Tips for New Bloggers

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The blogging world is big and everyday you learn and explore new things. There are so many things I wish I had known before starting my blog, but it is never too late to learn them. In this post I will talk about the things I wish someone had told me before starting blogging, that’s why I thought I should share some tips for new bloggers. 

It stills feels like yesterday when I wrote my first post and pressed the “publish” button.  The 18th of July 2015 was the first day of blogging for me and now it has been 6 long months. I wasn’t even sure if I would make it that far and here I am writing this post. I wanted to start my own blog for so many years, but I never had the courage to do that. After finishing my Masters degree, I was jobless for over a year and it was really depressing. I wish I had started blogging back then. Blogging is something that helps me to clear my head. It also helps me to relax and I am happy that I took this step and started this little world of mine.

To be honest, I never thought blogging would be time consuming and it would require so much effort. However, if you are happy with what you are doing, just carry on doing it. You may have long sleepless nights, but in the end it is all worth for all the lovely feedback I get from my readers.

In the last 6 months of blogging, I’ve learn couple of things and I would definitely recommend these tips for new bloggers or even to bloggers that are doing it for a while. I wish I had known these earlier…

Tips for New Bloggers – Things you should do

  1. Don’t worry about the numbers in the beginning. Even if you only have a few followers, be happy about it. You are not in a competition and everyone is here for the same reason, it is to share their passion. Who cares if you have 10 followers and someone else has 1000,  don’t let the numbers put you down. Relax, it takes time to grow your community…
  2. Engagement is important. The more engaged you are with other bloggers, the more you will learn about them and blogging will be even more fun. Blogging is a big world, and finding the people who share the same interest like you is really great. Even though you might not know them in person, you get connected to them somehow.
  3. Consistency is the key. Everyone says that, but it is the truth. Always have a schedule, and try to obey it. If you are inconsistent, you might lose your readers. You don’t have to post everyday, just decide what would be the best for you and arrange the best schedule for yourself and try to stick to that. Also, try to be present on other blogs and social media regularly, so people notice you.
  4. Being organised is a must. You better get yourself a notebook where you write down your ideas and plans for the blog, so you don’t leave anything to the last minute. If you’re well organised, you will already have couple of your posts ready and it will not put you under so much pressure. Taking photos or writing under pressure never turns out well, at least for me.
  5. Blogging requires time. Most of the people might not notice how time consuming it can be. Taking photos, writing posts, being active on social media, buying and testing new products, reading blogposts, commenting and so on, it does take a lot of time! So, if you’re travelling a lot, just use that time to do something about the blog. Social media is important, so why not do some tweeting or posting on Instagram. You get what you give, and you can’t get anything if you don’t give anything. Try to utilise your time and be active on your blog.
  6. Never lose hope. I think all bloggers came to a point where they just wanted to give up within the first 6 months, even the popular bloggers had these thoughts at some point. There are times where you write a great post and nobody is checking it, because something else happened in the world or the blogging world is just slow. You just have to accept that sometimes the blogging world is slow for no apparent reason. Don’t let it affect yourself, even tho it can be really tough at times. Hard work will pay off eventually!

There are a few things that I really don’t like, so if I were you, I wouldn’t do them and I am sure there are many that feel the same way…

Tips for New Bloggers – Things you shouldn’t do

  1. Read before commenting. Think that you spend so much time writing your post and all you get is a simple comment like “Great post or Cool”, then wouldn’t you wonder if that person really read the post? It is actually really good to get the impression that the person who comments actually reads your post. So, if you give others this feeling they will probably return the favour.
  2. Don’t copy paste. I came across so many people who just copy paste the same comments, so why would you want to visit their blog and actually read when they don’t do the same for you. Am I not right?
  3. Follow for follow. If someone really likes what you’re doing, they will be following you, so there’s no point to say follow for follow or keep insisting this person to follow you. Just work hard on what you’re doing to make people follow you instead of acting that way. It is more likely that you annoy people than actually making them following you.
  4. Do not nominate without contacting. If you’re not following a blog, just don’t say that you nominate them for some awards. Don’t you find it rude that you get a message from someone you haven’t heard or seen before and tells you that you should participate in whatever award they tag you for. First engagement, then nomination.

These are my tips for new bloggers. Is there any advice you could give? What are the things you don’t like about the blogging world? What are your tips for new bloggers?

To be continued…

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  • Surbhi Suri

    The last point and the second. I hate copy paste, and I actually try reading even for a minute or two. It just doesn’t make any sense. Have been blogging for 4 years and learnt a lot of things the hard way or maybe just say the indirect way. But nyways nice post,and well written too.
    http://www.thefashionflite.com

    • I hate the copy&paste the most, what’s the point of commenting then? I make sure to read the whole post before reading, if I’m not interested then I don’t comment at all.

