Saturday, 9 February 2013

Blogging Tips. What I've Learnt Along the Way

I am no expert on what's right and wrong in the blogging community, however I have been blogging for over three years and so there are a few things that I've picked up along the way. They may be good hints and tips for you to look at for your bloggy ♥
1. Blog for yourself|
Such a cliche of blogging, and something you hear a huge amount. Honestly though, if you're not passionate about what you're blogging each week, then it will show. Blog about what you enjoy, what you like to photograph and what excites you. Blogging will be made a lot easier and the ideas for blog post will start flowing.

2. Clear and large photo's|
First impressions are everything, and having a simple and clean layout, with large photographs is a must. People like to see photo's, it draws them in and gets them reading, if they can't see the image well, they're less likely to stay on your blog.

This however, does not mean that you need the best camera on sale. This does not mean that you have to become, or even are a professional photographer. Just know how to use the camera you own, properly. Learn basic editing techniques and adjust your blog so you can use X-Large images (on blogger)

3. Be open minded|
There are a lot of controversial topics when it comes to blogging, some you'll agree with and others you won't. The best tip I can give you for this, is be open minded. If you don't like what others are doing, just nod your head (or shake it), smile and then move on. As long as you're doing what you believe is right, then nothing else matters.

You will find certain bloggers want to cause a stir and be the cause of the controversy, this isn't something you need to worry about. Blog in the right way, that you believe, and let everyone else do what they believe is right.

I am very opinionated, I have an opinion on most blogging topics, I am of course passionate about some of them and voice them in the way I feel I can. I don't like to cause problems with my beliefs though...each to their own

4. Takes more than you think|

I have mixed reviews about such things as the blogging forums and Company Magazine features, I am all for learning new things and listening to what has to be said. I do however, think that some bloggers are then under the impression that if they do X, Y & Z they'll be the next "big blogger". This is not how it works, and you could be doing everything technically right, but honestly there are no right and wrongs. What works for one does not mean that it will work for the other. 

I read Sofia's blog post a long time ago, and one of the points she makes is that the beauitful go far. This is so true, and although I don't think many people like to believe it, that's life. We want to read the blog's of the pretty with the exciting lives, because we want to wear their clothes and use their style. This of course does not mean we all give up, because we don't have waist length hair and perfect skin, I just think it's something to be aware of when it comes to "making it".

5. Talk, Talk, Talk|

Twitter is probably the best thing for any blog, use it! Talk to bloggers you love, blogs you read and shops you enjoying spending your money at. I also believe commenting on other posts are extremely important, show that you care about what others are writing. Reading others blog will give you inspiration, and help you make some amazing friends
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Tumblr, media is endless and will only help you blog improve if they're used to the full potential. 

6. Introduce yourself|

I personally think that emailing brands and shops you'd like to work with can work in your favour. I also am highly aware that many wouldn't think so, and believe that you should wait for companies to find you, in the 1000's of blogs that are out there.

When talking to two business ladies Rhiannon & Sophie, they both agree'd that there is nothing wrong with emailing and making them aware of your blog. However some times emails can get lost in the over whelming amount that they receive daily, and also many bloggers will be far too pushy and aggressive about the subject of "freebies". They suggest talking to them on twitter, or Facebook, even commenting on their personal blogs to get a relationship going. One thing you should think when talking to any brands, companies or even bloggers is "Make your mother proud" (Quote Crown and Glory). 

7. Listen to what others have to say|

You're not the best blogger, you probably never will be. Always try to look for constructive criticism to improve your blog and allow it to grow more and more. The smallest of idea could be hugely important to how you run your blog. 

8.Don't compare yourself|

It is probably one of the hardest things not to do. Indulging in what other comments, readers and views are won't get you anywhere! You are what you are, and comparing yourself to others around you can just encase you in negativity. There are so very many blogs out there, statistically you'll be better than some of them, statistically you'll be worse than many. That's just the way it is, work on your blog to improve it as best you can, don't worry about what you "think" you should be at a certain stage of your blogging life.

