I did a post on Reasons To Start A Blog but I realised I’ve never done a post on how to get started.

I know most of you probably have your own blog already, but just incase you don’t and are thinking about one, heres how to start a blog (in my words anyway)…

 

FIND YOUR WHY

That is the reason you want to start a blog. Sorry to tell you but if it’s for free products then you’re probably not going to get on too well, it takes *years* to build up a repututable blog.

So why do you want to start. Is it to share your interests? To document your life? You’ll most likely have a gut instinct on what yours is, and when you do hold on to it tight and let’s make it happen. You won’t regret it, I promise. Starting a blog feels so exciting.

 

CHOOSE A NAME WISELY

Choosing a name for your blog can be tricky, and if in doubt I would say just go with your own name. Most of the time people end up rebranding back to that again anyway, and it can diffuse confusion.

I would also highly recommend buying your own domain, but can be a bit pricey but is SO worth it. You can also pay monthly for it too, I got mine from Godaddy and I also use their stats trackers and WordPress plugin too.

 

GO AT YOUR OWN PACE

It can be very tempting to start writing immediately and launching your posts out there into the Blogosphere willy nilly. Instead, start planning out a post structure in your journal and spend a few days thinking about the content you want to write.

There’s no rush. You could even write posts and not publish them if you want to flex your writing muscles and see where your creativity takes you.

 

 INTERACT

The final thing!

Of course all of these are optional and totally dependant on what you actually want to do, but the blogging community is so awesome you would regret not getting involved! Don’t be intimidated, everyone is super friendly and welcoming.

Blogger chats, starting an Instagram and reading other bloggers posts are all great ways to interact with others and you will also gain engagement on your blog too.

Are you thinking about starting a blog? Or if you already have one, how long have you been blogging for?

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There are so many great blogging tips out there, but I can totally understand why sometimes it can feel a bit puzzling as we are bombarded with information how to get the best views, engagement and blog statistics. Today I wanted to share what has worked for me personally, in the hopes that it might work for you too.

 

Be consistent

I find being consistent really helps when growing your blog, and the blogs I love to read usually have at least a few posts up a week too. Of course life can get in the way, and you don’t have to be that regimented that you end up posting things you don’t want to, but having a small schedule will mean that of course you get more blog views, but actually more importantly, people will start coming back to read more regularly when there’s fresh content for them. For some reason it always suprises me that I get the most blog views on a day when I’ve just posted, but I suppose that’s pretty obvious.

 

Plan ahead

This one is optional but I love to plan ahead in terms of blog posts, and be in front by at least a few posts. I find it so much easier to write when I’m not pressured to get a post up, and the words always flow freely without me forcing them. To totally contradict my last point, if you wanted to get ahead of yourself I don’t think it would be a bad thing to have a week off on posting if that means you can get a number of posts written up and scheduled in the meantime. I have a post about my blogging schedule which I’ll link here which might give you a bit more information on how I do it.

 

 

Approach brands yourself

I’ve only started doing this recently, so I’m not the most experienced blogger in this area but, I think it’s something we all need to do more. To be totally honest, I got bored of having weird emails that are so irrelevant to my blog, so I’m going out to find my own. And, it actually paid off! I’m starting to work with more and more different brands now that I love and am super happy to collaborate with. It always makes me feel proud of myself and this blog!

Sure, some people decline and others don’t even reply, but one or two respond and are so lovely! Try not to be too imitated, they are just normal people at the end of the day, just be honest and polite. Let me know if you would like a more in-depth post about this and I’ll definitely put one together!

 

Be genuine

In terms of everything to with blogging and general social media engagement, being genuine is so key. If you liked someones post, tell them what you liked about it instead of the generic ‘Great post!’. If you want to blog about a specific topic because it feels right to you, do it. If you don’t like a picture, don’t post it to your Instagram just in the hopes other might like it instead. (I’ve done that and you just want to delete it after) I always share the good and bad parts of my day because life isn’t perfect, and neither are Instagram feeds.

Be yourself, there is only one of you.

 

What blogging tips have worked for you, any of these?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A few months ago I decided to have a little week-long blogging break, which I don’t think I’ve ever done since I started Natalie Leanne in April. There was a number of reasons I wanted to step away from the laptop for a while, one being posting every other day can be quite time-consuming. I was a bit scared and nervous at the beginning, what if I didn’t miss it and didn’t come back? Thankfully that didn’t happen and I’m still here to tell the story 😉

 

If it becomes a chore…

Unless you do this as your full-time income, then you can totally have some time-off (well, you can anyway but whatever). You most likely started your blog as a passion project for yourself, and the last thing you want to happen is to lose your love for it. I always think you should never force yourself to post, it can lead to things feeling more rushed, and more than likely you can end up unhappy with the content you’re putting out there.

