Sunday, 5 June 2016

Blogging Tips

I am in no way a blogging expert but after blogging for over a year I have picked up a few tips I would love to share for anyone wanting to improve or start a blog.
Blogging Tips for the perfect blog including design, contents, photography and social media tips

The Blog

Design- The first thing to do before even starting to post is design your blog, depending on the platform you use e.g. Blogger or Wordpress this step will vary. You could either use a template supplied by the platform, design your own html from scratch ( if your like me then this is an impossible way too technological task) or pay someone else to do it. I personally used a plain white blogger template then googled how to change things in the HTML to personalise it all a bit. There are so many other bloggers there to help as well so don't be shy and it doesn't happen over night i just gradually change things to make it look better and even if you do want it all done before you start posting it will probably take a good few months to perfect. For designing I usually use picmonkey, then carrie loves for HTML or create my own.

Blogging Tips for the perfect blog including design, contents, photography and social media tips

Photography

Lighting- Photography has to be one of the most important parts of blogging, as good photography is known to attract more readers, although you don't need to spend hundreds on a expensive camera, the way you take the photos makes a huge difference starting with lighting. I would recommend using natural light, make sure you find a spot where the sun doesn't reflect too much of what you are photographing but also doesn't make the picture to dark. A light room does the trick or maybe invest in some studio lights if you take your photos later in the day.

Backgrounds- This makes the picture pretty, as even if you have the prettiest focal point lets say of a highend lipstick but the background was an untidy bedroom the picture won't be as nice as it could be. Think about what to put behind the item, but make sure its not too empty or too full. 
Try using flowers, magazines or other items similar to what you are photographing e.g. eyeshadow brush with a eyeshadow palette.

If you would like to know more photography tips let me know in the comments.

Content

Ideas- Make sure you write blogposts that will attract an audience and they will enjoy, however don't just make posts rambling away about nothing you enjoy even if you think your audience will for instance if you hate fashion but love reading don't write about fashion just because its popular. Try and go for posts you personally would click on to read but also be original. For inspiration I usually take a look in magazines, on social medias such as Pinterest then other blogs for tags that are currently popular.

Being Yourself- Making sure your posts are original and being yourself will make your blog stand out. Show your personality, make a few jokes, just do what you like. If someone says something about what you say or do just ignore them and carry on, in the long run your personality will show people you are real. 

Blogging Tips for the perfect blog including design, contents, photography and social media tips

Elsewhere

Engage with readers and fellow bloggers- More than likely readers will comment if they enjoy the post *hint hint* aha  therefore replying improves your relationship and keeps readers coming back ( I hope you do!) You can also make more traffic by commenting on other peoples blogs if you leave a small link to your blog (maybe try it now) ok i really need to stop this self promo now! The link I use in the comments is actually using a HTML as a link can't be left in blogger without it, just insert your blog link where mine are!

<a href="http://katielou99.blogspot.co.uk">katielou99.blogspot.co.uk</a>

Finally... Be Friendly!

What tips do you have for blogging or are you starting out?

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10 comments:

  1. This post was so helpful! I cant wait to try out all of these tips! I don't really like my blog design and I really want to change it so I will check out the websites you talked about! Thanks, this post was full of loads of great tips I'm going to use! X

    Amyx Makeupwithmissa.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Loved reading your blogging tips! I've been blogging for over two years now and am still learning new things everday. Love all the ideas you came up with - thanks for sharing <3


    Love Char xx
    scarletslippers.co.uk

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    1. Thankyou, i dont think we ever stop learning!

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  3. Awesome tips! I'm a fairly new blogger and love reading helpful posts like these xx

    Blessings,
    
Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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  4. You have shared a very correct and valuable advice. I think that this post will be useful for begginers and they will not be forced to search for information in the different resources.

    Sincerely, Stacy
    My Sewing & DIY Blog

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    1. I tried to write the sort of post i would of loved!

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  5. Great tips here Katie! I totally agree about the importance of lighting. You don't even need a camera if the light is good enough- good light will produce great photos just from the camera on your phone. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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