I have to start with a big thanks to Laura @ FreedomAndFlour for tagging me in this post! I’m so excited to be taking part in this tag today.
Thank the blogger that nominated you and give a link to their site
Do a post to show your award
Give a summary of how your blog started
Give two pieces of advice for any new bloggers
Select at least 15 other bloggers for this award
Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and give a link to your post
How My Blog Started
My blog officially started many years ago because my best friend also had a blog and I thought it would be a fun idea. I only posted a couple of times, and since then I’ve changed my blog’s name several times. It started in something close to its current format after I finished my first year of University and wanted something to keep me occupied after exams. Again, it didn’t really take off, and I posted very irregularly. It wasn’t until COVID-19 started to affect life that I started to post regularly, which was about a year ago now. I do think it’s evolved since then — I’ve expanded the kinds of things that I post, and developed an audience and made lots of blogging friends, and I feel like my blog is now more of a social thing than it used to be, which is great!
Advice for New Bloggers
Everyone will say this, but connect with other bloggers. Whether that be through reading and commenting on other people’s blogs, or connecting on social media, reach out! I’ve had the most success building connections by putting myself forwards to join engagement group chats on Twitter and Instagram. While replying to people’s tweets is great, I do really think that group chats offer the perfect place to build friendships. If you’re looking for people to follow, check the accounts of bloggers you like, and look at who they follow/who follows them to find similar accounts! Another way to find new bloggers to connect with is by following accounts that post comment sharing threads or similar. Check the replies to find loads of new bloggers to connect with!
My second piece of advice is to have consistency! Not just consistent posting, although that definitely helps, but consistency across your social media platforms, and with the sort of content you produce. If someone who follows you on Twitter stumbles across your instagram, they should know right away it’s you! This can be as simple as similar/identical usernames, and the same profile picture. I have a different twitter handle, because eleanorsophiewrites was too long, so I put my blog name in my display name. And with regards to the content: if you’re known for posting book reviews, it will look a bit strange if you post one random post about interior design. Having a couple of areas you post in is fine in my opinion (you all know I do it!), but you should make it a ~thing~. Your thing can absolutely change and evolve over time. For example, I used to post book reviews & sustainable lifestyle content, but I now post a wider variety of bookish content, and I don’t regularly post sustainable content anymore, I instead post non-bookish media reviews (eg music, games, podcasts), and some general lifestyle content. I do feel like this is possibly me having my fingers in too many pies, but I do try to make sure my content makes sense with the other things I post. For me, reviews of non-bookish things makes sense, because I post book reviews, and “reviews” is a category that can account for a lot of my content.