5 THINGS I WOULD’VE TOLD MY YOUNGER BLOGGER SELF

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Hi guys, I always like to reflect on all the things I do in life so of course the same goes for blogging. Blogging is one of those things that usually starts out as a hobby and I most certainly had no single clue on what I was even doing. So, for beginning bloggers (but actually for all bloggers as it’s fun to read) I decided to write down some advice to my younger blogging self. These 5 tips would’ve come in so handy when I was a beginner so I hope they will also help some of you!

1. It’s not all about followers: I had to start out with this one as when you start blogging you feel like you need an audience, you need a loyal readership and a following base and mostly you can’t wait to get that big following you’re seeing all the big fashion bloggers having. But the truth is, especially nowadays, content is getting way, way more important than just a following. I’ve heard many big fashion brands say they rather work with someone who has the best content and style than to work with someone who just posts bikini shots and has got a million followers. I have a lot of friends who have a decent amount of followers and who do the biggest and most amazing campaigns, just because the content they’re creating is undeniably good.

2. You Tube: I always thought of You Tube as a scary thing, exposing yourself in all these personal videos seemed like a big step for me. But after starting my You Tube channel (check it here!) I kind of wished I did it earlier. The engagement and interaction that comes off it is amazing. I feel like it’s a really nice community which can also help you develop your online brand a bit faster when you just start out.

3. Invest everything in lenses: In the beginning of blogging I didn’t make too many investments and played it quite safe. I started out with a second hand camera and bought the 50 mm 1.8 lens. But I feel like the content of my blog and everything I’m doing is depend on photography so once I started investing in a new camera (which isn’t that neccesary) and got many new, great lenses (like the 85 mm 1.4 one for instance which I use all the time for my blog) I really felt like I started standing out a bit more. If I could do it again I would probably try to invest in these type of things early on.

4. Quality over quantity: Another thing I got a bit obsessed with in the beginning phase of blogging was to post everyday. Referring to point 1 I really wanted a lot of traffic and thought the way to do it was to post very consistently. Because of this I noticed that the quality of my posts went down, and I sometimes posted just to post which is definitely not a good thing. However, you do need consistency in your posting schedule, even if you just post once a week, just as long as you make sure that whenever you’re posting you make it worth people’s while.

5. Be yourself: This one is ESPECIALLY important as what we do as bloggers (or influencers as people seem to call it these days) is such a personality driven thing. I still see a lot of people copying the same exact images from really big fashion bloggers and I always wonder: how do you think you’re going to make a difference when that image already exists? Just be yourself as that will always be the most rewarding thing in life. Being yourself means being unique as there’s only one you which automatically means there will never be any competition!

That’s it guys! I had SO much fun writing this post and thinking back of the beginning of my blogging life so I want to tag all of you who are bloggers to do this tag as well and out of my blogging friends I want to tag Sarah and Tamara as I know they’ve been blogging for quite some time and I can’t wait to read their articles!

  • These are such good tips! Thanks for always posting tips and your thoughts for us all to read πŸ™‚

    xx, Diane || http://www.modernisticphoenix.blogspot.com

  • Perfect tips ! I definitely need to expand my lens collection – it is one thing I am saving up for at the moment <3

    XOXO
    Jess
    http://jessprainstyle.com

  • Thank you so much for these tips! I’m really new to the blogging. It’s my creative outlet while I finish school, and I don’t have a lot of followers on social media and it kind of gets to me, so it’s nice to know that it’s more about what I’m saying and less about a number. Thank you!

    http://www.lovelylea.net

  • Erg leuk om dit te lezen! Mijn camera lens is laatst uit mijn camera gevallen, werkt gelukkig nog wel, maar ga denk ik toch opzoek naar een andere. Misschien maar gaan sparen voor de 85 mm 1.4 f πŸ™‚

  • Macy

    I always love the way how you write, it’s so honest and it gives us a real insight into your process and how you’ve come your way! Thanks for sharing every week <3 xoxo

