Next month I would have been blogging for a year and it has got me thinking about how far my blog has come since I first started and the things I wish I’d known back then. I thought it will be good to share some of these things with you and hopefully you will find them helpful.
When I first started blogging I didn’t know a thing about photography. I’m by no means an expert now but when I look back I can see how much my photography has improved I’m really pleased. I now know to use a macro setting for close up shots, I know landscape photo’s suit my blog layout better than portrait and to use a white paper background to get a better finish.
I really wish I had joined twitter as soon as I started my blog because it’s a really great way to interact with other bloggers and find new blogs to read. There are also chats held on certain days of the week which are really fun. Initially I wondered how people managed to maintain their blog, You Tube, Twitter, Blog Lovin, Instagram and so on.. the list is endless but a lot of these are automatically updated for you and are really great to use when you’re on the go. I wish I’d joined all of them a lot sooner.
When I first started my blog I tried to write my blog posts at the weekend or in the evening after work but I found it a real struggle to keep up because I work long hours and never know exactly what time I will leave. I now regularly take my photo’s and write my blog posts in bulk which makes life a lot easier. I really enjoy dedicating a whole day or weekend to blogging and it feels really rewarding to write up my posts. I only ever write them in bulk if I’m finding it easy to write, though. If I ever have writers block or it doesn’t feel like the words are flowing I stop because I don’t want the quality of my posts to be affected.
Being able to schedule posts is a God send. I remember the days when I used to struggle to try and publish my posts while I was on the train to work and blogger playing up and making things very difficult. Now I can schedule my posts for any day or time I want.
I’ve designed websites in the past so for me blog layout was always very important. I knew I wanted a pink in my theme as this is my favourite colour and made my blog feel much more personal to me. Being completely new to blogger I didn’t know what it was capable of and it turns out there is a lot you can do. With a little html knowledge, google search, friends and software for graphic design you can completely transform your blog and make it into anything you want it to be.
It may seem a bit odd to some people but having business cards to hand out when you go to meet ups and events are brilliant. It is such a simple way to let people know about your blog and I love looking back through the cards I have collected when I get in. It makes the whole process more memorable and it is much easier to remember someone when you have a card to associate with them.
What do you wish you knew about blogging when you first started?
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