When I started blogging I never dreamed that one day, I’d actually get sent a product – for free – in order to write about it. I never thought I’d ever get paid to write a blog post – I mean, what? That only happens to Zoella, right? I didn’t understand how blogging can be a serious business, that there’s money to be made from it and that brands actually genuinely trust bloggers, want to work with them and promote their products through this platform. I’ve been lucky that now in my almost 5 years of blogging, I’ve had the chance to review some amazing products, work with incredible brands and write sponsored posts which Jesus Christ… I got money for doing. Actual money. Not Monopoly money.
I’m truly tired of seeing bloggers who have been blogging for a considerable about of time with a considerable following trying to “keep their secrets“. Hun, you ain’t Dynamo. Bloggers who refuse to disclose how they get opportunities, what they’ve done to work with brands and those who straight up don’t reply to other bloggers on social media – not through being busy or having a bad day (I totally understand how overwhelming social media can be some days) – solely because they’re a “bigger blogger“. Huh? When did this strange, “there’s no room for all bloggers” mentality come into practice and how can we get TF rid of it?
Don’t get me wrong, I go through huge blogging inspiration slumps sometimes where I literally wouldn’t be able to think of an idea for a post if my actual life depended on it. I think we all go through these phases, for a bunch of reasons and it’s totes normal and doesn’t make you a bad blogger for it. But right now, I’m on a bit of a roll with blogging inspiration and I have ideas coming out my ear-holes. So now a new year has rolled around (again?!) and I know a ton of people will be wanting to up their blogging game, here’s some tips and advice to help you come up with blog post ideas!
I am very organised. That’s not me being big-headed, it’s simply a fact. I thrive off of organisation, I work well when I’m organised, when things are in place and I know what I’m doing and when. I’ve never really been a spontaneous person, I like having a plan and a schedule. I am very much a Type A personality – you can’t get much more Type A than me! But I pride myself on this because I get shit done. I might not be the most creative person. I can’t draw or paint or write poetry or arrange flowers but you know what I can do? Get 7 blog posts written in 1 day. I can keep to deadlines and I make a plan and stick to it. I recently ran a Twitter poll about whether to do a post like it – I didn’t want to come across as pompous or anything, I simply just want to share some tips that I personally find helpful!
Blog comments are like, a huge thing if you’re a blogger. Some bloggers feel like a failure if they don’t receive comments on their posts (you’re not), some rely on the comments in order to feel like a success, some literally don’t care at all and there’s a whole multitude of attitudes towards the old blog comment. I also always see people wonder why they’re not getting comments and contemplating what they’re doing wrong. Since I started my blog, I’ve been pretty lucky in that I’ve always received comments. That’s not me being big headed, it’s a fact. But I don’t wanna do a typical “how to get more comments” type post because it’s probably been done to death. I wanted to talk about what makes me comment on a blog post and similarly, what makes me not. What I look for in a post which makes me comment. Which hopefully, you can apply to your own posts!
There’s new bloggers joining the scene every day and who can blame them?! Making new friends from all over the world, working with your favourite brands, having a platform to express your creativity and talk about things you’re truly passionate about. Why wouldn’t they? Blogging can seem like this magical, perfect world upon first impression but like every community, there will always be negatives in the blogging world some of which we simply can’t avoid. I’m sure most of us were a bit naïve and blindsided to the down sides of blogging when we first started (or even after years of doing it!) – I know I was. So for all the newer bloggers in da house, here’s a list of things you should be aware of when starting your blogging venture.
We all want to be the very best like no one ever was (please tell me in the comments if you know where this line is from) and it’s super difficult to do that in blogging when there’s tens of thousands of other bloggers around you all trying to be the best too. But in order to be a good blogger, you need to follow the rules and stick to the guidelines. Here is a small list of things that will turn you from an ‘alright’ blogger to a bloody good one!
Over the course of the last month, I’ve tried really hard to get more involved and be more active in the blogging community, particularly on Twitter. I feel like I’ve succeeded in my mission as I’m making much more of an effort to share posts, chat with bloggers and find new ones to follow. Another thing that I’ve started taking part in are comment threads. For those that don’t know, comment threads are run by certain bloggers / accounts and basically gives everyone taking part the chance to share their new blog posts, discover new blogs and gain some comments on your own as well.
As a just starting out book blogger back in 2013, I craved for the days where I would be contacted by authors and/or publishers asking me to review their books. That was something set aside specially for the top dogs in book blogging – those at the top of the game whose opinions and reviews were crucial for that particular books promotion and development. But what I didn’t really get was that a lot of it was down to me – and my blog. I needed to make it clearer that that’s what I could offer, too.