If other life events need your attention

Sometimes life just gets a bit too busy, and blogging can fall to the wayside. And that’s totally okay, by the way. Even if your blog is one of your top priorities, some things we can’t control and they need your time and attention. Having time off will help you feel less pressured, and will give you some time for yourself to rest when you really need to.

If you’ve lost inspiration and creativity

I find my inspiration and creativity go together hand in hand. When they’re there, it’s all good, however some times they can disappear for a while. I don’t know about you, but I can’t force out posts. I usually get all my ideas at the most random of times (the shower, before I go to bed, on a walk etc) so I make the most of jotting down them when they arrive so it saves some stress later. If I’m really struggling, I try to not let myself even think about it for a few days and sooner or later it all gets back to normal.

What I learnt from my week off:

  • Blog stats didn’t fall off the face of the earth, so that’s good to know.
  • It actually went super quick, but I did feel a lot more rested and ready to write again after a break.
  • Jot down ideas you have whilst your not blogging in a journal, so you can save them for later.
  • You realise how much time you actually spend. It’s not just the writing, there is pictures, scheduling and promoting too, amongst other stuff.

 

Have you ever had a blogging break?

 

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I love my blog.

It sounds quite a bold, self-assured statement to put out there doesn’t it? But really, why would we continue writing one if we didn’t? I’m sure most of us do this to fufill something inside of ourselves, so it’s natural that we should love and care about what we publish.

In the days of everyone rebranding and losing blog motivation, I wanted to share why I love my little space on the internet, why I’m HAPPY with it, and not planning on changing it anytime soon.

It might sound silly to say, but my site is truly ME. Of course it’s not perfect and there will for sure be a few mistakes here and there (like myself, might I add) but it reflects my personality, the fact that I don’t have a topic schedule and post about whatever is in my brain, is exactly how I am in real life too. I’m always thinking about something, the topic varies every time. Some days I want to write something more heartfelt, others I like to write a list about things I’m happy about. I feel no restrictions here and I love that.

I don’t have amazing photography, which is something I’m still learning, but the words is what I’m passionate about sharing. Connecting with others from what my hands are typing to your eyes reading, that’s important to me and I think I’m doing myself justice. Well, even if you don’t agree I don’t ever publish something I’m not happy with, but hopefully you like it too!

In the future the lay-out might get more stream-lined and look a bit more professional, but in the background I’ll always be here, the same girl. I’ll never be anyone else or try to pretend to (no matter how successful they may be), and I promise to always be as honest and open and encouraging as I am today.

I started Natalie Leanne in April 2016 and it was the best decision ever.

Lets continue enjoying the ride together

x

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There’s endless reasons why you may want to start a blog, but I wanted to highlight a few good ones incase you haven’t plucked up the courage to hit publish… yet.

 

You have something to say

I wouldn’t advise to start a blog just because they seem to be ‘popular’ and you want to hop on the bandwagon. I mean, you do you, but if you have something to say, that’s a great reason to join the Blogosphere in my opinion. If you are passionate about a certain topic, whether that be makeup, books, or mental health, a blog is the perfect opportunity for you to share that with other people, and a space where your passion will thrive to even greater lengths.

 

You want to connect with others

Absolutely my favourite thing about blogging and social media in general is connecting with other like-minded people. There is nothing better. It’s not always applicable to meet online friends in real-life if you don’t live close to one another, but having an online space to come together and share your journey is a really beautiful thing in my eyes. Especially if like me, you often can feel lonely, it’s lovely to chat to people out there that can offer you encouragement and support when you need it.

 

You want something of your ‘own’

I totally get why you might want to start a blog for a place of your own. It was definitely one of the reasons behind why I started mine. Maybe that’s why I loved having a secret diary as a child, that feeling of having something that is only yours and doesn’t affect anybody else. A place to write your thoughts and feelings that only you can see (or you can post for the internet, like I do now). It’s feels so nourishing to me that I have an outlet for my creativity and mind, I must say I don’t know what I would do now without if I didn’t have blogging in my life!

 

Why did you start your blog? Or do you want to start one but haven’t done it yet?