When I started this blog in October last year, I never thought I’d achieve a 1000 follower goal. I find it crazy that people actually read my ramblings & it’s so nice to see the same people commenting on my posts and being really supportive.
I really needed an outlet the time I began blogging. I was struggling with my second year at university, constantly worrying about the future and where I’d be in a years time. Months later and I feel so much better about life & more confident in myself. I’d like to say a massive thank you to anyone who has liked or commented on one of my posts, as your support really does mean a lot to me.
Now the slushy nonsense is out of the way, I’d like to give any newbie bloggers a few tips on how to expand their audience and reach their goals. I am by no means an expert (and am still learning more and more each day), but here are a few things I wish I told myself when I first started.
1) It doesn’t matter if you have a slow start – I remember being over the moon when I hit 100 followers because it took so long. Building up any sort of a following is a painstakingly slow process for some, and you just have to be patient. It is far better to have a blog with a dozen loyal readers that respect your opinion, than random people that don’t care what you write.
2) Consistency is everything – When I started posting decent content every other day, I really noticed an increase in views and followers. (Maybe I need to get back this consistency I had a month ago).
3) Don’t be too hard on yourself – This may seem like a bit of a contradiction to tip 2, but quality is more important than quantity. I’ve had writers block the past couple of weeks and have found it hard to post. Don’t force words out. I think you can really tell someone’s mood through their writing, and if you’re not feeling it it’s not the end of the world. Tomorrow is a new day.
4) Remind yourself why you started blogging in the first place (and hopefully it wasn’t for free samples or fame). I started blogging as an outlet and a place to write about what interests me. That has nothing to do with if anyone reads or not. Don’t lose yourself and keep thinking positive.
5) Try to get involved on Twitter I don’t really get involved in a lot of the twitter beauty chats, but I’ll always ask for people to send me their links. It’s a great way of discovering new blogs, gaining inspiration and getting your name out there.
I hope these basic tips are of use to some of you! If you have any other questions, feel free to set me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Love you all lots, and thanks again for all the support 🙂