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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Clashing Time: What I've learnt from my blogging friends

I have always been a big believer that you should never been ashamed to ask for help. If you are fortunate enough to have people around you with more knowledge and experience than you, then don't be a fool - make the most of that! When bloggers come on to the scene I think they feel immense pressure to know everything all of a sudden...photography, content creation, scheduling, the lot. That is completely unrealistic! I still don't know everything after over 7 years of blogging, and that is nothing to be ashamed of.
A couple of months ago my beautiful friend Kat from Laydey Katabella organised the #InstaPrettyParty for a few of the lovely Camb Meet Up bloggers. We went to Wild Frost Cafe in Ramsey and spent the afternoon chatting, drinking tea, eating cake, and most importantly - taking pictures. Kat had set up some tables with everything you could need for an instagram photoshoot. There were decorative backgrounds, fake flowers, straws, printed information sheets and a whole lot more. We spoke for about 10 minutes about how she uses these items to take her own instagram pictures and then taught us about angles, lighting and colour schemes. Not everyone takes pictures in the same way, but it is so interesting to learn how and why other bloggers create their instagram feed.
I don't think that you need to attend a mini bloggers event to learn about how bloggers organise their Instagram feed, but instead simply just ask! I have had such a great response from bloggers over the years and I don't intend on stopping any time soon. If you are especially impressed by the way an Instragram picture has been edited, or are interested in a certain item in a picture..just go ahead and ask them about it! It is such a compliment to be asked questions about your work, so bite the bullet and give it a go. You may not always get an answer, but more often than not, you will hear something. Twitter is fantastic for all kinds of networking, but I have found it most useful for asking questions. All bloggers had to start somewhere, they didn't just start as perfect as they are now - remember that! I have been fortunate enough to learn so much from my blogger friends over the years, so I'm here to tell you a few of the key things you should know.
Create long term goals
Although I don't have it specially written down in a notebook, I have my long term goals locked away in my brain. I, unlike many people, simply have the long term goal to continue enjoying doing my blog. Some people want to make money from it, some want to make friends through it, but mine really is to just not lose the thrill of doing it. Obviously it is absolutely fine to not have long term goals, but I think it helps to guide you whilst you're on your blogging journey.

Have some form of content plan
As I haven't been posting very much recently you would think that I don't have a content plan - believe it or not, I do! My only difference is that unless there is a specific deadline for the post to be written, then I don't put dates by it. I have a notebook with the posts I need to do in chronological order and I try to stick to this as much as possible. With so much content out there, it isn't easy to ensure that you're posting about all that you want to, so by having a content plan means that you can get your head around what you want to upload. 

Try and only post good photographs
Now this sounds pretty obvious, but when you look through your images and you don't have that many good ones then you are stuck with a predicament. Do you shoot them all again, or do you post fewer images? I will always say the latter. I love a blog post with lots of images, but if you aren't proud of all of them, then don't post them. You should only be putting out content that you feel happy for people to look at.
Buy your own domain name
As much as this wasn't a big deal back in 2009 (in fact it was quite a popular thing to have .blogspot.com in your blog URL), in order to look professional in 2016 it is really important to get your own domain name. Even if you don't think your blog is going to be anything big, if you want to work with brands then it does add an element of respectability to have a .co.uk or .com URL. I have had lots of problems over the years with domain name purchases, but if you either google it, or know someone with some form of web skills then you can get a domain name bought and synced to your blog in no time!

A good mobile site layout
If you are just starting out then the layouts that come free with a blogger or wordpress account are fantastic. There seems to be quite a bit of flexibility with them nowadays which means you can change things about until you like it. One thing I have learnt is that when you start looking into analytical website data, then the amount of people coming to your site through their mobile (because they have clicked on a link through social media) is very high and it means that you MUST have a layout which displays well on a phone. I bought mine from pipdig for about £30 and I love it. It may seem like an annoying financial outgoing, but it makes a huge difference to how your content is displayed - and therefore affects whether visitors will come back. 
To finish off my post I thought I would detail a few other things that i've learnt from some of my amazing blogging pals. I don't think you need to follow all of these, but they sure have made a difference to me...
- Be honest - make sure you would say what you've written in a post to a person in real life 
- Get a camera you feel comfortable using - don't just buy what is the trendy camera at the time. If you can't use it properly then what is the point?
- Buy a spare camera battery - this has saved me so many times when i've realised that I haven't charged my battery in my camera enough, or have taken so many pictures that i've run it down completely. 
- Buy an external hard drive - blog pictures and videos are normally very big files, if you want your computer to run at a good speed then do not store all of this content on there. Grab an external hard drive and keep it all safe on there (and don't forget to back it all up).
- There is no such thing as too many memory cards - if you keep an extra one in your bag at all times then you never have to worry.
- A portable charger will change your life! For every day life, and for events, this will make life much less stressful.
To check out what happened at the #InstaPrettyParty watch my vlog on my YouTube channel below. Let me know what you think! CTx
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Laura C said...

Aw love it Pippa! Your photos are always so gorgeous and the vlog gives some serious slow mo cake porn haha!

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Kelly said...

I love the photos on this post! And you're right - I've learned so much from you ladies :)

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Hannah Walter said...

Love this post Pippa! I love the Camb Meet Up facebook page, it's great for getitng advice from some wonderful people!

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