500 Posts Later, What I’ve Learnt Blogging

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This very post is officially my 500th blog post and I actually can’t believe I ever got this far. My very first blog post went live on 12th August 2014 and whilst I sporadically blogged over my first year it wasn’t until Mid 2015 that I started actually getting into a routine and by the end of the year I was posting frequently eventually moving to daily last year.

I read a lot of posts where fellow bloggers talk about starting their blogs when they were teenagers, or when they were at university, and in all honesty, I wish I had known about the blogging world back then. I started my blog when I was 24 and at 27 years’ old now I don’t know whether I consider myself the ‘typical blogger age’ or older than the average.

I’ve never had the idea for my blog to turn into a career and I don’t think I could handle full-time freelance blogging, the instability of wages would scare the hell out of me, but instead I am enjoying it being a hobby and a good part of my life. I know my blog is never going to win awards or get huge recognition and I can handle that, I’m blogging for the same reason I am when I first clicked the publish button because I enjoy it.

I’ve learned a lot over the past two years or so about the blogging world such as:

Don’t accept every single item submission

I still remember the first time I had an email from a brand asking if I wanted to review their product. It was only a bubble bath but it made me so happy that a brand valued my thoughts and opinions and wanted to send me something. Over the past 18 months- 2 years’ I’ve had some pretty good opportunities but it’s important to remember that you don’t need to accept every single product offered to you. I always think is this something which fits with the brands and past posts on my blog? Is this something I’d read as a reader? Is this something I’d look into buying? And also do I have time to take this on? Too often bloggers put unnecessary pressure on themselves by taking on too much work.

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Sponsored posts are great but only if they fit in with your blog

Sponsored posts are for most bloggers the holy grail of making money and turning your blog into a business but there’s no point taking something on if it ultimately doesn’t fit in with your blog. Too often I read blogs on others sites which stick out like a sore thumb because the theme just doesn’t match the rest of the website. While you might be screaming for the money in the long term it might not do your brand or blog any good.

Working for exposure doesn’t pay the bills

Each week opportunities fly into inboxes of bloggers around and I would say 50% of them have no budget and a further 30% have such small budgets you feel like laughing in their face. There are always going to be the rare exception when a brand would really fit with your blog and you agree to do something for the exposure but this doesn’t pay the bills. Having a brand retweet your post to a few thousand followers, or crediting you for an image should be something which happens payment or not, but offering this instead of money is a real kick in the teeth. Bloggers spend time creating content, taking images, publishing and promoting their work and like you wouldn’t ask a retail worker to stand on their feet scanning items for two hours for free you shouldn’t ask a blogger to work for free.

Buy a domain and register it ASAP

I was quite lucky and bought my domain name after not long of blogging which meant I could build up my stats and DA score but too often I see bloggers battling a year or two down the line with finally buying a domain name and having to work again to push their stats up. The earlier you create your brand and register it the better, plus having a URL which doesn’t have .wordpress or .blogspot in it looks so much more professional both to your readers and to PR’s who may want to work with you.

Remember why you started blogging

For most people, you probably started blogging because you enjoyed writing and you enjoying piecing together a post. Remember that when you’re stressing out that your image isn’t perfect and that you’ve only posted 4 times that week. Life is too stressful anyway without us adding extra pressure to ourselves so remember why you started. If blogging is becoming less enjoyable take some time out, limit your posts a bit, schedule way in advance, take a week (or longer off). Your blog will always be there waiting for you.

Are you a blogger? If so what have you learnt?
March 17, 2017
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  • This is such a great posts and 100% true in not accepting everything and staying true to yourself. Congrats on 500 posts! xo

  • Emma Oxley

    Thanks for the info – my blog is less than a year old and I’m regularly getting requests o review products. I feel bad turning some down but you’ve made me realise if it doesn’t fit with my blog or ethos then I dont have to take it on

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    Happy 500th post. Your blog is doing very well x

  • Tooting Mama

    Happy 500th blog post! I would say you are a young blogger, I was way into my 40s when I started! It sounds like you are doing great, and thanks for those words of wisdom!

