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Enjoy Blogging And Be Good At It

For as long as I can remember, blogging has been a part of me. LiveJournal? Yep. Blogger? Been there, done that. I even tried Squarespace.

I first started by writing about my last reads and favorite everything, ranging from movies, stores and even restaurants. For over three years, this was my daily life. I would get home from high school and post about the first thing that came into my mind. At the time (probably back in 2010), blogging wasn’t such a huge thing and I even got some collaborations and free goodies. I remember the first time a brand contacted me and offered me three bags at once, I felt like the new it girl soon starring on Vogue. That obviously never happened.

Six Easy Steps To Enjoy Blogging And Be Good At It — NinetyCo

Mistake Number One

Around 2012, I’ve been really keen on Fashion and with the massive amount of Fashion blogs, Garance Doré on top, I thought it could be my turn. I was sharing my beloved online shops, taking pictures of my last purchases and recorded beauty tutorials. My mistake? I didn’t even like Fashion that much. To this day, I do enjoy buying pretty clothes and accessories but I’m shit at beauty and I honestly couldn’t care less about the last Versace runway show. Back in the days, I opened a blog about a topic I kept reading about, not because I wanted to share something I liked.

I’m here today to give you some tips, even if you consider yourself an ‘old’ blogger, so you can learn from my own mistakes.

Write for the right reason

I’ve made the mistake when I had my fashion blog. My only goal was to be like all those fancy women who blogged about their last Gucci shoes and trips to New York City. My goal was to receive free gifts, cash and recognition. I wanted to become that girl other people would want to look at. Writing content, taking pictures and interacting with your audience is time consuming. And if I learned something through the years, it’s that you need to do all of this because you want to share resourceful content with people. If you do it to add zeros to your bank account, you will only last for about two months (and gain nothing).

Choose 2 or 3 topics and stick to it

At first, I used to talk about everything and eventually, along of losing myself, I lost my readers. Came a time where I actually didn’t know what to write about because there were just too many subjects to pick from. This is where I stopped enjoying my hobby. It made me realize I had a blog for the sake of it, not because I wanted to run one. Please note a Lifestyle blog doesn’t mean you can write about everything. You can’t go from Finances and Cooking to Design, from Fashion and Sports to Hollywood Stars. Seriously guys, you’re not Wikipedia.

Take your time

I must be honest with you and admit posting every single day is tough. I do it, but I would not recommend it if you’re just starting. It is quite tempting when you got tons of ideas, and you keep seeing inspiration on Pinterest or Instagram. You want to share your content with people, you want to help and that’s amazing of you. It just takes a lot of work and if you’re going to school, or you have a full-time job, it’s not manageable in my opinion. Take your time to write a good 2,000 words post twice a week instead of five poorly written 150-word posts.

Six Easy Steps To Enjoy Blogging And Be Good At It — NinetyCo
Quality over quantity

This should be your primary focus and this is the tip I will try to remember myself. I used to write very few and put everything into the graphics. I’m a Graphic Designer and I pursue pretty, it’s evident I want to show off. However, your readers do not visit your website to look at pretty pictures. If they wanted to do so, they’ll sign up on Tumblr. What they want is rich content: texts to read, extern websites to visit, new music to listen to, etc. They click on your post to learn. Of course it’s important to match your words with some beautiful pictures but no matter what kind of blog you’re running, visuals won’t do all the work.

Take time to interact

Without its community, a blog would be nothing. It seems foolish to say but I think some people tend to forget about that part. If men and women from all around the world take some of their time to post a comment or share your content, the least you can do in return is to reply or go visit their website. Remember that no matter how big your blog might become, you need to keep thanking the people who made you big. You’re never too big to stop being thankful. In all seriousness, there are thousands of blogs out there. To have even one person visiting yours is a huge accomplishment. Please take time to thank them.

Enjoy this adventure as much as you can

Blogging is like a hike to me (#WeirdestMetaphoreEver). I tie up my virtual shoes, take my best tools with me, such as a text editor or Photoshop, and I go explore without a map. Even if you don’t have much traffic, even if you don’t get to live thanks to your blog, it’s all good. You will meet amazing people, learn constantly about topics you never ever imagined and most importantly you will grow. No matter if you start blogging at sixty years old about your grandchildren, there’s always something new to learn about yourself. And trust me, if you enjoy what you’re doing, it will show in your way of blogging. Success doesn’t always come in numbers.

For how long have you been blogging? Any tips to share?

91 comments on “Enjoy Blogging And Be Good At It

  1. I’ve been blogging since 2011 but never absorbed into it completely. I can relate you about how much I desired to gain fame and cash! (Yes, I blogged for money *sobs*) but now everything has changed. Thanks to this post I’ll be able to enjoy more about blogging and get serious about it. Greeting from Indonesia! 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this! Such a beautiful post about blogging! 🙂

    http://www.jansellbiskwit.com/

    1. I’m really glad you like it Jansell 🙂

  3. These are amazing tips! I have been blogging for just three months on my fashion blog but before that I had loads of blogs talking about loads of different things!
    Thanks for all the advice!