  • audrey

    çok doğru öneriler bunlar..

  • Thank you for these tips, nice post!
    XX
    http://www.missydress.com.au

  • Great post Ela, You have made some great tips here. Some things I didn’t even think of before! Have a wonderful week. Gemma xx
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • Laura Tough

    I’ve been wanting to start my own blog for so long now! I just haven’t know where to start or if I should do it….I mean I doubt my friends want to read my comments on products, or talk about my life, let alone random people on the internet, but the desire has been coming more and more lately. Reading your post was really helpful, I think I might give it a go! I said I wanted to give more things a go in 2016 and maybe this is where to start! Thanks xx

    • That’s how I was thinking before starting my blog. My friends hardly read it, and I don’t get any support from them. Just don’t think about it, I am sure you will have some people supporting you and enjoy reading your posts. I hope you start your blog soon:) x

  • The things you listed in “Shouldn’t do” annoy me so much! I feel like if you stop over at a blog, take the time to read it or don’t visit at all. And all this follow for follow crap… Absolutely off-putting.
    I am glad you decided to take up blogging, Ela, I would have missed you if you hadn’t.

    Linda,
    Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Good to know that I’m not the only one that’s annoyed with this crap. You can understand is straight away whether someone actually read the post or not. It is all for getting more views…
      I’m happy that I took that step, and happy to meet wonderful people like you.

  • Sheridan Grady

    These are some great tips! Totally agree with being consistent and engaging! Those have helped me the most I think, I hate follow for follow and all that stuff, it’s important to just concentrate on your content and then people will want to follow of their own backs! x

    http://www.shayholly.co.uk

    • Totally agree with you. Concentrate on your work then people will follow you, not because you tell them to do so. xx

  • I like yourself Ela only started my blog in July and I couldn’t agree more with these tips. I had to pick them up along the way and organisation has to be key! I hate rush planning a post to get it up, its just so much pressure! And I never knew how much time blogging would take up, but I love it way to much ♥
    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

    • Rush planning a post is something I used to do, it is not good. Yes it is time consuming, but if you enjoy what you do then keep on doing it 🙂

  • These tips are so TRUE! and honestly the copy+paste is the worst…
    You’re blog is doing so well and I love reading the posts purely to see the amazing photographs that you take! You have such a good eye for detail!

    Albana Janjeva | Stylist | January Swimwear of the Month

    • Totally agree, copy&paste is the worst, they think that people don’t notice 🙂
      Thank you so much!

  • Perfect tips! Like yourself, I wish I’d have known these when I first started my blog. I got so caught up with worrying about following, I lost motivation to begin with. Now, I just enjoy writing my posts for the few people that take the time to read my posts like I do others! You’ve done so well to get your blog to where it is now in just 6 months 🙂 Thank you for sharing this with us!

    http://www.beautywithhayleyjane.com/

    Xxx

    • I was the same at the beginning but then instead of worrying about following I focused on my blog, the best decision ever 🙂 having a few people who actually reads your post is way better than having so many people who don’t read but just comment. x

  • Erin Russell

    Love the tips, especially the dont do bits. I find it so sad that people will comment with just a generic copy and paste 🙁

    I have told myself to comment on more, explore. I have my favourites I go to but I need to branch out! 🙂

    http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

    • I came across to so many copy&paste comments, i really wonder why people do that. It is so annoying.
      Commenting and exploring new blogs are good, I try to do that whenever I have time 🙂 x

  • Congratulations on making it this far! 🙂
    Those things you listed as ‘don’ts’ annoy me sooooo much. Especially when someone comments how much they love my blog and ask me if I’m interested in follow for follow… If you REALLY love my blog so much, just follow me and good chances are I’ll follow you back, but if you ASK for it, you’re damn sure I won’t!
    http://carolinapage.eu

    • Thank you, I can’t believe I made it that far 🙂
      Isn’t it annoying? If you love it so much then, follow it without asking for follow back. It is all about getting the numbers high, but nothing more.

  • I think it was the one thing that we all say, it takes far more time then you think and sometimes it feels like another full time job but it is worth it in the end, even more so when you get to meet some of the people you follow too 🙂

    Pams Stuff and Things

    • Sometimes it definitely feels like another full job, that’s why I try to do as much as possible during breaks at work 🙂 I guess meeting with the people would be the best part. x

  • I’ve only been blogging about 2 months so I find this post really comforting and made me take a step back and be thankful for how far I’ve come already. Thank you 🙂

    moremindfulyou.blogspot.com

  • 6 months is a starting milestone. I haven’t reached there yet, but I will in another month. Like you mentioned blogging is way more time consuming than expected, but this is something I don’t get tired of doing.

