'and the award for most generic post title goes to...'

Yours truly! Ok, this post may not stand out hugely in a sea of fantastically etiquette titles, but one of the most frequent questions I'm often emailed, or asked is how to begin a blog. It's both a big and small question with the obvious answer being 'go to Blogger, Wordpress or Tumblr' and just do it- but with other points equally as important to note (especially if you're thinking of making things a little more 'serious' too). But regardless, I thought I'd try and have everything in one place and hopefully inspire some of you on-the-fencers to maybe take the plunge and press publish too!

Platform. Social. Check.
Okay, so literally the first thing you'll need to do is get a platform to write this bad boy from. There are so many incredible varied platforms out there now, so picking isn't as tricky as it's always been. Whether that's Blogger, Wordpress, SquareSpace or Tumblr- find the platform that suits you best and get cracking. When I started, Blogger seemed like the platform I found most easy to digest (being a coding novice too)- and was easy to customise (even if you're keeping it super simple, or even digging out a fancy Etsy layout).

Stop observing, start writing
I genuinely think one of the reasons I had so much faith in my blog during its infancy was down to the fact I didn't concern myself with what other people were doing. I read a handful of blogs I genuinely loved (none of which at this point were full time, or even using DSLR's) and just got on with my own thing. I knew the content I liked, which meant I was able to seek inspiration from that unto my own- but I never even worried about where they were up to in comparison to me, because at the time (and still to this day) it wasn't, and shouldn't really be relevant.

Find your jam
When I begun my blog I was at sixth form, barely out at weekends (unless it was for my Topshop Sunday shift), obsessing over finishing my A-Levels and still found things to write about. You don't have to be on a white sanded desert island to produce amazing content- but being able to find something you love talking about is the best place to start (be it charity shopping, books or gardening etc etc). One of the things that got me started (aside from music and photography) was a love of Nylon Magazine. I adored (and still adore) their content, mix of illustrations, photography, lifestyle, fashion and music content- and wanted something of my own to channel those things from too. I fingered through endless magazines for ideas, and still find that an amazing way of getting inspiration when the sea of blogging becomes a bit big and deep...

Don't worry about what you don't have
Although these things are lovely (and who wouldn't want them), you don't need an Olympus PEN, swanky DSLR, Chloe bag and clean backdrop to nail this blogging thing. Just a keyboard, something to say and a wifi connection, I promise. Everyone is different, and whilst all of the above are great, not having them won't make you a less successful blogger. The same goes for latest launches, new clothes and sweet-ass backdrops. Again, although some of my favourite blogs have those things- a lot of my other favourite blogs don't. For every girl I love writing about designer fashion, I have a complete must-follow who solely wears second hand. Everything in relation.

Just do it
One of my friends once told me, 'if you don't start something, you can never improve'- and I'm pretty sure that is something that has stuck with me ever since and motivated to improve, start and keep on doing what I love. Remember that everyone is at different stages of their lives, and it's never late to give something a go, no matter how daft, ridiculous or unimportant it seems. Just give it a go, and see what happens!

Let me know any of your blog starting tips too in case I've forgotten something! Sharing is caring!


x

'and the award for most generic post title goes to...'

Yours truly! Ok, this post may not stand out hugely in a sea of fantastically etiquette titles, but one of the most frequent questions I'm often emailed, or asked is how to begin a blog. It's both a big and small question with the obvious answer being 'go to Blogger, Wordpress or Tumblr' and just do it- but with other points equally as important to note (especially if you're thinking of making things a little more 'serious' too). But regardless, I thought I'd try and have everything in one place and hopefully inspire some of you on-the-fencers to maybe take the plunge and press publish too!

Platform. Social. Check.
Okay, so literally the first thing you'll need to do is get a platform to write this bad boy from. There are so many incredible varied platforms out there now, so picking isn't as tricky as it's always been. Whether that's Blogger, Wordpress, SquareSpace or Tumblr- find the platform that suits you best and get cracking. When I started, Blogger seemed like the platform I found most easy to digest (being a coding novice too)- and was easy to customise (even if you're keeping it super simple, or even digging out a fancy Etsy layout).

