Hello! I have officially been blogging for 3 months and in that time I have learned a ton! I started this blog off as a creative outlet for me to share my love of all things girly with the world. When I started this blog I had absolutely no idea about what I was getting myself into by blogging. I thought that I would just start writing and maybe a few people would check it out. In these first 3 months I have learned so much information and I want to share it with you!
I have always loved reading, but I never imagined that I would enjoy writing so much! I really didn't think that I would have much to share, but once I started writing I realized that it was so easy to write about things that I find interesting! Blogging is great because you are the one in control of your content. You don't have to follow any rules which gives you the freedom to get creative with your writing. I now look back at my first few posts and cringe when I read them. I sounded so odd and overly formal, but after awhile I got the hand of it. Once I got the hang of writing posts I realized that I really do have my own writing style. The best piece of advice I would give to anyone who wants to start blogging is to just start writing! No ones first post is perfect, but with time you will get better!
When I first started blogging I didn't know anything about photography! I just sat down with a few products and started taking pictures on my phone. Since then I have learned a few things about taking and editing photos. I now set aside some time each week to take photos which is so much easier than taking photos each time that I sit down to write a post. I tend to stick to a white background for most of my photos which I create by laying out a white sheet over my bed or on the floor. I try to use natural light when I can and I have discovered the golden hour of photography. The golden hour is the magical hour of either sunrise or sunset. This allows for the best natural light for photos. I take all my photos with my phone or my basic Kodak point and shoot camera that is about 10 years old. I am now looking into a better camera for blogging so feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments below. In the beginning I didn't edit any of my photos, but I quickly realized that a bit of editing can make any photo look better. I use PicMonkey to edit all of my photos. PicMonkey is a free photo editing website that is great for editing photos. There is also a paid version of PicMonkey which gives your more editing options, but for now the basic version works great!
Blogging as a Business
In the beginning I didn't view my blog as a business, but now I have realized that I am basically running my own small business. It took me awhile to realize that it is actually possible for a blog to turn into a business. I have realized that there are a lot of ways that I can make money off my blog even though I don't have a really large following. I use Amazon Affiliates, which is an affiliate program in which I make a small commission from every Amazon purchase that is made through the product links that I share in my posts. There are quite a few affiliate programs out there and you don't need to have a large following to sign up for most of them. I have also worked with a few companies who have sent me free products in exchange for my honest reviews. As long as I am able to share my honest thoughts and opinions with my readers, I don't have a problem with doing sponsored product reviews. I have found that there are quite a few different websites and networks that can put you in touch with companies who are looking for bloggers to promote and reviews their products. Some companies will give you free products and others will pay you money as well as give you the product or service to try. A few sites and networks that I am a member of are Tomoson link!, One2One Network link!, and BrandBacker link! just to name a few.
In the beginning I only had a few page views a day, but this didn't bother me because I knew that even the big blogs that get a ton of views started off with just a few page views. When I started blogging I told myself that I would be happy if I had 3 people reading my blog. I was so excited when I got my first few views and that is what motivated me to keep blogging. After the first month or so I found out that there are a few things you can do to get your blog read by a bigger audience. I joined a few blog engagement groups on Facebook such as Grow Your Blog link!, Show Your Blog Love link!, and The Blog Love Project link!. These groups all basically operate the same way. They have threads where you can leave your links to your blog posts, Twitter posts, Pinterest pins, and other social media links. People will check out your links in exchange for checking out their links. Each groups has its own set of rules, but they all have the same basic premise. This does take quite a bit of time, but I have seen growth in my page views since being an active member of these groups. I have also been able to connect with fellow bloggers which is something that I never would been able to do without getting involved in these groups.
Overall, I have really learned a lot in these first 3 months of blogging. Three months ago I never would have imagined that I would love blogging as much as I do now! I initially thought that this blog would just be a hobby for me, but in a short amount of time it has turned into my very own small business. This journey has been a lot of fun and I hope to continue this blog for as long as possible. I don't know where this blog may take me, but I hope that down the line I enjoy blogging just as much or more than I do right now!
See you soon,