    • It is definitely a milestone for me and I’m happy to reach this far 🙂 I really enjoy blogging 🙂

  • Wow! Congrats dear, I was just thinking this weekend that next month will be my 6 months of blogging. You have some awesome tips that I would of told new bloggers as well, I totally agree with you saying that blogging is for sure time consuming; it takes a lot of hard work, especially when you have another full time job. I can relate to you when speaking about some posts being very popular and some slower, that is definitely true. I wish you all the best in the upcoming years with blogging, I remember you are one of the first bloggers I connected with when I first started and I’m glad I met you. Cheers to 2016.

    XoXo

    http://Www.stellasglam.com

    • Blogging is time consuming but it is so much fun, I don’t mind spending my free time blogging at least I could take my mind off work:) meeting with people who share the same passion with you is the best 🙂 happy 2016!x

  • All of these are on point, Ela! Especially the don’t’s. I really can not stand then other bloggers do not read and only comment on the post. And what is up with all those so called bloggers and ‘follow or follow’ nonsense? What are you getting out of more followers who don’t even care about what you write?

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Well according to them the more followers they have, the more popular they feel. I really hate it, especially if you follow to be nice then they remove you straight away that’s another thing I don’t understand. I’d rather have a few people who actually read my post than many who doesn’t care about my posts.

  • Great tips, and you are doing an amazing job! XX

    Hannah
    http://www.notmycircusblog.com/winter-un/

  • These are great tips to live by as a bloggers! Have a great week pretty lady.

    http://www.racheldinh.com

  • Those are some great tips for new bloggers. I wish I had them in mind when I fist started blogging xx

    http://www.kmeetsstyle.com

  • These are amazing tips for new bloggers! I wish there were tips out when I first started! I was so lost haha!

    Fix Me In Forty Five – A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    Blog Lovin’ // Instagram

    xx

    • Same here, but I keep learning new things everyday so at least something:)

  • rae

    This was such an excellent list and I have to agree with it completely. Engagement is key although it gets hard when a blog gets bigger! I probably spend a good few hours a day (this is not an exaggeration!) replying to comments and visiting my commenters’ blogs to read their latest posts and reply. Although I feel obligated to do it so it’s a tricky ones.

    And yes, I hate it when I see the same regurgitated replies one everyone’s blog. If I can tell you copy and pasted the same thing, I am just going to think your a number hungry and not genuine at all.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • Replying comments and visiting blogs actually take so long time, I am so used to doing that and when I don’t do I feel bad about it. I try to use my lunch time to reply some comments and visit the blogs when I’m home.
      I saw many people who just copy paste the same comment on every blog so I make sure to never visit their blog, because they will never read my blog.

  • All of this is really great advice, I like you that you brought to light some don’ts too often we forget the things we should lay back on!

    Chelsey | http://www.chelseythornton.com

    • I believe most of the people don’t like these things so I just had to say it 🙂

  • YAYYY! Congrats on your first 6 months of blogging hun! All your tips are great- it’s so true that the more you put in, the more you get out! Connecting with other bloggers is so great- it gives you the chance to be part of a bigger community! HAHAHA @ your ‘don’t’ section- sooo many people leave those spammy comments on my blog and its super annoying. I once had ‘nice coat’, when I was wearing beach wear!!!

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

    • It gets really funny when you know that they never read the actual post but wrote a comment, what’s the point of it? No idea… xx

  • Charlotte

    My hate for follow for follows is beyond ridiculous, it annoys me sooo much!
    Charlotte // charlottespicks.blogspot.com

  • i think these are good things to follow even if you aren’t new! great tips 🙂

    http://www.avecdanielle.com

    • Agree with that, there are many people doing these things, not only the new ones.

  • These are some really great tips! Before I started blogging, I didn’t realize how time consuming blogging actually was! At the beginning it really was a labor of love, but it’s great when you build engagement (as you mentioned) and connect with other bloggers in your niche. Thanks for sharing this!

    http://www.mintnotion.com

    • Even though it is really time consuming, I really enjoy what I am doing, it is actually fun especially when you find nice bloggers:)

  • I wish I’d had this guide when I started my blog. Although I definitely haven’t done any of your do not’s so I think I’ve done well in under a year!

    Jodie | Jodie Loue

    • You’re doing so good! People who do it just because they love blogging, don’t really do these things.

