BLOGGING 101: TEN TIPS

October 5, 2016

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Blogging 101: Ten tips for beginners

Blogging is a strange and daunting task. And it wasn’t until the six-month mark that I really got into the swing of things. So here are some of my top tips, and ten questions I had when I first started.

When should I start my blog?

Now! Yesterday! My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner. I had thought about it, but it took two years to take the plunge.

How do I start my blog?

Before you go public, you should have about a week or two’s worth of content. And then slowly start feeding it in. It’s always a good idea to have content lined up. Especially when you’re first starting.

How do I grow my audience?

It’s a social network, remember? So get active! Start liking, commenting, and following people. The best accounts to target are other bloggers (big and small), and the people who follow accounts you love.

How many social media platforms should I be on?

Focus on the platforms that work for you. Personally, I stick to Instagram and Snapchat/Insta Stories. I have a Twitter and Facebook account, but I never go on them. If you try to do it all, you will run yourself dry.

How often should I post?

When you’re first starting out, once a day is great on social media. Posting too often will run the risk of decreasing your engagement. For blog posts, I suggest twice a week. But it really boils down to whatever works for you. Whether it’s once a week or once a day, consistency is key.

How do I start working with brands?

Put your email on all your social media bios. They will reach out to you.

How do I get paid collaborations?

Once you’ve built up an engaged following, you can send your rates back to brands when they reach out to you. And don’t feel intimidated. It’s not about how many followers you have, but what kind of followers they are. If they’re really engaged and you have a strong voice, that’s far more valuable. And brands recognize that.

How do I stand out in such a saturated market?

The most important thing is staying true to yourself and your style. It’s so easy to get influenced by the trends and what we see on social media. But the more you stay true to yourself, the more you will stand out amongst the crowd.

How do I take good blog photos?

Always shoot in natural light. A cloudy day or in the shade is ideal. And if you’re indoors, be near a window.

How do I build an aesthetically pleasing Instagram feed?

Find what you like, and stick to it. If you like color, go crazy with it. If you’re a minimalist, stay within a neutral palate. If you like cool tones, dial down the temperature for every photo you post. The content of each photo should be unique, but the “vibe” should be the same. This is what differenciates between standout accounts and and just ones with good photos.

photos by David from Sweet Escape

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Simple Retro dress | Sukajan jacket | Margiela boots | Prada sunglasses

61 Comments

  • Reply Sydney October 20, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Thank you for this wonderful info! I feel like a lot of successful bloggers tend to forget that they were beginners once, too. It’s so refreshing to see you reaching out to help others who are interested in blogging (like me!). <3

    http://www.sydneyandstyle.blogspot.com

  • Reply Iuliia October 18, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Super combination! And stunning photos!

    Iuliia,
    http://lookonblog.com/

  • Reply Annabelle October 15, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Thank you for the amazing tips! Also, your photos look gorgeous!

    x Annabelle
    travelsandtea.com

  • Reply Lara October 14, 2016 at 5:14 AM

    Wonderful post and stunning photos (as always) :-)

    Have a great weekend, xx Lara THE DAINTY THINGS

  • Reply Erika Carlier October 14, 2016 at 12:13 AM

    The tips are great! I’ve been at this whole blogging thing for a month and I absolutely love it. Your tips are great for a newbie and I am very happy to say that I have been implementing these on my own. But it is awesome to know that I have been doing things right. Now I’m off to look at more of your content. Your pictures are amazing. xx Erika.

  • Reply Lizza October 13, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    Great tips. Y like your look so much

    xx LL

    http://www.lalouuula.com

  • Reply Kristina Ang October 13, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    OMG! This information is invaluable! I’m pretty new in the blogisphere and it’s definitely been a challenge to get my blog out there. I really appreciate people like you who are so willing to help others become as successful as you are! Continue what you are doing because you’re great. Check out my blog, it would be greatly appreciated. You got my subscription! <3

    Kristina Ang, http://lifeofanafashionado.blogspot.com/

  • Reply Floortje October 12, 2016 at 6:35 AM

    You look great dear!

    Xx,

    || FLOORTJELOVES ||

    http://www.floortjeloves.com
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  • Reply Jessie October 12, 2016 at 5:20 AM

    This jacket is so pretty! it’s sth to die for!!!

