I’ve had the idea for this post sitting in the notes on my phone for literally months now but haven’t taken the plunge (plunge… isn’t that a brilliant word) to actually sit down and write it yet. Partly because there’s a lot of information involved and I’m a bit overwhelmed at where to start and secondly, I want it to be a good post (I mean obviously). I want it to be genuinely helpful and not just your average, “work hard and it’ll pay off the end xo” type rubbish. So I’ve taken quite a bit of time to think about what to include in this post, in a friendly and straight forward way. God, there’s nothing worse than clicking onto a “helpful” post only to not understand a word they’ve said, is there?
I’m going to start this post with a bit of self-praise, which is something I never, ever do. But the thing I like the most about myself is how organised I am, my organisational skills and my ability to stick to deadlines, work ahead of schedule and generally just never get in a flap about getting things done because chances are, I’ve already done it! I’ve always been an organised person to some degree; my homework was never late, I always used my planner well to keep track of homework deadlines and even in my bedroom as a child, everything had it’s rightful place. I was never a messy kid and I grew up to have a very Type A personality. I basically grew up and turned into Monica Geller. But back to the point, all of these skills and traits have served me really well in my blogging career, especially since I started taking blogging more seriously.
Working with brands has become a huge part of being a blogger. Brands are recognizing that bloggers have a lot of authority and power over sales and marketing and a shining review from a blogger can go an awful long way. I’m not ashamed to say that working with some kick-ass brands is one of my favourite aspects of blogging. Don’t get me wrong, there are an incredible amount of things I love about being a blogger from having a creative outlet, to discovering other amazing bloggers to even doing my self assessment tax return at the end of each year brings me some form of weird pleasure. But working with brands is definitely up there among my favourite elements of blogging – probably because it’s something I never envisioned ever doing or ever getting to the point of being able to do.
Most blogs these days have a sidebar and it’s usually one of the first things you notice when you discover a new blog. What’s in that sidebar however can be incredibly important to growing your blog, your audience and encouraging people to spend more time on your blog rather than clicking off and going elsewhere. Remember, we’re not in the days of Piczo anymore so whilst flashing images, neon graphics and moving GIF’s might grab someones attention, it’ll soon give them a headache. Sidebars need to be (relatively) clean, easy to understand but most importantly, include the right information to benefit your fabulous blog! So let’s get into it, shall we? Here are some super handy things you can include in your blogs sidebar.
Each and every month when I check my stats on my WordPress app, sitting at the top of my “most views” posts during that month are always blogging-related posts. These tend to be advice style posts and occasionally blogging related discussions but you can bet your bottom dollar that posts about blogging are almost always my most viewed posts. I’m most certainly no “blogging guru” (literally if you call yourself a blogging guru, go home) but I’ve been blogging for over 5 years now, learnt a hella lot along the way and I love to share what I’ve learnt with my readers. From anything from growing a following, how to find sponsored opportunities and tips on being self-employed – if I have some experience in it and/or have some strategies that I’ve found have worked for me, you can probably expect a blog post about it.
Having a blog is great. Creative freedom? Tick. A way to express yourself and talk about things you love? Tick. An opportunity to meet like-minded people? Triple tick. For a lot of bloggers, writing posts and taking / editing the photos is the easy part. Heck, even making sure you take the time to ensure that your post is SEO friendly can be fairly straight forward once you get into the swing of it. It’s what comes next that I’ve heard some people struggle with and I know I did when I started blogging – I wouldn’t know where to start with sharing my blog posts, let alone effectively sharing my blog posts.
I tweet about blogging a lot. Blogging is my main source of income, the thing I spend the most of my life doing and the thing that makes up the majority of my thoughts on any given day. So I think it’s pretty standard that I’m going to talk about it a lottttttt. A little while ago, I mentioned that I had over 30 posts scheduled for the coming months on my blog and that tweet got one hell of a response from praise, awe and just general disbelief. Not tooting my own horn here whatsoever but as I said, blogging is my main “thing”, it’s not just a here-and-there hobby to me any more, I take it extremely seriously so I don’t think it should be that much of a surprise that I’m so organised with my blog.