Sunday, 15 January 2017

5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging





Last month my blog turned 3 years old and whilst I could consider myself a total professional blogger (hah! as if) , truth is I still get confused over half of the technical terms, rules and regulations surrounding this job. There are however I few things I learnt along the way and I thought it'd be fun to share just how oblivious I was to what blogging really meant and how hard it actually is. Someone please tell me they were just as clueless? 



1 - There's more to it than it looks 

We hear it and read it many times. "It's just a couple of photos and some text, what's so hard?" and yeah, I can totally see it from an outsider point of view as it's difficult to really see what goes on behind the scenes when you're a blogger. Any job that looks even slightly glamourous triggers this idea that the whole experience is so fancy and cool when in reality..it's really not. 
Even when I started all I did was literally take a couple of (awful) photos and add a little text and boom, I thought I had it all figured out. Boy was I wrong! Scheduling? Editing? Promoting? Replying to endless emails? I had no idea. 

2 - Quality over quantity 

When we first start blogging we all get told the same thing - posting regularly and often is key. Now, I feel like there's a little something that is worth saying: 'regularly' doesn't mean every day or every other day. I used to post for the sake of it sometimes because I felt obligated to put anything out there in order to remind people that I still exist. Bit sad innit? 
Now I am happy to go even 5 days or a week without anything on here because I want to keep a certain quality up. My blog is by no means perfect, I definitely have a lot to learn and still improve, but I feel like my bar is set high enough for me that I don't want to disappoint and deliver something that is quite frankly crap. 

3 - You'll earn less compared to how much you spend on it

After 3 years of blogging I made my first £100 on affiliate links last month. I don't even want to remember how much money I spent on my blog between products purchased for review purposes and blog designs! eeek. 
Do I regret any of it? Not one bit. 

4 - Don't be shy about promoting it 

I was one of those people who cringed at the thought of tweeting " hey guys there's a new post!" because I really hated the thought of sounding desperate for someone to click my link. I will admit I'm still not one of those bloggers who promotes a new post every other hour but I'm more than happy to tweet 3-4 times a day to give a shout out to a recent post. People scroll and half the time don't even read what your write so you really need to try and grab their attention. What's the point in making banging content if no one reads it?! 

5 - Learn the basics of SEO

Oh dear..this one. I literally had no idea what SEO even meant until last year. How bad is that?! I feel like I lived under a rock for most of my blogging life and I face palm hard whenever I think of it. 
Honestly, Pinterest has a million and one post telling you how to nail your SEO from day 1 so take five minutes out of your day to just learn right from the start, it will make a massive difference! 


















Jumper - La Redoute
Jeans - Topshop
Bag - DKNY
Shoes - Online Avenue* (get 15% off with code KRISTINA15)
Lipstick - Revolution Liquid Lipstick in shade Reign 
Messy hair - Courtesy of the wind

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  1. It's such a massive learning journey isn't it? Congratulations on your 3 year blogerversary. Mich x

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    1. Absolutely! Still learning every day :) And thank you :)

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  2. I had no idea what went into it when I started! There's so much more than there seems! x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

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    1. I know right! Been reading your blog for such a long time - love it! x

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  3. I can relate to every single one of these points! When I was first starting up, I used to take a few pics, write a couple of words, publish and then just sit around waiting (frustratedly) for the readers to come. Luckily we now know better :) xx

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    1. We all did that haha it's nice to see how far we've come and improved :) xx

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  4. What a great post Kristina! You have come a long way since you started and I have been following your blog maybe a year now. I think you are really creative and you know what you are doing. I need to learn SEO, I have tried little by little but I am not nailing it yet! Congrats on earning £100 on affiliate links xx

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    1. awww thank you so much for coming back and reading my posts, it means so much to me xx

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  5. I love your jumper and boots! I wish I'd known all of these things and more haha. We're still here though hey :) ♥

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    1. thanks lovely! and yeah, always coming back ;) xx

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  6. My blog is going to be 3 in April so I totally relate to all of this! It's great that the world of blogging is always changing and growing but sometimes I wish I had a minute to catch my breath and learn everything from the start again! Love the outfit! xx

    Meggan
    www.cardiganjezebel.com

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    1. Couldn't have said it better myself!
      And thank you :) xx

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  7. Happy birthday to your blog! Nope, I have no idea on SEO either I should definitely make it a priority to learn about that. It is so much hard work but fun! Here's to another year for your blog x

    Dionne xoxo
    DeeDee Louise

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    1. Thanks Dionne :) And do, SEO is quite easy but very useful :) xx

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  8. Happy third blog birthday that's amazing! X
    misszarabelle.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Yes, i also was pretty non informed when i started, now i see it is retty hard ..Nice post xo

    https://theninebyivana.blogspot.com/

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    1. When the reality hits you! haha
      Thanks lovely xx

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  10. THREE YEARS?! Omg I need to sit down. Also, that hair product sounds fab ;)

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

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  11. This is so true. There were so many aspects of blogging that I learnt on the go in the past 4 years. If I had the full set when I started, it would have been so much easier in the early days :)

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  12. I've definitely underestimated the amount of work blogging is but it's totally worth it! Congrats on three years!

    xx Dany | The Queens Empire

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  13. I am still getting my head around some SEO basics to be honest x

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  14. 4 + 5 - ha I still struggle with x

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  15. Looking stunning in black. It suits you so much. Lovely article.


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