Hello awesome friends of the internet!
As promised, I have brought you the first of many in my new How to series. It is slightly different from what we are used to her at 'when she writes' but if we were all the same it would be a shame:)Plus, as mentioned in my previous post, I really want to explore new things with my blog.
But before we begin, I would like to welcome Laura from Blonde and Cupcakes! With almost 1,000 , yes ONE THOUSAND followers on Bloglovin, having only been blogging for around 2 months , Blonde and Cupcakes is set to take the blogging world by a storm! I have linked below details to her blog and other accounts so please go and follow her after reading!
I absolutely love her blog and she was kind enough to let me share her post titled: BLOGGING TIPS: THINGS I'VE LEARNT FROM BLOGGING SO FAR
I thought it is a simple but useful way to get us started on the 'how to' series as it has evidently worked for her and maybe it can work for the rest of us bloggers to!
On with the show!
Use 1-2 fonts maximum
Use more than 3 fonts and your blog’ll look messy. Just trust me. The most popular fonts are probably Times New Roman and Arial, but you can find a lot of other fonts from various websites, for example www.dafont.com or www.fonts.com
Pick a color scheme
To find scientifically matching color schemes, start with your primary color and find supplementary colors with a color scheme generator. I personally prefer black, gray and pink tones, but it’s all up to you. Using green, purple and orange at the same time isn’t a good idea, so it’s always better to feature neutral tones in your blog.
Make your blog mobile-friendly
Nowadays people say that “mobiles are the future” and that’s so true! Most of the time I browse different blogs I’m using my tablet or phone. You can find a tutorial on how to make your blog mobile-friendly here.
When people visit your blog, the navigation bar is probably the first thing they’ll look at. There’s nothing wrong if you want to keep your blog’s design on minimum. Just be sure not to forget adding at least contact and about me pages. Also search box is a useful tool. I’ve seen a lot of people asking about designing the navbar, you can find some good ideas from here.
Sometimes less IS more
While using neon floral-patterned background may seem like a good idea, don’t! Just don’t! Design your blog’s appearance just the way you want it to be, but don’t go overboard. It's never a bad idea to use the help of those ones who really know what they're doing. One good example of designing blogs is Pipdig, their works look amazing and I'm probably going to purchase their template sometime soon.
Write about what you truly love
There’s no need to talk about shoes or hats if that’s not what you’re passionate about. When I started my blog, my goal was to write about fashion, but as the time passed, I realized that there are a lot of topics I want to cover - one of them being DIY projects. Besides, if you don’t like your content, why should your readers do?
Don’t be afraid to promote your blog
But be classy - no one likes follow for follow comments. If you comment on other blogs, make sure to leave your blog's link in the comment too. I personally like those clickable links and for that I use the following code:
<a href="Your blog’s link here" rel="nofollow">Your blog’s name here</a>
Use Grammarly or Ginger
Grammarly is a cloud-based software that helps correct your grammar (and checks for plagiarism, just in case). Just copy and paste your text into the editor, and in seconds it will run more than 250 grammar checks, highlight your grammatical errors and give you suggestions on how to improve the text. Ginger is a good alternative for Grammarly. I personally use it, mostly because it's free. :D
Don’t measure stats too early.
If you’ve blogged for a few months only and you're expecting thousands of views, then you’re wasting your time. Make sure you have Google Analytics installed and wait - the readers will come if the time is right. Just keep doing what you love the most and you'll see the results. Keep in mind, what's meant to be will always find a way.
And that's about it! Comment below if you liked this post or would like to see more like it.
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