Stop observing, start writing
I genuinely think one of the reasons I had so much faith in my blog during its infancy was down to the fact I didn't concern myself with what other people were doing. I read a handful of blogs I genuinely loved (none of which at this point were full time, or even using DSLR's) and just got on with my own thing. I knew the content I liked, which meant I was able to seek inspiration from that unto my own- but I never even worried about where they were up to in comparison to me, because at the time (and still to this day) it wasn't, and shouldn't really be relevant.

Find your jam
When I begun my blog I was at sixth form, barely out at weekends (unless it was for my Topshop Sunday shift), obsessing over finishing my A-Levels and still found things to write about. You don't have to be on a white sanded desert island to produce amazing content- but being able to find something you love talking about is the best place to start (be it charity shopping, books or gardening etc etc). One of the things that got me started (aside from music and photography) was a love of Nylon Magazine. I adored (and still adore) their content, mix of illustrations, photography, lifestyle, fashion and music content- and wanted something of my own to channel those things from too. I fingered through endless magazines for ideas, and still find that an amazing way of getting inspiration when the sea of blogging becomes a bit big and deep...

Don't worry about what you don't have
Although these things are lovely (and who wouldn't want them), you don't need an Olympus PEN, swanky DSLR, Chloe bag and clean backdrop to nail this blogging thing. Just a keyboard, something to say and a wifi connection, I promise. Everyone is different, and whilst all of the above are great, not having them won't make you a less successful blogger. The same goes for latest launches, new clothes and sweet-ass backdrops. Again, although some of my favourite blogs have those things- a lot of my other favourite blogs don't. For every girl I love writing about designer fashion, I have a complete must-follow who solely wears second hand. Everything in relation.

Just do it
One of my friends once told me, 'if you don't start something, you can never improve'- and I'm pretty sure that is something that has stuck with me ever since and motivated to improve, start and keep on doing what I love. Remember that everyone is at different stages of their lives, and it's never late to give something a go, no matter how daft, ridiculous or unimportant it seems. Just give it a go, and see what happens!

Let me know any of your blog starting tips too in case I've forgotten something! Sharing is caring!


x

41 comments:

  1. Thank you for this blog post its very helpful ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿค“

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  2. Although I started my blog 18 months ago, there's still so much I love about this post! It's so encouraging. Comparison is so easy to do (and something I probably do all to often) and you're so right - we should take the content we enjoy as inspo and focus on what we're doing. I love that quote about improving too!

    Josie x

    www.aprettypostit.blogspot.com

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  3. Great post - needed some inspiration to re-jig my blog so thank you! Will definitely check out the etsy templates.

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  4. Such great tips!
    Love,
    www.thestyleventure.com

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  5. Love your thoughts on this whole blogging thing!! I definitely need to stop observing and start just doing! So much motivation in this post :) Thanks for sharing this, Olivia!

    xo Lauren
    http://www.earthtostyle.com/

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  6. This is great, Liv! Love these tips :)

    www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

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  7. Amazing tips - thank you for sharing! It does get hard when you start comparing yourself to others but I agree that you should just stick to what you do and acknowledge that everyone's different x

    www.nnyley.com

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  8. so useful, thanks for sharing!

    xx
    www.cherry-mag.com

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  9. I wish I had read these kind of tips when I started my blog 4 years ago. I still have a really bad habit of comparing my work with others. I wish I could do it less.

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  10. Love these tips, thank you!

    xx Alyssa
    visionsofnyc.blogspot.com

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  11. These tips are a lot of the things that helped me get started with my own blog, and I've never looked back! Great post.

    Written by Tasmine | UK Style Blog

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  12. These are great tips for beginners I still remembering starting mind and was so nervous but happy.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  13. amazing tips! Thank you for sharing.

    Life in Pastel

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  14. Yaaaaas great post Liv!

    www.ohjanuary.co.uk

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  15. I think that the best advice is Just do it!!! I was super scared to start my blog, I had no idea what people would think about it, specially people who I know in real life... but I started my blog. At first I was too scared to say anything to my friends or family but now that they have found out they are super supportive and I'm having the best time writing and taking all the pictures... I'm so happy I was brave enough to make that decision :) Loved reading this post! Great tips, as always!!!