    Xx, Jessie
    http://4evajessie.com/one-outfit-two-occasions/

  • Reply Miki October 11, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Great post. You look fab. I totally agree on all those points. I actually wanted to start about 10 years ago. I even went to a blogger meet up, but never took the plunge until this year. I wish I did it sooner, but timing is everything and no time like the present if you haven’t started yet, right? Better late than never. Thanks for sharing. :)
    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

  • Reply Aga Rolek October 11, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Perfect tips! Totally agree with them!

    xx Aga
    http://stonebeige.blogspot.com

  • Reply Mikayla October 11, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Really great tips here…thanks for sharing! xx

    -Mikayla
    http://thetastetracker.com

  • Reply Eva | dark-rebel.com October 11, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Gorgeous pictures. totally love the styling.
    Great post – thanks for sharing

    xxx, Eva
    http://www.dark-rebel.com

  • Reply Tatjana October 11, 2016 at 5:49 AM

    Thanks for sharing your experience Lily.
    I’ve been reading blogs since years and only few months ago I decided to create mine.
    While the market is totally saturated in my opinion, posts like yours are making me optimistic.
    Cheers and thanks for the inspiration.
    T.
    https://tbymallano.com/

  • Reply Cinddie October 11, 2016 at 1:41 AM

    Hitting the nail on the head with these tips, especially the part about staying true to yourself!

    xoxo, Cinddie
    http://www.fashbrown.com

  • Reply Rubi October 11, 2016 at 12:54 AM

    Thanks so much for the tips! I have just started by fashion blog and you are totally right, I wish I had started sooner!

    But I am enjoying it so far and learning so much too, which is great!

    Pose & Repeat

  • Reply Maryam October 10, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Great tips babe! Love the dress on you.

    xo, Maryam
    http://www.glamandposh.com/fashion/stylish-work-wear/

  • Reply Sarah-Allegra October 10, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Thank you so much for those great tips, love them! And you look absolutely gorgeous, as you always do!

    xx Sarah-Allegra
    http://www.fashionequalsscience.com

  • Reply Tiffany Lea October 10, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Love love love the photos!!!
    xxx

    https://zimmylifestyle.com

  • Reply Sharron October 10, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    Great post. Thank you for sharing these tips. Having content lined up actually helps me to relax and it hives me time to thoroughly prepare for the blog posts.

    http://deffinatlyshaz.co.zw

  • Reply Sharron October 10, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    Great post. Thank you for sharing these tips. Having content lined up actually helps me to relax and it hives me time to thoroughly prepare for the blog post

  • Reply Lola October 10, 2016 at 3:06 AM

    wonderful photos!

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  • Reply Itzy October 10, 2016 at 12:45 AM

    Love this, thanks for sharing!!

    Xo,
    Itzy
    http://www.lebellagypsy.com/

  • Reply Mademoiselle Coconath October 9, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Thanks for sharing the tips! Loving your jacket!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
    http://mllecoconath.com

  • Reply Camille October 9, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Amazing post, thank you for sharing :)

    Camille xo

    http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

  • Reply Sophie October 9, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    Love all the photos! Such valuable tips for new comers too!

    Sophie xx http://basicapparel.de

  • Reply Tina October 9, 2016 at 4:24 AM

    I totally wish I had these tips when I started blogging. Very helpful and thanks for sharing!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

  • Reply Tonya October 8, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Great tips! Short and sweet! And I love the outfit!

    http://www.themoptop.com

  • Reply Lucrezia Candelori October 8, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    I always try to stick to these tips, they’re literally the best ones.

    Love,

    Lucrezia ♥ (http://www.lucreziacandelori.com)

  • Reply Emma October 8, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Such a useful post. Really enjoyed it!

    http://styleonheels.com/

  • Reply Monique | WritingMonique October 8, 2016 at 6:27 AM

    Great, great tips! I am such a fan of your photography girl! <3!
    WritingMonique

  • Reply Alessia October 8, 2016 at 4:07 AM

    Useful tips, you’ve done a great job!
    xo Alessia

    http://www.fleurdhiver.com

  • Reply Margaret October 7, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Great tips esp from you! Be patient is also key tho. Btw, heart shape slip dress plus bandana and bomber/baseball jkt is a combo you can never go wrong in! Love it!

