*Disclaimer: I am no pro… I have only been blogging for some months now… and I am still learning new things every day.
I’ve had a few friends & acquaintances reach out to me and ask, “Any advice on how to start a blog?” and every time, I am shocked and flattered that they would even think to ask me this question. So, in case it is helpful for any of you, I wanted to share what I have learned thus far.
1. Start Now. If you’re waiting or “planning” or whatever you’re telling yourself to delay – STOP & just start now.
Otherwise, you will get stuck in analysis paralysis, aka wasting valuable time. I have been wanting to blog for 10 years now. I started a lookbook when I was 18, but gave up after inconsistently working at it for less than a year. After 10 years of randomly posting my outfits on Instagram, people telling me I should do something with fashion, and always wanting that for myself, I decided to just go for it – and I did, with everything I have.
2. Make Friends. Seek and build meaningful relationships within your niche.
To give you some context, when I started blogging in April of this year, I was at about 500 Instagram followers. Today, about seven months down the road, I have over 3,100 people in my style community, and a very large percentage of that number is a solid group of badass blogger babes, whose passions, talents, and values align with mine. I would not be where I am today without this foundation of friends I’m so thankful for.
3. Quality & Consistency. These, by far, are the most important things you should focus on.
These may be common sense, but I think the key to success is to produce quality content AND to also be consistent in when and how much you’re posting. Reviewing your stats & analytics are extremely helpful here.
4. Narrow Down Your Niche. In this crazy fast-paced world, we have to constantly reevaluate, adjust, and refocus.
Ask yourself these questions: What is my mission? Who is my target audience? What am I passionate about? Why am I doing this? When do I have time to make this happen? Then write your answers down, and come back to these questions & answers periodically – I do this at least once a week.
5. Don’t Stop. Especially when the going gets rough, when your engagement’s low, or that one photo you loved so much isn’t doing so hot.
We all get discouraged and go through ebbs & flows, but it is so important to not give up and to push through the hard times, because again… consistency. is. key.
I hope you found this useful. Please feel free to email me or comment with any questions. I am always happy to help!
Stay tuned for all the apps & tools I use – coming to the blog later this week…