Me + My Blog= 4 Ever // Blogging Tips

March 7, 2016

Gudetama and I in our natural habitat. Also peep those unicorn slippers though! 
For the past few months I've really been putting my all into my blog. I don't know what has gotten into me but I've been working on posts like a mad man and now that I look back at the past couple months I feel I've really improved as a blogger. I know there are some people out there that are rooting for my failure, wanting me to give up, or don't understand why I even have a blog, but something about expressing myself through a blog, thinking of new blog ideas, working on posts in general, is really therapeutic. Sure sometimes it can be a headache and I end up losing sleep from working on a post, but overall I enjoy the "blogger life." I find it pretty funny but also flattering that my friends have been telling me that I've inspired them to start their own blog. I'm currently helping Eshie out with starting up her blog so be on the lookout for that! Even though there is still a whole bunch more that I want to do with my blog I feel I've really hit a milestone from when I first started to now.
Blogging has been a part of my life for years now, but it wasn't until this year that I feel I have really put my whole heart into blogging and creating new posts and content. I've surprised even myself at how I've managed to keep up with my blog and being able to have posts coming out every week. However, even though I am able to put out posts every week, that doesn't mean I come across a few setbacks every now and then. There are times where I find myself writing out a whole posts or spending hours editing/taking photos only to delete all of it. But I've come up with a couple tips on how I've managed to maintain my blog and to help you get out of a blogging funk! 
Disclaimer: Although Blogging is a hobby of mine, I am in no way implying that I am the best/credible blogger out there or that I know all there is to blogging, these are simply tips that I find work best for me. 

I found that the best way for me to keep posts coming out is to already have an idea of what posts I want to come out. For example, if it's March I'm already planning what posts I want to go out in April. With that being said though you don't want to forget about the current month your in and to make sure you are also caught up on posts you have coming out for that current month. By planning ahead on what you want to post it will allow you more time to think about what you want to say and also time to take photos, if needed. Granted with planning ahead, this mainly goes for generic posts like lookbooks or reviews. You can't necessarily plan to post ahead about current events, since they're happening now and you don't know what exactly is going to happen two weeks from now.

There is a reason I own a shirt that says "Blogging All Day" because I am constantly blogging all day every day. Although I  may not be writing an actual post, I am either thinking of what to post next, brainstorming on posts, editing photos, so on and so forth. Hence, blogging should be treated like a full time job. Whenever I'm out I'm thinking about what to take pictures of or what I would write about. I know to most people it seems like it's sucking the fun out of enjoying the actual experience, but for myself, personally, I enjoy taking pictures and I've always been that one friend taking pictures of everyone and everything! (Just look at my Facebook albums, they're full of random photos lol) 

This ties back into tip one. By setting up deadlines for posts and for yourself it'll act as motivation for you to get more shit done. And by already knowing what you plan on posting for that month you can set up deadlines for specific posts and therefore you'll be assured that you'll have posts going out. Also say for instance you want to have posts come out every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, now that you have 3 days where you're posting, you'll have four other days of the week to actually figure out when you want to work on posts and or do other things. Blogging is nothing but flexibility and versatility, you set your own schedule and deadlines, but it's up to you to actually make a schedule that works for you but doesn't leave your readers hanging. 

Chances are if a post is boring to you, then it's boring to others. Readers can tell when you're not "all there" in your post or that you kind of just half-assed things and doing so drives people away from your blog. You want to post content that you're proud of and want to share with others. Be sure that when you're writing a post that you're including everything that you would expect from another blogger's post. It sucks when you go to a blogger's page and read a post only for them to leave out vital information! Of course you don't want to bore your readers with an excessive amount of information or blabbering but if you're doing a review on a product, for instance, it would be pretty crucial to include the price point or even where you got the item. Leaving basic information out like that makes it harder on your readers because they expect to get all their information all from one source, your blog.

This hints back to what I said in tip one, where you can't necessarily write out a post on an event that hasn't even happened yet. However, working on a post when it's "fresh" in your mind is the best time to write new content. For instance, if you're writing a post about what you did that day or over what you did over the weekend, it's best to write the post out that day or when it's still fresh in your memory. I have had plenty of posts that stayed in the drafts folder only to be deleted later because I waited to long to write it and ended up forgetting all the little details that occurred that day.

These tips are just general tips that have helped me manage keeping up with my blog. I know that not all of these tips will necessarily help everyone out, but I just thought I would share how I've figured out my "blogging system." But I hope this helped you guys out! Thanks again for stopping by :)
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