9.Be Honest|

When it comes to both your readers and to companies you may end up working with, be honest about anything they ask or anything you blog.

It is ethically right about stating when something is free or gifted to you (Most people have a disclaimer section on their blog, or use a c/o to show this). It is also very important to mark when you have been paid for a post or a link within a post. You might not think that people will pick up on it, but the more readers you get, the more they will notice these things and you should be able to show you're doing it right.
Also don't lie about your out reach when a possible feature comes about, it's not the be all & end all of why some one would work with you,  so tell the truth. These people need to make money, they have a business to run, so asking questions about your views and how you blog is not something you should see as negative. 

10. Be Real|

I think this links everything together that I've just said. I think it's just important to remember that you can blog how you want, say what you wish and photograph what ever takes your fancy but following any rules may not help in any way.

Remember to blog for yourself, don't get caught up in doing it for anything else. I appreciate it can help with other pathways through life, and it honestly can. 
Personally, my blog is a hobby and an online diary of my thoughts and outfits. I would never be against going further with it if opportunities came about, but for now I am very much aware of this amazing hobby I have created and worked on for the last 3 years.

This is what I've learnt along the way, agree or disagree with them, they've still helped Stephanie Dreams.


  1. They're all great tips. I think it's important not to compare yourself with other bloggers and dwell too much on the numbers.

    I don't really like Twitter but I agree that it's brilliant for interacting with other bloggers and brands, and is a good way to share new blog posts and stuff.


  2. Some great tips Steph, it can be hard when your small to keep going, but it's true to not compare and keep improving!!


  3. Really great tips Steph :) I always enjoy reading your blog and it deserves all the success it has! xxx

  4. Great tips. But I think its really hard to not try and compare yourself with others but it definitely is important not to for longevity.

    Lola xx

  5. Great tips here :) and they obviously work for you; you've done really well for yourself! xx

  6. Aw really love this post, I love the variety of your blog. Some really helpful tips, thank you! xx

  7. Great post, I really enjoyed reading it!! Some very true points! Xx

  8. You fountain of wisdom, you! x

  9. And so say all of us! Great tips :)

    J x

  10. I know I've already commented on twitter but I really just wanted to tell you again how appreciative I am of this post, and of you bringing to my attention Sofia's blog post which I've also just read.

    As someone who is looking to enter this world and start a blog, it is slightly overwhelming to know 'what to do for the best'. Hey, I know there's no real answer here, for what works for some won't for others, but its always nice to read tips from those, especially you Steph, who I see as being a success in the blog world. I really liked this post and am glad to have read it whilst trying to hone and tweak my blog before it gets its official 'release' (hopefully very soon)!

    Thanks Steph :)

    Tori xx

  11. I think these are all such great tips steph, really enjoyed reading this.

    Xo Amie

  12. This is such a great post!
    It really puts blogging into perspective, really enjoyed reading it!
    christina xoxo

  13. These really are amazing tips, thank you. xx

  14. I really loved reading this post. My blog is only a month old and it's all relatively new to me, so these tips have been very helpful to read!


  15. I think this is the best written post about advice for blogs that I have ever read. xo

  16. Those are really great tips. I especially like the encouragement and caution in 'introducing yourself.' Don't forget, you also want people to find and read your posts like I wrote about in how to make your blog popular

  17. Great blog post huni! I agree with it all! Very well put :) xx

  18. Hey Steph, first time reader here and I think your tips are fabulous, especially your comments about being true. One of my pet hates with blogging is the non-disclosure of free & c/o items, although I think this is becoming less of a problem especially with American bloggers as they are now required by law to disclose this information.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say that I love your blog and will be following - so gorgeous!

