Blog Tips & Tricks

Probably one of the most frequently asked questions I get is, "How do I start a blog?" Well, good question. It seems like with the rise of Instagram and Snapchat, everyone and their mother has a blog. But, for good reason. Blogging allows us to share our lives online and connect with others in the process. It's a great outlet to be inspired, to share inspiration, and embrace our passion.

I've shared tips for starting a blog in the past, but I wanted to update it with some blogging do's and don't's that will help you if you're navigating the blogosphere!

1. DO be yourself!

This is a no-brainer, but unfortunately, many bloggers feel like they need to have that "blogger look" in order to be relevant. You know the one, coffee in one hand and designer bag in the other, wearing a head-to-toe Nordstrom look that probably will never be worn again.

There are SO many more opportunities beyond just the generic fashion (er, travel) blogger look. Write what interests you! Find your niche and stick with it. It helps down the road when you get stuck on content. Be entirely authentic to your likes, hobbies, and interests. Like they always say, write what you know. For me, that's living in Florida and going to Disney. But, hey. Whatever floats your boat!

2. DON'T compare yourself to other bloggers.

This ties in to number one, but really, it's easy to get caught up in what the blogger next door is doing. Plus, many bloggers have the luxury of blogging full time. It's actually their job, which is awesome and props to them. 

But, if you're like me, and have a 40+ hour a week job, or are a student, it can be hard to balance a consistent blog schedule. Don't fret. Blog when you want to, not when you feel like you have to. It's YOUR space, and just because someone else is posting a new outfit every day doesn't mean you have to! Find what works for you. :)

3. DO have fun!

Blogging should be treated as a hobby. While strategy is important when growing your blog, it should never be taken too seriously. I've been blogging since I was 15, and any time that it seemed like a chore to write a post, I took a break from it, and then came back when I was refreshed and ready to write again.

4. DON'T buy your followers.

Yes, growing your blog organically takes a lot of time and hard work. And, yes, it's easier to buy followers. But, it's lame and people will notice. Your engagement (likes/comments, etc.) will be crazy low, and that defeats the whole purpose of building an audience. Ever see someone with 50k Insta followers but *maybe* 200 likes per post? Yeah...not good. It happens more than you think!

Focus on connecting with your niche and creating positive, organic engagement surrounding your blog. I won't get too far into detail about follower growth because that's a whole other topic, but just create authentic, quality content, and you'll be golden.

5. DO be patient!

Write a post you thought was A+, and no one commented? It happens. Don't sweat it! Again, you do you. Your blog is a place for you to share what you want! Growing a blog takes a LOT of time. I know I said that before, but it does! Most of the time, my mom and my grandma are the only ones who care when I post, but that's ok. It's my blog and I'll write if I want to. •

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  1. I think tip #4 is really important. It can be discouraging when you don't have people engaging with your blog compared to other well-known bloggers. Yet, it's better to gain your audience genuinely instead of buying them. Those who are really interested will stick and they are the readers you want. Great post!

    -Kim :)

  2. I love these tips! I've been blogging a bit over a year now and totally agree, especially on the it takes time part!


  3. Great tips! I've been blogging for only a few months now and it's so hard to be patient but posts like this are such a huge help!

    xo, Skylar


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