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Beginners guide to blogging

Goal setting.

So I’ve completed my first full month of blogging!

This month I’ve had a lot of ups and downs, with starting my blog, recently starting a new job, and planning a round the world trip! (phew! A lot can happy in a month!)

I’ve had so many people say how they would love to start a blog but for one reason or another haven’t, I’ve also been asked quite a few questions! So I thought I’d wrote a post to cover the things that I have learnt in the last month, the good the bad and the ugly! So let’s get down to it! What have I learnt and what are my current stats?

What a blogger actually is? Common misconceptions

I think people who don’t blog have a stereotypical notion that bloggers (and youtubers) kind of sit there and write/record and magically get paid money. A blogger in a nutshell is all of the below and more in no particular order:

A photographer, a writer, a copywriter, a marketer, a creative, an editor, a social media manager, a PR manager and an influencer. It’s a full circle job, and if you already have a job it does take a lot of time and effort, but the best thing is it’s a space that is all yours to create, and totally worth it!

Be realistic

I think we tend to get carried away when we begin anything really, ‘run before we walk that’ kind of thing. It’s easy to see all the fab bloggers getting whisked away on yachts AND getting paid for it, and looking at your little blog and thinking AHHH where am I going wrong?! I think in my first month I was quite naive to the amount of time, effort, patience and consistency running a blog takes. You may now be an overnight viral success, but little by little if you work hard enough, you will be a success, I believe in you

You’re going to have to learn to be (at least a bit) tech-savvy

This isn’t harmful for any of us – considering no matter what job you have the digital world is taking over! A few steps I would suggest when starting up your blog:

  • Pay for wordpress.org, a domain name and a web host – if your blog gets successful (which it will I’ve got faith in youuu!) You will wish you had your own domain name – so you can ‘own’ your space in the digital world! Plus you can get beautifully designed themes and endless plug- ins – it’s worth the money and saves time in the long run.
  • Try a bit of coding: Coding terrifies me – I don’t know why – I think it’s all the numbers and crazy squiggles. But it’s a great way to design your blog exactly how you want it and shape your creative vision authentically.
  • Lets get social! Set up a twitter account and an Instagram account for your blog. I am still getting to grips with pinterest and tumblr (and all the rest) but I find twitter, instagram and facebook best for traffic.

Come up with a blog name that you will like – FOREVER – my blog has gone in quite a different direction since I started, and I am already thinking of changing it! Eeek.

Imagery matters – use your own.

Use your imagery to create your own vision. Making a stamp on an ‘overcrowded’ market is never easy. It’s even harder if you use someone else’s work. Why? Because it’s already been done. It is as simple as that, you’re not bringing anything new to the table, it’s already out there in the world and nobody likes a copycat. Every photograph, every opinion, every review is still important no matter how many times It’s been written about everyone has something different to bring to the table, that’s why we were all made so unique. Of course its great to use images from tumblr or pinterest from time to time but try and use your own imagery to create your own vision. People talk about ‘themes’ im not really a theme person, purely because one day I feel one way, and the next day I feel another, because I’m human. But I know the importance of branding as a key way to retain an ‘audience’ or reader as this is what I work with on a daily basis, but do whatever comes naturally to you, don’t force anything just because it worked for someone else, do you!

STATS

Blog stats – Okay so I’m (very) new to google analytics so I’ve took my stats from my web host control panel which shares similar information in terms of traffic just not in as much detail.

In a month I have had a total: 8,589 page views – that seems crazy to me! Sometimes I feel like i’m just talking to myself on this blog but apparently i’m not ha! Here is a break down of the main countries that have visited my blog this month:

UK – 5,122 views

USA – 1,912 views

Sweden – 373 views

Germany -329 views

Australia views – 115 views

France 80 views

Japan 73 views

The rest are broken down into different countries but above are my highest numbers, they fluctuate a lot as I though they would, with the UK clearly leading.

Instagram: I started with 324 followers on Instagram (unsure how as I only had about 12 posts!)As of today (18th May) I have 492 that’s 168 more followers this month.

Twitter: – I started with 290 followers and around 200 tweets.

I now have 471 followers which is 181 more people following this month.

Top blogger tip: – followers fluctuate all of the time – its natural don’t freak out!

So all together on my main social media platforms I have gained 349  followers in one month, I know this doesn’t sound a lot as some bloggers have thousands and thousands of followers but for my first month of blogging and considering I was completely private before (actually rejecting people who tried to follow me on social media) I’m proud of that!

