I’m back with another advice (…?) post about blogging for you all! If you haven’t seen my other posts about blogging then a) WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?! and b) Fear not, they’re here, here and here so go and have a little look at them now (well…after you’ve read this post of course!). I’m definitely not a blogging professional by any means but I’ve had my blog for about 9 months now and I feel like I’ve accomplished quite a bit since first starting off! I’d probably still consider myself a fairly new blogger but I’ve definitely learnt a lot about blogging in the last 9 months and thought that it might be beneficial to some people for me to share my experience with it all.
I asked you guys on Twitter if you wanted me to write a post about my experience and you said yes so that’s what I’m doing. (I mean, realistically I was always going to write it anyway but lets pretend that isn’t true). I’m setting this post out as a bit of a step-by-step guide of what I’ve done with my blog so far from starting it to where I’m at with it now to give you a full understanding of my experience and sharing my tips on blogging as I go along. So…let’s get started!
How I Started My Blog
When I first started my blog back in August 2017 I wasn’t really sure what I was wanting to achieve. I knew I wanted to try and make something that I’d stick to (after having made a few different wordpress.com blogs before that didn’t really last) and thought that by starting a new blog just after my 20th birthday, I could enter my twenties spending my extra time doing something slightly more useful than sitting around and watching TV or sleeping in waaaay longer than I needed to.
Making Social Media Accounts
I didn’t know too much about blogging and the blogging community when I started off. However, knew that I wanted to set up blog social media accounts to get myself out there. So, I started by making a Twitter and Instagram account and then also made Pinterest and Spotify accounts to go alongside it. Although I use all of these social platforms, Twitter is my main focus outside of my blog itself when it comes to promoting content and connecting with fellow bloggers because the blogging community on Twitter is by far the most supportive!
Figuring Out What I Wanted My Blog to Be
I always say this whenever I give advice to other bloggers but when it comes to writing content for your blog just be yourself and don’t try to write about topics that you know nothing about because it’ll show through in your writing and you’ll get bored super quickly. I knew pretty quickly that I wanted to write about my university life because I was living it at the time but I imagine that once my university life comes to an end I’ll switch to writing about life in the workplace (…provided someone actually decides they want to hire me!) but my point is that I’m not pretending to be something I’m not. As cool as it would be to write about high end fashion and style, I just don’t have the kind of lifestyle that would allow me to afford anything “high-end” or anyone to take photos of me in my outfits so I simply don’t write about that. Instead, I created my own way to feature fashion on my blog, through my What University Students Are Wearing Series
Working With Brands
About 3 or 4 months into my blogging journey it was approaching the Christmas holidays which meant that a lot of bloggers (myself included) were putting together Christmas gift guides and were looking for products to feature in them. Since I was still incredibly new to blogging at this point I didn’t really think much of it when I was taking to Twitter to #PRrequest to see if any businesses had products that they’d like to be featured in my gift guide. I didn’t think that anyone would be interested in working with me to be honest. I was still a beginner after all! So I was shocked to find that people were interested. Since then I’ve worked with 4 different brands on featured content which I am so proud of myself for. To anyone who’s looking to work with brands within their blog I’d definitely recommend just reaching out on Twitter. Make sure to add #PR, #PRrequest and #workwithme to your tweets when you’re looking for brands. You might find an amazing collab!
Switching to Self-Hosted
After having ran my blog for about 6 or 7 months, I decided to take the leap and switch to a self-hosted wordpress site (which is what you’re visiting now!). This was honestly such a great decision for me because I really felt as though I could control so much more of my blog compared to when I was running as a wordpress.com site. If you’re currently considering going self-hosted with your blog then I’d definitely recommend just going for it – and if you need any more assistance with the process then check out my post about my experience in going self-hosted as it might help you out a bit!
What I’ve Achieved Through Blogging So Far
- Over 3k followers on Twitter. I didn’t think building a Twitter following was something that I could do in such a short time. I can’t believe that people actually like and want to read my weird (and in my opinion pretty boring) Tweets.
- Writing some amazing blog posts that I’m so so proud of. Here are a few of my favourites for anyone interested! What I’m NOT Changing in 2018 You Guide To Vintage Shopping and 20 Things I’ve Learned in 20 Years.
- Connecting with so many lovely fellow bloggers across social media. I love the fact that the blogging community is so supportive of each other. We really all do just want to see each other succeed and are always there to leave a comment on each others posts and promote our successes!
- Collaborating with some great brands.
…and so many other things too!
Where I’m At Now
Currently, I’m at a stage where I’ve got a lot of university deadlines over the next few weeks so my blog has taken a bit of a backseat to my degree because obviously my education takes priority. I’m also working on an internship alongside my degree and blog so I’ve got a lot on my plate. I’m absolutely loving it all though. As for where I’m going with my blog I’m just keeping on doing what I’m doing. I don’t have any crazy plans for my blog for the immediate future. I’m just looking forward to celebrating my 1 year blog anniversary in the summer and my 21st birthday!
Anyway, I hope this was somewhat helpful to at least one of you! Let me know what you thought of this post in the comments. Also, don’t forget to update me on how your blogging journey’s have been so far. I’d love to read about them!