  • Fashion Party blog

    Great advice, I’ll definitely keep them in mind on my blogging journey πŸ™‚

    http://www.fashionpartyblog.com/

  • these posts are the best !!! πŸ™‚ love the previous one about ,,signs that you are going to be a great blogger” and this one too !! :))

    http://franchemeetsfashion.blogspot.cz/

  • These are really helpful tips!

    http://www.thoughtsinstyle.com/

  • Wat een goede tips weeral! Helaas merk ik in BelgiΓ« dat veel merken samen werken met mensen met veel volgers. Misschien ligt het aan mij maar vaak hebben zij niet perse goede content. Ik hoop dat dit snel veranderd want wij lopen hier altijd een beetje achter πŸ˜‰ Verder klopt de tip van fotografie helemaal. Ik heb net een 50 mm lens gekocht en mensen merkten dit meteen op.

    x Karen
    http://dressinginlabels.blogspot.com

  • Those are really great tips! I’m considering starting a youtube channel, but it seems like a huge commitment and also kinda scarry πŸ˜€ Although, I love watching other bloggers/vloggers and find youtube platform to be the best place to really get to know the person behind the blog. After all, video is the closest you can get to real life.

    Also, I’m constantly struggling with the balance of quality and quantity. I try to put great content on my blog and at the same time post more and do not have huge time gaps between posts.

    xx
    ALINA ERMILOVA | BLOG

  • These are so great! I love the stress of quality over quantity or followers. I sometimes need to remind myself that I’m blogging bc I love it; not for collabs or followers. I’m definitely thinking more about Youtube now!
    xx, Pia

    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

  • Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo Lynda
    http://fashion-petite.com/

  • You tube seems to be really popular nowadays but I do think they are quite scary too…Perhaps I will do it one day too, thanks for the inspiration!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

  • These are really good tips!! I’ve been blogging for a few years now and I see bloggers that just started and want to have 1000 followers or just do it for the followers…it’s so sad really, blogging should be something you do for yourself and others, not to gain followers… I get your thing with youtube, I used to think the same thing until I started my own channel, now I love it!

    xoRosie
    Rosie’s Life

    • Queen of Jet Lags

      Agreed!

  • Those tips are so useful. Especially the part about the photography side. I’m struggling with this one, and I’m starting to think I need to invest in 85mm 1.4. As for youtube; it’s really scary, because you’re controlling it, but people are more interactive over there. And of course, blogging is not only for yourself, but since you’re putting your personality out there, it shouldn’t be about copying someone or some specific photos. You have to bring something new to the big picture so people will take some time to interact and be a part of your audience! That’s how I see it! x

    http://tomboychronicle.com

  • Ally

    Such great tips!! I agree with everything although i don’t think i’m quite ready for the YouTube side of things. The first point is actually quite eye opening haha:)x
    AllysDays.blogspot.com

  • I love this post so much. The first point was definitely helpful for me right now – I put so much time into my content to make it the best it can be, but sometimes the number side of things gets me down!! And looking at numbers can make it far too easy to compare yourself to others too!

    Shot From The Street | Fashion Blog

  • AMAZING TIPS! I actually started my online persona on youtube before I started blogging! I totally get how scary it can be putting yourself out there in such a tangible way! Video can be way more personal than photos in my opinion! Tip 4 and 1 are things I wish I had when I first started blogging. Followers should not be #1, and as soon as I stopped focusing on that things started to grow! Great post! <3

    XO,
    Classic Shanelle | http://www.classicshanelle.com

  • These are all so clever tips, and definitely some I will take with me on this journey πŸ™‚

  • These are all very good points. Youtube quite scares me but I’ve been thinking about it more and more lately. Hearing your advice will definitely make me consider giving it a try more.

    -M
    http://www.violetroots.com

  • You Tube still scares me. I really don’t know if I will ever give it a go…

    Linda,
    Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Marie C.

