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Oh hello, June, where did you come from?  Seriously how is it June already? I'm going to try and make the most of summer this year - despite everything else being rubbish. I'm going to enjoy myself and have fun in the sun. Sound like a good plan, doesn't it? ⠀
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Oh hello, June, where did...

I must admit that I did get bored with balcony/mirror outfit pictures and wanted a more nature/organic photos backdrop. Well now summer is right around the corner, and the sun is indeed shining, and with news that lockdown resections are now easing, I now thought it was the perfect opportunity to go out into the wood and show you this floral Zara dress.⠀
I brought this dress at the very beginning of this year and was keen to show you guys this as I think it a lovely summer dress to wear, plus, I also thought it would go nicely with my red hat.⠀
For someone who has been cooped up, I must admit that it was nice to go into my local woodland and to walk around for an afternoon. I think it was also lovely for Richard, my husband, to pick up his camera again and to take some photos. The whole pandemic has put a pause on his professional photographer profession, and he hasn’t needed to use his camera much.⠀
It was lovely to put on a dress and to make myself look a little presentable. It got me out of my loungewear for an afternoon. The experience made me feel a little more like myself, and it put me in a good mood. As much as I like comfy loungewear, I’m still someone who wants to dress up.⠀
I’m hoping I can go out more this summer, of course still observing the social distancing rule, and doing more outdoor outfit photos. I’m also hoping this summer to wear more of my summer outfit and to feel more like myself.⠀
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I must admit that I...

Usually, when I do an outfit post or picture, I like to dress up and show you some pretty dress. But this time I thought I would show you a few of my casual wear and what I wear on a day to day basis. I must admit, as much as I love to dress up, I wouldn't exactly go to Tesco in them. So on a day to day basis, I'm usually in jeans and a top. ⠀
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If I were to describe my style, it would be summed up in two words: quirky and fun. I'm sure you realise by now I don't like boring black fashion – I do fun, bright, colourful style. Case in point is this Collectif watermelon dress. You can't get more quirky and fun fashion than this, can you?⠀
I like my clothes to reflect a lot of my personality, eternally youthful while also quirky and fun. Yup, that pretty much summed up me. The saying, you are who you are by the clothes you wear, really does hold up with me.⠀
I'm still that little girl who had a dressing up box as a child and would play dress-up; now I just have a wardrobe filled with more clothes than I could ever need as my dressing up box. I still like to have fun with my clothes, and I haven't lost that childhood wonder about clothes. And I don't think I ever will.⠀
Overall, what I'm saying is that this Collectif watermelon dress reflects who I am as a person and also my style. I also believe it represents how fashion shouldn't be all serious; it should be fun and should put a smile on a person's face.⠀
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If I were to describe...

* Stare at the computer screen completely blank, not sure what write*. Pretty summed up my week really - a blank space. Yup got writer block. ⠀
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My Top 5 Blogging Advice for Newbie Bloggers

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It seems by many bloggers, there so many advice on what to do and not to do with your blogs. It can get a little confusing.  So here my top 5 blogging advice for newbie bloggers.

Every day I see on my Facebook feed people asking for blogging advice. ‘How do you do this’ Or ‘how to do that’.  There seem to me to be a conflict of information. One bloggers would give you the advice of doing something on your blog to achieve whatever you were asking for.  While another would tell you it completely wrong and you should be doing something else.

My god, it’s so confusing and will leave your head spinning. It must be very confusing for any newbie bloggers to find the right blogging advice.  So I aimed to help you with this. Here are my top 5 blogging advice for newbie bloggers. I don’t aim at them to be the correct piece of advice. I aim these advices at being the most helpful to you. So often people are dead set on their piece of advice to be the correct one – it often doesn’t help you in the short or long term.

I want to give you my top 5 blogging advice that will help your blog and help your grow your presence online. Without further ado. Here we go:

Be yourself:

Ok, so your thinking – this isn’t going to help your blog and online presence.  Honestly, it will. If you’re that girl who love pink hair and religiously love ASOS, then be yourself and tell people why you love pink hair and love ASOS. Tell people about your style by writing on what your love. Or what you hate. If you like extreme sports, then write about it. This can connect you with other people who love extreme sports and you can form a niche group.  Just be you and be comfortable being you. This will help grow your blog and online presence. It will make people connect on who you are. So don’t wear a mask online and be you.

