Blogging Advice..From A Newbie♦

Hi my loves!♥

Hope you are all very well! I just want to start by saying  I have had the BUSIEST day at work EVER .. with it being the first day back after the festive period, SO MANY NEW people starting in the business, AND BEING ON MY OWN… at least the day flew by! I then left early to hand in some dry cleaning and then get my eyebrows done (ha!).

Now I am VERY excited for you to read this post my loves!! I may have only been blogging for over 4 months, but I thought I would blog about some tips/tricks that I wish I had been given when I started blogging! OF COURSE I understand that I am still a newbie (ish) myself, but I have picked up some advice from all you other FABULOUS bloggers out there that have been blogging WAY LONGER than me! 

I hope this post benefits at least ONE of you .. whether you have just started blogging, or if you just fancy some new tips that you might not have picked up along the way. Also .. if you have ANY more tips/advice, PLEASE let me know.. I am ALWAYS willing to learn more about blogging! I think these tips cater more to lifestyle/beauty/fashion blogging, as this is what I like to blog about, and will mostly benefit those who  blog about the same things.. but that is not to say all you other bloggers  can’t take the advice (In fact I would love that!!).

Editing Photos♥

Wow – I CANNOT believe I used to go without editing my pictures when I first started blogging. It makes SUCH  massive difference to how “professional” your pictures look. It is also a massive help when you have rubbish lighting during winter! Now… you do not have to be scared of editing AT ALL! You do not have to be a professional editor… You just need a good programme. All I do to edit is either put a filter on my image or increase the brightness/contrast .. and THAT IS ALL LOVELIES! See .. nothing too scary right? It is completely up to you how much/less you want to edit.. but I think it definitely helps! See below an image that is edited and one that isn’t. The programmes I use for editing are Canva or (more recently), PicMonkey.. both are free and SO EASY to use. Check them out loves!

   Not Edited                                              Edited

You Don’t Need A Flashy Camera♥

I know so many bloggers who use their iPhone camera’s for their blog photos and they look amazing! I also use a small Samsung camera to take all my blog photos. If you are just getting started, I think it is so important to work with what you have .. that way you can really decide if blogging and photography is something that you want to invest in. I always said to myself that if I ever got serious about blogging, I would invest in a new camera (which is what I will be doing soon!!). Just remember though lovelies, if an iPhone is all you have, then that will do a FAB JOB.. and it is completely YOUR OWN decision if you want to invest further into your blog.. but in my opinion is not a necessity when starting. Of course if you are able to then GO AHEAD YOU SASSY GIRL!! 😀

Check out some of the pictures taken below using my camera .. (It cost about £45-50… I think it has done a good job!)

Promoting Your Blog♥ 

Guess what lovelies .. it is OK to promote your blog (and actually quite important too!). Think about it .. you spend hours writing up an AMAZING blog post.. and then.. just leave it? No girl… YOU SHOUT AND BE PROUD OF IT! I know some bloggers love to keep their blogs quite secret, but personally I LOVE telling everyone (friends/family/work colleagues, haha) about my blog! If you want to get your little blog out there, get on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook and promote :D. Twitter is my FAVORITE platform to promote.. just because there are SO many other bloggers to interact with! Let your readers know what your blog has to offer. You can also use blogger “retweet” accounts on Twitter who will retweet for you so you reach a bigger audience. This is SO important when you are new, as you are probably trying to grow your audience and find like-minded people.. so this is ESSENTIAL! Some of my faves include BBLOG_RT, Loving_Blogs, FBLoggers & Female_BloggerRT :D. Also have a read of other similar blogs too to let them know there is a new girl on the block 😛 Also… reading other blogs (for me anyway) is not only important, but also SO MUCH FUN TOO! There is nothing better than putting aside a few hours, having a good read of some blogs and commenting to let them know how much you loved their post!! There really is nothing better than receiving a comment from someone who has really made the effort to read your post!♥

Social Media = VITAL♥

I honestly do not know where I would be without social media… OH MY it is SO IMPORTANT as a newbie blogger!! Use Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram.. and whatever else is out there! I LOVE to use Twitter to promote my blog when I have new posts up, when I am advertising older ones, and just for general chit chat! It is SO important to interact with other bloggers… the community is SO welcoming! When I first started blogging, I was so surprised at how many bloggers there are.. I’ll be honest, it IS quite daunting to start.. but that feeling quickly disappeared when I realized how FRIENDLY everyone is.. YOU ARE ALL BABES AND I LOVE YOU ALL!! I take part in Twitter chats as much as I can, and they are SUCH an amazing way to interact with so many bloggers (and brands!) at once.