    Subomi|My Fashion Musings

    1. I see you made the same mistake as I did! I’m glad I could help 🙂

  4. Thanks so much for the tips, you’re a eye opener. Nice to know you everything in here.

  5. Could not agree more that it is quality that quantity that counts and that you should write about what you love, not what you think people want to see from you.

    Great post!

    Emma | HarmonyBlaze.co.uk

    1. When we try to guess we’re most often wrong…

  6. I definitely agree with you about writing for the right reasons. This is extremely important when it comes to sponsored posts.

    1. It’s true! Always keep in mind your audience’s likes before taking an offer.

  7. Great Post! I really love it 🙂

    1. Thank you Christina!

  8. Thanks for the tips! I’ve been blogging for 2 years but for the first 6 months I had no idea what I was doing. But once I learned to interact with other bloggers I did see a big change, and honestly it’s a lot of fun – it’s like having a set of online friends. And I agree about streamlining your content and focusing on quality over quantity. I started doing that a few months ago and posting less, and I don’t regret it. I get less stressed out about what I have to write about next and I’m starting to see more interaction on my posts.

    1. See! That’s the way to do it Maria! I’m so happy for you and your blogging experience. It’s so rewarding to see people interact with your content 🙂

  9. Great tips! Thanks for sharing!!
    Adi xx

    1. Thank you for stopping by Adi!

  10. I have been blogging on and off for the past couple of years and have made every single mistake you mentioned and sucked at all of the tips you gave haha I love the honesty and reliability of this post! I just rebranded my blog and made my personal instagram private and have one dedicated to my blog to help me be more consistent with things that I post but still be able to post whatever I want on my personal one of family and friends. It has helped me a lot with consistency (I think I might have spelled that wrong, oops).

    ~Jessica Linn
    http://linnstyle.com

    1. I’m so proud of you Jessica to realize you’ve made these mistakes. It’s already a huge step you took and I’m sure you’re going to do better this year. I wish you all the best 🙂

  11. Great tips! I’ve just started a blog, so these things are important for me to remember.

    1. I wish you the best Kayley!

  12. Thanks for sharing! Since I started my blog, I found myself struggling with staying on the right track and coming up with stuff to write about. This is helpful!

    Lena

    http://zoyaandme.com

    1. Sometimes finding a topic to write about can be tricky, as we don’t want to follow a certain trend.

  13. Love these great tips! Thanks for sharing!
    xo, Jane

  14. Great tips and advice! Quality really matters.

    Ann-Marie

    1. It’s the most important thing to remember in my opinion!

  15. Very nice tips, helpful for newbies and even for veterans!

    Madame X
    The Flower Duet

    1. Thank you so much!

  16. Finally, something helpfull. Thank you for this post. 😉

    1. You’re very welcome Lucie 😉

  17. i think i got into blogs in 2012 and started myself a year later, did for a bit and stopped and now i’m back at it again and i do it for myself. because it makes me happy and need an outlet for my creativity. i really want to turn my blog into what i want it to be this year and i hope i can do it.

    1. That’s great! That’s the only reason why you should blog, because YOU want it 😉

  18. very interesting article, thank you 🙂
    http://oliviaponcelet.com

    1. Thank you Olivia!

  19. i love your website! thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Thank you for stopping by!

  20. These tips are so great! I definitely agree with everything you said especially the idea of quality over quantity…I definitely try to think about that when I’m blogging! Thanks for sharing!

    http://roadesque.com

    1. Thanks a lot Valerie!

  21. I’ve actually been having trouble with trying to blog more frequently with shorter posts rather than writing longer, less frequent but better quality posts. Still something I’m working on!

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

    1. I’m sure you’ll find the perfect balance Caitlin!

  22. these are such great and thoughtful tips!

  23. Great tips, I’ve had blogs before I’d abandon after 2 or 3 months simply because I wasn’t passionate about what I was writing.

    1. I think we’ve all made that mistake at least once!

  24. amazing post!

  25. You made some great points here! People sometimes forget that quality is what matters most.

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    1. Writing for the sake of writing won’t engage an audience!

