Wednesday, July 8, 2015

5 THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM BLOGGING

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1. IT TAKES TIME
Finding your audience, producing quality content, and gaining a steady stream of hits are all goals, and all will come with time. Yes, that's right - if you don't have about an hour a day of full, 100%, great productive time for your blog, you won't see results as fast as someone who does invest the time. I'm grateful to have had the quality time in the past six (OMG, six!) years to not have to spend as much time on the blog anymore while still seeing results. There's an awesome sense of accomplishment that comes with this feeling. 

2. YOUR WORDS ARE EVERYTHING.
The way you write your blog will often enough reflect how much you care about your blog. It's so important to remember that your blog should be a reflection of you, whether it's (for example) about fashion, beauty, or food. Even your quicky posts should always be done with care. Besides your words reflecting yourself, they should also follow SEO rules. Now, don't stress it! This is where you can get really creative. I advise you to learn the secrets of SEO, and make them a vital part of your online writing style.

3. BRANDING SHOULDN'T BE IGNORED. 
Your blog is a brand. And this is something that has taken me forever to grasp, as how could my little side hobby be an actual brand? Well, whether you like it or not, people will recognize your blog by the blogs name and logo firstly. Your brand name and logo should reflect the blog you are, and should work to draw in your audience naturally. If you're a minimal fashionista, make sure your logo is just that, while you keep the background as so and easy to navigate always. Getting your signature look in order is probably one of the easiest and also hardest parts of being a blogger. The greatest example I have of this is YOU. I know you, and I promise I check out all of your blogs (you should know, I do leave my comments) and you all are so very similar to me in style, it's awesome. Yes, I blame this on branding. 

4. WRITER'S BLOCK IS REAL, AND IT'S AN ANNOYING BATTLE. 
Ugh, you know when you open a fresh new post, place your hands at your keyboard, and just have nothing? It's happened to me so often. And it sucks. I also don't believe it's beatable, but you can sure prepare for it. Guys, when you find yourself productive, don't just create one post and finish your blogging time. Create two, three, even four posts and keep them in your drafts. This will save you time later, and will get rid of the stress when you do fall under the writer's block spell. When you've got a strong drafted collection of good content on your side, writers block is nothing.

5. BE GENUINE AND ALWAYS WIN. 
This is the best lesson I've learned from blogging, and it's best skill every blogger should learn. Blog genuinely and treat your readers as you would good friends. I promise that it comes across in each post, and it's amazing. Also, this will keep your readers coming and... it'll make you feel better at the end of the day too. Just give it a try and see for yourself.



Now, what have YOU learned from blogging? Share your tips and thoughts! xx


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60 comments:

  1. I say always be true to yourself. You may be tempted to follow the crowd because that is the easy way, but take risks which will make you stand out :)

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  2. I've also learnt that a lot of time and effort go into making of a single post. Before I started blogging I thought everything was much simpler, but it really isn't. It's also very important to set certain goals for yourself and to know what is it that you really want.

    TRENDGALORE
    BLOGLOVIN'

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  3. Great post Arden!!! :) writers block sucks, but sometimes you need inspiration. Go for a walk, go on pinterest. That is one thing I learned. You also don't have to have a photographer. You can be your own and even newer phones have amazing photo quality. Such a wonderful post.

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  4. Great post. I also learned that it takes time to gain followers and readers. But I think the most important thing is that you're blogging because you love it and because you have fun writing your posts or taking the photos. And then, if you're connsequent, your readers and your success will come on its own.
    themintandonly.com

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  5. i totally agree with you!

    i'd love for you to check out my blog:)
    Georgia x |Georgia Nicolaou Blog

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  6. Ahhh amazing words, deffo all true thanks for sharing!! xx

    fashiontatt.blogspot.com

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  7. I mainly learned how hard it is to produce content! find the perfect outfit, location, time of day and light to shoot, then promote on socials... such a lot of work but also so addictive! I love working on my blog posts <3!

    Love from France <3

    Cécile

    www.maxcebycecilej.com

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    1. Oh, it IS so much work. But glad you enjoy working on it, that's what matters most. xx

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  8. Yes,blogging takes so much time but I love to do this anyway:-)

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  9. Loved this post! These are always such good things to remember, and you're so right, it takes a lot of time and energy, but in the end it is always so worth it :)

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  10. What a beautiful text! I read about blogging all the time, but this is one of the best summaries of the blogging experience Ive ever read. I agree with you on everything, what starts as a hobbie, soon starts reflecting your essence. Hope to read you very soon again!!!

    Natalia
    www.lindifique.com

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  11. Loved this helpful, amazing read!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
    Http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.com

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  12. Definitely some great tips! I need to remember that my blog is a brand and really embrace it! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

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  13. Looking forward to read more about your coming changes :) Wish everything will work well for you! And I agree absolutely to what you wrote and what I appreciate on you that you indeed treat your readers like very good friends. Keep up the good work and thank you for this intelligent post.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  14. I think it is really important to show yourself and your personality through the words you write!

    http://www.notesofglam95.blogspot.it/

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  15. I absolutely agree!

    kireikana.blogspot.com

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  16. YES! I completely agree with everything you said. I'd also like to mention that comparing yourself to other bloggers never end well. Don't play that game and really just focus on being 100% you. And also, don't beat yourself up when you can't blog regularly. Quality is more important than quantity.

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    1. Thanks for adding something so important. NEVER compare yourself, as you're simply you... xx

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  17. Love your post. So useful!

