This is one of those subjects that when I see on my Bloglovin feed, I always click on to and read. I love learning more from other bloggers and I’m constantly trying to improve so they are a great way to discover blog ideas and help. There are so many things I wish I had thought more about in the beginning of Miss Danielle. I’ve put together a list of the most important things that I think you should consider when starting your own blog. They’re not the be all and end all, just the specifics I consider to be crucial now.
The first thing you notice when going onto someone’s blog is their layout. It doesn’t necessarily have to be to everyone’s taste if it’s something you love. However, there are elements that make a read more enjoyable. I would stay away from any colours that are harsh on your eyes. Don’t have your background clashing with your writing and things like that. I’d also recommend keeping to easy to read fonts; I’ll pretty much always click off if it’s too difficult to read. It’s fine to have a few different styles, just don’t make it confusing for your readers with lots. A great place to look for layouts is Creative Market and Theme Forest.
Something I found really difficult in the beginning was getting a niche; I still don’t have a specific one, I’d say I’m a pretty general lifestyle and beauty writer. I don’t think it’s the end of the world, what’s important is what you’re writing. Make sure you have a passion for what you’re talking about; it’s so evident when you’re doing it for the sake of it. If you need to take a break from blogging, do it. There’s nothing wrong with that, sometimes it helps and gives you a fresh outlook which can do wonders!
You don’t need to have the latest iPhone or SLR to take a decent photo. I wish I’d known that natural lighting makes a world of difference when I first started blogging. I try to avoid using the flash and editing too much; it can change the colour of products unless you’re a dab-hand at photo editing. I’m having a rejig of my branding soon and will be using specific props in my photos; again not necessary but I personally think it looks better and more professional. Look what others do
Grammar and Spelling
I cannot reiterate how bloody important this is! Read it and read it again, hell even a third time isn’t going to hurt! There’s nothing worse than reading a post with lots of spelling and grammar mistakes. If you’re not great on this, there are so many tools to help you. I like to use one called Grammarly which you can use as a Safari plugin for Mac or on the direct site.
One of the best things about having your own blog is the community that comes along with it! One of the easiest ways to do this is through social media. Make sure you’re not just sharing your own posts, but others’ too. What comes around goes around and they’re all a lovely bunch. Likewise, take the effort to comment on other blogs especially when they’ve written something you love. Don’t just leave your link with no acknowledgement to their post. The more you network with people, the more followers you will gain naturally.
There are so many things that I’ve learnt along the way about blogging. Always look to out-do yourself if it’s something you enjoy and learn from others. If you see something that catches your eye, recognise what it is specifically. If there’s something similar you can do to incorporate it into your blog without copying, then, by all means, do so.