    These are some good advice. I’m a newbie in the blogging world and these tips were helpful and I would say I agree with them 100 % πŸ™‚

    http://xo-marie.blogspot.com/

  • Vera Sawicki

    Wonderful tips. Thank you for sharing!!

    Blonde in Cashmere

  • Wat super fijn om dit allemaal te lezen! Ik heb zelf alleen nog maar de 50mm 1.8 lens voor mijn camera, maar aangezien ik echt een fotografie freak ben, wil ik wel ooit heel graag investeren in betere lenzen.

  • Charlotte

    Really great advice! I started a blog with my friend last year and she never wanted to commit to it so I cancelled the domain name and am trying to come up with something for myself and re-start it all. I’m really excited and I feel like these are very practical and good pieces of advice!

  • This was so helpful to read, I’ve been blogging for two years but I only recently feel like I’ve found my feet! Now I have a small audience viewing my posts who I appreciate so much and a lot more unique brands are interested in working with me because of my content, rather than my follower count. I am definitely growing more and more every week on my blog and hope it can grow to!

    Infinity of fashion// Lucy Jane

  • Erika Balban

    these are really good tips for a new blogger. I only started about a week and a half ago after researching for 2 years on how to make everything perfect, ive started with a free plan as a tester and maybe ill buy a more advanced plan, but im getting along. Photo quality is what is lacking for me, the lighting where I live is awful and even a good camera is failing to make things work, but im trying! thanks for this post xx https://justthatdiy.wordpress.com

  • AvantiGarde

    Thank you for these helpful tips! I will definitely try these out!

    Avanti
    xxx
    avantigarde.wordpress.com

  • This is a great article ! I love your tips and you definitely give the good ones for bloggers that just start now blogging πŸ™‚ The lens are so important in the photography department!

    Kiss, Carla.
    Alana & Kyra
    Ellen Vicius Bag GIVEAWAY

  • Really great tips! Awesome blog post idea!

    clumsyagenda.blogspot.com

  • Kristina

    Thank you so much for this great advice. I have to remind myself more often that it is the content that matters not the amount of followers. I totally agree that the photo equipment is important and although I have not that many followers yet, I am really proud of the quality of my photos.
    But youtube scares me πŸ˜€
    xo Kristina
    TheKontemporary

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  • philippa

    Great tips! (:
    Philippa – ByPhilippa

  • Such great advice! I’m not sure I’m ready for Youtube yet but I’m currently planning on changing my style a bit so that my content is a bit more exciting! xxx
    Lucy @ la-lingua.co.uk

  • Kara

    This was just what I needed to read right now. I’ve been blogging for just about 6months and this was very insightful! Thank you

    Kara

    http://www.whimsysoul.com

  • such a great post to read! I absolutely adore your blog and this blog post made me reflect so much! I can definitely agree on that great content is a necessity for attracting brands. I love photography and that’s why I decided already after 2 months to invest in a decent camera, best decision ever! I really wanna get into youtube as well, will definitely follow your advise and start early on!

    http://mowoblog.com

  • This is a great article! Thank you so much for sharing πŸ™‚

    xx Michaela

    Michaelablog

  • Adelaide

    Love this one!!!! Personal reflection is always so valuable!
    I think i’ll be doing a lot of reflecting tonight too πŸ™‚
    Thanks

    aworldlyaddiction.com

  • Love the advice! I cringe when I look back at some of my photos when I first started my blog. I think the biggest improvement over time is my photography after investing in a much better camera and lens and now I love the photos on The Style Memo. Hope you and your followers might like them too…! Stephanie x

    http://www.thestylememo.com

  • Lovey Fleming

    I cannot believe how generous and wise you are with your advice! I am incredibly grateful for your constant encouragement and tips– I feel more and more I am on the right track to being the quality blogger I dream of being! Always an inspiration~ you rock babe!

    xoxoxoxoxo

    https://youtu.be/JNaIor5lxN8?t=153