It’s Sunday, and today I’m going to talk to you all about something a little different than my usual review/tips post I usually do. Well, I tell a lie… this kind of incorporates tips but of a different topic to a cleanser or spot treatment. Get to the point Gianni…
Why blog? or should I say, why do I blog? It’s coming up a year since I started this little space on the internet I call gianniC and it literally feels like yesterday since I wrote my first post. I still can’t believe this is my 95th post!! Thats almost 100! It began on the 31st December 2013, and at that point I felt like the last few years had really gone to waste, for those of you who do or don’t know, I have a little photography business called gianniC photography on the side to blogging, university and my part time job, and I felt like at the time it wasn’t going anywhere along with my degree. I was also quite down about university as coursework deadlines were coming up and I had nothing done. My part time job being a waiter was also holding me back so much from everyyyyyyything and I felt like nothing I was doing was productive or worthwhile. So this is where it began.
My first ever blog post was basically a bucket list for 2014, 5 things I promised myself I would do, 1 being:
“5) Spend more time making a life rather than just letting it pass by…”
So thats where the idea of my blog came from, I wanted something that I could show to myself, and hopefully other people. Something that proved to be worth my time and effort. Over the last 9-10 months I’ve learnt so much about blogging, brands and the internet in general, met so many inspirational people and got some great contacts. One thing I can say, is it’s not all fun and games. It can be stressful at times and you feel like you have nothing to write about… but this is where the point of this post has came from. So here it is, finally, my top tips for starting a blog and overcoming the walls you may face.
- It isn’t a competition! When I started blogging, I began noticing lots of tweets, posts and status’s about peoples ‘following’. Some people are so big on how many followers they have, I feel like they are off point to why they started their blog in the first place. One thing I always remind myself is that your BlogLovin followers is just a number, and it’s the quality of your posts that count, also never be put off by peoples following, everyone starts at 0.
- Be honest. Write about what you love. Don’t try and follow the crowd and be the same as the other blogs you love. Write about what you love the most because thats what people tend to enjoy reading, something a little different to the others.
- Your blog is a brand. Over the last few months I’ve noticed how important branding is with your blog. Have continuity in your work and stay with your style. Try to stick with one name across your social media so people can find you easily. That kind of thing.
- Some days, you’ll have nothing to say. I suppose the most stressful days with blogging are the days you have nothing to say. But this is ok! It’s impossible to always have something to say, and if you don’t, don’t write about any old thing. Try again tomorrow or have a browse on the internet for inspiration.
- Don’t worry if you don’t have a expensive camera. It’s not all about the big cameras, expensive lighting and high end software. Blogging photography or blography as I call it, tends to be all about the angle you take photos on. And that doesn’t require anything professional. Just play around with different positions and background around your house. You’ll be doing blography in no time!
- Don’t give a F**K what other people think. I spent so long hiding my blog from my friends thinking they’d have an opinion of my interests, so I limited myself on social media and ended up only promoting my blog on Tumblr (because none of my friends used it). But at the end of the day, if you want your blog to grow, you need to get the word out there. Don’t be afraid to write a tweet about your latest post! In fact, I bet many of your friends will complement you and support you through it as mine have.
- Last but not least, Be happy with your blog. Have fun with it and take all the opportunities you get with it. As I said before I have met so many great people, from other bloggers, to readers, to brands and PR. The whole point of blogging is doing something you enjoy. So enjoy it!
These tips are all from my own experience and feelings, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve shared with you today. Thank you for all the support over the last 9 months and I hope to continue and only get better with gianniC.
Love ya all xo