9 Easy Blogging Tips for Beginners

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I have been blogging for over a year now and I have learnt a few things along the way, most of which I wish I knew from the beginning. So I thought I could post a few simple tips that might help first time bloggers set up their blog, gain more followers, and help enter the blogging community. This has nothing to do with the technical side of things, such as dealing with coding and widgets, but more of very easy to follow tips.

1. What content do you want to make? 

Before doing anything make sure you know what sort of content you want to make. Whether it is makeup, books, movies, lifestyle, just research other blogs who make similar content and see how they do it. You can search for them by using the tags on WordPress. See what sort of posts they make, how their blog is laid out, maybe even what social media they use. All of this stuff will help you.

2. Make sure your blog is user friendly.

Try to make your blog easy to navigate. Add things such as search bars, categories, and about pages to make things easier for readers. Also aesthetics do come into this too as a good looking blog will always help.

3. Join the community!

One of the best parts about blogging is the community, but you can’t just wait around and hope people notice you. Just by following other blogs, liking and commenting on posts and such you’ll quickly join the blogging community. I know commenting can seem a tad bit daunting in the beginning, but it’s honestly quite easy. Just go for it! Soon people will be noticing you, start following you back and, not only will your blog become more popular, you will gain friends along the way who like what you like.

4. Consider using social media.

Social media does help in connecting with your followers and fellow bloggers, and gives you the ability to simply chat with them too. Just having Twitter would make a massive difference! It isn’t necessary, but it will help.

5. Always reply! 

This one is sort of linked to the last point, and it is very important. When someone comments on your blog posts you must always reply to them! It shows you care about their comment and their opinion.

6. Use the tags!

Tags are amazingly useful things as people can search for a tag, for example ‘books’, and then they will find all the posts about books that use this tag. By using tags for every post you make it will make it easier for people to find your content.

7. Post regularly…

This is if you do want to regularly gain more following. I have realised that if you post on a regular basis, say twice a week, you’ll get more followers than if you sporadically post five or six posts over the course of a week and then just don’t post anything the next week.

8. But do not overwork yourself!

I have done this before and made myself post every single day. Not only did I not enjoy blogging anymore, my posts were becoming dull and were not a good quality. One good post is much better than several mediocre ones.

9. Enjoy what you write!

Blogging is a hobby! This is something you’re a meant to enjoy so make sure you actually like what you are creating!

 

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Thursday 14th January 2016

 January 14th, 2016 was a tiring and emotional day for me. Many things happened that day, and I’ve been putting off writing this post for a while so I didn’t have to think about them too deeply. But I know I need to write this, for me more than anyone else.

I guess I’ll start from the beginning.

This was the day I had my first therapy session. I had been anticipating this day for a couple weeks and I had been panicking about it the entire time, so when the day came you could say I was a tad bit anxious.

Before my appointment my friend messaged me and told me Alan Rickman had died at the age of 69. Alan Rickman was one of those actors I had always wanted to meet, and not just because he played one of my favourite characters in Harry Potter. I wanted to meet him because of what I had heard about this personality. He seemed like an amazing person with a hilarious personality. So when I found out he had died I admit I did start to cry. I also thought of this quote from him I had heard ages ago, and that didn’t help…

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Unfortunately, not long after I found out about that, a different friend messaged me and told me they just had a panic attack, so of course I had to help them with that. So I was pretty much giving my friend tips with what to do after a panic attack (and there are actually ways to help after a panic attack) while I was crying on and off.

Then it came time for my therapy appointment.

I was a big mess of emotions when it got around to it, so much so that I almost had a panic attack on the way to the appointment. Luckily I calmed down quite a lot by the time it got to the session, otherwise it would have have been a lot more draining.

My therapist is lovely and very straight to the point, which I definitely appreciate. We went through practically my entire life story, and I do admit I did cry at some points. She gave me hope that I can do things in the future I stopped believing were possible, such as go to university. In one session she helped me a lot.

Afterwards I was unbelievably drained in every possible way. I didn’t feel like talking to anyone because I just didn’t know what to say. My mind felt as if it was both entirely blank and yet filled with millions of thoughts. I was sad about the loss of a great actor. I was worried about my friend. I was hopeful about my future. I was tired beyond belief. I was scared because I have so far to go. Shutting down my brain wasn’t easy that night.

My next therapy session is tomorrow and I just pray I don’t cry again.

6 YouTubers for Down Days

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I spend a lot of time when I’m down watching YouTubers and I realised recently that there are some in particular that I go to when I just feel utterly crap. Some of these aren’t my favourites YouTubers, but they are still the ones I go to on bad days.

