Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Upping My Blogging Game

When I first started blogging properly in December, last year, I didn't really know what to expect. I had no idea just how big the blogging community was or that people actually made money from it. I mainly started one because I wanted a hobby that would also look good on a CV. 9 months on and, without sounding too cheesy, my blog has become my baby. And it's also become something I'm incredibly critical of. I want it to be a place that I'm proud of but, recently, I've not been investing the time and effort into it that I'd like to because, well, life gets in the way. So, I've decided to up my blogging game...
I feel I should probably start off by stating that this isn't me attempting to become the next Zoella - it's more something that I want to do for myself. I'm a huge perfectionist and, because my blog is something I have total control of, I want it to be the best it can be. No more half assed posts or blurry pictures or posting content just for the sake of it. I'm not doing this because I want it to be my job or I want more brands to notice me - or anything like that - I just really enjoy blogging and I want to try and make the most of it.

So, erm, here's what I plan on doing in an attempt to get my shit together...

- Have a dedicated workspace 
This weekend I made my first step into attempting to become an organisational queen by buying a desk! I feel like if I actually have a dedicated place to work/blog, then I'll be much more likely to get shit done. Rather than just trying to write, whilst sat on the sofa, getting sidetracked by GBBO. You know how it is. 

- Improve my blog's appearance
Another thing I invested in at the weekend was a blog template. From Pipdig, obvs. I kinda didn't want to do this because I feel like I now have the same template as so many other bloggers, since Pipdig is like the King of blog designs at the moment, but their designs and ease of installation are just spot on - so I couldn't resist. I actually designed my old template myself and I liked it but I just couldn't get to grips with sorting out a mobile version of it. And, with so many people accessing blogs via phones nowadays, I didn't want a crappy mobile site to put people off. So, for the sake of £29, I thought it was time to stop being a stubborn shit and install a professional template. It only took me about 5 minutes to set up and I'm really liking it so far. I'll probably play around with a few things to make it a bit more 'me' but, for the time being, I'm loving the clean, minimalist design and the fact it doesn't look shit on a phone anymore. I also got a new header, woop woop. I wanted to inject a bit of colour into my blog as my template is monochrome so I purchased some clip art from The Wonder Forest, spent 3 hours getting pissed off had a bit of a play around on Pic Monkey and came up with this. I'm hoping y'all think it's kinda cute.

- Plan!
This is something I'm in two minds about it. I want to plan posts more because I feel like I often get random ideas, but don't write them down anywhere, and end up completely forgetting about them. But, I also think that spontaneous posts are sometimes the best kind. So, yeah, I'll probs make a few tick lists and stuff so I can feel like I'm super productive but I'm not going to be making spreadsheets or using an online calendar just yet.

- Stop with the comparisons
Devoting more time to blogging obviously results in me being a tad more critical than I might have been before. The downside to this, however, is that I often fall into the trap of looking at more 'successful' bloggers and comparing myself to them. I feel like this is one of the things that makes me fall out of love with blogging, from time to time, and it's ridiculous really because there are so many blogs out there - of course you're going to think some of them are better than yours. My blog isn't going to reach the standards of professional bloggers overnight but it can still improve. Be the best version of yourself, and all that, instead of trying to be more like others is a mantra I need to start following.

- Make sure I'm 100% happy with posts before hitting publish
This year I've managed to post 3 times a week, every week. I know that isn't much compared to some but, for me, it's been a bit of a struggle and I've often felt like I've been churning out crappy content just for the sake of ensuring I meet my 'schedule'. I want to focus much more on quality over quantity and make sure that I'm always happy with each post; both content and photography wise.
Jesus this post ended up turning into a right bloody essay, didn't it? Congrats if you actually made it to the end. So, I guess, in summary, what I'm trying to get across with this post is that I just want to try and be a 'better blogger' (if there's really such thing), enjoy blogging as much as possible and grow Bethany Georgina into something I can be really proud of. (Lol, anyone else feel like a twat referring to their blog by it's name?) Let's see how it all goes!

Have you got any tips for 'upping' your blogging game or just generally being more organised?

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