blog, so I don’t have a lot of content for Instagram. I’m not sure I’m qualified to give advice on photography haha!
That being said, I love taking flat-lays for my Instagram account because they’re the best way to get content out their that doesn’t feature myself. A little tip of mine is to use Pinterest for inspiration. I have a Pinterest board that is simply just photos that I love and want to recreate in my own way. I use these photos as the basis for my own photography but then replace each element of the photo with my own items. (example below)
Do you think it is better to blog about just 1 or 2 subjects or a variety of things? – Jade Williamson
I’ve always said from the beginning that you should blog about what you know. If that’s just one specific topic that you feel passionate about and have a lot of fun writing about then stick with that. If you’re someone with a lot of different interests and topics that you want to talk about then that’s great as well. As long as you’re staying true to your own passions and interests then that’ll come across in your writing and your audience will notice that and love what you’re writing about. Personally, on my blog I like to write about a lot of different things because I’m currently a university student and have a lot of different university-based subjects to write about!
What made you get into blogging? – Rebecca’s Reviews
I’ve answered similar questions to this before in a few of my blogging award nominations but the gist of it is that I was turning twenty years old the summer that I started my blog and wanted to enter my twenties doing something new and using my time properly! I love sharing advice and helping people out whenever I can because, not to be all “self-promoting” but, I genuinely think I’m good at that and blogging allows me to do that.
Where do you see your blog in a few years time? – Rebecca’s Reviews
Hopefully I’ll still be as in love with my blog in a few years time as I am right now! I’d love to be using blogging as more of a part-time job as it’s just so ridiculously hard to find a job as a student and as someone who hasn’t worked before. As well as this, I’d like to think that I would have reached a point where I was featuring myself on my blog and writing more fashion-based pieces because that’s something that I’d love to do a lot more of.
Thanks to everyone who asked me a question! I’ve loved answering your questions and hopefully helping a few of you out with any blogging questions or queries that you had.