    My new post about living in USA:
    http://starlingdays.blogspot.com/2015/07/blog-post.html

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  18. Amazing post, dear !

    xxx

    www.curyinthecity.blogspot.fr/
    Fashion PARIS

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  19. Love to read your thoughts about blogging. I'm pretty new to this, and I'm still learning. For me the hardest thing is to understand that it takes time to have the audience! And of course, trying to not push me when I can't shoot and post something for 2 or 3 days!

    xx
    www.theblackblush.blogspot.com

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  20. I am o glad I found your blog and this interesting post!
    Specially like a lesson 5, I think its very useful and most bloggers should do it!
    I am your new reader, cause I am sure I will find more interesting posts!
    Kisses

    SHAMELESS

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  21. Love these helpful tips! I've only just started working on more than one post at a time, and I must say having some posts ready to go in my drafts feels so good! :)

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  22. thanx for sharing

    http://carrieslifestyle.wordpress.com
    Posts online about Marseille, Tahiti, USA...

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  23. Oh great learning.
    I love blogging and some of what mention are true.

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin

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  24. Great post! I agree with everything you said.

    http://sarawritesadiary.blogspot.com/

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  25. 6 years... dang! Hopefully in four years I'll be able to say that I've been blogging for six years as well! My blog is quite small, but I've learned to cherish this moment and not be afraid to experiment. It's a little frustrating because I know that consistency is key, but I'm still trying to figure out where I want to go... -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. And in four years I'll be so happy to still see you around!

      I love your attitude towards this all, how you're unafraid to experiment. That's amazing. Good luck in finding you way. xx

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  26. Thanks for the tips! Definitely needed this since I'm a new blogger.

    sofxcza.blogspot.com

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  27. These are wonderful things to have learnt and to share with others. They will help any new bloggers out there.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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  28. Hiya babe, amazing post i agree with every point,
    what ive learned is that blogging isnt just a hobby is an amazing job,
    my fulltime and only job atm as i quit my 9-5 shop shift as i make more than enough
    from sponsored posts and advertising, ive met some lovely people along the journey
    and its a great way to express your self, i wasnt expecting to be earning so much money from
    basecly being yurself
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

    Visit me whenever you can;
    www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk

    I'm picking 3-5 of my followers by the end of this month for international giveaway.
    If you're not following me yet do that to enter my first massive giveaway.
    For the people that i will randomly pick, i will email each person photos
    of brand new heels and make up products for you two choose from,
    you can pick up to 3 items, 1 pair of shoes and 2 make up products.

    Have a lovely week!
    Stay in touch.
    Kisses!

    Dominica S.

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  29. So true!! I agree with you! Have a nice day dear. xoxo


    http://www.lookandchic.com/

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  30. great post :)
    kisses from dubai ♥
    www.mahryska.com

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  31. It definitely takes a lot of time! Learned how much time I used to have compared to now, haha - it definitely is a struggle now, but worth it!

    - Audrey Allure
    http://audreyallure.blogspot.com

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  32. Great post, I totally agree with you!

    xx Karolina

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  33. Thanks for sharing for newbies like myself! Great tips! x

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  34. Great tips! I want to get into more creative writing than just here's what I wore and where it's from. The photos take up so much time and them by the time I get to the post, it's rushed. Great motivation for me to work harder!!!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

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  35. Very good points! It's true that posts should be done with care - readers can easily tell if this isn't the case.

    LUXESSED

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  36. Thanks for the tips, I completely agree with writing a handful of blog posts when you're feeling productive, it helps so much a couple of weeks down the line when you have a lot on or can't think of anything!
    Have a great day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose’s Rooftop

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  37. I 100% agree with your post<3 thanks for sharing your blog is definitely one of my favourites<3 Do you want to support each other's blog by following each other?:) Please let me know if you do so I can follow you right back x

    kisses

    http://www.theclosetelf.com/

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  38. Such a lovely read. Especially 'treat your readers like your friends'. It's so true, always try to remain genuine xx

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

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  39. Yep, those are true! I also learned to stay true to myself and if I don't have anything interesting to share, then I just don't post a thing on the blog

    xxx

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  40. So true! But the most important thing is one of the best things I do in my everyday life.

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  41. What a great share! I completely agree with staying true to oneself and be engaged in writing quality posts! xo~ Lena
    www.felinecreatures.com

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  42. Great post! It can be a slow process but it'll be worth it in the end xo
    http://fridaynightstyle.com/

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  43. these are some really helpful insights arden. especially the branding part. thanks for sharing!

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  44. What wonderful tips, particularly clueing up on SEO with regard to writing keywords, that's something I plan on looking into and will be sure to get around to this month! I agree with you very much on it taking time by the way, but it sure can be a fun process :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    x

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  45. I love your ideas here! If there is anything I've learned from blogging, the most significant has to be staying true to myself. It can be so easy to compare yourself to other bloggers in this industry, but success really grows out of being genuine. I completely agree with you about building a personal brand as well!

    Best,
    Christina

    Looks by Lau

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  46. Great post and I also learned some of them. Thank you for your comment on
    Qing's Style

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  47. totally agree with you on all of the points you made. they are all so essential for developing a great blog. thanks for sharing love x

    http://haileylauderdale.blogspot.com

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  48. Just amazing!


    God bless,
    XO, Claire
    Http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.com

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  49. Great post! So cool that you are blogging for already six years!!
    xx
    SASHA

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