Trust me when I say I’m sure I’ve read every single blogging guide on the internet. When I first started to blog, I had zero idea where to start. Whilst I came across a whole load of helpful tips, I also read some pretty shitty articles. Luckily, I’m here to start debunking blogging myths to you, and what you should be doing instead.
‘You Have To Find One Thing To Blog About And Stick To It’
This bugs me so so so much. Look at my blog for instance. I started writing about my health, then moved onto beauty related posts, then started talking about blogging, and have fashion and cooking recipe post planned. Don’t be afraid to mix things up. Of course, some of your followers may have followed you because you’re a fitness page, and they wanted to look at work out motivation, but don’t be put off to write about your Harry Potter Studio Tour trip. Write what you want to write, which brings me onto my next point.
‘You Have To Blog For Your Readers, Not For You’
I can’t stress this enough. You created your blog for YOU. A blog was somewhere for you to write down your thoughts and feelings, share your hobbies, teach people different subjects, or anything else that you wanted to write, and share. Yes, your readers
‘Blogging Can’t Become Your Job’
Wrong. Look at Zoella Sugg, Amiee Song, Samantha Chapman. They all have one thing in common, and that’s blogging. Whether it be vlogging on youtube, or having a drop dead gorgeous visual Instagram blog. I’m not going to lie to you all and say that it’s super easy to make a career out of blogging. It’s bloody hard work, and requires a lot of determination, but it is possible.
‘Bloggers Have It Easy. All They Do Is Write’
And yes, this is something I thought before I started to run my blog, but let me tell you, it’s not as easy as it seems. Some blog posts can take me hours and hours to create. First, we have to decide on what topic we want to talk about. We then have to write the post. Simple right? Nope. We’re not over. We then have to take a shit ton of photos for our featured cover image, and then photos of the thing we’re talking about. We have to consider angles, the lighting (which also means checking what the weather will be like), and checking everything we want to be shown can be seen. When I take my photos for a blog post, it can take me around an hour, deepening on what I’m shooting. We then have to edit the photos. Some have specific filters and watermark their photos. Some are incredibly talented at Photoshop, and can change the whole photo. We have to reply to emails. We have to put our posts out there on social media. We have to stay connected with our readers. Theres a lot of work that goes into blogging, and I don’t think anyone realises until they start.
‘Starting Up A Blog Is Expensive’
Yes, blogging can be expensive. I won’t lie. But, there are hundreds of blogging platforms, including WordPress, that will let you create your own blog for free. I’ll use beauty blogging as an example, but you don’t have to buy the latest products, or have a whole room dedicated to beauty. You don’t have to run out to your nearest camera shop and buy a £1000 camera. Use the equipment you have at home. Review a lipstick you already have and take photos with your phone. If you decide that later on that you want to upgrade and pay for an upgrade, that’s fine, but there are definitely ways to blog without spending a penny.