Write with passion:

I once had this blogging job where I had to write about plumbing twice a week. It was the most boring and dull job ever.  I found myself unmotivated to write just a simple article. So moral of the story, write something that you are passionate about. Don’t write something you will eventually hate. Write about something you adore, this could be kitten or puppies. Write about your life, let your blog be a diary. Overall write something that will interest you.

Don’t worry about all the technical Jargons in the beginning:

If you just want a simple space where you can blog about kitten, then focus on that. My advice is to not worry about all the technical jargons in the beginning and just focus on your blog. Just focus on your writing. If the term ‘SEO’ confuse you and you are trying to learn about it – don’t worry about it for now and just build a place where you can write.  If you heard people mentioning ‘do or no follow’, then don’t be consumed by it for the time being. Seriously, think why you started a blog and just focus on your writing. Once you feel ready, then you can learn all the technical jargons.

 my top 5 blogging advice for newbie bloggers

 

Don’t focus on being perfect:

Nobody in life is perfect. And that relate to your blog. Stop the obsessions with the perfect blog. Stop trying to have every photos looking like a glossy magazine photoshoot. Stop trying to have the perfect video, the perfect themes and the perfect blog post.  No blog online is perfect, along as you think your blog is perfect and you are happy with it – that all that matter. You know how in mean girls, the plastics always wanted to be the most popular perfect girls – well you don’t want to end up like them. We all know how that ended up.

Stand your ground:

We all encounter a troll in the past, haven’t we. The kind of people who hide behind their computer screen and bash the hell out of you for fun. I’ve been there – done that. Criticisms will come at you in all corner of you blogs. There will be people who love what you are doing, while other will hate it and will try to tear you down.  Be firm and always stand your ground. Don’t let trolls tear down your enjoyment. I often found, there will be other people who will help you with standing your ground.

 

And those were my top 5 blogging advice for newbie bloggers. I hoped that has helped you and feel free to contact me if you ever in need of a blogging advice. I’m always happy to help.

82 Comments
  • robin Rue
    March 22, 2017

    Ugh, the trolls are the worst. I don’t know why people do that to others, but it is very off-putting. Love your advice to just ignore it.

  • Abby @ WinsteadWandering
    March 22, 2017

    This great advice, but especially #1. You can try to be someone else for a while, but eventually you’ll get burnt out or run down. The only way to be happy and successful long-term in blogging is to be yourself.

  • Katie
    March 22, 2017

    Great post with some excellent advice! Honestly couldn’t add anything xx

  • GiGi Eats
    March 22, 2017

    Perfection is completely different in everyone’s eyes so that’s a great tip to not focus on it! And this just flows right into standing your ground! BE YOU – STICK UP for what you believe in! There will always be people who don’t agree but who cares!!

  • My Era
    March 22, 2017

    Couldn’t agree more that these ARE indeed the top 5 things to remember when you’re new to blogging. Though they sound like common sense, but I too was once a newbie and I can easily say, remembering these basic rules didn’t come easily.
    Doing anything with passion is the sure shot ticket to doing it forever.
    Keep up the good work, Anna!

  • Jen
    March 22, 2017

    Blogging can indeed be a daunting field to play, with so much you feel you need to learn and do. The basics are fairly easy though and this list is a great start.

  • Becca
    March 22, 2017

    Your blog is just that, yours – don’t let anyone dishearten you or stop you from blogging!

  • karen
    March 22, 2017

    Not even sure what perfect would look like for a blog, ya know what I mean? Its all about finding your voice and sharing with others.

  • Gareth Torrance
    March 22, 2017

    I think not trying to be perfect is probably one of the most important things to remember, aside from being yourself. If you spend too long trying to get everything perfect, you’ll end up not having time to actually make any content!

  • Barb
    March 22, 2017

    You are totally right! Focusing on perfectionism and all those little negative things just take away all the joy from writing and sharing. I try to fight my perfectionism now and rather focus on helping people and sharing what I feel I should share with the world!

