I have to give a big thank you to Chloe Chats and The Aesthetics Vida for nominating me. These awards are so cool and it’s amazing the support and encouragement that I have been given from fellow bloggers. It genuinely does make blogging much more fun.
How it all started
I had always known what a blog was and had read the odd few but I never really had a true interest in starting one until I started my marketing job and began to write for the company’s blog. Having a job with a focus on social media, this meant that I was introduced to so many bloggers from travel and lifestyle to cooking and top tips.
Also, with writing as much I do in my job, I found myself getting more and more restless as I was unable to write about what I truly wanted to and was limited to what content I could produce.
After awhile when work began to slow down I started writing different posts for myself between work and soon I had a portfolio ready to publish. I was having so much fun writing again that I decided to research the different ways to start my own blog. Multiple helpful blogging tips posts later, I purchased myself a WordPress personal plan and off I went to start my new blogging adventure!
Advice to new bloggers
1/ It helps to keep up to date with scheduled posts. As I previously said, I had a portfolio of posts ready before I started my blog so I had plenty of content to be published. Even though I believe that is a good thing to do, try not to get too stressed out if you miss a week or don’t have time to write a post. I have to keep telling myself not to be disappointed when I can’t think of a post to write or don’t have enough time to do much on the blog because of work and everything else. Sometimes when I get home from work I like to have my tea and chill in bed with some Netflix, so I tell myself that taking a break from the blog is not a bad thing. And it isn’t, I find that if I force myself to write a post when I have no idea what to do, it turns out to be incredibly generic and not true to myself at all.
2/ Everyone says this and it’s true, it takes time to fully cultivate a blog. Sometimes I wish I understood exactly what I needed to do and have everything on my blog finished and set up right from the start. But it takes time to manage your blog, write posts, promote them, take pictures (which I haven’t managed to do yet!) and engage with people on social media. Not everything can happen at once and as frustrating as it can be, you need to have patience and perseverance. Don’t give up because everything isn’t how you want it to be in the beginning, it won’t be that way forever. You learn and grow and with this growth comes the change you want. For myself in particular, I know my understanding of blog design is pretty basic at best but if I keep on researching and reading tips from fellow bloggers, I know that I’ll get there eventually.
*Nominees: I apologise if you’ve already been nominated by someone else or have previously done this award. It is not compulsory so there is no pressure to do this award.