I started blogging back in 2014, I had been following the bigger bloggers such as Fleur De Force, Lily Pebbles and The Anna Edit (then Viviana Wears Makeup). It wasn’t until I was laid up following a car accident and needed something to help pass the time, I thought what the heck. I loved blogging for the first few years, then anxiety struck. Then I fell out of love with blogging and well, life in general if I’m honest. Getting slightly back into the frame, I realised a few things I wish I’d known about blogging
The importance of being true to yourself
I started off as a beauty and lifestyle blogger. In reality, I know bugger all about makeup. I know that without it, I can look pretty scary at times, but I do not have a clue. I can’t even do a winged liner. I met some great blogger pals through beauty though so I don’t regret it. I just quite honestly felt out of my depth. I remember being on the tube and catching a glimpse of myself in the darkened window; the fake eyelashes hanging off, thinking really Helen!
You need to be able to take photos, and like really good ones
Again, an area to be quite frank with you, I do not have a clue about! I bought a DSLR camera when I used to make You Tube videos. Then, I bought an Olympus Pen as a more portable camera. Yet, in all honesty I haven’t really used the Olympus Pen. I don’t even know how to connect to it to wifi (yes, I’m a granny!). Despite having these cameras, I still take my photos on my phone or use Canva. After blurting that, I feel using my cameras really needs to become a goal!
The pros and cons of changing your blog name
My DA is still higher under my old blog name even though it hasn’t been used. Although, who knows, maybe I just didn’t change it over right! I’m not saying for a minute that I think DA is the be all and end all. I’m never going to be a big blogger or make money from my blog. As I said earlier, I changed direction and started to realise Little Hels B was quite an immature sounding name. I’m getting on a bit now and it sounded like I was trying to be young or something. Plus, if I told anyone my blog name, they were like ‘Little what…’. It just felt it was time to change.
You spend lots of cash
From purchasing the latest lipstick to ring-lights in the winter. If you go self-hosting, buying your domain name and purchasing the SSL certificate. It can at times feel like it cost a lot of cash to keep up blogging. Saying that Blogger is free, WordPress without self-hosting is free. It’s a choice and maybe worth weighing up the options before you dive on in.
Networking is invaluable
I love telling the anxiety-free me, that networking is good. It’s really good. If you get involved with Twitter chats and go to blogger events, you’ll meet like-minded people and go off into blogosphere heaven. In reality, this is my stumbling block. I turn into some big slushy mess. I go blank and I can’t remember my own name, never mind my blog name. Again, this is another goal going forward. One step at a time, Twitter, Facebook groups and then hopefully I can find a nice ‘safe’ blogger event. Anyone know any coming up, please can you shout me!
Well, that was a long ramble. I’m sure if you’re a blogger, you know all this, but it’s been an important lesson for me.
Lots of love,