With Style and a Little Grace: Blogging: My Tips and Tricks

Blogging: My Tips and Tricks




I have been a blogger since June 2012 and it is bananas to think that I have been blogging for 3 years and some change. I really can't imagine not blogging - as crazy as that sounds it is such a big part of my life. I love the community that i have formed and sharing with y'all. 

I would say that the blog has really started to become what I want it to be this past year. I have started to really form a view of where I want it to go and I have become very very proud of the content. I am sharing so much more original content and I just can't tell you how happy I am with the direction it is going. 

As a blogger I know that I am always looking for other bloggers top tips and tricks of the trade and today I thought I would round up the ones that I really wish I had known when I first started out. Now I am seriously still learning every single day but I think these are great tips if you are just starting out or have been blogging for some time and just aren't seeing your blog go in the direction you want it to. 

TOP BLOGGING TIPS 

1.) INVEST IN A DSLR CAMERA  PHOTOS MATTER- This is the big one y'all - photography matters and for as long as I tried to make due without it - the quality just wasn't goo enough. My photos were grainy and not very pretty to look at. So start your DSLR fund now, ask for one for your Birthday or Christmas. Clean, clear, and beautiful pictures make a world of difference. Everyone wants to see pinterest worthy pics. 

2.) DESIGN YOUR BLOG OR HAVE SOMEONE DESIGN IT FOR YOU - Stephanie Gimlin of How Sweet Designs did mine and I am obsessed with her work. I told her my vision and she brought it to life. Make sure it is different and you stand out but that it has clean lines, large photos, and is easy to access with all of your social media in a prominent position. Look to your favorite sites for inspiration

3.) JOIN A BLOG COMMUNITY - Such as Southern Blog Society and Alabama Women Bloggers - great groups of bloggers who will not only inspire you but help you with all of your blogging questions. Also some of the blog societies will help you connect with different brands for collaboration and projects.

4.) SOCIAL MEDIA ALL DAY ERRDAY - You need to pin, tweet, instagram, snapchat, and facebook the fire out of your posts old and new. If people missed a post they will catch them on one of your social media outlets. Hootsuite is my go-to for prescheduling posts.

5.) COMPARISON IS THE THIEF OF GOOD BLOGGING - Don't compare yourself to every single blog out there - I really struggled with this in the beginning. You are not going to be as good as those bloggers who have been doing it for years right off the bat - do the best you can with what you have right now and you will improve. Just keep blogging and you WILL find your voice and the niche that is right for you. It takes lots of time and effort - don't give up. 

6.) POST CONSISTENTLY - This one was really hard for me in the beginning. If you want your blog to grow you need to have a set routine of posts - the more you are posting the better. There is nothing worse than checking your favorite blog only to see that they haven't posted anything new for the day. I would say try to post at least 5 days a week and make sure they all go up at the same time every day. 

7.) NETWORK WITH FELLOW BLOGGERS - Make blog friends, comment on blogs that you love, e-mail and ask if people want to do a collaboration. Host a joint giveaway or do a get to know you on another bloggers site. I have made some great friends through blogging and reaching out.

8.) PLAN YOUR POSTS - Have all your blog posts planned out in advance in your planner with bullets of what needs to happen before those posts go live - carve out time to work on your posts or take photos. Planning in advance saves you from those freak outs the night before because you have nothing to put on your blog. Let me tell you I have learned - if you don't put the effort into the post - it shows.

One of the big things I read when I was researching in the beginning was when you put up a post - would you be proud for someone to see that as the first post that represents you and your blog? If not just don't put it up. 

I didn't really dive into monetizing your blog in this post - if y'all are interested I would dedicate a whole blog post to the many things I have learned and am still learning about turning your blog into a profitable business. 

Thank y'all so much for reading and I hope you enjoy this type of post! 


2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing these great tips! New and old bloggers could learn from these.

    Xoxo,
    Amanda
    trulyyoursa.com

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    1. Thanks Amanda! I always love seeing different bloggers tip! Thanks for reading! XO Gracie

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