  • I think engagement is such a great tip, I didn’t know a lot about it when I started but now I realise how important it is! 🙂

    Velvet Blush

    • Same here, it took me some time to understand that 🙂

  • These are such an amazing tips, Ela! I wish I knew all of them when I started blogging like a year ago. I agree, I’ve seen the same comment in multiple blogs. It’s kinda funny but really annoying! Hope you have a great week, Ela! xx

    Ale | http://www.alemint.net

    • I make sure not to visit these bloggers because they will never read my posts, but copy&paste to get more followers. Have a lovely week, Ale xx

  • These are words of truth, Ela! I don’t quite get as many ‘follow for follow’ comments anymore but gosh, it was ruthless early last year or so. I guess so many bloggers constantly preach about ‘please stop doing it’ and the words must have spread. And no kidding about blogging being time consuming, I wouldn’t have started if I knew it was this tough. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • It is really annoying! If you really want to follow me, then follow me and if I like what you do then I follow you back, that’s the things they don’t understand. All they care about is the numbers. I’m glad that you’re blogging, I really enjoy reading your posts 🙂

  • Ileana Druetta

    Great tips! I have been blogging for 5 years now, and every once in a while there is a follow for follow message… so random!

    xoxo

    Novelstyle

    • 5 years, that’s amazing! I hope I can make that far 🙂 x

  • Completely agree with all of these! And the things ‘you shouldn’t do’ are absolutely true and I hope people will stop doing it finally because they only annoy the blogger. xx

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • I wish they could see what they do is wrong… Maybe one day 🙂 xx

  • These are such great tips! Engagement is my favourite, I love seeing familiar names leaving me comments on each blog post 🙂 I didn’t realise blogging and commenting etc would take up so much of my time so being organised is a must!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

    • I love seeing familiar names too, I feel connected somehow 🙂 It is definitely time consuming, sometimes I struggle finding time for it after a busy day at work.

  • Jackie Jean

    I’ve been blogging on and off for a couple of years and these are still super helpful! x

    http://www.jackiejean.co.nz/

  • Helena Dommor

    Wonderful post for begginers, I’m happy I found and read it ; ) Thanks so much!
    http://lamelenadeleon.blogspot.com.es

  • These are some wonderful tips, Ela! When I first started blogging, roughly 3 years ago, there wasn’t much of a guide to the do’s and don’ts. As a result, I found it that much more challenging, especially since I didn’t have any social media accounts until I opened them all up for my blog. I had no idea about the importance of commenting and interacting even though it is SOCIAL media, haha! This is great and I thank you for sharing all this wonderful info! I hope you had a wonderful day, beauty 🙂

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • I only had Instagram and I hardly used it, now I am trying to use it as much as possible. I opened a Twitter account which I hardly know how to use 🙂 Social media is important to reach to people who have the same passion. I hope you have an amazing week, sweetie! xx

  • Corinne C

    This are great tips! I’m sure some bloggers will find them really helpful.

    Corinne x
    http://www.skinnedcartree.com

  • Charlotte Luisa

    Love these tips! I just recently started my blog and honestly, I’m happy when people stop by and leave a comment but just saying “great” or “cool” or “follow for follow” is something I find pretty rude and annoying..

    Anywaaaaaays, really like the design of your blog and hope you’ll keep the good work up!Love from New York,

    Charlotte Luisa | charlotteluisa1.blogspot.com

    • Follow for follow is the most annoying bit, I hope they notice that soon. Thank you so much 🙂

  • Such a great post – it’s always nice to share tips and advice like this, especially when starting out! 🙂

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

  • This was one of the best new bloggers tips I’ve ever read! Thanks so much for sharing them, a lot were really useful for me. Also, I agree so much on you with the follow for follow one. I don’t like at all reading like “I like your blog. Follow for follow?” and then like 3 paragraphs about all the social medias she/he has. So you gain a new follower for this one!

    http://www.blossomikebana.com

    • Thank you so much:) I really don’t see the point of these comments, if you really like the blog then follow it, instead of asking follow for follow!

  • Yes! Preach girl preach! (about the what not to do parts!) I can’t stand receiving blog comments from people and it just seems like they only just read the title, especially because sometimes so much effort can be put into creating a long funny well-written post!
    Great tips, thank you for sharing 😀

    http://www.lindseyginge.com

    • I remember receiving comments like “cool”… so what should I say to it? Commenting is a way of connecting with other bloggers, this is something they don’t understand 🙂

  • Loved this! Definitely agree on the whole follow for follow – it’s so cringe, and never works! xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  • Karina Guimarães Ribeiro

    Great post my dear, one of the best i read about this theme!
    I think this tips can guide any new blogger to sucess, really helpful.
    xx
    karinanopaisdasmaravilhas.com

  • I hate when people ask for a f4f cause it’s so… distasteful. like you said, if someone wants to follow you, they’ll follow you. it’s also horrible when people follow you to get a follow, but if you don’t, they’ll unfollow. *shrugs* hahaha

    http://www.fionnac.com

    • Yes that’s bad, but the worst is you follow them to be nice and then they remove you to keep their “following” number low so they look popular!

