Anyway, I thought I'd share with you my top five blogging tips.
Don't Worry About Statistics
This is one of the best pieces of advice I read, and luckily for me I read it early on. When I started my blog I was under no illusions that it would be read by loads of people, I just wanted to write. It is very easy to get dragged into checking statistics and I can see how you could get a little crazy about it, fretting if you don't think you're being read, or a post that you thought was particularly good doesn't get many views. I think it is also probably quite easy to feel disheartened if you aren't getting huge views like the "big bloggers" but remember they all started somewhere so don't be intimidated by anyone else. I think that the best blogs are the ones that have their own style and are consistently written and sound like a real person. If you are happy with what you are writing then that's great, relax, be yourself and write about what you like.
I like widgets. If I like a blog then I like to be able to see if they've got a Facebook page, or a Pinterest board (Pinterest is my favourite thing at the moment) or if they're on YouTube. Plus, I think they fill the page out a bit and they are also a good way of advertising your blog to tell people you're out there. Ironically, neither my Facebook nor my Instagram widgets seem to work at the moment, not since I changed my blog theme!
Read And Comment
There are a lot of blogs out there and I mean a LOT. If someone writes something that I like and think is good I always try to comment even if it's just a short one and I love it when people comment on mine! I do have a comment policy now though, which is something I recently introduced because I was getting a lot of spam which I found quite annoying. It's an idea I got after seeing it on one or two other blogs and I changed the wording to suit. I have no idea whether people will take any notice of it but I can try!
This is quite a good tip and one I always try to adhere to. Firstly, its good to give what you've written a bit of a spell check and a grammar check too, not that I'm any great shakes and I know I flit between past and present tenses but I try to punctuate and spell properly. Secondly, it's a good idea to re-read what you've written just to check that what's on the page is what you wanted to write. Sometimes I write, re-read and think "how the hell did I get onto that, it doesn't make sense and its boring. Start again." I have a tendency to waffle so I'm making an effort to be more concise these days.
Don't feel pressured to "be like" anyone else. If you want to write a blog that does mainly reviews then that's fine, if you want to write a series that's great too. It's your blog, write about what you like and what you know and be happy with it. I'm a firm believer that there is room in the blogging world (in my case the beauty blogging world) for everyone. Something else I thought recently, was that as the world changes so might your blog, so just because you started in a certain niche it doesn't mean you have to stay there, you can expand it, or change it to suit how you feel and what you want to write about.
I hope this has helped and has been encouraging, it was definitely meant as helpful and not preachy ;-) I'm always in the market for new tips, if you've got any bring them on!