Sunday, 18 October 2015

Juggling Life and Blogging and Beginning a Blog


This is not a post that has been requested, however I do get a lot of people asking me how to start a blog, so I figured I would try and address that on here. I fell into blogging. In no way did I set out to try and be a blogger it all sort of all fell together. I began my blogging though having an Instagram for the same social purposes as everyone else around 3 years ago. Here I posted what interested me and just the same everyday life images that the normal Instagram account would have. I have always had an interest in fashion, it did not come from my Instagram, so when people began asking where items I was wearing were from I figured that some people were actually interested. This was where my Instagram and Blog took off from. I realised that there was an obvious group of my followers, however small or big that were interested in my personal style; so I began trying to put a little more effort into my imagery and began to post more of my fashion and style which was well received. This carried on for a while as I simply enjoyed doing it, I had not even heard of blogging as a hobby let alone as a job. As my Instagram began to gain further interest I looked into creating my own online blog. 

It was nothing special at first, and believe me when I say that. In order to start a blog you in NO WAY need to dive head first in with all the bells and whistles having thrown far too much money into it. It is good to not know what you're doing because in a way, it allows you to build your blog or your website or anything, into exactly what you want it to be and have it reflect how you are and what you enjoy as a person. I still don't really know what I am doing, I am only 17 and in a blogging world where everyone is far older than I am and if I am honest its bloody daunting. However the bloggers I have met, are always lovely, thats the lovely thing about the blogging community, everyone is very welcoming and supportive. I only wish I knew more bloggers! I still have so much to learn, and my blog is in no way the way I would love it to be but its baby steps. I recently changed my blog layout and design to allow me to focus and work on improving my online written presence as well as my social media presence. I would be lying to you if I had a plan of how I am going to do this, I have no idea. Starting off simple in everything is how its meant to be, you start from the bottom and build your way up at your own pace and as best as you can. I am still somewhat near the bottom in the grand scheme of the blogging world but I would absolutely love to build myself and my blog into something I am proud of. 

What about inspiration and motivation? I have struggled a lot with keeping motivated with my blog, this in my personal situation is due to the fact that I am trying to juggle all of my blog work and my Instagram work alongside studying A Levels at Sixth Form 9-4 every day of the week. I have always constantly taken inspiration from higher up bloggers, and it is brilliant to do so as it inspires you to do better for yourself and your own blog. However, one mistake I have made over the past year and I greatly regret it, is comparing myself to those who are excelling in the blogger world. Everyones situation is different, the bloggers you aspire to be like are lucky enough to have worked their ass's off and can now do what they love as a job and I envy them endlessly. However thats the thing, they have everyday dedicated to working on their blog as it is their job. If you have a full time or part time job or are in education like myself, you need to make sure you remember everything else you have going on in your life alongside your blog or wanting to start a blog and set yourself realistic targets for what you can actually achieve. 

I would absolutely love to have insane flatlays, an insanely good quality camera, and the opportunity to shoot looks for my blog any day that it would suit me but I simply cannot. I wish I could post a blog post every other day for you all and start up my YouTube channel properly but unfortunately I simply do not have the time I just try my very best to do what I can. This is what you need to make sure you do yourself as well, do what you can and try your best at it.

Alongside Blogging of course comes the opportunity to earn while you are doing it, but this again is not something you will get instantly. I only began getting paid for bits here and there in my 3rd year of blogging and it is no way enough to sustain myself and do it as a career, but I know personally some girls who are able to live comfortably from their blogging careers, so it is more than possible. This however shows it needs to be something you are really passionate about and enjoy doing. I absolutely adore having my Instagram and my Blog, it has given me some fantastic opportunities which I could not be more thankful for, the most recent of which was being given the opportunity (as bank breaking it may have been) to meet Christain Louboutin and have my brand new pigalles signed by the man himself, which was an experience I will never forget and will cherish for the rest of my life. I always see some of the fantastic bloggers I take inspiration from and I can only wish I am able to have some of the opportunities they have been able to have through their blog.

One final note, don't feel like you have to impress anyone, by all means put all your effort into your blog or whatever it is you're wanting to do this applies to everyday life and I need to take heed of my own advice here, if you are creating content to the best of your ability then it is more than what it needs to be. Have confidence in your lack of knowledge, thats how you are meant to be!

I have been wanting to do a post like this for a while, but if you want me to do a post on anything specific about starting a blog, then please let me know in the comments below!

Love,

H x
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3 comments

  1. Loved this post Hayleigh! You're so down to earth and honest it's refreshing! This post was also really encouraging as Ive just started my own blog again and Im just finding it hard to earn any attention on it? It sounds ridiculous but I really do feel like Im talking to the wall as Ive very little views up till now!
    Hope to see another post from you very soon!
    Love from a big fan of yours xxxx

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  2. Loved this post Hayleigh! You're so down to earth and honest it's refreshing! This post was also really encouraging as Ive just started my own blog again and Im just finding it hard to earn any attention on it? It sounds ridiculous but I really do feel like Im talking to the wall as Ive very little views up till now!
    Hope to see another post from you very soon!
    Love from a big fan of yours xxxx

    ReplyDelete

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