Tuesday, 25 August 2015
10 THINGS I'VE LEARNED SINCE I STARTED BLOGGING
I started Creepers and Cupcakes a year and a half ago now and since then I have learnt quite a few things about this hobby of mine that many will think "weren't they obvious?". I was clearly quite oblivious to many of them and I hope that by sharing them some of you will relate.
1 - Answering emails can take up a good portion of your day.
When I started blogging I had no idea people would ACTUALLY get in touch with me. I thought leaving your email address in the "about me" section was more to look profesh but never would I have imagined that someone would write to me. Be it PR companies, brands, readers asking questions or even spammers telling me that I may be entitled to a PPI compensation, I've had them all! I love answering emails but being a busy bee with work, university and life in general, it can be quite stressful and sometimes you may not hear from me for days. It's not because I don't like you or because I'm ignoring you, it's just that there is one of me and only 24 hours in a day to deal with things!
2 - It takes effort to make those flat-lay photos look effortless.
Oh yeah, you really thought that Chanel lipstick just casually happened to drop by the coffee mug and position itself so perfectly on that marble table? Please. Sometimes I have to move everything around in order to make my simple photo look neat. You probably think I'm a tidy person when looking at social media but in reality there's a pile of clothes on the floor that needs washing. Shhh.
3 - You can schedule tweets and Instagram photos. SAY WHAT?
And I always wondered how the hell do people have time to skydive and tweet about their blog post at the same time. Question answered, I guess. I do admit I don't do this enough and end up having a quiet twitter for a whole day sometimes but it's so useful to just pre-write a few blog post promos and hey, even a few random tweets. Say, if you know your plane leaves at 9am, at 9.30 you can have a tweet saying "Up in the air. Bye England" when in reality you'll be too busy choosing from a selection of movies to care about twitter.
4 - Your boyfriend / best friend / mum become personal assistants.
From outfit photos to booking train and bus journeys to blog events, the people closest to you become multi-tasking heroes that make all the magic happen. You gotta love them for dropping everything in their free time to help you out!
5 - Blogging can actually become your JOB!
WAIT. Are you telling me that I can write about my addiction of Mac lipsticks and make some money out of it? Madness. I am obviously still miles away from that but whenever I get the odd freebie or sponsored post opportunity I am always all smiles.
6 - Any purchase can be justified if it will help your blog
I mean, I NEED that new palette because I can review it. I'm doing this for the site and my readers. Right? RIGHT? Oh, since I'm here I might as well pick up three new brushes and a lipstick too.
7 - There is a huge community and each niche has its own chat and hashtag
It's not all about the beauty and fashion bloggers, you can truly find the most interesting blogs out there if you open up your eyes. I once found a girl who only talked about socks, how amazing is that?! Do your own thing and don't be afraid to be different.
8 - Staying true to yourself can be hard
Sometimes you see successful bloggers and you may be tempted to change your writing style, fashion sense or hair just to become more popular, but you really shouldn't have to. Why be a copy when you can be yourself? Be inspired by others but always stick to what YOU feel works for you.
9 - Numbers are not everything. Really.
Enjoy the ride!
Every week I talk to a blogger who admits to being obsessed with stats, visits etc, therefore getting stressed when a post doesn't get 1000 visits. Why though? Why stress so much? Just sit back and think what made you start blogging in the first place and write away, take photos and love what you do. It's not all in the numbers. I haven't gained nearly as many followers as I did last year, so what? I enjoy every reader that gives me a chance and follows me whilst I keep doing my own thing. Yes, I would love to be The Blonde Salad but being Kristina from Creepers and Cupcakes makes me happy just the same.
10 - First impressions are everything
Blogs are so visual and you really need to make sure that your images and design are on point since that's the first two things people see when checking out your site. I am constantly working new ways to make my content more visually appealing because if people are not attracted to your blog at first, chances are they won't bother reading what you have to say. Sad but true.
I hope you enjoyed this post and as requested more blogging tips, experiences and tricks will come your way!