  • Jodie Whitham

    Happy 500th post! I celebrate a year in July and it still feels like it’s been a few months. Some great tips 🙂 thank you for sharing your experiences. We can all learn from it x

  • Jessica Dearnley

    I agree with all those tips, especially the first one. So many people get carried away by accepting items to review and then never have the time to write about them. It’s better to accept the ones you will genuinely use and do better posts about them 🙂

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    I wish I’d bought my own domain a lot earlier

  • Great tips – I completely agree about buying your domain and not just for the sake of your DA but because a vanity URL looks like you mean it!

  • Gemma S

    loads of tops tips here, I not prefer quality over quantity and have worked to improve my photography.

  • Laura

    Some really good tips here. Great reading especially for a newbie like me 🙂

  • Thank you so much for this. I can really relate to the first point of accepting too many offers. I’m constantly getting product review offers and end up overwhelming myself. That’s why this year, I’m being extremely picky over which ones I want to accept. And no more working for free either!

  • Alison Rost

    So many congratulations on 500 posts! That is no small feat .. good for you. Your tips are spot on. Especially not accepting every offer that comes into your inbox. It’s so true how quickly we can feel overwhelmed. I know when it happens to me .. my content is what ends up suffering. It’s worth it to wait until the right opportunity comes knocking (and it will)

  • I’ve learnt a lot of these lessons over the past four years as well. Especially not saying yes to absolutely everything! x

  • I haven’t had very positive experiences with brands and PR so far, “no” is set to become my favourite word!

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I think blogging is a constant learning curve and I sometimes wish people would do their own thing and stop worrying what other people think is right and wrong x

  • I can relate to so many things you mentioned in this post because I too have been blogging for that long. You are right about the sponsorship, it has to fit your niche and be worth your time.

  • I love reading your blog and this one is just fantastic I wish I had known a lot of this when I first started; I didn’t get my domain until after a year and 35K views went down the drain. I am still small fry, but I love the blogging world x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I won’t accept every offer especially as I get so many for crazily low price items. Wow congrats for getting this far, here’s to another 500 posts.

  • Le Coin de Mel

    Congratulations on your 500th post! We’ve been blogging about the same amount of time and I wish I’d been given all those tips when I started. Great tips!

  • So many great lessons here. Congrats on your 500th post.

  • I have learnt some many thing in the blogging industry but I would say the most important thing is to embrace your uniqueness.

  • Happy 500th blog post! I wish I had bought my own domain a few year ago too.

  • Congrats on 500 posts! I agree with exposure not paying the bills. None of the posts I have done for exposure have resulted in anything. Not even a single follow on Twitter. Great advice about getting a domain early btw!

  • Happy 500th post! I waited around 2 years before I bought a domain, something I look back and regret now!

  • Ana Ojha

    Congrats on your 500 posts! Couldn’t agree more with all the points which you’ve mentioned. We bloggers work so hard to create unique contents, take amazing pictures, fix all the html issues, spend hours to promote our content to the right audience. And I feel awful when brands want a post from you without giving money!

  • Renate Hjallen Leknes

    Really nice read. I think the point of not seeing all offers as good offers is key in this blog world. As you said, sometimes things just don’t fit with the overall brand, which might be more damaging than anything.

  • Always Carry On.

    500 posts! Such an achievement! I’ve not been blogging long, but I’ll get there one day (I hope!) – there’s some really useful advice in here for newbie bloggers like myself! x

  • diana

    wow 500 is really a good number. agree to all the points mentioned. the last point should keep one going! this one sure is a motivation,thanks and cheers.

  • Thank you for this post, I just started and those tip s are so helpful. I was contemplating whether or not I should buy a domain name, now I know I am. What do you think about marketing sites such as blogarama?

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