  19. Steph, thank you so much for sharing these advices. I guess it's very helpful for us, bloggers <3

  20. Fab post. A lot of your blogging advice could be applied to life, in general. I esp. like the smile, nod and move on one!

  21. Such great advice Steph and some I am going to put into practice - that being to talk talk talk!
    I guess this is very much the way I am being quite shy and all but I cannot always wait for others to come to me. This year it's about big changes!

  22. I basically agreed with all of what you said above, it can be very hard to not compare yourself to others and often wonder what you are doing wrong when comments and views don't come rolling in. You just need to remember who you are writing for at the end of the day - you! <3

  23. i think this is such a nice inspirational post :)
    i havnt been blogging too long and its some times a bit disheartening knowing not many people will have even noticed my blog but i enjoy doing it so im keeping it going :) ! I love most of your posts tbh ;).


  24. Such a great post, and fantastic advice esp for those like me who have just started bloggin :) do agree with the photo thing, it's always something that draws me into reading.


  25. Completely agree with the talking aspect - I've met some wonderful people this way! Including you ;)

  26. I love this post, its very uplifting and encouraging. I'm a new blogger and am struggling to get into it regularly unlike other bloggers who update daily! Slowly I'll find my way with my blog but this post has really helped.

    Paige xo

  27. This is such a great and useful post. I am brand new to blogging - only been doing it for 2 weeks - and needing all the help and advice I can get at the moment. This post has summarised the main principles for me - thank you!


  28. This is such a good post Steph.. I think especially when you start to get down on your blog, then you read something like this and it reminds you that actually we blog because we enjoy it and there aren't any rules. xx

    The Little's

  29. This is a really lovely and helpful post. I’m a complete novice blogger and feel a little overwhelmed with thoughts like ‘how do I even start to get noticed?!’. But I’m going to blog for the enjoyment and hope to find a sense of community in time.

  30. Great post x

  31. Such good advice! I agree completely. Twitter is such a good bit of advice - I love getting to know other bloggers better!

    Lost in the Haze: a Fashion Photography Blog

  32. these are such great tips! I recognise some I have learnt along the way too! :)

    Drawing Dreaming

  33. This is a really good post. There are many great tips.
    I started a blog a week ago and I have a lot to learn.

    Maria xx

  34. Hello, just stumbled onto your blog through accident, or maybe some fate.
    Thank you for the very informative post.

    i've only been blogging on tumblr and would like to revive the old blogspot because i remember that's where i was introduced to blogging.
    This was an interesting read.
    Looking forward to starting up the new blog now ^-^

  35. Thank you for sharing this! Much needed, since I am just starting out =)

  36. Great post Steph! And I completely agree with number 4. I remember reading that blog post by Sofia when she first wrote it and thinking how true it is. That's just the way the world works!
    I love Stephanie Dreams because I feel like I 'know' you in some way and you just post what you want to, not whatever everyone else is posting or what the so-called 'rules' say you should post. You should be very proud of what you've built up :) xxx

  37. This is such a helpful post, your blog is absolutely lovely and it's refreshing to hear an honest and realistic list of tips for blogging, so thank you =)

    Sophs xx

    The Sopho Diaries

  38. Loved this post, it is definitely helpful reading such honest tips. I really enjoyed reading this post xx

  39. I'm very new to blogging, and these are some great tips, thank you :) I especially like the 'be real' one - to blog for yourself xx

  40. Awesome tips. Great post, been a total help

  41. Loads of great information for new bloggers here! As a newbie I often worry about what I'm posting, but I've recently come to the conclusion that I should be posting what I believe in and what I feel comfortable with! For me it's OOTD's. But I know my technique and interests will evolve as I get more confident in the blogger world and I'm really looking forward to it!

    Sue :)

  42. This is a great post, thank you for sharing :) it's hard not to get frustrated when you work really hard on your blog and it doesn't seem to be getting too much attention, but I'm getting there :) Just taking it one day at a time now! :)
    Vicki x


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