Wednesday, April 27, 2016

How to write a blog you'll love


Because if you love it and are proud of the work you're doing, others will recognize it too!


Over the last couple of years I've read probably hundreds of (mostly pointless) articles about blogging, growing your community and how to make that pretty blog of yours successful. And since I've been a part of the blogosphere for four years now and have learned a lot of things about this amazing ever expanding virtual universe but also have made several huge content changes I decided to share a few advices and stories from personal experiences that can maybe help out to someone who's currently stuck in a rut or feeling a bit down about their own blogging universe.


So let's dive in.

The best advice I ever got about blogging is pretty nice and simple: WRITE A BLOG YOU'D LOVE TO READ. 

And, in my humble opinion, everything you need for happy blogging is written down in that one short sentence. Take a piece of paper and brainstorm ideas with yourself, for the start. Put down your main and strongest interests, the ones that make you get out of bed in the morning, the ones you think about all the time. For me that would be photography, movies, writing, reading books, exploring places and sharing personal stories. See, it doesn't have to be only one thing.

Now think about why do you want to write about those things and what kind of message do you wish to send out to people. Is your goal to inspire and create, find people with similar interests from all over the world or maybe start a business? 
These steps are very important but what is even more important is that you stay completely honest with yourself along the way. Because most of the time, blogging is a pretty lonely, one person show game and the healthy relationship you have with yourself is everything. 

Now, let's go back to that first line: WRITE A BLOG YOU'D LOVE TO READ.

What are your favourite blogs and what makes them so special that you want to visit them on a daily basis? I have been reading Garance Dore for so many years because of great story telling and she is still one of my favourite bloggers yet Smile, Snap, Sparkle isn't a fashion blog. Study them a bit and see if there's something you can learn from them - because no one is born knowing it all. And don't be afraid to ask all sorts of questions - I know I do that pretty much every day!

Experiment, write down bunch of ideas and see which ones make you feel really good - then publish those stories. Don't worry about numbers, page views and all that shit because the most important thing is that you truly enjoy this little enviroment you've created and somehow people tend to forget this one so often. 
If you don't love (and I really mean - LOVE) your blog, why even bother keeping it alive? Primarily you should be the one liking your content. You should be super excited about publishing a new post. You should believe in yourself. 

And when you're feeling happy and confident, when you're writing about things that matter most deeply to you, then people will recognize the effort and you'll find your little (or huge, who knows) squad in this crazy parallel universe called the blogosphere. And never let yourself think that no one is gonna be interested in what YOU have to say - this world is so big and there's so many of us that there's literally no chance that you can't find a group with similar thinkers. No way.

Now tell me,  what are some of the best blogging advices that you've learned along the way, which ones were the most useful for you and your blog?

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24 comments

  1. i sama unzadnje vrijeme čitam toliko članaka o uspješnom i svi se dosta svode o tome kako povećati broj, promet i sl.
    Ti si ovdje dotakla bit - pisati o onome što volimo i što nas čini sretnima, što nas pokreće.
    Što duže pišemo, to je bitnije da volimo ono o čemu pišemo i da volimo svoj blog, u suprotnom ćemo 100 puta odustati

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    1. Hvala ti! :)
      Baš to, ako od samog početka nema ljubavi i entuzijazma prema blogu, onda sve to zajedno nema nikakvog smisla.

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  2. I absolutely adore this post! Everything you said rings so true. Finding a niche of your own, that tickles your fancy is forever the way to go!

    xx

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  3. I ja volim Garance Dore. Jedna blogerica mi je poslala njenu knjigu na poklon ( ta knjiga mi je tako fantastična jer je kao neka kombinacija časopisa, autobiografije i bloga) i jako mi se sviđa njen stil pisanja.

    Posve se slažem sa svime što si napisala. Važno je da smo zadovoljno s onime što radimo jer za blog stvarno treba upornosti i motivacije, a najlakše je biti motiviran kada si zadovoljan sobom i svojim radom.

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    1. Imam i ja njenu knjigu, nisam je mogla dočekati da mi stigne i baš je čista uživancija za čitanje i gledanje! Meni je ona apsolutno najdraža osoba u blogosferi i tako mi je drago vidjeti kako je uspjela s blogom :)

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    2. ja je nisam ranije pratila, ali čim sam pročitala knjigu odmah mi je sjela...ima tu neku prirodnost u sebi, jako je simpatična, odlična mi je njena životna priča ....i da i meni je jako drago što je jedna tako iskrena osoba uspjela u modnom svijetu.

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    3. E baš to, i meni se čini da je jako prirodna i zbog toga mi se odmah svidjela, a dodatni plus je što je svjetski uspjeh nimalo nije promijenio, kao što se s nekim blogerima dogodilo.

