So I'm quite new to this crazy world of blogging, and I thought it would be fun to share with you some things I have learnt, and also some things I'm still working on... Really, I think I just wanted to do a bit of a casual/let's have a chat post, I feel that it's the online equivalent to a sit down over a cup of tea!
I always knew the blogging world existed. When I was interested in a beauty product I would hop on Google and see what other people thought and what it looked like on them or see what other people thought of a book I was interested in reading, but now that I am a part of this world I realise there is so much more to it.
In my almost two months as a blogger I feel like I am starting to get the hang of some things a little, my first few posts took me so long, between taking the photos, sorting through them, worrying about my wording, changing my mind and starting all over again, it was quite a process! Now I feel like I am getting my photos organised, my entire computer is just folders upon folders, it may not sound productive to some people, but it really is making my life easier!
I am also getting more organised, I have heard a few people mention having a notebook to jot down ideas, I love having this, I have little lists where I write down notes or start lists so I don't forget things (at the moment I am working on my January favourites post and I think if I had to sit down and think of all the products I loved during January I would struggle, never fear, trusty little notebook to the rescue!) I think this will be even more helpful on my return to work this week as my brain seems to function less efficiently when it is full of work info, does this happen to anyone else..?
There are a few things that I am still learning and I kind of like that, I think the more you learn the more you realise you don't know, so I hope I'm always learning new things! Here are the main things I am trying to figure out...
Photos- taking photos is tricky, particularly with make up/nail polish I think it is important that things look true to colour, and I don't always feel like I am very good at this! Sometimes I blame the weather... But I'm working on it! I'm also not sure what the rules are about using photos from websites, so I'm just taking my own. This is working for me at the moment and I think I would only want to use other people's photos if I was trying to re-create a look or something, I'll cross that bridge when I come to it! Which brings me to my third photo-related qualm... I am a little nervous about taking photos of myself, I think this is something that will just come in time and my blogging/photography confidence will grow, I just think some people are amazing at this and it's a little intimidating, but I'll get there!
Replying to comments- This is something I am super confused about, I don't know the right way to respond to comments left on my blog, I am pretty sure that if I reply to it on my blog that that person won't be notified, but sometimes I feel a little silly responding on their blog under a post they have done about something totally unrelated, so I'm still working on the best way to do this, but rest assured, I am most definitely reading all of the comments, loving that you guys are relating to some of my posts, and writing down all the make up recommendations, I love it!
Lastly I just wanted to share with you some blogs that have helped me learn more about blogging, IFB (or Independent Fashion Bloggers) have a lot of useful blogging tips which I have enjoyed reading, and of course Vanisha, I just get so excited every time she has a new post up on her new series on blogging, it is interesting, thought provoking and absolutely invaluable to someone new to the blogging world like me.
Whether you have been blogging for two days, two months like me, or ten years I think everyone brings something unique to the table and I think that is one of the things I love most about it. I love finding new blogs and if there is something that catches my eye letting that person know! It's so interesting and I very much look forward to reading more from all of you.
I would love if you told me a little about your blogging experience below, and am always happy to accept advice!