I’ve now been blogging for about a month, and I’m loving every minute if it – the blog chats, tags, the support and, of course, the fun. But whilst I’m still a relatively new blogger, I’ll be the first to admit that I pretty much suck at blogging.
Consistency, content, photos, social media – yep, I fail at them all. I get a day when I’m so inspired I could write and write and write, then… nothing. I’ll have a crappy day at work, come home, change into my pyjamas, drink some wine and decide to become a hermit for the evening.
“How to become a successful blogger”, “How to make money at blogging”, googling countless blogging tips, we’ve all been there I’m sure, and the most talked about criteria for “becoming a successful blogger” seem to be all about: consistency, content, photos/images and social media.
#1 “Consistency is Key” This is a very popular mantra when it comes to blogging. Only posting on certain days of the week, scheduling tweets… I, sadly, do none of them. I know I should! But sometimes life just gets in the way. As a blogger who works full time, I only get about 4/5 hours a day of free time, including cooking, bathing, housework, laundry as well as blogging. I know there are sooo many bloggers in the same boat as me, and you know what? We’re not superhuman. Even dedicating some time to your blog every week is better than no time at all.
#2 “Content – find your niche” Niche… it’s a word that’s thrown about a lot when it comes to blogging. But why? OK, a blog that features cupcake recipes, football tactics and sex toy reviews all in one probably isn’t the best idea, but why do we need to limit ourselves to a niche? If you’re an expert in a certain topic – great! But how many of us know enough about one concrete subject to post about constantly? A blog is our own little place where we can share our ideas and experiences on the topics we love the most with like-minded people, where the only thing that can limit us is the 140 character allowance on twitter.
#3 “An image paints a thousand words” Another huge fail of mine. I follow plenty of bloggers on instagram, and I’m not going to lie, I get proper insta-envy. Now it’s winter, I go to work in the dark and I come home in the dark, so taking photos in good natural light is near impossible. Add that to the fact that I have an east facing house, the only time I get good natural light is in my bedroom as soon as the sun comes up. Which is pretty rare in England let’s face it. So the next time you’re shining a torch on your item with one hand and shakily taking a photo in the other, I salute you.
#4 “Let’s connect!” This one ties into my first point, consistency. I don’t schedule my tweets. Why? Because I want to use social media for meeting new bloggers, connecting with other bloggers and joining in the chats, and these are thing you can’t schedule. Sure, I could schedule a few of my own self-promo tweets throughout the day, but the majority of my activity is done in the evenings when I’m at home, and again sometimes I just turn my phone off and have some well deserved me time. I want my followers to know I have a genuine interest in what they have to say, not just filling up their feed with a bunch of “me me me” tweets.
Blogging shouldn’t be a chore; for most of us it’s a hobby where we get to have some amazing opportunities, experiences and to meet wonderful new people. I don’t want to feel like I have to blog, I want to create my own little corner of me on the internet and I hope to inspire my readers along the way. But even if all this means I suck at blogging, it’s not going to stop me from doing what I love #GRLPower!!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on blogging! Please let me know in the comments below or send me a tweet.
Keep warm, and until next time x