  26. Great tips! The most difficult part for me is not coming up with content, but finding the time (and help) to shoot the photos. I definitely agree with tip 5; starting out as a new blogger myself, I hugely appreciate when people respond back to my comments, even when they are very popular with lots of readership; it definitely shows their appreciation!

    xx Victoria
    http://www.strungingold.com

    1. It’s the best reward we could get Victoria!

  27. What a wonderful post! You’re spot on in everything you’ve shared here. I’ve been blogging for 4 years this past November, having done a relaunch/rebranding last year. It’s definitely a lot of work and I can relate to nearly everything you’ve mentioned here. It’s hard not to focus on the numbers when there seems to be such an emphasis placed on them, but it’s true, it’s better to build a community and truly enjoy what you’re doing than to solely seek out success, it will only go so far. Thanks for being so open about your thoughts and experience with us, girl, and I hope you’re have a wonderful weekend ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    1. You’re so right Jalisa! Every blogging tips out there is about growing traffic and monetizing. Most people tend to forget having 100k pages views for 3 comments per post, won’t make blogging enjoyable.
      I think it’s really important to be honest about our own struggles to give the best advice 🙂

  28. I started blogging at the end of 2013! I agree with so many of the tips you gave, although sticking to a few topics will always be hard for me! I mostly share travel and cafe posts, a book review once in awhile if I’ve finished a good book, and some life updates sprinkled in between. // Writing for the right reasons and building a community by taking time to interact are both so important to me. This year I’m also trying to be more conscious about producing quality over quantity. -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    1. To be completely honest with you Audrey, I’m a bit selfish by giving this tip. I try to stick to Fashion, Blogging Tips and Home Design but sometimes you can’t help to mention something else. I wish you the best for your blog and goals in 2017 🙂

  29. This is honestly such perfect & realistic advice. Enjoying it & making friends I think is just the essence. Quality over quantity is what I work so hard towards.

    Katie // Words by Katie

    1. I’m pretty sure it’s the only thing we should focus on: having fun doing it! As soon as blogging becomes a chore it’s time to stop.

  30. Really really great tips! I’ve had a lot of somewhat “secret” blogs that no one really read, but I’m trying my hand at the blogging thing for real now and really enjoyed reading this!

    1. Thank great Christine! I wish you the best 🙂

  31. Lovely blog, thanks for your comment on mine! Will keep checking back 🙂

    1. Thank you for your kind words Becky!

  32. I love blogging as well 🙂 very cool post !

    1. That’s so great Caroline 🙂

  33. I love this so much, Jessica! I’ve been blogging for years, and still feel like I have so much to learn. It’s been six years, but I’m still making mistakes (I suppose I’m just human, after all) and learning from them. I love these little reminders so much, thank you!

    ps. Happy Friday! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Gabriella! It’s awesome of you to realize you’re making mistakes. That way you have room for improvement!

      Have a beautiful weekend 🙂

  34. what a wonderful post. so refreshing to read about mistakes and in turn giving readers some advice. i got mixed up in being consistent in my blog quite recently and it was silly to focus on quantity over quality. this is something i’m going to focus more on. thanks for sharing this

    http://www.thewhimsicalwildling.com/

    1. I wish the best for 2017 Eloise! Let’s hope your blogging experience will be a fun one 🙂

  35. Great advice! Thanks for sharing.

    Happy new year lovely!

    Alya | MoorizZLA xxx

    1. I wish you the best for 2017 Alya!

  36. Really enjoyed this post, you have made some great points and I agree with so many of them. I hope you have a lovely day and great 2017!

    Gemma x

    1. Thank you Gemma, Happy New Year 🙂

  37. Thank you for the tips, they will be so helpful !!

    Carolina 😉

    1. Thank you for stopping by Carolina!

  38. Great post, love! I agree with everything! Your blog is lovely by the way! 🙂 x
    Helena – Swedish girl in Tokyo
    http://www.ilenczfalva.com/

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Helena!

  39. Great post! Totally agree with everything!
    Good vibes, FOX

    1. Thank you Rochelle!

  40. I agree with the points you have expressed so well. Blogging takes a lot of time and effort and can be very challenging, I think one really needs to enjoy doing it to sustain it and I especially agree with your point about quality over quantity.

    http://www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

    1. It’s true! Blogging is time consuming and doing it for the wrong reasons is a waste of time.

  41. I’ve been working on quality versus quantity. I mean, I’ve never really been able to deliver tons of posts, so I figured I may as well make all of them AWESOME posts. Even if few.

    1. Yes Julie! That’s the way to do it 😉

  42. From a new blogger, thank you for such genuine advice.

    1. Of course Rebecca, I’m glad you liked the advice 🙂

  43. I just started a blog and I’m definitely going to keep these tips in mind! Although it hasn’t been long, I’m really enjoying the process of writing blog posts. Can’t wait to keep going!

    1. That’s so good of you Jordan! Good luck with everything 🙂

  44. Great tips! Quality over quantity is such great advice! I like to post when I feel confident in a post and not just to post something, The ones I don’t care much about usually don’t have as many comments and I don’t feel as pleased with them =o)

    http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/

    1. That’s totally what I was mentioning. If you’re not 100% into blogging, readers feel it and the engagement is low!

  45. I agree with you completely Jessica. It would be great to make money doing what we love, but if it does not happen, at least deliver something close to our hearts and with great quality, and enjoy the ride.

    1. It’s the most important Regina. Money isn’t always the ultimate reward!

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