Starting up a blog is a long winded process of getting just anywhere. Followers are harder to keep as everyone just follows and unfollows within minutes, let alone hours. Instagram allowing your photos to get seen by many people is pretty much impossible too. I always relate blogging to Instagram, as that’s where I think most engagement comes from. A lot of bloggers say Twitter is the best place, but unless your chatty and your personality can shine through your limited amount worded tweets. Then you don’t really have much of a chance of growing on there. I always go by peoples photos really, if you’re photos are my cup of tea then I will look further into your blog and following you. That’s why Instagram always bounces back every time I speak about blogging. I find Bloglovin’ is becoming more unpopular, and Facebook is impossible – as I don’t rarely use Facebook so I just feel like a lot of others think this too. It’s not as popular as it was back in the day. There are a few things that you can do that can help engagement, and hopefully it’ll be helpful for you too..
Hashtags can be annoying, but they can be bloody helpful too. Hashtagging you’re photo is a total yes. Not every blogger agrees with this, but when you are starting up you need to get your photos out there somehow. When hash tagging, just go with ones that are actually popular. Look into which others people are including in theirs too, which really helps. I remember when I first started blogging, hash tagging wasn’t ever praised for helping your blog. However, now everyone uses them.
This is a total GOTTA DO. I rarely have the time to get involved in Twitter chats, but when I do – they’re fun, self-learning and help with engagement. I love the #GRLPWER chat which is every Tuesday at 9pm, Thursday 8pm and Sundays at 9pm! All GMT. The girls that host this account and chats are all so lovely and supportive too, whenever you’re scheduling tweets – I’d recommend tagging in Blogging accounts over Twitter, as they retweet your posts which also help with engagement.
READ & COMMENT ON OTHER BLOGS
This is something that can really help your Instagram too. Whether you’re commenting on someones latest Instagram photo, or hitting their link and reading through a post that is a ‘bit of you’ and leaving a friendly comment of your thoughts. When it comes to weekends, when I have spare time I go through my favourite blogs and scroll through, have a read and leave a really friendly comment. It’s so nice receiving comments on your blog, and it feels even better leaving them as they always cheer people up knowing that someones taken the time to do so.
SUPPORT OTHERS ON INSTAGRAM
H E L L Y E A H !
Supporting bloggers on Instagram is a total must do. When you support people, they then realise your support and return it back. These Instapod groups, I think are a really good idea. You can make groups on Instagram and invite bloggers that are interested in getting involved. It’s always handy having accounts that are to your interest, or similar to yours. Just remember, stick to being true with what you’re commenting, don’t act like your some spam account. Can’t stand people who comment on things, that sound like they didn’t even take the time to read the caption. I always know, as I always leave a question for my followers to answer – I love sharing.
This is something that is so handy to get into doing. When it comes to the weekend, I like to prepare all my content and photos and get the posts all into the ‘Schedule section’. Once I have got these all scheduled and ready, I then will go onto Buffer and schedule my tweets on Twitter for the week. This way it’s all done, and there’s nothing to worry about. Just remember though, if you do – do this, then be active on Twitter, tweeting other things otherwise your account looks crap. You don’t want it to turn into somewhere, where you promote your blog. Scheduling your blog makes your life 10 times easier.
What tips would you give to someone starting up a blog?
OR what would you have wanted to know, when you started?