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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

DO's & DON'Ts when you blog



Congratulations, you own a part of the Internet. Something on the Internet is yours - and that's your blog! Of course you have Twitter, Facebook, Instagram... but nope you have your little website (or big, I don't know!) and it's yours. That's amazing.

I'm not a renowned blogger so probably writing this post may be seen as pretentious, but I've been blogging for almost seven months now and I've learnt a few things on the way that may be useful for you and your blog.


BLOG/POST TOPICS


DON'T write about things you don't like. So if you're not interested in beauty, don't write about beauty. That's okay! When you write about something you are truly interested in, I promise you it shows.

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DO embrace potential new topics though! At first I wanted my blog to be a beauty blog, but I'm slowly adding fashion bits and other things I'm really enjoying at the moment. So if I've enjoyed a book or a film, why not writing about it?

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DON'T buy new items just because you want to write a post about it (unless you REALLY want to buy something) For example, remember the Micellar Water fuzz? Everyone was posting about it - including me. Definitely back then I bought it because I needed it but I also thought I had a potential blog post there! Buy things because you really want to try them, not just for the sake of a new blog post... 

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DO use your imagination. If you somehow want to understand the fuzz of, let's say, Micellar Water... why don't you write something like "5 reasons why Micellar Water is useful" "Alternatives to Micellar Water"... I don't know, try to write the same review kind of post everyone does but in a different and innovative way. I'm trying to do this, and it's hard, but I know it takes practice so I'm on my way.

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DON'T steal other people's ideas / posts. Seriously don't. We're not little kids anymore! And copying other people's hard work hurts. So yes - don't even think about it.

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DO look for ideas, inspiration. Google is your best friend: "topics for a beauty blog post" "topics for a fashion blog post" "ideas for a lifestyle blogger"...

PR/SAMPLES

DON'T blog for freebies. I think this has been said so many times, but it's so true. If you're genuinely blogging to get samples - get out. Building a blog takes a lot of time, effort and practice. My first posts were crap compared to the ones I have now and I'm still learning so I hope that in a year I can look back and think "damn, I've improved so much." But yes, if you're only in for the freebies... it will show and you won't get any.

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DO announce in your blog that you're PR friendly. If brands like you, they'll probably contact you. You could also join websites like Brandbacker or The Blogger Programme to get in touch with brands if you'd like to collaborate with one.

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DON'T accept items you wouldn't be talking about. If a random brand contacts you to review their items and it really doesn't suit your blog or your style, just don't accept it. Other oportunities will come along.

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DO contact a brand if you're really interested in working with them. Let's be honest though, I can't contact a brand like Urban Decay and tell them I want something from them. But try smaller brands, or independent brands, and you may get lucky. Contacting brands is OK! Spamming them is NOT okay.

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DON'T brag! I was reading a post yesterday and this girl was SO right. No one likes a bragger. Of course you can show the world that you've received an interesting package and you're happy about it... but you don't need to brag.

DO be honest with the brand and readers. If you've enjoyed the item, say it. If you haven't enjoyed it, say it. Just be honest.

SELF-PROMOTION

DON'T spam the twitter chats just to send your link. 

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DO join the chat, talk to other bloggers and exchange links. The chats are fun and you learn a lot!

ON WEB DESIGN

DON'T have a design that hurts your readers' eyes. Try to keep things clean.

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DO create / buy a template that is easy for you to read and for your readers, where the navigation bar is visible and the posts look clean.

THE BLOGGER

DON'T spread negativity. If you think a blogger could do something better - tell them in a constructive way.

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DO help other bloggers that have been in the same situation as you. Maybe they're starting and they struggle with post ideas, or HTML... or whatever! It's not hard being kind and helpful to others. I've received so much help along the way and I'm thankful for everyone who has helped me - directly or indirectly.

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DON'T expect comments to appear miraculously if you're an island. If you never comment on other people's blogs and aren't active in the blogging community, how do you expect your views and followers count to go up?

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DO participate in the blog chats, comment on other people's blogs, talk to other bloggers, join social networks like bloglovin!

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DON'T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHER BLOGGERS. Never. EVER. That will only mess with your mind, thinking you won't be a good blogger as X. No, no. You're good enough. You're just starting, or having a writing block, or you simply don't feel like blogging. That's okay, we still love you. Just write when you feel like it, or schedule posts for those times when you are running out of ideas. But never ever compare yourself to other bloggers. 

DO appreciate what you have. You have 20 followers? Holy bananas, 20 people are interested in what you have to say to the world. Congratulations! You have 1 follower and is not any close friend? CONGRATULATIONS, isn't that awesome? People GENUINELY like your blog. Appreciate it. Same goes with your posts and skills - appreciate them and improve them if you can.





