4 Things I Want Newbie Bloggers To Know


I thought blogging would be a walk in the park, but it's not. It requires 10x more dedication, hard work and patience than I ever thought it would. But the beauty of becoming a blogger is that you don't have to graduate with a degree first, you just have to be passionate about everything you do, say and write. Now, I'm not going to tell you what you should or shouldn't do, but, I am going to give you 4 pieces of advice that I want you to remember and that I wish I had received when I first started out.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO KNOW EVERYTHING...

I became a blogger 6 years ago and I didn't have a clue what I was doing or what to write about. I didn't know how important social media was; I thought Twitter was just a way to get your favourite celebrities to notice you and I thought Facebook was just a way to tell a bunch of random people what my mum was cooking for dinner. DA, SA, SEO - well, they just sounded like a bunch of letters to me.

Becoming a blogger should be an enlightening and exciting thing, but sometimes it's scary and intimidating. You enter this world where everyone is talking in initials, photographing flat-lays, advertising products and talking about privacy policies. But you don't have to know all of that yet. You focus on creating a blog and content that you love, and you can learn about everything else at a pace that is right for you. I'm 6 years in and I can't create professional flat-lays to save my life, I get confused every time I even think of SEO and GDPR?... well that stresses me the fuck out. So trust me, you're not behind on anything. Just enjoy the flexibility of learning in a way that suits you.

WRITE FOR YOU...

You know that little voice inside your head that's telling you that "you shouldn't post this" or "your readers aren't going to like or care about this" - don't listen to it! It took me a really long time to realise that the little voice inside my head was stopping me from reaching my full potential. Whilst writing every post I'd think about whether my readers would care, whether it'd offend somebody, and if everyone would like it. And then I thought fuck that. I began to write for me, from my heart. I put my whole personality into my content. I swear, I express opinions that not everyone will agree with, and I always write with honesty. So you write what you want to write; regardless of what anybody else says. If you want to write about last night's episode of Love Island - do it. If you want to write something controversial - do it. If you want to write something personal - do it. If you want to swear - fucking do it! Your blog is your safe place to write about anything you want. Don't be afraid to be you. Great bloggers put their personalities into every post, it's not all about perfect technique.

CONNECT WITH BLOGGERS...

One of my absolute favourite things about being a blogger is being able to connect with other bloggers and to be apart of such a loving, uplifting and supportive community. Making blogger friends keeps you sane; bloggers share a lot of the same pet hates, and it's really only bloggers that can relate to it. Don't be afraid to approach bloggers for a chat or for advice; we don't bite I promise! But if you're not comfortable with just randomly reaching out to a stranger, you can join in with blog chats on Twitter. 

I think it's so important to always support other bloggers. We're all in the same boat and we all know what it was like to be new or to struggle to gain followers or views. It can make a blogger's day just to see a nice comment on their content. Or you could join blog follow trains on twitter, to gain followers for yourself and to find new blogs to follow.

DON'T SECOND GUESS YOURSELF...

When your views are slim to none and you're not gaining many followers, please don't be disheartened. I promise you that you're not doing anything wrong. I guarantee that even your favourite bloggers have dry patches as well. Never second guess yourself or your talent because of writers block, or low traffic. Your passion and talent aren't defined by your follower count.

If you need help getting rid of your writers block, I published a post of 10 ways to get you back in to your stride. And I am always free to help with your traffic or social media. Just email me at - safehavenanonymousletters@gmail.com - or message me on any of my social media handles. Bloggers always help each other out.


Love, Han

xo

16 comments:

  1. I wish I had been given this advice when I had started out. As it is it's a beautiful reminder as I kick back into gear with my own blog. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting and I'm so glad that you enjoyed it.

      Love, Han -xo

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  2. I’m a baby blogger (3 months in) and I needed to read this. I became so discouraged lately feeling like I wasn’t a good enough writer or my numbers we’re what they should be I just got all into my own head it get rough especially when you don’t have a lot of like blogger friends in the states (all my blogger friends are in the U.k🤷🏾‍♀️) so it got rough but reading this reminds me to just enjoy the journey and remember I started this because I lovvvvve writing. I need to focus on my content and keep writing. The rest will come (kinda I mean you gotta promote like a CRAZY but yeah)

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    1. Hi Shayla. We've all been there. We get so lost in the numbers that we forget why we started it in the first place. Never give up. If you ever want to talk just message me, I'm always free.

      Love, Han -xo

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  3. This is such a great post lovely! Good things to remember even if I'm not such a newbie blogger haha :) Even though I've had my blog for like 3 years it feels like I just have 2 dedicated readers (aka my best friends) and no one else who sees it haha- as much as I'm grateful for them, it would be nice to reach some new readers! Wishing you the loveliest day :) xx

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    1. Thank you lovely. I would be more than happy to share your blog on my twitter to try and send a few new readers your way. Let me know if you need anything.

      Love, Han -xo

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  4. Wow, this was such an inspiration blog post! I'd love your writing style, its so engaging and smooth. This post has defo made me re think my blog and the whole 'showing your personality thing' has really made me think. So thank you! XOXO

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    1. Thank you so much!! Forget perfect technique, if you put 'you' into everything you write - it'll be amazing!

      Love, Han xo

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  5. Thanks for this post :) I go through phases of worrying about the numbers and feeling discouraged, but that's not what it's all about! Thanks for the reminder that it's most important to write what you want to write, and not to worry about it.

    Liz @scranshums

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    1. You're very welcome, I'm so glad I could help through this post.

      Thank you for commenting lovely.

      Love, Han xo

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  6. These are so important to remember! I'm 18 months in and I still forget these. Thank you for sharing.

    Naomi xo
    tralisty.com

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    1. I'm so glad you liked this post. Thank you for commenting Naomi.

      Love, Han xo

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  7. Great post. I've recently started taking this whole blogging thing more seriously and having a blast. Weirdly enough I don't pay any attention to numbers right now so that's not a worry for me. It's the networking hurdle that's the toughest for me :)

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    1. Thank you so much! Networking can be hard to get the hang of at first but it will become second nature to you eventually.

      Love, Han xo

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  8. Thank-you for this post - I've recently been feeling down about the fact that I'm not getting anywhere with my blog, and this has given me the motivation to just keep writing for the joy of it!

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    1. I'm so glad this helped you. We all need a reminder every now and then. You're incredible, never forget that.

      Han, xo

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