Blog Chat Timetable

Find out which ones you can take part in (there are SO many .. I didn’t make this but I give SO much credit to whoever did.. as it has been such a massive help! ALSO the #GIRLGANG chat is MISSING off this (it is a new chat).. it is every Monday between 6-7PM! My second favourite social media is Instagram.. I LOVE scrolling through Instagram.. it is so easy to connect with people too and also gain some inspiration! I also (personally) think Blog Lovin’ is pretty essential too (even though I know some of you who do not like it ha!).. As I am a WordPress user, I find it quite hard to follow those who aren’t.. so for me BL is a way where I can have all my FAVES in one place.. all set for me to spend a couple of hours reading! Whichever social media you prefer is completely your choice.. but for newbie bloggers.. I think Twitter is ESSENTIAL!

Instagram

Here’s my links loves!

Twitter // Instagram // Blog Lovin ♥

Schedule Tweets♥

Now when I first started blogging, I never thought I would schedule tweets.. EVER. I am not sure why though.. maybe because I didn’t realize how important it was, or maybe I thought I would have enough hours in the day to tweet non-stop. I also think it is because I didn’t think I would love it as much as I do .. BUT ANYWAYS … Scheduling tweets is essential for me now! Especially for us bloggers who have other commitments (full time jobs/school/university/kids)… I like knowing that my blog is being promoted as much as possible, even when I am not personally doing it AT THAT MOMENT. I can understand why some people may not like scheduled tweets… but I know myself and so many other bloggers rely on it, as we’re not (unfortunately) able to stay on our phones as much as we want to! I also want to thank Corinne from Skinnedcartree for her post on Increasing Twitter Traffic .. She helped me so much as I used Hootsuite before (which always missed my tweets for some reason.. grr!)… and introduced me to Buffer.. which is THE BEST THING EVER!! Check out her post for more tips too.. they are FAB! Also… I like to schedule my tweets first thing in the morning (around 8-9AM), Lunchtime (1-2PM), Late afternoon (4-5PM), evening (7-8PM) and before bed (10-11PM). For me, this has helped traffic to my blog, but of course every blog is different! So loves, make sure you cater your tweets to your own blog and audience!

Right…. These are probably the main things that I wished I had known when I started blogging.. so I thought this would help some newbies too! Now angels .. just a quick disclaimer.. of course every blog/blogger is different and I know some people may benefit more than others from these tips… but I just wanted to help some of you out there who may need it!! Like I said before, I am still quite new to the whole blogging world.. so any advice from you would be AMAZING!

Remember lovelies.. blogging is FUN and is such an amazing way to interact with so many lovely people and can open so many doors for you. It is important to remember that it is YOUR BLOG.. so show your personality, write about things YOU love, and just have FUN! Don’t focus on the numbers – focus on your lovely readers and making your blog the best it can possibly be!

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If you are a newbie… let me know if there is anything you need help with, and I will try my best to help! If you have been blogging for a while, let me know if you had any problems when you started, or if there is anything you wish you were told when you started blogging! Also.. any tips/advice would be AMAZING and so appreciated!

So my loves.. let me know if you liked this style of post … and if it helped any of you :D. 

Quick UPDATE  on my weekend… We had a quick last minute overnight stay in a cottage in Whitby.. which I will DEFINITELY blog about soon… Also.. it also my Marriage Registry on the 9th.. ooohhhhh exciting times!!! I literally CANNOT WAIT to blog with an update and just a good old ramble .. I feel like I have’t had one of these recently, and I miss it!!

By the way … I have a new blog header (the festive one has gone.. boo!).. what do you think of it? Let me know angels! (I made it myself too ha!).

Stay tuned for that my darlings!!

Lots of Love,

Saira xo

Twitter // Instagram // Blog Lovin ♥

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