This week’s topic is about how we bloggers got started in conceiving our fashion “babies” on the internet, all the great steps and missteps we made along the way! This couldn’t have come at a better time for me because I’m ready to take my blog to the next level so this gave me some awesome things to think about!
How has your blog changed over the months/years you’ve been blogging?
Looking back at my blog (which turned a year old this September) it has become more focused and more confident. In the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing. I started with doing reviews on Yahoo! Shine and then when I started this one, I just copied and pasted what I already done at first. I was reviewing products I had no clue how to use sometimes and I approached my blog with a little fear and I think you can tell. Now my writing is more comfortable and confident, because I’m comfortable and confident. I now can think of cool features to do and experiment with different things that I was too scared to do before. I also was lacking the fashion side to it for awhile, so I’m incorporating that more into my blog now as well.
What was one thing you did wrong in the beginning and how have you changed that?
One thing I did wrong (in my mind) was have it set against a black background with white lettering. I thought it was all cool and chic, however it wasn’t reader friendly. So I completely changed the layout, keeping a white background where the blog posts art, yet keeping the edginess I wanted.
When you visit a blog what’s the greatest turn off? The thing that makes you close the tab?
Though blog clutter is up there on the list, what turns me off a blog is if the latest blog post was from two years ago. I want to follow a blogger that is consistent. I’m not saying the person has to post a million times a day but even if a new post goes up once a week, that alone is consistent and I have something to look forward to reading.
How did you find your voice?
This may sound really cliché, but I looked to myself to find my voice. It took me awhile because I thought I was supposed to write a particular way and blog like others around me. Even though I learned from others, when it came to my voice, I approach it as if I was speaking to a friend of mine. What would I say? How would I say it? What would that person want to know? How is this story related to me? Through that process I found my blogging voice.
If you had three pieces of advice to give to a new blogger what would those be?
Have persistence and patience: You may not have a ton of comments, a super fantastic layout, or the most polished content at first. It will all come with time. You’ll find your rhythm, you’ll find your niche, you’ll find your audience. Just keep posting everyday and you’ll get all of that before you know it!
Let yourself shine through: One of the ways of finding a new angle on a story that tons of people are blogging about at the same time you are is finding how it relates to you. How do you feel about the product? Do you own a ton of them or never tried it before? People like to read that because not only do they learn about what you’re blogging about, they learn a little bit about you as well. Same goes if there’s a particular trend you don’t like – if you don’t like it, you don’t have to blog about it because everyone else does. Trust me, if you’re not feeling it, it will show through your writing.
Don’t be scared! Starting a new blog can be scary; especially when you’re scared it will totally flop. You may not know everything right now, and that’s quite all right! Start with what you know and learn about what you don’t know – and don’t forget to let your readers in on the ride!
What have you learned from blogging? I would love to hear your story!
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