Honest Tips: Being a Blogger in 2015

Blogging TipsI’m sure you’ve seen enough of these posts to last you a lifetime but I thought I’d give my take on some of the points I’ve seen reappearing across the internet. I’m no expert, but I’d hate for someone to feel inadequate because they don’t follow the ‘golden rules of blogging.’ I’ve been blogging for over a year and a half and it’s my happy place, it should be yours too!

You don’t need a niche
I see so many people telling other bloggers they needΒ to find their niche. You don’t! If you want to write about baking but love fashion too, write about both. Don’t let anyone put you in a box titled ‘lifestyle blogger’ if that isn’t what you want to be.
It might be nice to find your niche, I enjoy writing my ranty Marketing posts. But if I want to review a lipstick, Β I’ll review one.
It is your blog and you can write about whatever you like! Don’t let another carbon copy of a ‘top’ fashion blogger try to tell you otherwise.
People will come back to your blog because they like your style of writing, just as much as the content. Ensure your personality shines through – write like your chatting to a mate!

You DONT need a posting schedule
Another point which really gets on my nerves. This works for some bloggers, which is fantastic! But if you aren’t able to stick to a schedule, or feel like if you do, your posts may be forced, then throw that schedule in the bin. Personally, I post whenever I want. Whilst at University I had the time to bulk write posts, but in all honestly they were boring…
These days if I want to blog, I sit down, write a post and publish it. You don’t need to blog daily or 3 times a week to be successful. You’ll become successful when you are enjoying it. Unless you started a blog to ‘get famous’, in that case please leave my blog.

Social Media is hugely Important
I agree with this when people add it into their ‘tips’ posts.
However, pleas don’t create a Twitter account and spam other bloggers with your link, asking for a follow back or for them to check out your blog. Follow bloggers, engage with them and soon enough they’ll become readers when you tweet you have a new post.
There are now so many chats on Twitter, if you get time, join them, engage and swap links at the end. Soon enough you’ll learn the complex ‘blogger etiquette!’

You don’t need an account on EVERY single type of social media
I know a lot of bloggers who have special blog accounts for every single type of social media there is. I think this is unnecessary! I made a Twitter account for my blog when I started and since then it has become the only one I’ve used, with all of my ‘real life’ friends following me too. I use my normal Instagram and Pinterest accounts and although I have a blog Facebook page, I share some of my posts through my ‘personal’ account.
Do what works for you, don’t feel pressurised to create accounts across everything, you’ll probably only stick to a couple anyway.

Photos are not everything, don’t rush out and buy a DSLR unless you are into photography
Basically, the above. There are bloggers with all the gear and no idea and that shows in their posts. I like a good photo on a post, but I’m not great at taking them! I have a Samsung Β Galaxy Camera I picked because it had Instagram for Gods sake! As long as the lighting is good and you have a steady hand you’ll be fine. Invest in a tripod if you feel you need one, but do not be pressured into buying lighting, a DSLR etc, if you aren’t actually into photography. If you want to improve your photography, that’s great but don’t feel pressured into it!

Take time off
Don’t want to post? Don’t. It’s that simple! If you don’t feel like it or your personal life has taken over – that’s fine. Your readers will still be here when you get back to publishing your rambles. Don’t force posts, you won’t be proud of them, and trust me – it shows!

You don’t have to support someone’s decision because they are a blogger
This is the one that really annoys me, bloggers thinking we need to stick together. When Zoella released her book and some people disagreed with the fact it was ghost written, there were many bloggers who said we HAD to support her as a ‘fellow blogger’. We don’t, we can support whoever and whatever we want! You are bound to make some close blogging friends, I met some of mine in 2014 and it was amazing. Support people (or choose not to support them) for any reason you like. *insert sassy gal emoji*

The blogging community is not a bed of roses
As nice as everyone appears to be, we all know people have differences. There are people who are negative about everything, moan 24/7 and those who will be lovely to your face (Twitter) and get on WHATSAPP to their pals for a bitch about you. It’s real life, don’t forget that. Just be careful who you trust, only you can be the judge of that. Don’t share things you wouldn’t want everyone to know.

In a nutshell, do whatever you want and be whoever you want.

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25 comments

  1. Great post – and very true, I first started out as a beauty blogger but now I write about anything I fancy. I have decided I want to post 3 times a week, just to keep me motivated I guess. But I’m not going to force it, if it doesn’t happen it doesn’t happen. And a break from blogging is highly recommend. Everyone needs a break at some point.
    Happy New Year

    Gemma xx

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  2. So many bloggers tell me they’re terrified to take time off from their blog and stop posting for a while because they fear they’ll lose their following – they don’t realise that the people who really enjoy and get the most out of their blog will understand and still be there waiting of you when you come back to blogging. Numbers should never be the end game in blogging, sure they’re nice and we want to see them grown, but they’re not the be all and end all!