    Anna xx
    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

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  16. I totally got stuck in the "read-only" mode for the longest time before I started my blog. Part of me is glad I did because market research is really valuable, but part of me is kicking myself for not getting started sooner. I love that you follow high fashion designer bloggers as well as us second-hand lovers. Keepin' it real! :)

    -Lauren
    www.laurelnova.com

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  17. So many great tips! I agree with them all Olivia :-) My main tip would also be to just get cracking and write about something, take photos of something, just make whatever content you like. Even if you're not sure about a post, just press publish and learn as you go x

    www.totalmodisch.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. I agree on just doing it! If you think about something too much then you won't ever start it
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  19. Just do it is the best advice! I was terrified when I started my blog, but I've found the blogging community to be a sweet and warming group of people. I haven't found one hateful comment on any blogs I've visited.
    It's a great environment, and no matter what you post, it's a great way to interact with others!!

    Mimi
    www.coffeeandsunday.com

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  20. This was exactly what I needed. Funny thing is I just decided to restart an do a blog the way I intended to through fashion and makeup. I log on and see you posted this it has to be more than a coincidence; I know that I just have to start now if I want to get somewhere.
    thank you so much for this inspiration!!

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  21. Awesome tips! thanks for sharing!
    <3
    katsfashionfix.blogspot.com

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  22. Super helpful! Love this!

    Mel | www.thegossipdarling.com

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  23. I definitely feel like the best advice is "just do it." I may not have a huge blog with a ton of followers, but I've met so many cool people through blogging that I don't even care. We all have our own thing. That's what makes blogging so cool. What we say matters to *someone.*

    http://www.alittleevil.net

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  24. you make me want to cry, but smile at the same time. all happy tears haha. it's like you read my mind and put it is what I was seeking into words. My sister has also been an inspiration when it came to my blog and telling me the simple three words "Just do it" and that's literally all that I think anybody needs to hear. Just do it for yourself, just do it because you want to write and share, just do it because it's all for fun!! :)

    bekahxjayne.blogspot.com.au

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  25. LOVED this post, so helpful and everything!!!! Thank you soo much for sharing
    Have a great day,
    Madalena

    www.maadalenaaa.blogspot.com

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  26. Please do a post on flatlays because that one you have created up there is amazing!!

    poppyrkay.blogspot.co.uk

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  27. Thanks for sharing these tips! Very useful :)
    Www.sthefanie.com

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  28. I LOVE that notebook! Where's it from?

    I second the flatlay post request!

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  29. Really enjoyed reading this post, Liv and found it really encouraging! I only started my blog a few months ago and whilst I've been reading many for years now, I've told myself not to worry or compare, just write! XXX

    Harriet
    http://harrietpattison.com

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  30. I love this post, it's so simple and yet so helpful! I just find it so hard to find things to post about all the time that I think people would find interesting to read, that's my problem, i know i want to be a fashion/lifestyle/travel blog but i don't know how to manage that on a student budget! even though I also know you don't need money to blog as well!

    www.elzbthchlmrsrpps.blogspot.co.uk

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  31. I wish I had this post when I started my blog last year! This was so helpful, thank you Olivia x

    My Little Online Space

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  32. Love these tips! Do you have sights were you purchase your backdrops from?
    -Kate
    Katekoutures.blogspot.com

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  33. This post is exactly what I wanted to see!

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  34. This is such a great post! Good advice and handy tips, thanks! I've started a blog about my products and designs which I've started selling on Etsy.

    http://sukisaburstudio.blogspot.co.uk

    Suki X

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  35. Great advice Liv - my little blog is about a year and a half now but some of these tips are just as relevant today as they would have been when I first started writing. I find the best bit of advice is not to compare yourself, and work with what you got. And if you want people to read - promote the hell out of it on social media! You've put blood, sweat and tears into your blog (OK, hopefully not blood) so shout from the rooftops about it!

    Kara xx

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  36. Great advice Liv - my little blog is about a year and a half now but some of these tips are just as relevant today as they would have been when I first started writing. I find the best bit of advice is not to compare yourself, and work with what you got. And if you want people to read - promote the hell out of it on social media! You've put blood, sweat and tears into your blog (OK, hopefully not blood) so shout from the rooftops about it!

    Kara xx

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  37. Just stumbled across this post and it is full of gorgeous advice. I've only just started writing a couple of months ago and this is so helpful. Thank you so much!
    - M x

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  39. I actually watched your YouTube video first before coming to check out this post. Thank you because this post really helped me with my blog, you're really inspiring. I hope one day I'll be successful as you.

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