  • Ela these are fantastic tips! Great for starters or even bloggers who have been blogging for years. Most importantly never lose hope 🙂 Remember the reason we started and keep on going x

    Real Life Nerd // http://www.vivienekok.com

    • It is all about hope, and being passionate about what you do 🙂 xx

  • These are great tips! I’m glad you’ve been enjoying your time blogging 🙂

    I nodded my head a lot at the ‘do not do’ list a lot! I just delete the spammy copy paste ‘great/cool post’ and follow for follow comments now.

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • At first I was receiving a lot of them, but now I don’t get that many. It just gets really annoying 🙂

  • Such great tips and all quite true and make sense 🙂 Very helpful and assuring 🙂 -Maireem

    My Fair Autumn | Instagram

  • I’m happy that your enjoying blogging.
    Your points for new bloggers are on point.

    http://www.thebandwagonchic.com/

  • Shwetali

    I really enjoyed your post ela. I am glad that I got this information at this stage. Truly speaking I am not that much consistent with my post but I think I should now. You have written so well. I totally agree with you for the points which you have written in DONT paragraph. I really dont like to nominate anyone just for sec of any award. I must say you are more successful only within 6 months. I know you have taken too much hard work for that as it is showing in your post. Thanks once again for sharing your thoughts. I must say I was waiting for this but most of the blogger dont write such kind of post even if we ask them so many time:)
    best luck dear
    http://notsohardtobepretty.wordpress.com

    • Aww thank you so much. I wasn’t really consistent before (full time job, and some personal problems), but now I am trying my best to keep up with the schedule I set for myself. It is all about wanting and loving what you do, and I really enjoy it.
      Whenever someone contacts me, I make sure to reply them and answer their questions, since it’s been 6 months, I thought I could post the things I learnt so far 🙂

  • queeniebridal
  • Love the tips! I must agree with engagement! It’s everything! You gain friends and loyal readers when you engage with them. I also hate those types of commenters who do not read what you post. I know it may be difficult sometimes to read the whole thing, but at least read the gist or the context of the posts rather that just saying, great post, nice post, lovely outfit, and so on.

    xx, Janine | Wandering Ella

    • Engagement is the key, and I really enjoy doing it. Blogging is all about enjoying what you do, and exploring new things, it is not all about numbers like some people think. xx

      • I definitely agree with you! Blog for yourself and not for others <3

  • life is a shoe

    These are such great tips! thanks for sharing!

    lifeisashoe

  • I always see people ranting about how YouTubers/Bloggers have missed daily vlog/post or something like that but now that I’m blogging I’m completely empathetic for them. Blogging takes so much time, sometimes more than an entire day but being organised is so helpful!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

    • Let’s say, every second counts 🙂 I have a full-time job and I am trying to squeeze blogging to my free time, being more organised is one of my goals , I hope I will be able to achieve.

  • Hun Tature

    Very useful article! It’s a really nice feeling to get connected with other bloggers! We are such a large network and i’m happy to be part of the blogosphere xoxo

    kisses from: http://www.myinfinitystyle.com

    • I feel the same way, I really enjoy connecting with other bloggers xx

  • Siffat Haider

    These are all such great tips – I think engagement is so important, it’s a great platform to connect with like-minded people!
    xo
    Siffat
    http://icingandglitter.com

    • I feel the same way! It is good to find people who share the same passion. x

  • I love this! I started blogging last year but I must admit I haven’t been consistent! So this year I’m gonna try and be more organised and consistent with my blogging!

    http://speckleoflisa.blogspot.com.au/

  • Such a great post and I think you have mentioned everything that needs mentioning! I also thino that if you start blogging for freebies you are also setting yourself up for a fall. It needs to be started out of passion ! 🙂 x

    Brenda BusyBee | Win a Billion Dollar Brows 60 Seconds To Beautiful Brows Kit

    • Agree with that, there are many who start because of that. I really enjoy the blogging world, and not everything is about freebies 🙂 xx

  • I love this so much. This is such a wonderful tips for those who are starting out. Engaging it’s the key and i haven’t done that in a while. I need to get back in schedule. Thank you for sharing this.

    Ana
    http://anarazon.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Thank you so much. Engagement is the key, I learnt it a hard way but now I try to do my best 🙂

  • Blogging requires a lot of time! So many people think it requires nothing, but it takes so much time and effort!

    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

    • I didn’t think it would take that long time before starting, I was so wrong…

  • These tips will be really helpful to new bloggers, congratulations on 6 months of blogging. I’d also add that it’s great to network with other bloggers in your area

  • I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for 6 months – the quality of your content and your wonderful writing style makes it seem like so much longer! There are some fantastic tips here, I agree with them all! Especially the fact that blogging does take time, its not simply a case of just having an idea and typing it up with a photo snapped two seconds earlier on your phone camera! It definitely is worth putting in the time however and the community of blogging is so heartwarming at times, I find a lot of happiness and peace comes through my blog and that makes it so worthwhile!