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  4. Bravo! Sve si lepo rekla. Ona jedna rečenica je zapravo i cela istina. Bez toga jednostvano sve pada u vodu. Mislim da mnooooogi grabe ka ne znam čemu, misleći da su brojke, statistike i slično sve na svetu. Lepo je to, ali je još lepše imati mesto koje stvaraš samo zato što ti tako želiš i kako i kad ti želiš. Prilagoditi neke ostale stvari tome je umeće koje ne polazi svima za rukom pa u moru blogova tek poneko se istinski izdvaja. Sa druge strane, dobiti neku svoju publiku se ne postiže onim super si, prati me, bla bla, već je to često dug i spor proces ali samo se njime nailazi na prave osobe... :)

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    1. Hvala ti! :) A što se publike tiče, uvijek sam bila onog mišljenja - bolje dvoje kvalitetnih nego stotinu onih 'follow for follow' :)

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  5. Lovely post! :)

    XX,
    Photography & Fashion Blog

    www.CHRISTINAKEY.com

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  6. Inače sam jedna od onih koji su alergični na naslove How to..., ali znala sam da ti nećeš post odvesti u takvom smjeru. A što reći, a da ti već nisam natipkala, što ovdje što u mailovima - možda ne stignem popratiti svaki post istog dana kada je objavljen, ali vjeruj mi, uživam u ovom tvom kutku više nego ikad. Divan balans tvojih glavnih strasti, a kako si napisala - kada si zadovoljna ti i mi svi možemo uživati i potpuno se unijeti u "materijal".
    :* <3<3

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    1. Ma baš ti hvala, draga moja, ove riječi mi puno znače! :)

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  7. I always think you should make sure you are happy with your blog post. If the photos arent right, or it's just not something you're proud of, then don't post it! That's my best advice :)

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Great advice, Corinne, couldn't agree more! :)

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  8. Evo i mene napokon... da, meni se od početka bloganja toliko toga promijenilo i u životu i u glavi da sam puno puta bila rubu da sve pošaljem "v rit"... i svoj blog a i druge. Znala sam baš biti jako tužna kada se neka moja fav blogerica pretvorila u hodajuću reklamu za super visoku modu... Baš nedavno je jedna divna curka koja je cijeli koncept bloga bazirala na second hand komadima s nešto H&M-A/Forever 21 i (eventualno) Zare, postala HIT i već su krenule dizajnerske torbice i sad samo čekam... čak se blog zove u smislu kao rabljene/nošene poslastice aludirajući na second hand... da, neće ići! Mislim, sve je meni jasno, neću se praviti da ja ne bih nosila kreatorsku torbicu ali zašto sve ode u toliku krajnost ? I da, već mi je toliko muka od tih savjeta o povećanju prometa i inih gluposti a istina je ta da ukoliko se za tebe ne "zapale" dječica od 13-16 godina pa te prati cijela jedna škola (govorim za naše tržište) ili ne angažiraš agenciju da ti dade boost, trebati će ti godine i godine a i onda "ako".Plus, meni se nekako čini da blogovi na neki način "odumiru" i da se sve preselilo na Instagram... puno je ljudi jednostavno i prestalo s blogom a nastavilo samo na IG. Ne znam ni sama. Ja volim lijepu fotografiju i/ili pametan tekst i/ili fora savjete i/ili sve navedeno. Pošto nisam nešto od priče jer nemam vremena, trudim se da pružim barem lijepe fotke i maštovite kombinacije koje mene usrećuju. S druge strane, pala sam na svega par cura/žena koje pratim s guštom zato jer su te iste ostale dosljedne sebi... baš kako si i ti napisala. Vidi se da ne idu za prometom i parama i slavom već furaju svoj film... a to je i najbitnije. Sve ostalo je nebitno!

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    1. U potpunosti se kužim, dijelom zbog te pretjerane komercijalizacije sam i prestala pratiti većinu modnih blogera jer mi je grozno kad osobni stil odjednom postane čista reklama. Mislim, podržavam pretvaranje bloga u posao i svaka čast svima koji od toga žive bolje od svih nas, ali ne shvaćam zašto u većini slučajeva ti blogovi izgube onu osobnost zbog kojih sam ih i počela pratiti.
      A što se našeg tržišta tiče...uff, ne znam uopće što bi rekla. Teško i nikako. :)

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  9. Nice tips <3

    The Cutielicious
    http://www.thecutielicious.com
    Federica

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  10. Love this post! I absolutely think that writing a blog you love is more important than anything else in blogging - if you don't love it then what's the point?
    Amy xx
    Call Me Amy

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    1. Thanks, Amy! I completely agree with you! :)

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  11. I love this, I really love writing, and nothing feels better than writing a post I am really really happy with. But I love your advice, sometimes we get so wrapped up in the numbers we forget! Now following your blog too :)

    http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much, Erin, I'm really glad you liked the post! :)

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