  • Traci
    March 22, 2017

    These are awesome tips. I have found them to be so true in my experience! Staying authentic and real is what makes a great blog; you don’t have to worry about all the technical details if you’re not into that – you can still have a great blog! Thanks for sharing your perspective!

  • Andrea Broom
    March 22, 2017

    I really liked reading this, its so true being yourself and bringing in passion well get you far. Thanks for sharing these tips!

  • Stephanie Merry
    March 22, 2017

    Love these tips, I think being yourself is one of the best pieces of blogging advice out there x

  • Marcie
    March 22, 2017

    The troll aspect really caught me off guard. I blog about family travel and I was shocked at some of the hurtful comments people have made about taking out kids on trips. I wasn’t prepared.

  • Ivanna
    March 22, 2017

    These are all great tips. Especially being yourself! So many bloggers get caught up trying to do what someone else is doing they forget why they even started (been there) Great post.

  • Krista
    March 22, 2017

    Hey I have that same rose gold laptop cover! haha xo

    Great advice. It’s important to have articles like this in the blogosphere where it’s easy for some to get disheartened.

    Take care,
    Krista

  • Shannon Burlingame
    March 22, 2017

    Thanks for posting! This is great advice for a new blogger like me 🙂

  • silvia
    March 22, 2017

    Great tips! In the end blogging should be something that you are passionate about and you do it out of love for writing, for the community, for creating something. It shouldn’t become stressful or feel like a job.

  • Janel
    March 22, 2017

    Those are certainly great tips for all bloggers no matter what level they are on. And yes the trolls can be horrible online and you definitely need to ignore and block them if you can.

  • Tiffany
    March 22, 2017

    These are all great tips, completely agree with all of them! It’s so important to be yourself when you’re blogging and to only write about things you care about, I think it shows if someone is just following the crowd and writing about things just because others are x

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

  • Marianne
    March 22, 2017

    Great piece. Everyone has a voice and everyone’s voice matters. People want to hear yours and your perspective. As you grow, it’s hard to keep being fake. It only works if you are real. Excellent job.

  • Dara
    March 22, 2017

    Great advice, especially the one on not trying to be perfect. I’m still working on that!

  • Miracle Max
    March 22, 2017

    You definitely need to write with passion, it will show in your work if you don’t. Also, never compare yourself to the thousands of bloggers out there already. Jo x

  • Luis Ch
    March 22, 2017

    Great tips, will use them on our Blog

  • Melanie
    March 22, 2017

    Great pot! Writing with passion for me is deffo key 🙂 x

  • Crystal
    March 22, 2017

    I love this post 100%. It’s so important to stick to your own principal and do what works for you. It’s been a challenge for me to not want to fall in and be like everyone else.

  • Awesome post with great advice! It is your passion, do what YOU love!

  • Cori Ramos
    March 22, 2017

    Hi Anna,

    I found your post on the Grow Your Blog Facebook group. This is great advice for new bloggers. I’d like to add have a blogging plan and be consistent. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. Passing this along!

    Cori

  • Julia
    March 22, 2017

    This is great! Spot on. Blogging became so much easier when I realized what I wanted to write about!

  • Ickle Pickle
    March 22, 2017

    I have been blogging for over three years now. These are great tips for new bloggers – and a great reminder too!

  • Cathy Lawdanski
    March 22, 2017

    Be yourself and don’t worry about all the technical stuff at first. So true! Great advice.

  • Joanna
    March 22, 2017

    Definitely great advice here for newbies I’m passionate about what I write and always be myself.

  • Jennifer Gainer
    March 22, 2017

    This is wonderful post, as I am still a newbie of 2 months and still learning every day!!! Thank you for making me feel better about what I am doing.

  • Kori
    March 22, 2017

    “Be yourself” best piece of advice for so many things in life and especially for blogging. Don’t compare and just do what makes you happy.

  • Melissa
    March 22, 2017

    Great tips to follow, especially to be yourself and write about what you are passionate about. I have always said do what you love and the money will come, so I do.

