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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

5 of the Best: Free Travel Apps

1) Trip Advisor

Everyone knows Trip Advisor. It’s the go to place for hotel, restaurant and attraction reviews, and having an app makes the whole process so much simpler. However, not being content with dominating the review market, it’s also now possible to compare prices and book hotels, straight from the app which. I’ll even ignore the incredibly annoying advert with the dog that barks BOOK because it really is a massive convenience. If you only download one travel app, this should be it.

2) TripIt

 

A massive issue I’ve had with organising my road trip is that all of the confirmation emails for 5 weeks worth of activities and hotels can get easily lost. Luckily, TripIt scans your inbox and complies a comprehensive itinerary of your trip, straight from the app. If you aren’t comfortable with allowing the app access to your emails, you can always manually enter the details into the handy trip diary so everything is all in one place. It’s perfect for independent travellers or people planning long and complicated trips.

3) Localeur 

Want to get out of the overly crowded, tacky tourist spots and find out what a city is really about? Localeur is for you. It is made up of articles and lists which aim to give you an insight to any and every aspect of local culture. Literally…anything. Ever wondered what the best photo booth bars in Portland are? Well now you can find out. It’s currently limited to just 12 cities in the US but it’s priceless if you do happen to be visiting one of the select few.

4) Outbound

 

Outbound lets you log your trips so you can see how many other users are travelling at the same time as you. Whether you’re a solo traveller looking for some company or a group looking for some advice on the best night out, you can find it on Outbound. The forum section lets you ask questions to other travellers to get hints and tips on pretty much anything along the way.

5) Airbnb

I always dismissed Air BnB because I don’t like other people that much and the idea of staying in someone’s house while they’re still there really didn’t appeal to me. However, I recently found out that lots of people use it to rent their homes whilst they themselves are on holiday so really it’s just like any other accommodation, only cheaper and much nicer. If you do like the idea of staying with a local there is obviously still that option. They’ll be able to give you some great insights and really help you get immersed in the culture.

What apps do you find helpful when travelling? Let me know in the comments below.

Katie x

Calling All Americans…I Need Your Help

So I’m heading to America (hopefully) twice next year, once to Las Vegas for my cousins wedding and once over the summer to work. The issue is , I have no idea what to do!.

In Vegas I will only be 19 so would love some suggestions of things for U21s to do.  We’ll also be heading to California in that time so need some insight in things to do on the Golden Coast too.

The summer is a bit different. The plan will be to work for 2 months, maybe Camp America or an internship, and then travel the country, road trip style, so I’m looking for suggestions of unusual things to do all over the country. Do you live in a small town no one’s ever heard of? What’s interesting about it? Why should I go there? I’m really interested in seeing the big cities and famous sights but also finding hidden gems that only the locals know.

If you can help me out in any way, comment below or send me a message. Please, please do. And please share with anyone who might be able to help. I’d really love to make this trip as interesting as it could possibly be.

Thanks,

Katie x

Katie Rants: Candy Crush: It’s An Addiction

I have a confession. I have an addiction. Although there is no support group for what I have I need to confess. I am addicted to Candy Crush. And not just Candy Crush, it’s a gateway game for harder stuff, like Farm Heroes Saga (which is actually a better game, I highly recommend it).

It’s dangerous. There’s actually not much skill involved, you’re progress depends entirely on how much of your life you’re willing to put into the game, which for me is too much. I’ve been stuck on the same level since May and I still haven’t given up?! What’s it going to take to make me stop?!

I need help. If it wasn’t for the five life limit I think I would never get anything else done. Any advice?

Katie x