    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x

    • Aww thank you so much for these sweet words, you really made my day 🙂 I’ve never thought I would enjoy blogging that much, I am so happy that I took that step. Blogging takes time and can be exhausting, but I believe it is all worth it 🙂 xx

  • Thank you for the tips, I’ve just started out and have been doing it for nearly a month. It’s harder than I thought it would be and really time consuming as you said but I love it. Thank you for the tips, I’ll definitely be checking back here!

    • Good luck with it 🙂 If you enjoy what you are doing, just carry on doing it. That’s what I am doing 🙂

  • Susan Clark

    Good tips. I’m glad to see I’m avoiding the things on your “don’t do” list. 🙂

  • Top tips Ela! Blogging is not always easy but it’s always fun x
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

  • These are really nice and helpful tips Ela…i agree about all the points you mentioned 🙂

  • Great tips! I laughed at the “Read before commenting” part. I remember writing a very somber article about my grandfather’s passing, and I had a comment saying something completely off like, “Glad you had a great time!” or something random. I stayed scratching my head for a minute.

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Etsy

    • Well I just hate it when people do that. What’s the point of writing “cool” “great” or unrelated stuff, if you don’t read it then don’t comment.

  • I agree with your tips, and yes, blogging is super time consuming and most people may not be aware of this at the beginning. At the end of the day one should blog for the right reasons, i.e. because one enjoys the process.

    http://www.luxessed.com

    • Agree with that. Yes it is time consuming, but I love it so I try to find as much as time possible.

  • Spot on! Great tips for new (and seasoned) bloggers! I think establishing an aesthetic (and sticking to it) is important. Readers look for consistent posting, but also consistent content!

    Hailey
    http://www.themiddlecloset.com

    • Consistency is the key, which I am trying to work on.

  • Saša Rakovec

    Great tips! I am not a new blogger, but I follow most of the things your wrote! Ugh and I also hate comments, that I KNOW are just a copy paste, or the ones that have no connection to the topic I wrote about. Like :Great look under the post of my breakfast haha!

    xx

    SASHA

    • These people don’t understand the concept of commenting… all they want is driving traffic to their blogs! xx

  • Becky Hughff

    Great tips! I only started in September and am still trying to find my feet and enjoy it at the same time! Patience is key!

    http://www.ohsobecky.com

    • Definitely agree, patience is the key, and it is all about enjoying what you do.

  • These are some great tips Ela! It always irritates me when people leave comments like ‘great’ or ‘cool’, especially when it doesn’t even make sense with the post! LOL

    X

    Anjelique

    http://www.anjelique.com.au | snapchat: anjeliquetv

    • It is annoying, but at least good to know that there are some people who actually read 🙂 x

  • RingsABelle

    Ela you’re totally right about being consistent. It can be super time consuming to start a blog. I struggled with keeping consistent for a while (it’s recently gotten so much better) but you have great points! All of this is good advice and I needed to read it!

    xx Belle

    • Being consistent is hard, and I wasn’t the most consistent person but now I am trying to change that. x

  • Such a true post! My biggest peeve about blogging is when people leave comments which have absolutely nothing to do with the post or they just leave a “cool check out my blog please” gah so frustrating! It’s not hard to take the time out to write a meaningful comment! I’m really bad with being consistent.. Especially when semester is on, sometimes I”ll go two weeks without posting! Looking forward to reading more of your posts 🙂 Em xx

    http://edoublemamurray.blogspot.com.au/

    • These are the worst comments… please stop saying stuff like that! It actually annoys me, and I never visit their blogs. With school or a full-time job, being consistent can be really hard, but if you’re organised then things would be better. I try to so as much as possible when I have my lunch break 🙂 xx

  • Ellie Adams

    This is a fabulous post and I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for 6months hun, such a brilliant blog! I totally agree with every point made, especially things not to do too. Follow follow and copied comments that don’t even relate to your post are so frustrating!

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

    • Good to know that I am not the only who got frustrated because of these comments. I wish people could take some time to actually read the post! xx

  • This was a great read Ela! I loved the one about making sure that the post is actually read before commenting. It’s definitely frustrating when you can see that people just want to promote their selves. Without taking any time to read and appreciate the post, that they’re commenting on. Also never loosing hope is such a good one, and advice that I would recommend too. At the start I definitely felt disheartened, but the only way to get over that is to work through it.:)

    http://www.veebzboo.com
    http://www.youtube.com/veebzboo – Beauty, Skin and Hair Care Haul

    • They can promote themselves but I wish they could actually care to read what’s written in the post. It is so sad to see what people do to get visitors. It took me a long time to build up my courage to start blogging, I am really happy that I did 🙂 x

