I have been asked quite a few times now, about how to start a blog and even help friends get started. Now before I share with you my tips, I just wanted to say that I am no way an expert! I do this as a hobby, I have taught myself everything I know and I'm pretty happy with the way my blog is currently - though I am always looking for new ways to improve. So if you're looking to set a blog up or looking for ways to improve your blog, keep reading.
1. Keep it simple
When I first started my blog, my layout was very girly, bunting all over the place, pretty pictures everywhere. It was all a bit... busy. Keep your layouts simple and clutter free, your readers will want to be able to navigate with ease. You header should be clear and again its nice to just keep it simple.
2. A picture speaks a thousand words
If writing isn't really your thing, focus on your photography. Some of my favourite blogs keep me coming back because of their beautiful photos. Personally I'm a very visual person, and I like photos to look well thought out and actually add something to the content. You don't need to have a fancy camera, but do think about the positioning of your images and the lighting. You can also improve your photos by using editing software, or online tools such as PicMonkey (which I use and hold a subscription to).
3. Write about what you love
Seems obvious, but time and time again I have sat at my computer screen and thought "what the hell can I write about?". If you are not passionate about a particular topic, then neither are your readers. It's times like that when I often have mini blogging breaks to re-gain focus and do a little soul searching to reignite my passion. It's only natural for this to happen from time to time.
4. Get to know other bloggers
Get involved in the blogging community. It is (usually, as with everything there can be negative people out there) a great community with people who are happy to give out advice and offer support. When ever I have a blogging related question I turn to Twitter and within minuets a fellow blogger has replied!
5. Google is your friend
If all else fails just turn to Google! It may be a lame tip, but as I previously said, I self taught myself everything I know about blogging. I think to those people who don't blog, it could seem a little daunting and even overwhelming, but with time and patience it can be done. To be fair I know that I still have lots to learn!
So they are my top 5 tips for blogging, what would you share to a fellow blogger or someone starting out?
Mummy B xoxox