  • Claire
    March 22, 2017

    This is some great advice for new bloggers. Well done on helping people out! X

  • Lacee
    March 22, 2017

    Great tips for avoiding burn-out. Thanks for sharing!

    http://laceedoeslife.com

  • Alana
    March 22, 2017

    All excellent advice, especially the advice to blog with passion and not to compare yourself to others. Without passion, your blog will be ignored. And, those trolls. We all have them, and don’t be intimidated. Ignore. The delete button is your best friend, and I have a policy in the comment area of my blog stating what will get deleted, period. One more piece of advice I would add – find bloggers you like, and comment (not to get comments back, but because commenting is one of the lifebloods of blogging.) Start building those connections.

  • Ana De- Jesus
    March 22, 2017

    I didn’t focus on the technicals at the start either and am still learning now, once you get the basics then you can look at the more advanced terms/ features x

  • Leslie
    March 22, 2017

    This is great, everything in one spot. It can be so hard and overwhelming being a new blogger.

  • Hi Anna! Thanks for this post. Sometimes we all get caught up with the overwhelming tasks of creating, promoting, and dealing with the technical side of creating a blog that we lose track of what really makes blogging sustainable for anyone… and you nailed them all down in here. Having gone through several rebrands myself, I now realize how important it is to stay true to yourself, and to write about something you know you won’t mind talking about every day, for years to come. 🙂

  • Terri
    March 23, 2017

    Great advice! I forget all the jargon that has come along since I started blogging over 12 years ago! We didn’t use to care about SEO or no follows!

  • Amanda Love
    March 23, 2017

    I have to agree. People will give yiu different tips and advice on how to be a better blogger. Aside from it being confusing, you are forced to try everything out to see what works. I love these tips of yours!

  • Di
    March 23, 2017

    Great tips! So important to blog about something you’re passionate about, and be truly 100% yourself. That was always what drew me to blogging, I can talk about fitness till the cows come home!

  • Kiley
    March 23, 2017

    These are great tips. I agree that you must be yourself and never compare yourself with other bloggers.

  • Danielle
    March 23, 2017

    Great advice!! Something I have been struggling with is the compare game. I’ve been blogging for about 3.5 years (say what?!) and there are blogs that are only a few months old that are doing amazing (but in my mind, I think “wow they are so much better, I suck). I have made “blogging friends” and try to focus more on how I feel… if that makes sense. 😉

  • Allison
    March 23, 2017

    Writing with passion is so important. I am constantly refining my blog’s voice to make sure my passion shines through.

  • Krysten
    March 23, 2017

    These are great tips, I think that veteran bloggers need to hear some of this sometimes too. Especially stand your ground.

  • Rhian Westbury
    March 23, 2017

    I think it’s so important to do what you want to do because when you start blogging just because you feel you should you will lose your love for it x

  • Kate A
    March 23, 2017

    Great advice, especially being yourself and writing with passion. Authenticity is so important!

  • Donah
    March 23, 2017

    Great tips 🙂 Trolls are the worst! Don’t feed them and they will go away, haha. Agree with writing about your passion 🙂 words should start flowing if you are focusing on things or subjects you love.

  • Stephanie
    March 23, 2017

    Yes! As someone coming up on 1 year of blogging I have to say this is the most realistic post you will read about blogging and probably more useful than most. Great tips!! I still find myself needing these reminders.

  • #1 for sure!!! It’s easy to see other bloggers and think, “I need to be like her”. Be yourself, tell your story!

  • Ana
    March 23, 2017

    Great tips. Standing your ground is an important out for sure!

  • Justine Y @ Little Dove
    March 23, 2017

    I so agree with being yourself. When I first started blogging (over six years ago) I was myself as in I wasn’t being fake, but I didn’t share enough of my self. And I realized over time that that’s what I loved about other blogs, when people shared more of their personal lives so I could feel a connection to them. I also completely agree about focusing on your writing, I think that content is the most important thing over all else.

  • Julie Hoag
    March 23, 2017

    This is great advice! I think the perfection one is key, of course we want to put out our best work, but if we never publish because we are afraid it isn’t perfect, then we will never publish anything. Writing what you are passionate about is also super important or as you said, you will have nothing to say.

