This week we’re talking about the baby steps of blogging, how we started and what advice we have for nOObs.
1. How has your blog changed over the months/years you’ve been
When I first started blogging, I was really shy about taking photos of what I was wearing, so I’d default to Polyvore sets. Since it was pretty much only my sister reading at the time, it wasn’t a big deal. Then, about a month or so in, I took my first outfit shots. I realized it wasn’t as nerve-wracking as I first thought it would be, so I continued. I used to take all my photos indoors, but was finally bold enough to venture outside to take photos early this year. I think the natural light looks much better in photos, regardless if they’re inside or outside.
I also decided to write longer posts (or articles) on different topics I was really passionate about, like this story about the sorority dress code and this one about the maternity section at Forever 21.
2. What was one thing you did wrong in the beginning and how have you
In the beginning, I didn’t like NOT posting, so I’d post stupid things. I snapped out of that after about a month or so. If you don’t have something valuable to say, don’t say anything. You’re not going to lose your readers if you don’t post for a day or so.
3. When you visit a blog what’s the greatest turn off?
I hate automatic music I can’t shut off. UGH!
4. How did you find your voice?
I’ve been a writer for years. I was on the newspaper staff in college, I was an English major and minor, so I developed my voice years ago, probably when I was still in high school.
5. If you had three pieces of advice to give to a new blogger what
would those be?
-Figure out what you like about the other blogs you read. Is it the photos, outfits, stories or something else that keeps you coming back? When you learn to dissect their work, you can figure out ways to incorporate the same ideas into your blog
– Much among the same vein, don’t copy anyone else. If you love something someone else is doing on their blog, don’t copy them. Figure out a way you can do something similar, without stealing their ideas. (If you want examples, I will give them)
-Don’t fret about comments. I’m such a lurker, as many others are. I read so many blogs, I rarely have time to comment on all of them. Comments are great, yes, but they’re not the only thing you need. Use twitter to communicate with your readers and other bloggers. (I only say this because I know many bloggers are hung up on the number of comments they receive.)
If you want to read the other FBFF posts, check out ModlyChic for a list of those participating.
If you have questions for me about this stuff, I’d be happy to help. Send me an email.