A question that I'm often asked is 'how did you figure out your blogging style?'. Of course, there is no simple answer to this, but today I wanted to talk about finding your blogging feet and the whole process of it by breaking blogging down a little more.
WRITE A BLOG YOU WOULD WANT TO READ
Sounds blindingly obvious, right? It's all too tempting to get caught up in what the most popular posts are and think by writing something in that style will instantly mean it's seen. By writing content that you're passionate about it will instantly show in your work and that is an attractive quality in a blog. For a long time, I wrote beauty posts that I thought I needed to write because I enjoyed that genre of blogging, but I never felt like they were right for me. The day that I started to write content that I truly felt passionate about is when I felt a big shift in what I was doing as I was super proud of the content that I was producing which pushed me to create more.
I'm an incredibly impatient person with myself. As soon as I know that I want to do something I want to feel like I'm doing well at it immediately and that's just not how it works. It took me a long time to realise that all blogs are a work in progress. There is no such thing as reaching your dream destination with the whole process as it's constantly evolving and changing. Although this might sound super patronising it's important to enjoy the journey and learning from it than just focusing on the future.
BE YOUR OWN NICHE
I've written a whole post on how important it is to be your own blogging niche [read here]. It's so easy to get caught up within a certain genre and ultimately it can feel stifling to your creativity. You're the one writing your blog so play by your own rules and post the type of content that you want to see. Just because you write about beauty doesn't mean you can't write an awesome recipe or touch on more personal issues.
TAKE INSPIRATION, BUT BE YOURSELF
There is no such thing as an original idea anymore and everything has been done before. It's amazing to gather inspiration from people and that is how the creative world works. People become inspired by others which leads them to go on to create crazy awesome things themselves. Being another version of someone else will never work out in the long run, not only are you bound to upset that person and take away from their hard work but it's just not a smart decision. As scary as it is to be yourself it will feel a lot more rewarding in the long run, wouldn't you want to be known for your style than copying someone else's?
The biggest lessons that I've learnt in blogging is by the 'mistakes' that I've made. Obviously these things wouldn't be seen as a mistake by everyone but personally they weren't right for me or my blog. It takes time to find what works for you and your content and I think the best thing about the whole blogging thing is that you have the freedom to try absolutely anything you want. Trial and error is one of the best ways to find your blogging feet and just blog like no one is watching.