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Sunday, 18 January 2015

BLOGGING: A year of blogging... what I've learnt!



One year ago today I posted my very first blog post, you can read it here. Since then, and some 90 blog posts later, I'm  celebrating my one year blog anniversary. 

It's  been an amazing journey so far. I've seen my little blog grow, and seen my readers interact more and more, and I can't  believe how proud I am of my corner of the web.

Alongside  my 2015 resolutions, and learning many things from 2014, blogging itself, over the past year, has taught me a lot about the community and industry.


One of the most important things about blogging is networking. Without it, you can write as much as you like, it can be the best piece of writing since sliced bread, with photos worthy of being in National Geographic, but if you don't network, well you're not going to be seen half as much. 

Probably the best way to do this is through blogger chats. And there are so many of them:
#lbloggers - lifestyle bloggers
#fbloggers - fashion bloggers
#bdib - bloggers do it better
#crazybloggers

#fblchat - fashion, beauty, lifestyle chat
And they're just the ones I take part in - though #bbloggers is definitely a popular one, but I know jack shit about beauty so I keep clear. There are so many more, Elaine at xomisse has a great calendar.

They are all filled with bloggers from around the globe, and it's great to chat to like-minded bloggers, to get inspiration from them, inspire others and generally learn and meet new people. Regular attendance to the chats - even if you can only make it for half an hour, it is so worthwhile. 
N.B I recommend using Tweetdeck on a PC to give you a better chance of keeping up with the chats - they can be very busy and I have loved using Tweetdeck to make my life easier!

Social media is by far my best tool for driving traffic here, not only because of the chats, but also my amazing followers, other bloggers and the great RT profiles that have big followers which widens your potential audience.
To help you keep on top of your social media I recommend scheduling your blog tweets. Buffer, Hootsuite and Tweetdeck all offer this, and it really helps ease the pressure. Honestly since scheduling my traffic has definitely increased and I don't have to worry if I'm busy at work, to remember to post a link. I tend to bulk mine on a Sunday ready for the week ahead. 

And lastly, find your niche. Mine, as you can probably tell is tattoos and alternative fashion/lifestyle. 
Now don't get me wrong, I am starting to include more generic blogging genres, like fashion and lifestyle, plus a little opinion and advice. But having a niche really makes you stand out from the crowd. 
The likes of Zoe London and Helen Anderson are brilliant, because they aren't your 'normal' blogger. Of course I still love so many beauty and fashion bloggers, and that obviously works for them, but they all have a personality that makes them unique. Having a voice, your voice, is probably the most important thing in blogging. Don't try to copy everyone else. Be yourself. 

So over to you - how long have you been blogging, and what have you learnt in that time?
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  1. Chats really help bring traffic and I agree with having some sort of niche. Happy one year!

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. Thanks!
      I do love the chats... just making time can be difficult.

      Xx

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