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.