6 Things To Do In Your First 6 Months Of Blogging.

It is officially the 6 month of this little space on the internet, literally how? I can’t fathom what the last 6 months has thrown at me, it’s rather insane and I’m slightly gobsmacked. The friends I’ve made, the opportunities I’ve had and the confidence I’ve grown…already…thank you, just, thank you.

So, in light of my 6 month of blogging – what would be more fitting than 6 things to do in your first 6 months of blogging. Let’s dive right in, shall we?

GO SELF HOSTED

When I was looking into blogging and started out, I read many a posts like this and I constantly read about going self hosted. At first I was sceptical, but now I honestly couldn’t agree more. If you believe your blog is going to stick around and you want to invest in it, it’s usually around £40 and will change the game. I’m not saying having .blogspot or .wordpress in your domain means nobody will take you seriously, of course they will, but everything just looks a little more professional. I have found my following slowed down dramatically when going self-hosted, but my viewing and engagement increased – as to why? I have no clue. I went self hosted in my fourth month of blogging, and after lots of pondering I finally went with Siteground. Who couldn’t have been better in helping me and getting me on my feet. If you don’t like the idea of diving right in, buy your own domain, I do think that is the main pivot in all this!

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REACH OUT AND WORK WITH BRANDS

Some of us blog with the intention of working with brands, some, don’t. But I would highly suggest getting yourself ‘out there’, making yourself known to brands and PR companies will always be in your favour. My reasoning? It’s an experience blogging offers which not many other platforms could. It helps with your writing, creates you somewhat of a portfolio if you’re looking to really build your blog and is exposure for you and advertising for them.

NETWORK

Possibly the most important of the 6? Get a Twitter, get an Instagram, talk to people, join in chats, go to events and meet bloggers face to face. Do it all. As well as making blogging a more pleasurable experience altogether, it creates relationships that are priceless. It helps you to observe, learn and develop in your blogging and equally share your knowledge to others. In general, the blogging community is a really lovely and everyone is in the same boat in one way or another. As mentioned before, social media is the best way to network, Twitter especially. Twitter chats and RT accounts will get you on your feet in the community and start creating your circle. Events are daunting, but for me made everything a little more…real?

GUEST POSTING

If you’re unfamiliar with guest posting – it goes one or two ways. Either, you write a post on someone else’s blog, or you invite someone to write on yours. It takes a little more to do that however that’s the general idea. But it’s the perfect way to get yourself out there in blogsphere, connect with other bloggers, share your work and help others share theirs. I’ve done a few now on many different sites and it’s helped massively in upping my engagement – as people get a taste for you and your writing, whatever that may be about. A similar approach is collabing with other bloggers on posts, or even doing tags!

SPRUCE UP THE BLOG

A good old makeover is great to catch eyes and a sleek professional look keeps people coming back. If you’re not self hosted and on WordPress, then this is slightly more limited but not impossible of course. Add some widgets or a header, change up the little bits. If you do go self hosted, however, you’re free to really spruce up the blog – buy a theme, you can find lots on Etsy for as cheap as £2 with such a wide range to suit every blog! Sprucing up the blog could also include updating your about page or contact page, cleaning up your sidebar or even getting a few new photography props to up your pictures.




FIND INSPIRATION

The classic saying of ‘don’t compare your year 1 to someone’s year 4’. This is only the first 6 months of your hopefully long blogging journey. Baby steps, baby steps. Use it as a time to really get into the blogging community and find your feet. Get inspired and make your goals, it won’t come handed to you on a silver plate alas, but all great things take time and I think that giving it time and working on your blog bit by bit really helps find your place.

 

 

I hope these helped, there’s probably a million things people ‘should do’ when starting a blog, but to me these are some of the cardinal ones.

Until next time,

Em x

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16 responses to “6 Things To Do In Your First 6 Months Of Blogging.”

  1. Julia says:

    Hi Em, I’d be interested in reading a post on reaching out to brands?

    I agree that Twitter chats are a great way to get your blog out there, as well as a good way to meet other like-minded bloggers

    Julia x
    http://www.juliarachelday.co.uk

    • emibeccamarven says:

      Heyy! Funny you say that, I’ve just started writing one about reaching out to brands, not sure when it’ll be up but if you have any questions in the mean time please do email me or message me on my twitter or Instagram☺ they really are!! I definitely need to get into the swing of doing them again I’ve been so busy! X

      • I agree with Julia’s comment, and I a post on reaching out to brands sounds like such a helpful idea. Hopefully some brand will want to work with me, if I continue on reaching out- at least one has got to like what I’m promoting, right? I haven’t gone self hosed, and I kind of don’t plan to, just as I find blogging a nice “escape” for me and my personal thoughts, so I don’t think it would benefit me much. Having a good cohesive blog theme really has helped me! x

        Kyia at WANDERLUSTGIRL// Lifestyle & Beauty
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        • emibeccamarven says:

          I’ll get right on it lovely! I’d be happy to post something for you. Of course they will!! It’s just a case of sticking to it! Thats absolutely fair enough lovely, I get that! Ahh no way, I’m so glad! x

  2. apageofme02 says:

    I love this post! Super useful, i really need to go self hosted! Just have not got round to doing it at all, & now i need to wait for pay day! Definitely agree with networking, 100% the best way to gain traffic and followers xxx

    • emibeccamarven says:

      Aww thank you! Yesss, that’s so exciting! Its just nice to feel part of the community and find like minded people too! xxx

  3. Kate says:

    I definitely agree with all of these and think reaching out to brands is a great idea. Some people think it’s cheeky but I think if you’re polite and honest then there’s no harm in asking. X

    Kate// itskaterose.com

  4. Elisha says:

    Love the tips in this post! I may have to look at being self hosted in the near future…

  5. These are really helpful, one thing that I need to work on is purchasing a domain and attending blogging events. I’m more of a homebody so this will definitely help push me out of my comfort zone.

  6. Isobel says:

    Great tips em! I love attending blogger events! I honestly wish I could attend more but they’re always in London! Living in the midlands can be difficult to get to there!

    Isobel x

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    • emibeccamarven says:

      Ahh thank you lovely! Yess same, still so sad I couldn’t go to BlogCon:(( Ahaha I know that feeling! x

  7. brushyneedle says:

    This was very interesting to read as I’m still 1 month into blogging and haven’t made my mind about going self-hosted. When do you think it’s the best time to do it?

    • emibeccamarven says:

      I guess there isn’t really a best time, some do it instantly, some wait. I did it about 4 months in when I knew this was going to be a constant thing for me and I wanted to take it quite seriously (and when I had the money aha!) so really play it by your own ear, there’s no right or wrong time! x

  8. possiblysami says:

    Aw, happy six months of blogging Em! These are some really useful ideas/notes to consider! It’s one of the reasons why I love your blog so much! Would love to read more posts like this girly! xxx

  9. Sophie says:

    I’ve been blogging over 2 years now and still don’t do some of these things, maybe I should work on that. Lovely post x

    Sophie’s Spot

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