5 tips for new bloggers

When I started W&W for a college social media class over two years ago, I never thought it would grow to what it is now. It hasn’t been easy; in fact, it has been tiring, frustrating, and depressing at some points. But those moments are far outshined by the many, many amazing moments that W&W has brought me.

Blogging is exciting and a bit of a trial an error for me. I had no idea what I was doing when I started and I still am learning. I have worked, begged, and borrowed for every follower, like, and share I have received. It isn’t all about makeup and rainbows; it is work. But blogging has brought so much joy in my life. I have reached new heights and achieved some incredible things.

Today I wanted to share a few tips for new bloggers. A little advice from someone who has and is still working through all the ups and downs of the blogging world. I want to impart a little wisdom on anyone that is willing to listen. So here are my 5 tips for new bloggers:

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First off, pictures really are worth a thousand words. Both research and my own experience lend to the idea that a post with good pictures and any pictures will do better than ones without. Now not all of my posts have perfectly staged, pre-done photos…but I do include a picture or two in every post.

I will say that some people have different taste in staged and blog photos. Some like more dark and natural photos where some like more white and stark pictures…I am in between. I try to have uniformity in my photos for the most part but I also just snap what I love and what looks good to me. MAKE SURE you use your own or public use photos! DO NOT just take someones off Pinterst or the internet. While it’s unlikely, you can get fined/sued for copyright reasons.

Secondly, don’t measure success just in numbers. I’ll get honest with you for a minute…I don’t have the pageviews/followers that I want to have. They are very minimal compared to many blogging friends I have. But numbers alone do not measure success; success is far greater for me. The fact that I put out posts every week that some people at least read and enjoy, is enough for me! Yes, I would prefer more views and such…but numbers are not everything. They do but don’t matter sometimes.

What I am saying is don’t get too down when your numbers are down. Life is about far more than fame or going viral. One day at a time friends, you’ll get there.

Thirdly, don’t compare yourself to other bloggers. You have your own story and your own path. Their blog is not your blog. This is definitely something that has been and still is my greatest struggle while blogging. You must remember that your work shouldn’t be based on trying to achieve others greatness.

Don’t spend your time being jealous of bloggers more successful than you…it will end up just hurting you. You will get to where you need to be in your own time. You just need to continue working and striving. We don’t know those bloggers circumstances or business, we cannot compare our work to theirs. Be yourself, not them.

Fourthly, utilize social media! My biggest success has came when I began to truly utilize social media and blogging groups. It is so nice to have blogger groups on Facebook or Instagram to help share and grow your posts. Take advantage of using those pictures on social media to fuel traffic to your blog.

Honestly, for many bloggers, I believe that using social media well is a game changer. It helps tremendously for my blog at least. Make sure you have a good bio that represents your blog in all social media outlets. 

Lastly, have fun with your posts! Write about things you know and love. Don’t try to just write what is popular, bring your style in it! I suggest varying types of posts. Sometimes I will do lists, or more column story type. Write about what makes you happy and you think people will enjoy.

Try writing about tags, about me, and get to know me posts every few months so that new readers will know a bit about you. I love sharing bits about my life because it makes the blog seem more personal. Don’t however, overshare! I never share my hometown or specifics that might jeopardize your safety. 

XOXO, love Hilary

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