  • Danielle
    March 23, 2017

    Great advice! It is always important to be yourself because you want people to like you for you♥

  • Jessi Joachim
    March 23, 2017

    I love that you mention not to focus on perfection. I think this is extremely important. It is about being true to you and not comparing yourself to other bloggers

  • Kristin
    March 23, 2017

    I think this is all great advice. Especially the be yourself advice. So many bloggers try to show they are amazing in every way and it does not come off as authentic. I think it is important to remember all of these tips at any point in your blogging career, newbie or not.

  • Holly
    March 23, 2017

    Blogging can be a very fun but also challenging thing to do. These are some really great tips.

  • Tereza
    March 23, 2017

    These are great tips Anna! I absolutely hate when new bloggers try to jump in head first thinking they must be perfect and so with that in their mind they take their favourite established blogger and copy everything from their blog design to the way they take instagram pictures. You just have to find yourself first! x

  • nicol
    March 23, 2017

    great advice! being yourself is needed from the beginning. you want to show your true self

  • Dearlyndsey
    March 23, 2017

    This is such great advice! Some of these I have had to learn and I am still learning.

  • Lydia
    March 24, 2017

    These are the perfect tips for new bloggers. I ignored SEO/technical stuff for the first year of blogging and even though I didn’t grow too much, I’ve learned it now and I’m not quite as stressed!

  • Anosa
    March 24, 2017

    Super agree on the statement to be yourself and write with passion. Indeed this is my two initial things way back when I was new into blogging. Cheers to us in the blogging life!

  • Christine
    March 24, 2017

    I think the best part about blogging is getting to be my true self. I love writing so blogging comes naturally to me. It is the other technical stuff that you mentioned that I needed to learn. And it takes time! That is another thing to remember. It takes a lot of time to work your blog and grow it!

  • The London Mum
    March 24, 2017

    Great advice! And even things that more experienced bloggers should try to remember!

  • Louise
    March 24, 2017

    Great tips I need this and would be good to keep looking at as I find you have to keep motivating yourself. Thanks for this ?

  • Tamsin
    March 24, 2017

    Great points, especially about writing with passion. So many seem to lack that passion, or atleast some blogs I’ve read do.

  • Brittany
    March 25, 2017

    I am still living my the mantra “Be yourself.” It’s so easy to get lost in it all, but at the end of the day you have to remember why you started blogging in the first place.

  • Charli Bruce
    March 25, 2017

    Great post and excellent advice Anna, I don’t think I could add anything else as you covered it x

  • Ayesha Farhad
    March 25, 2017

    This is such sane advice! when I first started blogging, i was told to produce content good enough for everyone and what not! Write what you love to write about whether someone likes it or not. You are going to gather a few readers pretty soon!

  • Ashleigh
    March 25, 2017

    Standing your ground is one of my biggest bits of advice too. It’s so important to know your worth xx

  • Tanya Brannan
    March 26, 2017

    My blog is two years old now and I wish I had known these things when I started. I really didn’t have a clue and stumbled around in the dark for a little while, These would have helped me so much and I know they will help others x

  • Jessica
    March 27, 2017

    These are such great tips!

  • I love these tips. I’ve been fortunate enough to never have had a troll, but you’re right. You should always stand your ground 🙂

  • Emily
    March 27, 2017

    Great tips for newbies. I totally agree that writing about something you love is a good idea; as well as keeping you passionate about blogging it lets your personality shine through, and that’s a big part of a great blog.

  • chloe griffiths
    March 27, 2017

    great tips, i think it’s so hard these days now to get a blog going, so hats of to whoever starts one xo

  • Debbie-jean Lemonte
    March 28, 2017

    Being myself always takes precedence over everything else. I find that being authentic helps build your community/tribe well.

  • Charlotte
    March 28, 2017

    Being yourself is so important! It would be very hard to maintain a blog if you were trying to be someone you weren’t.

  • Lubka Henry
    March 30, 2017

    Great tips and definitely a very good starting point for new bloggers!

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