30 comments :

  1. I absolutely agree with all of your tips!
    I particularly like the appreciate all your followers one - I think its easy (particularly when you first start out - i know I still do it) to get caught up in the numbers but then I read a great quote;
    "The number of 'followers' you have does not make you better than anyone else. Hitler had millions, Jesus has 12."
    Also I think there is real value in being involved in the community and commenting on others Blogs. Real, thoughtful, genuine comments. My pet pev is when people comment "great post" with their blog link.
    Great list - I really appreciated reading it!
    Kelsey x

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    1. Kelsey, thank you so much for this comment. Also, that quote is great - I was about to include it!! I agree with everything you just commented. Thanks again for reading and commenting xxx

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  2. this is very helpful :) Tips are amazing, and I agree with them.

    style-mepretty.blogspot.com

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  3. Love love love this post! The best part is the fact that you've given alternatives to the don'ts! ;) xx

    gyudynotesofbeauty.blogspot.com

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  4. Amazing post and so, so, so true! Keep the work up, Cris. :D
    xx

    Cakilicious @ Brighton and Back

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    1. You make me blush, Caki! Dankeschön <333

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  5. Great post!
    Harriet
    Http://greeneyesandlongblondehair.blogspot.Co.uk

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  6. Absolutely agree! I would also add "write when you feel it because it's not a job, it's something you have to enjoy doing, not something you HAVE TO do" ;)

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  7. This is SUCH a good post. I found myself going 'YES!' to so many of these!
    I need to stop comparing my blog to others, you're so right about that!

    Jenn
    Photo-Jenn-ic

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    1. Thank you lovely! Comparing ourselves is something we all do, and that's why we need to stop! It's not healthy. xxx

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  8. This is a lovely post, I especially love that you've done it as dos and dont's- there's a lot of blogging tips posts out there, but this was different because of that :)
    Jennifer xx
    http://www.ginevrella.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Jenny, I appreciate your words! I was trying to be different from other blogging tips posts, so I'm glad you found this different!! xx

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  9. So right about all of these! Great blog, will be checking back!

    xo
    www.style-wire.com

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  11. I absolutely agree with everything you have mentioned here!

    X
    http://subhamrai.blogspot.in/

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  12. I couldn't agree more!! This post was great to read and I agree that people should never compare themselves to other bloggers and should just do their own thing! Also I really love the simple layout of your blog it's great :) xx http://ridawkward-and-hyperbubbly.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you very much! Comparing ourselves to others can be good and bad but most of the times is just very self destructive :( x

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  13. I've been away so I'm finally catching up on all the post I've missed and I had to comment on this one. One of the hardest lessons I had to learn was to not compare my blog and following to anyone else out there especially since we're all different. Blogs might share similarities but they aren't clones and I think that's something everyone has to grasp in order to have fun and enjoy blogging. This is such a great post and I agree 100%. Thanks for sharing!
    Nora=)
    The Hopelessly Optimisitc

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    1. Aw Nora welcome back to my blog! :) As I've said, comparing each other can be good as in "well, I can improve my skills like this other blog has improved" but not in a "oh god she's better than me!!1!!11" way, otherwise it could be too self-destructive!! Thanks for reading!! xxx

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  14. Aw well done Christina, this is such a fab post with so many valid pointers for new bloggers out there. :)
    I couldn't agree more with what you said; I particularly relate to what you said about web design, I've definitely gone on a few blogs where the layout makes your eyeballs ache and it's so off-putting! A layout is fine to look pretty but I think the simpler the better (like your gorgeous template ;) ) it really makes a blog so much more inviting. Commenting, connecting and networking on other blogs, via Twitter, Instagram and Bloglovin' are so important. I was reluctant to get both Twitter & Instagram at first, but felt I had to for my blog. Now I'm absolutely addicted to them both and have made so many friends through soinspo, but Twitter just helped elevate all that. I think it shows how it's good to just go for these things, and see what happens.

    I really loved how you overshadowed the Don'ts with positive advice. Go you! <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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    1. *Cristina-- so sorry, me and my lack of checking typos!! xo

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  15. Really great post Hun - so many good points you've made and you really made me think with some of the things you've said. I really need to try and become more of the community as it's sometimes hard to fit it all in but it really does help to chat to other bloggers.

    Jenny xx

    ramblingsofajaffacat.blogspot.co.uk

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Hello, thank you for taking your time to comment! I read them all and I usually reply! (Unless I forget, but I do read them!!!)

However, please don't do follow for follow - I will most likely follow you if I like your blog and everything about it but don't ask for a follow for follow! Thank you!

PS. Leave your links though, I love reading new blogs! xx