It dawned on me recently that it’s been a whole year since Velvet Spring was born. I guess Bloglovin’ was too busy stealing my views and not showing my saves to remind me of that milestone, hmm? So technically it would’ve been a year last month, but I guess that’s not too far off.
I’ve learned an awful lot about blogging in this time, a lot that I would’ve loved to of known when I first started out. So here’s a few pearls of wisdom from me to you.
1. Know your SEO and your DA.
Which is something I’m still trying to wrap my head around. Knowing even the basic 101’s can really help you in the long run with your little blog. I remember looking for some collaboration requirements and thinking ‘eh, what the hell is DA?’ so I’m happy to say I’m a bit more educated now lol.
Getting into simple habits like renaming your blog photos to relevant titles before you upload them and ensuring your Permalinks are SEO friendly are so worth it. I know that sounds scary – but it’s literally just renaming your link from something automatic like ‘whatayearofblogginghastaughtme’ to ‘blogging-tips’.
These little changes really improve your blog rankings and allows your DA to increase, so I’m told. If you would like me to do a more in depth post about DA and all that jazz, let me know, I got ur back girl.
2. Engage and make friends.
The one thing I’ve loved the most about my blogging journey, is the wonderful people I’ve met along the way. Honestly, starting out can be so daunting and for me it felt like I was a teeny little fish in a huge pond of these amazing bloggers.
When I began to engage, scrolling through Bloglovin’ and finding bloggers that I truly love and relating to their content – blogging got a whole lot easier for me. I still love catching up with my favourites girls posts and sharing the love. There’s always some spot of blogging negativity and drama you simply cannot avoid, so I find that spreading some good vibes and leaving an odd comment totally counteracts that.
3. Don’t say YES to every-damn-thing.
Believe me, I know this can be tempting. It’s like a huge shock to the system when you start to get noticed by PR companies. But fast forward a few weeks of screaming YES to everything and suddenly your balls deep in foot creams and organic tea bags you’re not too fussed about and having to have a quiet word with yourself about how the hell you’re going to swing this.
You’ll come to realise though, just because some brand is offering you something for free, unless it’s something you’re genuinely impressed by it starts to look disgenuine. Not to mention that for that ‘freebie’ you’re putting in actual working hours. Writing content, photographing content and gaining that brand free exposure.
Nine times out of ten, it’s not worth the work for something you’re not passionate about. So pick your yes’ wisely.
4. Breaks are a-okay.
Take it from someone who is a total blogging ‘slacker‘ at the best of times. Dealing with anxiety means that there’s sometimes unpredicted bouts of feeling generally ‘sluggish, unmotivated and pants’ where I’ll look at my blog, scream ‘my contents SHIT’ and take a Fall Out Boy 2008 hiatus. For any sort of reason, I think the minute your content stops bringing you joy, is when you should let it breathe and come back when you feel ready.
5. Just do you.
Which is probably the best possible advice I can try and give. Remember it’s your own space and you’re totally free to do as you please. Take a few breaks, write about how much you hate Taylor Swift or how much vegan cheese tastes like foot. Just enjoy it!
Thanks for reading, if you’re a new blogger and have any questions. Pop one below in the comments and I’ll try to help! Also, if you’re a fan of independent magazines like me, take a look at British Girl. It’s a great read.