Hello beautiful BLB babes! Hope your day is going well! This blog post is perfect if you are new to the blogging world. The last few events we have hosted I’ve spent time with new bloggers and thought I would address some of the common questions I have received about starting a blog.
Now we have previously done a post about finding your voice, niche and brand but today I want to talk about logistics. Disclaimer – there is no right or wrong way to make YOUR blog work. Please keep in mind these are just some general guidelines that have been helpful when starting out. Everyone’s different, that’s what makes us all unique and special, so don’t go changing everything you’ve worked so hard to build because we do things a little different.
Here are 5 common questions and answers for the new blogger:
Platforms – this is probably the question I get asked the most. There are so many different platforms out there to choose from, how do you know what is right for you? I always suggest doing your research, ask around to other bloggers, or even at work or your daily life. Remember all websites have a host platform they use. I have used a few different platforms like Wordpress (when I was doing the free thing), Wix and Square Space. All of these platforms have been fine and worked well for the price. There are different packages that you can do as well so, again, do some research and see what’s best for you. If you don’t like it you can always cancel and try something new. I always recommend starting off with the free sites to make sure you are completely invested in the blogging lifestyle. That way you aren’t wasting your money.
How often should you post on your blog and/or social media? – When you first get started the best thing to do is get in a routine. It can take time to get used to how much time blogging can take. You need to try products, plan looks, take photos, write a post etc. I always suggest 1-2 posts on the blog a week (on the same days each week) and 1-2 times a day on social media, keeping in mind the more you post the more traffic you will have. You need consistency and quality posts. Quality over quantity!
How many photos and what kind of photos? – What kind of photos is up to you. Before you start blogging you should do research and see what YOU like. You want your blog to represent and be authentic to you. If you find yourself drawn to flat lays, do them. If you’re drawn to full body shots or details shots of your merchandise, do it. Find your niche and stick with it! As for how many photos for each blog post, I typically stick to 5-7 depending on what the main focus of my post is. If I’m doing a skin care/beauty post you’re likely to see 5 but anything fashion related you will see a few more since you can really show off different looks that way. Again, this is up to you. If you post 2, make them really good (LOL) if you post 10+ be aware people may scroll through. People’s attention span is different so I like to keep things concise, short and sweet.
No photographer, HELP! – I think that everyone starts out without a photographer, it stinks but it’s good to learn and do the work yourself. I always recommend your camera timer, a tripod and your supportive girlfriends. Will the quality be worse than a professional? Duh. Will it get the job done? Absolutely. See some of our photo tips & tricks posts for more information on photography and working with photographers.
Finally, choosing headlines/titles for your posts- Honestly, there isn’t really a rhyme or reason for this. We try to keep things fun and catchy but ultimately short and sweet. Sometimes I take a piece of paper and just brainstorm based off of what the post is about. You want it to catch the reader’s attention and really spark their interest.
Keep to these general rules and you will do fine starting your blogging journey. If you learn new tips/tricks along the way comment or send them along. We love being able to add to our posts so that we can share what works for others. Another helpful thing to do when you start blogging is talk to other bloggers, go to events. Don’t be intimidated (we know, easier said than done) and learn from others. Everyone’s blogging journey is different so you will always learn something from everyone you meet!