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Top 5 Blogging Tips for Beginners

I’ve been blogging for almost two years now and although I’m definitely not successful, I am slowly improving at my own steady pace. However, there are some things that I’m only just learning that I would have loved to have known when I first started out so here are my top 5 blogging tips for beginners.

1) Pick a Sensible Name

Obviously you can blog about literally anything and you don’t have to pick just one thing to write about, but don’t be silly like me and call your blog Mum Taught Me Fashion and then realise that you’re probably only to do a fashion post once every 6 months. Changing your focus is fine but make sure you pick a fairly adaptable name as now my whole brand is completely misleading and it’s kind of too late to change everything now.

2) Write About Things You Care About

A lot of bloggers will say that you have to pick a topic and stick to it as that’s how you gain followers but as a beginner I think it’s best to write about things you care about, whether they fall into the same category or not. That way you’re way more likely to actually stick with it rather than being forced to write a post you’re not particularly excited about. I write about anything that pops into my head, which is fine because it’s basically why the word ‘lifestyle’ was invented.

3) Don’t Underestimate the Need for Photography

I started blogging because I liked writing but quickly found out that to be really successful in terms of followers and actually making money that I really needed to up my photography game (something which, to be honest, I have not done). For some reason, bloggers seem to all live in perfectly white houses which provide the perfect insta backdrops but I just can’t seem to get the photography aspect of blogging right. Of course, if you’re blogging for yourself then this really isn’t an issue but if you’re looking to make a profit then you might want to invest in a DSLR and some white paint and be prepared for some funny looks in restaurants.

4) Don’t Compare Your Progress to Others

I know that I’ve basically just said I compare my photography to other bloggers but this is a bit different. Never compare your followers or site views to anyone else because no two situations are ever the same. For example, I really don’t get that many views (and most of them are my parents) but I have still been nominated for awards and get a reasonable amount of PR offers so just keep writing the content that you enjoy and good things will happen.

5) Talk to Other Bloggers

Whether it be on Twitter or at local events, talking to other bloggers is a great way to get inspiration, advice and even sometimes friends. Commenting on other blog posts and retweeting blogs you enjoy are a great way of not only promoting the hard work of others but also, you never know who might repay the favour.

Are you just starting blogging or do you have any tips of your own? Let me know below!

Katie x

10 Things Song Lyrics Have Taught Us

1EGDXUXXQO1) Never incorrectly identify objects 

“Don’t call it a spade if it isn’t a spade”

 -The 1975, The City

I was never aware that the mis-identification of spades was such a major issue, but I’m glad The 1975 took it upon themselves to sort it out.

2) Taking things too seriously can have major consequences

“You can get delirious if you take live too serious”

  -Chico, Chico Time

If there’s one thing to be certain of in life, it’s that you can always trust a man who has his own time.

3) The importance of maths is exaggerated in school

“The square root of 69 is 8 something, right?”

-Rihanna ft Drake, What’s My Name

Screw all these teachers trying to tell you that maths is some sort of exact science. Drake knows how maths really works.

4) Being respectful to women is way easier than you thought

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Great job respecting those girls David

“Trying to find the words to describe this girl without being disrespectful.

Damn she’s a sexy bitch”

-David Guetta, Sexy Bitch

Who knew it was so easy?! Guetta has taught us that you can literally say anything to a women as long you’ve at least considered being respectful first. Feminism.

5) Humans and elephants used to work alongside each other

“What about elephants? Have we lost their trust?”

-Michael Jackson, Earth Song

Little did you know but the Earth used to be expertly managed by a human/elephant coalition until the humans betrayed the elephants and took sole leadership of the planet. The elephants have never truly forgiven us. The events have conveniently been omitted from all history books due to, what Michael would claim to be, one the biggest cover ups in the history of the American government.

6) Never pass up a freebie

“I want your ugly, I want your disease. I want your everything as long as it’s free”

-Lady Gaga, Bad Romance

Lady Gaga really speaks to the student population with this one. Free things are always worth having, even if there’s a small chance it may contain disease. This logic is probably what led to her international fame, as well as her very swanky meat dress. Wise words to live by.

7) If you want a girl to like you, make sure you also sleep with all her friends

“If you wannabe my lover, you gotta get with my friends”

-The Spice Girls, Wannabe

I’m unsure whether you need to get with her friends before, or at the same time. I guess use your intuition and common sense on this one.

8) Dancers are not humans

“Are we human or are we dancer?”

-The Killers, Human

You can’t be both. You have to pick. Now.

9) Always have Rihanna’s money

“Bitch better have my money”

-Rihanna, Bitch Better Have My Money

This one is pretty clear. I’m unsure why the Bank of Rihanna is so in need of this money, but either way, it would be appreciated if you could always repay your loans in an efficient and timely manner.

10) If you disagree with lyrical advice, you can take matters into your own hands

“If you don’t like my lyrics you can press fast forward”

-Jay Z, 99 Problems

Thanks for letting us know Jay Z. If you’d have said earlier  I wouldn’t have wasted the 26 seconds it took me to get to this lyric. I’d be thoroughly surprised if anyone has stuck through to the end of any Jay Z song after this musical get out of jail free card.

Just remember, if you’re ever seeking advice, look to these great word smiths to guide you, and you will never lose your way again.

You’re welcome.

Katie x

 

Katie Features: 3 Gifts For The Romantically Challenged Man

So, as we all know, boys are stupid. Usually we just put up with it, but the lovely people over at Man Crates are trying to change this. They’ve asked some bloggers to give men some advice in the run up to Valentine’s Day , including some items that you’d include in a perfect ‘date crate’.

I’m going a bit outside the box here and these things probably wouldn’t make for a great Valentine’s date but they’re definitely things that all romantically challenged men need in their lives to make them slightly more bearable.

1) A copy of the “LadBible” and some matches

I know boys who are the sweetest, loveliest people, at least to girls, and then as soon as their male friends are around they try to be as big a “lad” as possible. I don’t really understand where this lad culture has come from but it pretty much sums up everything that is wrong with boys. Why would someone who is a great person pretend not to be? It makes zero sense. I would print out the LadBible posts and pair them with some matches to make a perfect gift for this kind of boy. The LadBible is funny, yes, but its the only physical representation of this culture I could think of as you can’t really burn inappropriate touching and lying about the number of people you’ve slept with.

2) A map out of the friendzone

We’ve all heard of the dreaded “friendzone”; most of us have probably inhabited this dark and barren land at some point in their lives, however, there is hope. Escape is possible, boys just need the right guidance. Therefore, I propose a map out of the fearsome place as the perfect gift for any male bff who wants something more. There’s a chance for all!

(If you’re reading this Dave, not you, you will be there forever, sorry.)

3) A list of all future football scores

If  you’re reading this from America, I do mean soccer but you can replace that with the scores of any mindless physical activity based on the preferences of your man.

Football is the bane of my existence. I just do not understand how it matters so much to boys. I would want to be able to give guys a list of all future sports scores so they can read them all in a day, experience an emotional rollercoaster for that short period then never need to watch the football ever again.  It’d be a hellish few days but the peace and quiet after would be worth it. They’d also save a lot of money on betting.

I do realise that if I had the ability of travelling to the future, collecting football scores wouldn’t be my first priority, but who’s thinking about logistics?

These gifts not good enough for you? Or maybe too hard to achieve?(Get some ambition people!)  Understandable I guess. For more great gifts for men, visit Man Crates. I hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day, whether it be with a partner, friends or a pet that you’re a little bit overly attached to. I won’t judge.

Katie x