To go to their YouTube channels just click their names in bold and it’ll take you straight to their channels.

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Carrie Hope Fletcher
Carrie Hope Fletcher is a fellow bookworm who is not only an unbelievably talented musician and actress, she is an author, a Disney lover, and is one of the most positive people I have ever come across, and on a down day positivity is needed.

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Jamie Jo

If you like art you should check Jamie Jo out. She is one of those people who has an absolutely adorable personality meaning you want to hug her the entire time, plus she is also incredibly talented. There’s something really therapeutic about watching her paint and make things, and it really does help calm my mind.

Alex Denmon

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Alex has two channels, but I only follow his vlogging one. This is where he films random clips throughout his day everyday. They are quite repetitive, but there’s something about being a part of someone else’s day that reminds me that there’s more out there than just me.

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If you want beauty tips from a YouTube show, I would suggest that you don’t watch this. This is basically a show where a couple of hilarious women try out weird beauty and lifestyle products, and quite often they fail miserably. This is a light-hearted show that’s great for when you just wanted something light and fun to watch.

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Doddleoddle, or Dodie, is an amazing musician with an angelic voice and a talent for writing songs that are incredibly easy to connect to. Some of her songs are tear worthy, so if you just want sad music in the background while you feel crap I highly suggest her songs. There’s one in particular called Down which makes me cry every time.

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Lilly Singh, or Superwoman, is downright hilarious. Her videos about different types of people and her “parents” reacting to stuff are so funny they are bound to lighten the mood, even if it’s just a little.

I hope these help in someway, and, if they don’t, at least you know of some new YouTubers!

New Years Resolutions for 2016

2016 ResolutionsI’m usually one of those people who scoffs at the idea of New Years Resolutions, as not only are they normally the typical sort of things such as losing weight or quitting smoking, but they never really work. If I knew at this time last year I would have my own resolutions I would have thought I had been brainwashed. I haven’t. I’m more desperate than anything else. Desperate for change that is.

Here are my resolutions will hopefully lead me to the change I need:

TRY THERAPY – This is at the top of my list, which shows how important I view this. I have clinical depression and anxiety, both of which I am fully medicated for, but all I have had to deal with it is medication and the support of my friends, family, and boyfriend. But over the past six months I have been slowly considering going to therapy. While before I didn’t really think it would help me, now I think it’s necessary to at least try it.

BE POSITIVE – With depression my thoughts become clouded and dark quite often, sometimes due to the chemical imbalance which is screwing with my brain, other times because my brain is just stuck thinking that way. I want to reduce this darkness a lot so I can be happier.

GO OUT MORE – I have very little drive to do anything. In fact I’m forcing myself to write this so I can actually get these thoughts out of my head. So, as you can imagine, getting myself to go out is a challenge, especially when you add anxiety into the mix. But I want to try and go out more, just so I can say, “I did something today that didn’t involve binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.”

START STUDYING – Over the past two years I have failed at making it to my AS-Level exams twice, due to, again, mental health. This year I want to try again, and succeed at getting to where I want to be.

COMMUNICATE MORE – I’ve always been one of those people who is incredibly lazy when it comes to talking to people and replying to messages. This is even more important since pretty much all my friends are in England and messaging each other is one of the few ways to keep up our friendships. This year I want to at least try and speak to people more.

BECOME MORE ORGANISED – I am a messy person by nature, even though I hate when things are disorganised. It actually makes my anxiety worse too because I like being able to see tidiness and know where everything is. That’s why I need to try and be more organised.

BECOME HEALTHIER – I may be a vegetarian, but that sure as hell doesn’t mean I’m healthy. I tend to skip meals and each a lot of junk food, especially chocolate, and with just having Christmas you can imagine how much chocolate I have leftover. Chocolate is my nemesis as I am lactose intolerant, meaning it makes me feel sick and makes my skin break out in horrible spots. So being healthier is needed. I might even exercise too! (I just snorted loudly at that).

BLOG MORE – I enjoy blogging a lot. I love the community, being creative every time I make a post, having something that shows all my handwork. So I want to blog more this year. Or at least blog more than I have been blogging in the last few months.

STOP PROCRASTINATING – I procrastinate pretty much everything, from eating to getting out of bed, and I think that needs to stop. I want to get things done! I don’t want to spend my days doing nothing!

So those are my New Years Resolutions. Some of them are quite serious, but that’s why I created this blog, so I can be brutally honest about my life in hope that writing my thoughts down will help me deal with them.

I want to know if you have any resolutions this year, or at least what your opinions of them are.

I hope you had a great 2015 and have an even better 2016!