  • Cool!
    Haha, jokes. I did read this post very carefully and these are some great tips!I think the amount of time blogging takes was the most surprising thing of all when I started my blog. Like, I think about it all the time. Which is why being organized is so important! I always write down in my calender, what I want to write about and when. I’ve been totally confused by London now and have been lacking on that habbit of mine and every Monday, Wednesday and Friday I’m like ooh noo what am I going to do 😀
    Also, about the “cool” and “great post” comments – how annoying are they? =D It feels so silly to reply to them too!
    Hope you’re having a fab week! <3
    Emma xxx

    http://www.wellemma.com

    • Ha ha! When I saw the email popping up with “cool”, I was like are you kidding me!!! You got me there 🙂
      I didn’t think blogging can be that time consuming, but since I really enjoy what I am doing, I try not to think about it. Sometimes I just fall asleep as I am doing blog work 🙂 I am such a mess and really unorganised so I am trying to change it, hopefully I can be more consistent 🙂
      If you’re still in London, I hope you’re enjoying every bit of it! Have an amazing Friday and weekend, sweetie <3 xx

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    These are such great tips, my darling! Consistency is definitely something I tend to struggle with… It’s just so difficult with a full time job, isn’t it! <3 I deffo agree that engagement with your readers is really important. Probably the most important point for me! <3

    Kay
    http://www.shoesandglitter.com

    • It is really hard, but I am trying to do my best. At least I have something to take my mind off the problems. Engagement is the key, and I am really happy to meet sweet people lik you <3 xx

  • Nadia

    Couldn’t applaud more to these tips! So well written and TRUE hon! 🙂
    Blogging is hard work but so much fun! Even though we have to maintain a schedule & engage 24/7 (plus balance work, social and personal life), it is important to enjoy it and never push ourselves 🙂 Incredible post, honey!
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com/

    • Thank you so much, hun! As long as we enjoy what we are doing, hard work won’t be a problem 🙂 xx

  • The Sunday Mode

    This was some great advice, I would’ve loved to read a post like this when I was first starting out- the blogging world can seem so intimidating in the beginning! I also completely agree with you about reading posts before commenting and not leaving ‘follow for follow’ comments. I always think, if someone actually like your blog they will follow, there’s no need to pressure them by continuously saying ‘follow me!’

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

    • Totally agree with you! If someone really enjoys your blog, they will follow even without them telling anything. Blogging is not all about numbers, that’s what some people don’t understand.

  • Great list of tips to new bloggers – I completely agree with everything you said. Awesome of you to share this information! 🙂

    Erica
    http://www.pumpsandpushups.com

  • I just started blogging and these tips were very relevant and helpful for me! Will definitely be referring back to these lists as I continue blogging. xo

    http://sarahracker.com/blog

    • Good luck with blogging, I hope you enjoy it so far 🙂 x

  • Amazing tips dear! I can totally relate to it and remember well the early beginnings so you are completely right! 🙂
    http://www.simimaus.blogspot.com

  • Christine Wijmans

    Thank you so much this is really helpful! I will remember this 🙂

    xx

    http://www.thenewpersonalassistant.com/

  • Nicole

    Thank you for all of your tips! It is so hard starting off as a new blogger.
    Time and patience is key is what I keep hearing!

    ~ Nicole XO
    http://www.nicolevaidosa.com

  • Roberta Romeo

    I love this kind of posts!! I recognize myself in many of your impressions and thoughts!
    And such a great and useful guide dear!! 🙂
    xoxo

  • Nice tips Ela! You are really expert! Kisses from Italy and thank you for your visit,
    Eni

    Eniwhere Fashion
    Bloglovin of Eniwhere Fashion

  • Adaleta Avdic

    Great tips lovely! It drives me insane when people nominate me for the Liebster award and say it’s for bloggers with 200 or less followers…..I’m like uhhhh I’ve been blogging since 2013 I’m not new at this and I have more than 200 followers even though numbers are not do or die, they do matter when working with brands you know? Like I said, these are excellent tips and I definitely wish I had someone tell me all of these when I started! xx adaatude.com

  • I only started blogging recently and love the freedom it gives me to write about daily lifestyles and give tips or ideas to people! I’m trying to be as organised as possible making sure I have post ideas ready. Great post and advice xo
    http://www.betterlaughing.blogspot.co.uk

  • Emma

    Ah this is really good, I am glad I found you! I have recently started a blog and I also wish I had started a while ago too. Still its better late than never! x

    allgoldflowing.wordpress.com

  • This is great even for someone like me who has been blogging for a year and a half and still doesn’t get as much comments as others! I guess it’s because life gets in a way and I don’t promote my blog as much (I am afraid of people I know in real life finding out and reading it on Facebook) but it is my passion. I love this community. Thank you so much for posting.

