I’ve been blogging consistently for almost two years now and boy have I learnt a lot during that time. I’ve learnt about marketing, the importance of blog interaction and the need for an organisation schedule, especially if you have blog based ambitions. And still I learn something new everyday.
I try and blog every day of the week (sometimes the weekends are forgotten) and I never imagined how much work it could be. I don’t think some people appreciate how much thought and time people put in to their little space on the internet. Yet with this hard work comes great results and I love blogging more than I ever knew I would, but you definitely get back what you put in.
I’m not going to sit here and write about ALL the lessons I’ve learnt, I kinda feel that you have to stumble upon many techniques yourself. However one thing I’ve realised is that there are certain items, tools, that make your blogging an easier and more enjoyable experience!
- Blue tack. So your probably thinking that I’m having a funny five minutes and your tempted to click off this page but let me explain my reasoning. We beauty bloggers love a good picture and when reviewing products it is essential that we get the product in the right place and at the right angle. Yet as if deliberately conspiring against us, many products come in the dreaded “tube” shaped packaging. These pesky little bad boys are guaranteed to ruin your photo set up, drunkenly rolling around and destroying your planned unplanned set up. Blue tack is the answer to all your problems, one tiny cleverly concealed dot can go a long way.
- Social media. I guess this one is self explanatory but social media is essential for promoting, maintaining and growing your blog. It doesn’t matter how good your design, picture or content is if your not using various platforms to share it. Hand in hand with this I would argue that it’s important to have some sort of smart phone or tablet, to keep active and present while on the move. Admittedly this isn’t essential but it is defiantly useful and a tip I would emphasise.
- Diary or planner. This is my most used blogging tool and I honestly don’t know where I would be without it. I tend to roughly draft my post schedule at least a week before but some posts (such as national holidays) are planned about a month in advance. It has taken me a long time to find the perfect planner set up for me but I finally feel that I have and I think my blogging schedule is showing that. I am currently using the Erin Condren life planner which has been working really well for me. I have a separate planner for my work/personal life and the Condren is therefore reserved solely for blogging purposes.
What tools do you recommend?