This is hands-down the BEST advice I have to give you! The friends you will make from blogging will be an invaluable source of advice, support, and encouragement. They are the only ones who understand why you stayed up till 2 am editing photos, have a ridiculous supply of paper straws, and have no dinner ready for your family, but have the world’s best cookies posted on your blog! They cheer on your accomplishments and often times know more about your day than your real-life friends do. (Thanks Instagram!) So find your blog friends and cherish them!
Speaking of blog friends, I’m teaming up with 17 of my blog buddies to bring you an AWESOME giveaway coming up on Friday! You won’t want to miss this one : )
I hope I’ve shared a few tips that you can use to help grow your blog and make your blog life a little easier! Now let’s hear some of the BEST blog advice from some other fabulous bloggers!
Find a Tribe.
The biggest help to me has been to reach out to other bloggers and form real blogging friendships. Find a blog tribe where you feel comfortable expressing your opinions and asking for help. We are all in this together! Blogging when you know you have other bloggers supporting you and encouraging you can make all the difference!
Take good pictures!
Make sure your pictures are big, bright, and clear. You do not need a fancy camera to take good pictures either. I had a simple point and shoot the first year of blogging, and it did just fine. I still don’t own a SLR! Ha! Take your pictures in natural lighting and edit them. I used Picmonkey for my pictures, and it’s awesome. A little effort to make your pictures better can make a huge difference.
Blog with Blinders On.
When it comes to your blog, your stats, and your numbers… blog with blinders on! In other words, don’t compare your blog with someone else’s blog! We are all at different stages with our blogs, we all have different talents, and we all experience blog growth differently. Some blogs just take off and some take more time. It doesn’t do any good to compare your blog with others. Be happy for your growth and successes. Try to do better each day, and make your blog the best it can be!
Invest in a good blog design.
One of the first things I did when I started blogging was enlist the help of a good blog designer. Some bloggers can do all that themselves, but not me! I think if your blog looks and feels professional, you will attract more readers, sponsorship opportunities, and growth.
Don’t take blogging too seriously! Lighten up and have fun! If it’s getting stressful and too much, take a break. It’s OKAY! Blogging is a lot of work with little return on your investment at first. If you don’t enjoy it, you will get burnt out really quickly. So just try to enjoy yourself, have fun, and take breaks.
The best thing I have learned from blogging is to be myself, both on my blog and in real life too. As a blogger it is easy to get caught up in what other bloggers are doing, but the thing that will set you apart is being authentic to yourself. Don’t be afraid to be different and to be a voice for an unpopular opinion or topic.
Something that has brought me great joy as a blogger is having a genuine interest in helping others. Whether I’m teaching a coupon class to help my readers save on their groceries, or meeting with other bloggers to discuss ideas and opportunities, helping others succeed has been very rewarding. Look for ways that you can contribute a solution to your reader’s problems.
Part of it was lack of experience Some of it was camera quality. And a lot of it was that I was focusing on quantity rather than quality due to wanting to jump start my blog. The posts that will give you the best attention and traffic (we all love visitors!) are the posts that you stop and think about. The ones that you go, “Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone do that before!” That’s the most important thing. The second is making it visually beautiful. (See my recent post on how to make your images visually stunning. So stunning that a 5 month old image with only 500 re-pins would suddenly jump to 90,000 in just 3 Months!) A good idea will only get you so far. A beautiful image will get you ever farther!
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