Thursday, 28 May 2015

The Blogging Advice You ACTUALLY Need

I've noticed lately that pretty much everytime I pop over to the bloglovin popular posts section, it's almost guaranteed that a fair few of the posts featured there will be blogging advice; be it how to edit your photos, how to grow your following or how to deal with PR's. Now, I'm all for advice. As a bit of a blogging noob myself, it's truly inspiring to find out tips and tricks from 'big' blogs that have grown to be a success. However, I also feel like all this advice can be a little daunting sometimes...

I often read these types of posts and then end up on a massive downer thinking that my blog is complete shit because I don't edit my photos using Adobe Lightroom and I constantly forget to work on my SEO. But then I remember that, actually, I've managed to somehow acquire over 1000 followers on this little old blog and receive some absolutely lovely comments from readers that make me seriously happy on a daily basis so maybe I'm doing something right? (Here's hoping, anyway!)

This post isn't really about advice (sorry about the misleading title there folks.) There's no way I'm in a position to start dishing out the do's and don't's of blogging when I've only properly had this little space on the internet since December. It's more of a reminder that you don't have to listen to the advice if you don't feel it works for you.

I am in no way saying I don't appreciate advice posts - at all. Infact, I rely heavily on some of them for things like blog design and photography tips. I managed to design my entire blog layout myself based on tips and tricks from the lovely Elaine over at xomisse. And I would have still been under the impression that all bloggers homes were actually adorned with marble surfaces if it wasn't for Kayleigh at Couture Girl admitting she uses a piece of vinyl from Amazon for her gorgeous flatlay images!

I'm also not saying I don't jump on some of the 'blogging trends'. Heck I'll be the first to admit I've become obsessed with using marble and wooden surfaces for all my images because I've seen so many other bloggers do it (it just looks so damn pretty doesn't it!?) 

However, what I'm not a huge fan of, is the posts that basically tell you what content you should be writing or the kinds of photos you should be taking. For me, this kind of takes the uniqueness out of blogging. I like to read original, well thought out posts that a blogger has written because they want to and not because it's what they think will gain them more followers. 

Because in all seriousness I don't really think there is a guide to blogging. I think those that are considered successful have reached that height because of hard work. Because they've churned out consistently good posts and have found what works for them, and their readers. 

The only piece of advice I would give to someone starting a blog today? Enjoy it! Because there's nothing worse than viewing your blog as a chore or feeling like you can't post something because not enough people will be interested. Even if you do actually start a blog because you want to make a career out of it, rather than it just being a hobby, you may as well enjoy the ride because it's not going to become your full time job overnight, unfortunately. 

Don't be afraid to take a break if you need it, don't be afraid to post something a little different and don't feel like you have to run your blog in a way you're not comfortable with. (Oh look, I'm telling what you should and shouldn't do - the irony!) But seriously, though, it's your blog and, if you're anything like me, I really enjoy having something in my life that I am actually completely in control of and would quite like to keep it that way!

What do you guys think? Does the sheer amount of blogging advice posts ever feel a bit daunting for you? Let me know in the comments below :)

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  1. I'm a new I am resding loads of Blogs with Blogging tips!! Your dead right... it can make you feel really stressed and make you think your not doing too good! With blogging comes so many things I never knew.. like seo.. that stuff is do daunting for a new blogger! I loved this post I feel less alone ♥
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  2. Finally! A post I can relate to!
    It can be really daunting seeing all these perfectly laid out posts, with the do's and don'ts, when did they become a thing anyway? Who suddenly came up with the rule we must take photos with a white background?! Haha, thanks for writing this! I enjoyed reading,



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