When I started my blog six months ago, I didn’t really know what to expect. I love fashion and writing and it seemed like a no-brainer to combine my two passions together. Even though I am pretty damn sure that there is so much more I have to learn, these next few points are what I have learnt so far.
DON’T CARE WHAT OTHERS THINK
Blogging is something that I wanted to do for so long but I didn’t really have the guts to just take a chance. I was too worried about people thinking I was daft for putting myself out there but in the end, I decided to just go for it, which I discussed in my first ever post. I’m sure there are people who do think that what I’m doing is silly but I couldn’t care less. I absolutely adore blogging, it is so fun and is a great way for me to explore my passion.
This is also something to remember when taking blog photos. Nearly every time I have had outfit photos taken, people have stared. Some people can be rude and deliberately try and ruin your photos but most of the time they are just curious, which is only human. However, the below photograph was taken in the centre of Manchester at lunch time and it was absolutely rammed with people. We were constantly getting stopped by strangers who were making jokes or asking what we were doing and it was very frustrating. It was hard to not get distracted and to just ignore them but I have learnt that the best thing to do is to just power through. I’m really glad I did because the pictures for this post are some of my favourite yet.
IT IS OKAY TO WORRY ABOUT THE NUMBERS
Over the past six months I have heard bloggers say that you shouldn’t worry about the numbers. I agree that it shouldn’t be the main focus but I do think that setting goals for follower counts or a number of views on a blog post is a great motivational tactic and makes it exciting when you reach that target. You can still be passionate about your blog and enjoy what you do and want it to be successful at the same time. Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way expecting to be the next Zoella, but what is so wrong with wanting your dream job to become a reality one day in the future? However, it can make it infuriating when you see a dip in numbers. So, I would still try and make the love of what you do the main focus and try not to get too bogged down by an inevitable fluctuation in numbers.
IT CAN BE EXPENSIVE
When you have a fashion blog there is definitely some pressure [mostly from yourself] to stock up on the newest and best clothes on the market. However, your bank balance won’t thank you if you panic-buy a whole new wardrobe.. trust me.. I know! However, I have learnt that until you can really afford it, buying something new here and there to combine with an old outfit is the best way to not go into debt and keep your blog current and fresh. In this post here, I discuss how to rework unloved items in your wardrobe.
BLOGGING BABES ARE THE BEST
I have found that one of the best things about blogging is the community. I have discovered so many incredible gals online that have amazing style and talent. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of bloggers who support others instead of seeing each other as competition. Also, I have found that most of the support I receive for my blog is usually from other bloggers that I haven’t even met, instead of my real life friends. I think because we all understand this blogging bubble we are in, we all just want each other to do well. In my experience, a lot of people who aren’t in this community just don’t get it… which is a shame but that is why it is so important to connect with other bloggers.
FOLLOW WHO INSPIRES YOU
I definitely want to support other bloggers and I love discovering new feeds and blogs that I can relate to or get inspired by. However, I find it frustrating when people follow me, only to get a follow back and if I don’t… they unfollow me. As important as it is to support each other I would definitely recommend only following people because you like their content. I want my Instagram feed to be filled with amazing photographs and content that inspires me. I think most people who blog want an audience who likes their content, otherwise what’s the point?
THE POWER OF PHOTOGRAPHY
I think if you have a fashion blog, having good photographs is key. In the future I would love to invest in a new camera and better editing software but for the time being I usually borrow cameras. I understand that not everybody could do this but even a good iPhone camera is great to start you off. I personally think that it is important to put a lot of thought into photographs such as the background, the layout of the image and any props you might need. As a reader, I tend to be attracted to other blogs with great photos that can show off a fab outfit. If you don’t have access to a camera it might be worth hiring a freelance photographer or contacting a student photographer who is looking for a model… or train your boyfriend/friends lol.
I am still so new to this wonderful blogging world but I feel like I have already learnt so much and I can’t wait to carry on discovering more tips and secrets to improve my site. I hope this has been helpful for anybody who is starting out.