Guest Post: The 5 Things I’ve Learnt from Blogging

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Hello everyone! I’m Emily, aka Novellette, from the Canadian lifestyle and writing blog Novellette. I’m very happy to be able to write for you all while Charlotte Elizabeth is away. To start, thanks to the lovely Charlotte Elizabeth for having me and I’m quite excited to be able to talk to you charming people this week :) Here we go!
Since my blog recently passed the one year mark (yay!), it has meant a lot of blogging reflection. The blogging world is quite different compared to what I imagined it would be like when I started to write posts. So, I thought I would share ‘The 5 Things I’ve Learned from Blogging’. Thus far, that is!

Never in Need of a Niche

One of the largest considerations every blogger takes on when they start blogging is: what niche will I fit in? I struggled for awhile thinking maybe I should only write about one topic. I knew, however, that I would tire of this and there was only one solution: no niche at all! For me, this was 100% the right call but I know a lot of other people feel differently. 
I have spoken to other bloggers who have felt scared and reluctant to write about something outside of their niche, whichever one it may be. What I’ve learned so far from these types of conversations is the most important thing is to be in love with your content. Even if you are strictly a beauty blogger, don’t feel scared to write in your own space. It is your space. As you would in real life, be yourself, with your own unique blogger voice and you and your blog will always have a healthy, fun relationship.

Adventure is Out There!

Much like Carl Fredricksen from Disney Pixar’s Up, every day has something new to offer. Blogging takes up a lot of time, and it is a lot of time spent indoors. Yet, the best posts emerge from just living your life. Inspiration is bound to strike at the most unexpected of times and before you know it, you’ll have a stack of blog posts lined up! 
So never fear writer’s block. It happens to all of us and thought is can be a real pain in the behind, you will get through it. Finding a way to turn little conversations into fun anecdotes is not only helpful but helps you keep track of all the amazing things you’ve been doing as the days turn to weeks. Nothing like looking back on all the great times you’ve had at the end of the year.

Social Media Networking is Your Friend
Whether it is Instagram, Twitter, Bloglovin’, or Facebook, social media is crucial. Initially, when I began blogging, I was not very active on social media. A big mistake in my eyes now. If I could kick myself onto Twitter a little more often in the early days I would. The blogging community is full of amazing people who are more than willing to chat and share blogging tips and tricks of the trade. The best way to go about it all is to jump right in. Yes, head first into the deep end with no flotation devices. 
Twitter chats are by far the easiest way to get connected. With a Twitter chat for just about anything from #lbloggers to #bdib (bloggers do it better), you can easily find people to connect with on a daily basis. From there you can start building blogger relationships and maybe even see a few blogger friendships emerge. Not to mention you can find and promote great content to help give you great opportunities. It’s always a win-win.
Equipment Isn't Everything

It is easy to look at large, long running blogs, with fancy photography and computer equipment and think you need the same thing from the start of your blogging career. While photos are a necessity to most blog posts, content is equally as important. Never feel down about your photos because they may not be the sharpest, clearest, or have a white photo light background. Updating your blogging equipment will come with time. 
It’s a bad idea to overspend on a bunch of tech gear if you’re not even sure you’ll like blogging in the end. Take it step by step and when you feel comfortable, emotionally and financially, make some upgrades if you want to change it up a bit.

Respect Your Audience
No matter if your blog traffic is 50,000 people a month or 50 people a month, respecting your audience is common courtesy. Reply to comments and tweets and make people know that you’re hearing them and love to hear their opinions and counter arguments. For me, there is nothing more frustrating than seeing a blog with multiple comments on each post and not a single one is answered. Half the blogging adventure is engaging with other people. 
Having over 50+ comments and trying to answer them all is unrealistic of course, but even answering five out of 50+ let’s people know you’re reading them through. Embrace the connections you make and before you know it, the little comments will be able to brighten any dark day. 
And there we have it! Before I sign off, I just want to thank Charlotte Elizabeth for being so amazing to work with over the past weeks of international techno tag. I hope you all enjoy your summer and hopefully I’ll see you around the blogosphere!

xo Novellette 

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