5 tips for new bloggers

As someone who has been blogging for about 4 years now; 2 and a half years on this blog and then some time before that on another blog, I like to think that I know a little bit about what goes into a blog. Therefore, I thought it would be useful to share my top tips for new bloggers and basically, what I wish I had known before starting my blog. So, here are my 5 Tips For New Bloggers...

1. You don't need all of the best equipment to succeed. 

This one is SO important and one that I wish I had known before going through a stage where I felt as though my blog would never amount to much because I couldn't afford all of the best equipment. While I do use a camera for some of my photos, the majority of my photos are taken with my iPhone, I do not have the fanciest lighting so don't feel like you have to go out and buy a ring light or soft box and honestly, you can find flat lay props around your house, you needn't go and spend hundreds on miscellaneous blog posts. Basically, don't feel like you need to go out and spend hundreds in order to succeed.

2. Social media scheduling is so tedious, but so worth it

The majority of my blog traffic comes from social media and so, those daily promotional tweets are so worth it, even if it is such a boring task. I currently use the free version of Buffer which works well for what I need it for at the moment but there are plenty of other social media scheduling sites and apps such as Hootsuite and TweetDeck.

3. A strict posting schedule is not needed

While I wish that I could post a certain amount of times a week religiously, sometimes life gets in the way and that's ok. Don't beat yourself up over not having a strict posting schedule because that's when you start creating content that you don't love in order to just have something to put up, not because it's something that you're proud of. Honestly, I could post every day for a week or not at all for three weeks and I've learned that that's ok.

4. It's a learning curve

Honestly, you can't expect to be Zoella overnight. Sometimes I look over my blog posts from when I started and I just cringe because everything about my writing style is so different now. In fact, everything about my blog is so different from when I first started. It's not a linear learning curve either. It's all trial and error really but the skills that you develop from blogging are so valuable so don't be disheartened if you don't get to where you want to at first - it all takes time.

5. You can post whatever you like

You would think that this one would be a given but you'd be surprised how pressuring it can feel to post a certain type of content in order to fit in with the blogging community. So what if you don't have a niche, if you go from talking about travel one day to beauty the next. Post what you enjoy writing about.

What do you wish you had known before you had started blogging? What are your tips for new bloggers? Let me know below!