    xx Margaret
    http://www.maleemaleehong.com | http://www.facebook.com/maleemaleehong

  • Reply molly October 7, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Awesome tips and great photos :)

    Xx
    Molly
    http://www.trendychickadee.com

  • Reply sanssouci October 7, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Love your look and tips babe! So helpful!
    xx
    http://www.sanssouci.website

  • Reply BLOGGERS October 7, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Lovely look

    http://chicporadnik.blogspot.com

  • Reply NXKTA | Ayisha B. October 7, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    Love these tips! They’re helpful x

    http://nxkta.blogspot.com/ || http://instagram.com/nxktablog

  • Reply Jo October 7, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    Perfect post and perfect tips babe :)!
    Love your sunglasses btw <3

    xo, Jo http://viejola.de/

  • Reply Carmen October 7, 2016 at 6:34 AM

    These tips are definitively so true! Thank you so much for sharing :)
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

  • Reply MIRJAM October 7, 2016 at 3:36 AM

    Such a great post – your tips are perfect!
    Mirjam // http://www.miiju.ch

  • Reply Miki October 7, 2016 at 1:37 AM

    Great tips! You look beautiful.
    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

  • Reply elizabeth October 7, 2016 at 12:44 AM

    So helpful! Thank you for the tips

  • Reply Kasie Chelanne October 7, 2016 at 12:36 AM

    These are wonderful tips and I love your photos!

  • Reply Melis October 6, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    i love these tips babe, they’re so helpful for anyone just starting out! and this outfit is perfection, makes me miss SF!!

    xx Melis
    http://fashionmews.com

  • Reply Doreen's Style Diary October 6, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Thank you for these great tips. I love your blog and your IG feed is an inspiration.
    http://doreensstylediary.com

  • Reply jiawa October 6, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    I definitely agree with all of these 100% girl. And you are absolutely perfection every time!

  • Reply andy October 6, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    yOU LOOK FAB! awesome pics

    http://sbr-fashion-fashion.blogspot.com/

  • Reply Sauniya October 6, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Really great tips. Like you said, it’s important to stay true to your style.
    Lovely pictures, I like hte look and love love your glasses :)
    xo
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss ♡

  • Reply Alanda October 6, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Im the same I wish I started earlier was thinking about it for so long! Haha. Great post totally agree :)

    http://www.whiteandcapsule.com

    Xxxxx

  • Reply emily October 6, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Great tips! Totally agree with all your points. Love this slip dress styling too!
    x Emily
    http://shedoes.com.au

  • Reply Yulia October 6, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Thanks for sharing these tips, beautiful! I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes I also wish I started my blog earlier, back in my college days, but I guess that I simply didn’t have the right tools and knowledge to do it at that point. It turned out that blogging isn’t as easy as it seemed to be from a reader’s point of view:)

    Yuliannova

  • Reply Siffat Haider October 6, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Great tips girl! And as always, you are slaying!
    xo
    Siffat
    http://icingandglitter.com

  • Reply Sia Foch October 6, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Such a wonderful tips! Some things were really helpful, thank you.

    -xx, Sia
    http://www.siafoch.com

  • Reply Jenelle October 6, 2016 at 2:44 AM

    Some great tips, I agree! I also wish that when I first started I’d had more of a plan for both blog content and social media content, that has really helped me.
    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com/

  • Reply Miriam October 5, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    love this beautiful look my dear! Perfect combination

    xxMiri
    http://www.goldencherry.de

  • Reply Jenni October 5, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    Great and helpful tips! :)

  • Reply Her Styled View October 5, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Great post! Love your dress and jacket too!

    xx-Tammy
    http://www.herstyledview.com

  • Reply Filipa Jackson October 5, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Your tips are invaluable, you are such an inspiration

    Filipa xxx
    PlayingWithApparel.com | Instagram

  • Reply Taylor October 5, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Love all of these tips, they really are so true!
    I totally agree that the best time to take photos is on a cloudy day, around sunset/a little before the sun goes down, or in the shade, such a struggle!
    Also love this look, gorgeous as always.
    xo.
    http://www.itswhatsin.com

  • Reply Raysa Garcia October 5, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Great post! Thanks for the tips. So helpful!
    As for your look, I love it!
    Xx, Raysa

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