Happy Monday littles!
Many of you have been asking me for tips around blogging, content creation and Instagram.
I don’t have any specific formula but I certainly have some strategies I’ve applied to get started with the blog, keep content fresh and treat social as an extension of my little home base.
I’m going to start a Fast Five series, featuring blogging tips that you can apply if you’re interested in starting a blog, looking for some motivation or are simply an internet enthusiast!
With this being the first Fast Five, I have to start at the beginning aka five tips for starting a blog.
This is a question I’ve been asked A LOT and while I am happy to send emails, meet for coffee and share, I’m really excited to start this series and have everything housed here where it all began.
I also want to say a massive THANK YOU because without you reading, I really do not know where I would be and I am so grateful for this space and the ability to connect with you every week.
Consistency in key: This is the first thing I tell every single person who asked me about starting a blog. Post, post, post. Now I’m not saying that quantity should be considered over quality, because your posts should still provide value. But I do think there is something to be said when getting started, that you post daily or multiple times weekly and ensure that you’re sharing with your network and on social channels. You started this thing, it’s time to get the word out there (if that’s the end goal) so create consistent content to leave your growing audience checking back and wanting more.
Use your imperfections: Ok so when I first started the blog, my concept was literally to write about a little of everything. I didn’t consider myself an expert in one particular area and so I used that to test and trial in the areas that interested me. Whether it was home decor, beauty, food or fashion, I used my lack of knowledge to come up with ideas for content and got to share my experiences with my readers along the way. It was fun trying new things and learning what you liked to read and what you wanted to engage with while also figuring out my voice as I grew.
Listen to your audience: Seriously, this is my favorite thing to do. E N G A G E. You are the reason why I love creating new posts and nothing makes me happier than when you reach out and ask me to cover certain topics or share advice on everything from blogging tips (ha!) to my skin care routine. It just makes sense you guys: without sounding too cliche, you need to give the people what they want. Why wouldn’t I cover something when someone who is a loyal reader is straight up telling me to create content that they will 100% read? Engage, engage, engage and you will grow your audience and learn what they want to hear too.
Refine your brand: Like I said, when I started the blog it was about a little bit of everything.While I’m still no expert, I have certainly grown in my personal interests, gained real life advice and have different passions from five years ago. Right now I adore travel and so you’re going to see more of a focus of that on the blog. I’m clearly obsessed with my pup and fascinated by my lack of beauty skills so these are areas that I’ve started to share more about and it’s totally different from where I first began. As I change and grow, the blog has to as well and ultimately so does my brand. It has to evolve to remain true to your voice and having quarterly check points in the year is when I take a step back and look at where I’ve been, what I’m doing and the places I can go.
Be yourself: I saved this one for last because it’s something I have struggled with the most. When I first started blogging I literally tried to sound like someone else. I would read blogs that I admired and thought the formula was simply to copy their voice or aesthetic. I quickly realized that it made writing so much more difficult and my blog really started to take off when I let go and let my true tone shine through. I’m by no means the biggest blogger in the world but that’s not the end goal for me. At the end of the day this started as a passion project and it is still a passion at the very core. If I’m not being my true self then what is the value in putting so much effort and energy into something that is supposed to be holistically me? Be you. Your voice will shine through and from my experience it’s a heck of a lot more exciting once you give in to yourself.
I hope you found these notes helpful and if you want more tips like this I have so many ideas on what the next Fast Five could be.
So the question is…do you like it? What Fast Five are you dying to see?
Leave a comment below and I’ll add it to the list, xx!