    Don’t get me wrong, a niche would be nice, but you’re right, it’s your blog so you write what you want to write, when you want to write it! It’s so much more natural that way!

    Sarah πŸ™‚
    Saloca in Wonderland

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  3. Thank you for this! 2014 has been great for my blog and given how busy I am with my course, I definitely haven’t been a ‘good’ blogger in terms of scheduling posts etc., nonetheless I’ve done what I can so I get a little irked when I see people writing about how only good bloggers post regularly… blah blah blah. Put down your copy of the Rules and live a bit people!

    With regards to your last comment, I’ve been to a few blogging events this year and have always been quite surprised at how people portray themselves on social media compared to how they actually are in person – it’s often not what you expect… in both a good and, sometimes, a bad way!

    Great post as ever

    Ambi x

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  4. As always Beth, you’re spot on. A blogging schedule works great for me, and helps me be organised but then it makes me feel guilty and like I have failed when I don’t manage to stick to the schedule. I also really agree with what you said about not having to support or agree with what other bloggers do or say just because they are ‘fellow bloggers’, however just because you don’t support someone fully, doesn’t mean you should send them hate or post nasty things about them and that is something we should all try and remember.

    Wishing you a happy and healthy new year

    etcGabrielle

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  5. This post couldnt express how I feel anymore. We shouldnt have to support everyone and everything just because their a blogger its ridiculous. I love your rant posts on here too, haha xo

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  6. Great post, I swear all of your posts express exactly my same thoughts. I totally agree with supporting other bloggers we shouldnt have to if we dont agree with what its about. I love the point about taking a break. I have just taken a break I didnt intend to but life just took over and im constantly bashed for it by a friend saying im not consistent and whatever but all my followers are still there a few months later so whats the problem. Anyway, hope you’ve had a good new year xo

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  7. It’s like you’ve taken my exact thoughts and written them into this blog post, brilliant! I’m especially sick of people telling me I need to find my niche because I really don’t want to put myself (and my blog) into one category. I started it because I enjoy writing about what I want to write about, when I want to write about it, simple as. Great post xx

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  8. Loved this post! It was very genuine and down to earth. You made some fab points! I blog as a hobby so in my opinion putting pressure on myself to blog to a schedule etc is unnecessary. Nice blog!! πŸ™‚ xx

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  9. I am really loving all your posts at the moment. I keep coming back to your blog to check to see if there are new post available, just incase I missed something on bloglovin. I did not want to admit it but the social networking does work and if you want your blog to be noticed then you need to put it out there. I am so silly for not doing this sooner.

    I have scheduled posts for most of January, but I have pushed them back several days as things seem to inspire me to write another blog post, but I do love that I have the option to schedule. I am really loving blogging at the moment.

    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award – love it if you took a look at my post http://lorileesadventures.blogspot.ca/2015/01/versatile-blog-award-winner.html

    Lorilee xxx

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  10. Love, love, love this post! So agree with all your points and its so nice to have a different set of ‘tips’ which aren’t as run of the mill as others I’ve seen. I found your blog through Cherry Pie’s ‘Blogs to watch’ post and I’m following now πŸ™‚

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  11. Such a great post and a pleasure to read! Completely agree with practically all of your points especially that you don’t need a niche and to take time off if you need to. I took a couple of months off last year because I lost a bit of interest, and I came back to blogging and it’s been the best thing ever! None of my posts seem forced anymore, I’m excited to learn new thing and share things with people and it’s actually been more beneficial for my blog statistically!

    Lizzie // xBeautyMagic.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. This is a really honest and straightforward post. When I was first starting with my blog I was so obsessed with having every social media account and getting my name out there, now I just blog because I love it and I want to support other bloggers (:

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  13. Yay glad someone else gives out tips like these! Different things work for different people and you can basically do what you want with your blog πŸ™‚ I wrote a similar post to this ages ago, except mine was extremely sarcastic haha! xo

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  14. I think I fell out of love with the whole blog world in general a while back. I had spent months on end reading posts, watching you tube and starting my own blog. I think that intensity got too much for me. I had a blog hiatus for most of last year but have done a few posts recently, but work and health have got in the way again at the moment. And although I could ‘make time’ to blog, I’m not sure the posts would be a good read. There plenty I want to blog about I’m just working out when I want to do it!
    It’s great to see a ‘blogging tips’ post that isn’t all about schedules and photos! πŸ˜ƒ
    Nina x

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