I started around 3-4 years ago on Facebook and WordPress. I made a page called “Quotable Quotes” on Facebook and would share inspirational quotes on it. My WordPress was scribbles of a dreamer, I always loved writing & this was a great opportunity for me– to write & inspire! But then Life happened & I would rarely share a quote or an inspirational post but that’s about it. A year ago I started again on Instagram & transferred all my old blog posts to my new website & changed the Facebook name to “My life’s Canvas”, had to write a special request to Facebook! So how I got my blogging motivation back? Check this post below.
OK now that you guys have a summary of my blogging history, we can continue with this post. Blogging industry has recently changed a lot & became really saturated. So many bloggers, but with different goals in mind. Some are doing it for the heck of money, free products but the ones who are really doing it out of passion are the ones that would excel in the long run. You need to know, why are you doing it?
I have been thinking, reading & searching, therefore compiled some tips for you to standout in today’s saturated market. Hope this helps.
Can I stress on this enough? You have to authentically be yourself if you are just copying another blogger’s style eventually you will lose the motivation & probably quit. It’s extremely easy to get carried away on Instagram, believe me! I am going through my feed & sometimes I want to be a food blogger & sometimes I want to open up my own store. There is nothing wrong with that if I truly love cooking or have a great product to share with the world. But Before, jumping to conclusions always ask yourself: Really? Would I love to write or talk about this even if no one in the world is paying me or reading it? If the answer is Yes! then proceed, my love.
Find Your Voice:
Very, very important. Have you noticed that many bloggers focus on good captions? I went to this Blogger’s Conference once & the guest speaker asked us: What are you doing with your influence? If you have even a small number of following, what are you doing with it? Are you making a difference in someone’s life? Are you giving someone a ray of hope or even relate to their problems? You should be able to utilize your influence & be able to spread some sort of positive message, don’t just make blogging for monetary purposes, make it something you love to do. In the end, we are all in this together.
Relate with your Followers:
Always try to relate with your followers, don’t be in your own world and keep posting photos, but try to see what are your followers more inclined towards. Do they like your food pictures, or you get more likes on a fashion post or is it a post with your kids? This can help you understand if you should focus more towards Food, Fashion or Family life. This is just an example. There could be numerous categories. Sometimes it could be a blend of both, so just see where the trend is going & work through it.
Trial & Error:
Social Media is a very dynamic industry, you have to constantly change yourself & adjust. Sometime’s it will be the stupid Algorithm & sometime’s it will be the page views, that keep going up and down. Keeping upgrading your knowledge regarding this, there are some great bloggers who post great contents & have complete knowledge on this. One of my favorite ones is Jessica Lam founder of the blog http://diaryofatorontogirl.com/ .
If I ever feel lost, I would spend hours searching & be browsing the internet & eventually something would click. But a lot of times, I just get information overload, then I just go with my instincts. Trial & error works best for me at that time. Some tricks that worked for another blogger might not work for you, so always be open to trying different strategies. & to deal with that creative block Check this post below.
Sharing is Caring:
The fellow blogger that you are always keeping an eye on & comparing yourself, be their friend. Things improve significantly when I became friends with other bloggers & started appreciating & sharing their posts. You like something they wrote? Share it, post it. Blogging shouldn’t be competitive, your experience & story is yours alone, & can’t be compared to anyone else’s. Sharing & spreading love & kindness among bloggers is only going to lead to positive outcomes. Get in touch with bloggers you think you can relate to. I found some amazing people & one of them is Catforsley, you have to follow her.
Her love & compassion is commendable! Also, You can always ask for tips and help from experienced bloggers. In the beginning, I would just randomly message bloggers & ask for help. & Honestly, not even once was I disappointed! Every single one responded and helped me out. I am not talking about the ones who have a million followers but the ones who have like thousands.
Love It/ Own It– Stop the Comparison:
Stop scrolling, stop looking at her followers, comments, likes, collaborations etc! I am saying this because I have done this. It made me miserable in the beginning but then I changed my tactics. I would look but not let it bother me because I know what’s mine in monetary terms will find me regardless. And comparing my collaborations with others is just plain stupid. Because my niche & my target market are totally different. My style of blogging & photography is totally different as well. You have to own your uniqueness. I have never met a person who doesn’t have a story, & someone somewhere will be going through the exact same thing as you. When you find that person, be grateful that you have someone to share your journey with.
I know it’s not easy & Instagram’s algorithm is just not helping either but stay strong, remember why you started & soon things will get into perspective. Remember to focus on your content, posting maximum 3 times a day & try not to focus on numbers.
Good Luck! Don’t forget to Share & pin it, remember sharing is caring 🙂