Things to remember when you start a blog

Blogging is an amazing hobby or job to have. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, blogging is a valued and respected industry (by most) and it has incredible perks and benefits; mentally, creatively and sometimes financially. It’s no wonder that there’s more bloggers now than ever before! Personally, I think that’s a great thing and I’m all for the mindset that the blogging industry can always use a new and fresh voice. I’d also always encourage someone to start a blog if they’re interested in doing so – the blogging industry is over-saturated? Pffft, shut up. How un-supportive can you be? 

But that being said, blogging isn’t easy. Most of us will tell you that. And when I first started blogging back in 2013, I wish I had more advice on what I was doing. I winged it for a good 3 years until I finally began putting 2 and 2 together and getting my blogging act together! Blogging is a personal thing and there’s certainly no rules. If you read any posts telling you you “need” to have or do something in order to have a successful blog – just ignore it. Seriously. Ignore it. But helpful and gentle advice would never go amiss. So here are some of my top things I think you should remember when starting a blog – or if you’ve just started one! I hope you find them remotely helpful 🙂

You don’t need a niche but if you want one, that’s cool

I truly don’t understand the niche vs. no niche argument. I think it’s irrelevant. If you only want to talk about one particular topic that you’re passion about and where your expertise lie – wicked! If you want to blog about a little bit of everything – cool! No one is better than the other, blog about whatever the heck your beautiful heart desires!

It’s okay to take inspiration from people but copying their work is plagiarism and the un-coolest thing you could do

Strictly speaking, plagiarism is an act of fraud and is defined as “wrongful appropriation / stealing and publishing” of someone else’s work. We’re all going to find bloggers we’re completely and utterly inspired by – heck, there’s so many amazing bloggers out there it’s hard not to be inspired by them. But please, please, please don’t copy!

Looking up to other bloggers is normal but don’t compare yourself, it’s the thief of joy

Ugh, I’ve been there babe. Trust me. I’m still there. I think it’s natural and human nature to compare ourselves to others. Not just in blogging but in every day, mundane life as well. It’s something that none of us can avoid. But if we can get ourselves into a good head space where those comparisons don’t negatively affect us then that’s a good step.

Eventually working with brands is amazing but it’s not just about the free stuff

If you’re starting a blog just for free stuff then just stop. Please. Bloggers work incredibly hard to get to the point where brands actually want to send them stuff to review. It’s a huge privileged and even 5 years in, I’m still amazed and so appreciative when I receive an email from a brand. There’s no other way about this one really!

Set goals but don’t worry too much about numbers

Bit vague this one – ha – but I have a point, I promise. I’m a huge goal-setter. I thrive on goals and setting myself goals is pretty much the only way I get anything done. If you’re like me in that sense and also want to take blogging seriously then goals can be your best friend! Small and achievable goals are absolutely the way forward but don’t get too caught up with numbers.

Lastly… Have fun. No exceptions.

As soon as you’re not having fun and enjoying blogging anymore then it’s time to have a re-think. So when you start your blogging journey, remember that. Blogging is supposed to be enjoyable. A creative outlet, a way to virtually meet like-minded people and a way to showcase your work. Just because it’s hard work sometimes, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t still be fun.

What advice would you give to someone who’s just started a blog? If you have just started a blog, have you thought about any of these points? What’s your blogging journey been like so far? Let me know!

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154 thoughts on “Things to remember when you start a blog

  1. These are fab tips! I kind of boxed myself into a niche with my name, but have stopped caring about it as much this year and am doing some more non-bookish posts alongisde the bookish ones 🙂
    Amy xx

  2. Great advice!
    I started blogging for fun and I love it. Also the blogging community is full of inspiring people. It’s great to be a past of this.

  3. These are brilliant tips, Jenny! I especially like the part about niches. Although I tend to blog mainly about books and WWE, I do tend to also write about other things I like too. It’s your blog, you write about what you want x

  4. Really enjoyed reading this post! I totally agree with setting goals but not worrying too much about numbers. When I first started, I was so caught up in trying to increase my follower count. Now, I’d rather have less followers but really get to know them y’know? Although, high numbers are fun to look at at times xD

    cabin twenty-four

  5. I don’t feel like I have enough experience to give anyone advice. Except for the have fun part! 😁 I’ve been blogging for about 4 months and I’ve had some major problems already. But don’t worry about that, girl I am in-love with your writing style! Got me hooked!!

  6. I definitely agree with the having fun and not doing it to try and get free things! For me I think spending time reading other blogs and interacting with other bloggers makes it so much more enjoyable and helps me learn! Xx

  7. I love how you said that bloggers don’t have to have a niche. I’ve acfually seen on many other blog posts about tips for bloggers, that they should choose a niche. But for me that has been difficult. I love beauty and makeup and girly things, which is what my blog is centered around, but I also love horror and I really want to do horror book reviews, but I’ve been hesitant because it is the complete obvious of my “niche”. Your post has made me feel so much better about maybe doing that one day anyways! Even if it is kind of offputting on a beauty blog, at least I enjoy it haha.

  8. This is really good advice (minus the preaching which can happen all to often!) It’s all about the passion, and though numbers and goals are nice the most important thing is to have fun! x x x

  9. I just started blogging @ a week ago, and to be honest I feel L.O.S.T , I would like to receive some advice please. Thank you!

    Jenn

  10. I think this post is just perfection – I’m pretty lucky in that I’ve been on the blogging block with my old blog about ten years ago when blogging was just becoming a ‘thing’, so most of the time I don’t get too caught up in these things now, but you’re so right – comparison *is* the thief of joy and it’s so important not to get bogged down in the admiration we have for other bloggers! Going to share this advice with anyone I see tweeting that they’re new to blogging and would like some advice!
    Kate x
    http://www.findingkate.co

    1. Blimey you’re part of the blogging furniture aren’t you! 10 years is a long old time. I started about 5 years ago when blogging had more or less just established itself so it was all a bit hectic. Although I couldn’t imagine being a new blogger NOW xxx

  11. These are great tips, I don’t have too much pressure on myself to engage on Instagram or anything like that, I’m taking things slow. That said I have been doing this for nearly 5 years but don’t really care for free stuff, it’s just nice to write sometimes!

    Amy | hookedonthemusic.com

  12. I’ve started blogging recently and to be honest, I find blogging so difficult 😦
    I would really appreciate it if anybody decided to check out my current blogposts and give any feedback! scienceshockers.wordpress.com

  13. My biggest advice is to just be you and write about what you want to write about 💕 have fun

  14. Great advice, I’m 3 weeks into blogging and started with a niche. Now wondering how I’ll branch out from that in the months to come. I’ve wanted to reblog some things I’ve read, but they didn’t fit into my niche at all. What would you suggest? Thanks for advice, now following you.

    1. I’d suggest just doing whatever you want to do, if that means writing or reblogging things which aren’t in your niche then do it! I personally think too much emphasis is on whether you need a niche or not, it doesn’t matter as long as you’re passionate!

  15. i just started my blog, so i’m so happy that I found your post 😊 i think you have great posts that are so relatable and amazing!

  16. Thank you for posting this! I’m still getting my blog started/up and running. But once I realised I wanted to start one I did lots of research into what to do when your starting out and it has really helped. So I am still collating/writing content so I don’t get overwhelmed too early on!!

    P.S. Your content is always on point 👌🏻💕

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