Most of all, if it feels right for you keep blogging and following your dreams!

 

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37 Comments

  • Reply Chhavi

    Sounds great! I also started blogging a month back and I had around a 1600 views and I was so happy. Haha. I think it’s time I get a domain, I use the free WordPress blog and I guess thats why I don’t get too much traffic as yet.

    May 21, 2016 at 7:30 am
    • Reply Budget Girl Xo

      That’s really good! So nice when people acknowledge your hard work isn’t it! 🙂 Yeah I would definitely recommend getting a domain it really helped 🙂 Xo

      May 23, 2016 at 7:31 am
  • Reply Daile

    Wow I just started my blog a little over a week ago. How did you reach so many people? That amazing! Any advice for me about reaching my audience?

    May 23, 2016 at 12:05 pm
    • Reply Budget Girl Xo

      Hi thanks for reading! 🙂

      Well as I am only a month in I find it hard to give ‘advice’ my paragraph about being tech savvy may help you – and making sure you promote your content regularly and post on all of your social media and making sure you network with as many people as you can! 🙂

      Good luck!

      Xo

      May 23, 2016 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Nadine-Johanna Stewart

    Congratulations! Too many more page views and followers.

    P.S: If you want to change your domain, do it now. I had to change domains long after I started my blog and I went from a DA of 27 back to 1 and I now have to start all over again.

    Nadine x

    May 24, 2016 at 6:57 pm
    • Reply Budget Girl Xo

      ahhh I am really thinking of doing it, and i’m thinking if I think this now I definitely will in a few months! Thanks so much for your advice! Xo

      May 25, 2016 at 8:12 am
  • Reply Nicole

    Well done, those stats are great! I’m about to change my blog name (funny how you think about it a bit more after a couple of months in!) – but i think it’s best to do it sooner rather then later! x

    May 29, 2016 at 9:25 am
    • Reply Blonde Ambition

      Definitely! I had a niggly feeling to change it for a while and so pleased I did sooner rather than later! Can’t wait to see you new name! Good luck Xo

      May 31, 2016 at 8:38 am
  • Reply Katy Alicia

    Well done on the stats! Hope you have fun blogging 🙂 Being social really is the key and I remember seeing my first monthly stats too very elating.

    May 31, 2016 at 11:42 am
  • Reply Leya

    Love love love this post!! The whole what a blogger does part is spot on because we are all of those things. And your point about taking your own photos I totally agree because I know someone who copied my blog ideas and also takes images off the net, doesn’t credit the source and uses them on her posts. That kind of behaviour really bugs me because like you said no one likes a copycat and it’s not their work, it’s already been done!! This post has backed up a lot of what I was already thinking. Ha. I struggle with Instagram to get followers and I don’t have a theme either! 🙂 x

    June 7, 2016 at 7:55 pm
    • Reply Blonde Ambition

      Ahhh that’s so annoying! I honestly feel like there should be more laws for copyrighting not just for images but posts too like people can actually just copy and paste all of your hard work!

      What’s your instagram honey ill follow you! Maybe a theme would be a good idea for us after all! Thanks for your support I really appreciate it! 🙂 x

      June 8, 2016 at 8:47 am
  • Reply Capri

    Great stats! I can only dream. Thanks for the tips, I’m just getting started and you’ve definitely calmed my nerves

    June 15, 2016 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply Tiffany Frost

    Your views are amazing! I’ve been blogging for about a month and I barely have any views on my blog, despite doing what you suggested! How many posts have you created in a month? Xx

    June 16, 2016 at 5:52 am
  • Reply Tiffany Frost

    Your views are amazing! I’ve been blogging for about a month and I barely have any views on my blog, despite doing what you suggested! How many posts have you created in a month? Xx

    June 16, 2016 at 5:52 am
  • Reply Tiffany Frost

    Your views are amazing! I’ve been blogging for about a month and I barely have any views on my blog, despite doing what you suggested! How many posts have you created in a month? Xx

    June 16, 2016 at 5:52 am
  • Reply Ashley McCann

    Nice post Hayley! I am a beginner blogger as well and with my work schedule, I’m finding it a little difficult to find the time to post. Is it easy for you to come up with new topics to talk about?

