Hello lovelies. If you follow me on social media, especially Instagram then you will already know by now that I decided to finally treat myself to a new laptop – the new 12 inch MacBook in silver to be exact. My new baby and oh my goodness it is beautiful.
This is a little present to myself but also an investment for my blog and career – in case you didn’t know I’m a journalism graduate and I’m currently doing some freelancing (or trying to) on my days off.
Now I know an Apple laptop is a BIG investment and it’s not something everybody can afford, so I wanted to create this post to show you other ways you can invest in your blog today!
BUY A DOMAIN
If you are still using that .wordpress.com or .blogspot.com domain you were given for free when you first started blogging then you need to get a real website name. These are pretty cheap in general and usually start from £10. Once you register and pay for it you can keep renewing it every year.
Having a domain can really help you up your blogging game. As horrible as it may sound I rarely follow people who don’t have a domain name. It just makes people take you more seriously as a blogger and you look a lot more professional. It can turn a blog from a hobby into a career.
MAKE A PLAN
This costs absolutely nothing – unless you need to buy a pen and notebook. When I say make a plan I don’t mean a step by step guide of how you are going to become successful at blogging, but rather a goal sheet.
Write down what you want to achieve from followers, stats to who you want to work with in the future. Then work towards those goals.
If you find it hard to be consist when blogging then make a monthly posts plan. Mark off what you need to do, take photos, write the post, edit it etc. This has really helped me.
DOWNLOAD EDITING TOOLS
If you aren’t the best at taking photos then look for editing tools to help you. Most of my pictures are taken on my old iPhone 5s so I have to use editing apps to make them look better – I know they’re still not that great.
There a loads out there, some for free and some you might have to pay for but I find the free ones work absolutely fine for me. I used Canva to resize my photos, Google Photos to edit them for my blog and then just the Instagram editor for social media.
Now if you don’t have social media then where have you been and what are you doing with your spare time! But if you don’t have social media for your blog then you need to step up your game.
I know a few people who have separate accounts for their blog because they don’t want people they know to find out about it which is totally ok! But I would always suggest to have just one account. It makes things a lot easier and people can then get to know you and your personality not just you blog.
PROOF READ EVERYTHING
You might think that as a journalist I do this all the time – but you’d be wrong. I am so bad for not reading over what I’ve written and sometimes spell check doesn’t pick up on everything.
There is nothing worse than having a follower point out a spelling mistake. Even if they are just trying to be helpful.
Read over everything you write, and even go back to old posts and read what you put. You might find a better way of getting your point across now that your writing skills have developed.
CHECK YOUR PAGES
If you have an about page, a contact page and any other pages always make sure you give them the once over every so often. This will make sure you are always up to date with your information.
The last thing you want is a brand looking at your contact page and using your old email address to tell you about an amazing one of a king experience just for you.
If you aren’t involved in the community and reading other blogs then I just think there is no point to blogging. We are always bouncing off each other in this community whether it be tag posts, a reaction post or even just having an idea spark from seeing someones latest review.
It is so important to read other blogs as well as interact with other bloggers. It can change your way of thinking, give you motivation and just make you want to be a better blogger – then eventually the bloggers you read will be reading you.
© Emmi Bowles