    Hannah
    http://floraful.blogspot.com

  • Monochrome Roses

    this is SUCH a helpful post <3 some amazing tips, I love your blog btw 🙂 x

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

  • Such good tips, couldn’t agree more with some of these. ENGAGEMENT is key.

    http://www.sophiefossil.com

  • Really great tips, consistency is something I’m working really hard on this year.
    xx Dany
    http://the-queens-empire.blogspot.com

  • minaali

    I love this! I just started my blog a week ago, so this helped so much.
    I completely agree with you on the whole “follow for follow” thing. It’s something I keep seeing on Instagram and it really puts me off.
    I love your blog!
    Minaali
    The Snap Narrative

  • This is so so helpful. I started my blog this week and this has been so useful, planning several future posts means I am prepared for the coming weeks and can write around my university work!

    http://fairystrange.wordpress.com

  • Morgan Winn

    Really great advice, Ela! I’m currently 18 months into blogging and still feeling like a beginner. I can relate to so much of what you’ve mentioned here about feelings of giving up at times and being surprised by how time consuming it is. It’s definitely worth it in the end though 🙂 best of luck to you this year!

    Morgan
    http://www.monde-et-mode.com

  • Great post! I agree with all of this! It all had its ups and downs; visitors and inspiration come and go but that’s okay! We all have other things going on in our lifes as well and even though it can be stressfull at times it’s amazing to feel more and more involved with the blogging community and get to know new people! xx

    Filippa | Always a Dot

  • Totally agree with all of this! As a new blogger, its always so downheartening when you dont seem to have many viewers but put so much time and effort into each post you write. I always tell myself that ‘all things take time’. Blogging is so therapeutic to me though. I love it. X

    http://www.poppylowdon.co.uk/

  • Hi! Honestly i am going through the same situation and yes it feels bad but you are right, consistency and patience is the key! Thanks for such a great post 🙂 Can you also give some tips on pictures? Do you use any external light source for bright pics?
    Latest post: http://www.theurbanista.net/february-inspiration/
    Also: http://www.theurbanista.net/are-you-a-fan-of-the-cropped-trend-whats-keeping-you-away/#more-103

    The Urbanista
    http://www.theurbanista.com

  • Super nice, well-thought of post. Lately, there’s been a surge and saturation of bloggers offering blogging advice that things can start to sound a bit cliche. There’s some pretty refreshing, realistic advice in your post that I love. I do have a question for you Ela! In your opinion, what drives more engagement…Disqus? Or the regular commenting system that comes pre-installed with your blog? I’ve been blogging for about two months now and that’s the biggest rut that I face.

    Vanesa | http://www.thebeautyanecdote.com/

  • TotallyTuba

    Thank you so much for these tips. I recently started blogging and i definitely needed this!!

    totallytuba.blogspot.com

  • Great tips, I love this blog, thanks for sharing!!!

    xxx

    http://www.bridesonamission.com

  • Katerina

    Thank you for your tips! 😉
    http://london-vibes.blogspot.gr/

  • What a really great post! Amazing that you got soooo many comments on it! :O I agree with everything you have said there, I have been blogging for like 15 months now and I’m still not seeing a real following – it really does take loads of time! <3

    The Dazzle Guide

  • Brilliant post! Even though I’m not new to blogging, I still feel like I have a lot to learn, and you give some great advice! Thank you x

    – Anne | annesmiles

  • Hi Ela, it’s been a while since I had last visited your blog (I’ve had a really busy time) but I’m so glad to be back. It seems I’ve missed so many of your posts!
    I’ve been blogging for almost a year now and I really agree with your tips. Blogging takes so much time and it’s all about being consistent and being organised. It’s sometimes frustrating how much people underestimate the work that goes into keeping a blog up…

    Bold Bliss
    http://boldblissblog.com

  • Rajwant Kaur Singh

    Brilliant tips, thanks so much for sharing
    I need to get back into the routine of blogging, and scheduling regular posts, but thank you for reminding me not to lose hope! The blogging community is such a great thing to be part of, I wouldn’t want to miss out

    What Raj Wants

  • Heya! This is the first time I have stopped by your blog. Great job!
    I think this is a great post and you have given so many great tips. The main thing I say to people that are new to blogging is not to get into it to monitorize your blog. This might come later but I can always tell when a new blogger is only interested in making a quick buck – and there is no ‘quick’ income when it comes to blogging. Rather start with passion and work from there!

  • Bernadette

    I so agree with these tips. I definitely learnt them the hard way. x

    http://www.themakeupaficionado.com

  • Gabriëlle La Croix

    These tips will be really helpful! Thank so much!

    http://www.rainandteaparties.blogspot.nl

  • Džana Kadić

    These tips are amazing, I’m a new blogger so they’re really helpful!

    https://dzaniica.blogspot.ba/ xx

  • Sofia Silva

    These tips are really good. Once again, congratulations for your work 🙂
    With love, Sofia Silva ♥

    http://www.goldenfashionblog.com