    July 22, 2016 at 8:01 pm
    • Reply Blonde Ambition

      Hi,

      Yes my work schedule makes it hard too but I try my best! I keep a little notebook when new topics come to my mind! Good luck! Xo

      August 2, 2016 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Ciara

    Wow. That is amazing! Im still struggling with my blog views, I only get 4 views on my posts. I don’t know what to do.
    http://bellisssimo.blogspot.co.uk/

    August 22, 2016 at 11:34 am
    • Reply Blonde Ambition

      Hi Sweetie, thanks for reading! Ah try to connect with others more and promote on your social medias, that seems to help me 🙂

      xx

      August 22, 2016 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Hairwonderfulday

    Sounds great – go you and very useful! Thanks for sharing xx

    http://www.hairwonderfulday.com

    September 1, 2016 at 6:32 pm
  • Reply Justine

    Great post! Do you have any recommendations for learning coding, either self teaching books or websites? Xx

    October 6, 2016 at 6:26 pm
    • Reply Blonde Ambition

      I think youtube is the best when learning web development/coding as it shows you exactly how to do it! 🙂 xx

      October 12, 2016 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply 1creek

    As a matter of fact, without any form of exaggeration, you have started blogging on the right foot and you just need to continue to deliver down-to-earth, readable contents like this.

    Blogging also could be frustrating at times. Been blogging over 2 years! would like to connect. Follow @1creek on twitter, will certainly follow back.

    Thanks for the inspo by the way.

    October 6, 2016 at 7:02 pm
  • Reply Onyinyechi

    Wow! So proud of you! My blog is a month as well and I’ve never really counted cumulatively the total number of page views. Should be around 2000+. I haven’t gotten the hang of pinterest as well. And I keep losing followers on Instagram and Twitter. But I’ll admit that since I started blogging, the number of my followers have increased.
    Keep up the good work!

    February 8, 2017 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Krista

    Thanks for the tips and encouragement! Congrats on all your views! xoxo

    February 9, 2017 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Mayah

    This is a great blog post. Not a lot of people know what they are getting into when starting a blog. It is a true full time job being everything for your business. I just started blogging myself and Im still trying to figure out the process of coding and photography. This post is pure inspiration!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2017 at 12:03 am
    • Reply Year of You

      Go you for starting your blog! Yes it is very time consuming but totally worth it! Good luck can’t wait to read your blog xox

      February 27, 2017 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Chelsea

    Can I just say I’m blown away by your content, blog name and blog layout knowing you just started a month ago? I’ve been blogging relatively same time as you – I began early January this year & I still have LOTS to improve on. But you have done amazing in a month wow! That’s impressive, I need to up my blogging game lol. Congrats on the success so far!

    February 28, 2017 at 6:41 am
    • Reply Year of You

      Ah thanks so much lovely! I did start on wordpress back in july but didn’t keep it up at all! So i changed my whole blog to my own domain and started again in January so its been a long journey to actually properly start my blog! I think it’s alot harder than people realise! If you ever need anymore tips just let me know! Good luck lovely and looking forward to reading your content! xox

      February 28, 2017 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Anastasia

    Love this post Well done Would love to reach an audience this big You have given some really good advice xx

    March 1, 2017 at 9:37 pm
  • Reply Chichi

    I’m not on WordPress. Could you please recommend sites where I could buy my domain? Thanks.

    Chichi
    chichi-writes.blogspot.co.uk

    March 12, 2017 at 9:18 pm
    • Reply Year of You

      I am with Tso host honey! x

      March 13, 2017 at 9:58 am
  • Reply Zo

    Really interesting read and sounds like you’ve gone through quite a journey with your blog. I don’t believe that you wake up one day with the perfect idea and I truly think you need to try things out before knowing what works… something that you also seem to endorse. Great read and really useful for us newbies.

    P.s. I’ve also started a new job and planning a big trip too! X

    May 11, 2017 at 10:41 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    This is all great advice. I don’t have any money for a hosting or a domain right now, which is why I’m on wordpress.com, but I plan to switch to wordpress.org when I have the cash.

    June 5, 2017 at 6:04 pm
    • Reply Year of You

      Thanks Lauren! Ah that’s okay i know a lot of people who have got a big following from wordpress.com as the content is the main thing! Good luck! xox

      June 6, 2017 at 9:18 am
  • Reply Kieran Hathway

    Love this post so much! You have such a nice writing style and I can see why you have gained so much success in your first month. Keep up the good work

    August 25, 2017 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Kieran Hathway

    Love this post so much! You have such a nice writing style and I can see why you have gained so much success in your first month. Keep up the good work and happy blogging

    August 25, 2017 at 2:16 pm
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