5 Things I wish I had known before starting my own blog

 

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These past few days, I’ve been thinking of the things I’ve done wrong (and am still doing wrong) and I put them on virtual paper, as a short list for those of you who are interested in knowing the struggles of launching a blog. These aren’t the typical ideas you would hear online, except for maybe the last one, but more like things I have discovered during my first few months on maracalli.ro.

1.Less is more.

This isn’t related exclusively to content or blog aesthetics, but it is rather a mix of everything that your site and online presence are comprised of. When I started my blog, I compared it to a lot of other blogs, way too often (I’ll go into details as to why this is also a bad thing to do later on) and I always thought that something was missing. I didn’t have Pinterest (I ended up making one, but I don’t really use it), I didn’t have a Facebook page for my blog and no google+ (still don’t). I was lacking in the ads department, I didn’t post thrice a day and I also did not have a big menu page with lots of other subpages and categories. I wasted my time trying to create the perfect thing, while majorly neglecting the quality of my content and of the blog itself. Don’t worry about not having accounts on all the social media networks, or about not posting twice a week, or your homepage not looking fancy enough. These are things that should concern you later on, and even then, never forget that your readers come for your content, not for that fancy font you want to use in your header but still can’t figure out how.

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2.You will want to buy a lot of things.

Okay, maybe it’s just me and I shouldn’t generalize it, but I am just saying… I feel like my wallet has never been this empty, yet there are still so many things on my constantly growing wishlist. I follow a lot of bloggers on Instagram and I read quite a lot of style blogs, which means I get to see loads of people dressed in amazing things. Just today I caught a glimpse of a gorgeous knee-length silver skirt on my Insta feed, and I fell in love. The bad thing? I fall in love at least six times a day… Even worse, the holidays are approaching, meaning sales, meaning me locking myself up in my room and hiding my wallet. Help.

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3.Wordpress knowledge is a must (this is for those of you who are looking into starting on WordPress)

 Talking about not figuring things out, I wish I would have been smart enough to realize that you can’t just create a blog on WordPress and suddenly become a master at everything wp-related. I’ve had maracalli.ro for about four months now, and I still don’t know basic things. Of course, this can be fixed by either looking up things online, asking friends to teach you or by learning them yourself through trial and error (this, however, is a method I wouldn’t recommend due to the high risk of messing things up irremediably). It’s best if you know how to work with WordPress beforehand. In this way, you will be able to fix any problem as soon as it appears, without having to wait for weeks at a time just to solve a mail issue for example (like I did).

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 4. Being organised and managing your time properly is the key to a great blog

As you can easily tell, this isn’t a great blog (just yet!). I don’t post regularly, and I hate myself for it: I think I’ve posted only once a month up until now, which is so, so little. This happens for a number of reasons, the most relevant one being that I don’t write my posts in advance and I don’t have a schedule. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have your first post written already and outline the next two-three before launching your blog, or you will find yourself losing track of time. I promised myself that I’ll start doing that from now on, and I already have a few ideas in mind. Please, please don’t be like me and try to set a weekly/monthly number of posts and stick to it. Of course, if you at some point will write a post that won’t reach your standards, it’s best if you postpone it. Never put quantity before quality!

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 5.You need a photographer

There are certainly many bloggers who manage to survive by arranging their cameras by themselves and using a timer or asking a random person to take their picture every time they go out. I, however, am not one of them. I want my blog to have quality content, and for that, I need  great pictures. Unfortunately, I’m not good at positioning the camera, at making sure the light hits just right or at getting that blurry effect, and my camera isn’t the best one either (not that you need a very expensive camera to be a blogger). I’m also not good at being photographed by strangers, as I am very, very shy, as stated in my last blog post. The only and, actually, the best solution for me is to have a person who knows what they’re doing take my pictures. This time, my lovely friend, Iuliana, was the one who helped me and I’m absolutely in love with the results <3.

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Photo credits: Iuliana Pădurariu

 

Jacket : Bershka

Jeans : Bershka

Top : Stradivarius

Bra: Laceandco

Boots : H&M

Backpack : Tumi

31 Responses

    1. Indeed, although I have read a lot of posts like these before starting and it all took me by surprise anyway :))

  1. Having a blog is hard work! When I started I didn’t know how to promote my content for probably 6 months :/
    And having a schedule and planning posts in advance really does help.
    By the way I love your jacket!

    1. Thank you so much, Maria! I’ve still got a really long way to go and a ton of stuff to improve, but I’m hopeful it will all work out! Also, I’m so happy about the jacket, I got it for less than 20 dollars and I couldn’t believe my luck haha xx

  2. I feel so bad for having my boyfriend take my picture though! It’s a terrible feeling.

    1. Taking pictures of your girlfriend isn’t such a bad thing, haha! But if you keep feeling bad, maybe it’s best if you use a tripod or something like that 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Alessandra! It’s definitely a gorgeous piece I love wearing when it’s not too cold outside!

  3. Yes, we might spend more but that’s because we are girls. The most important thing to us is being beautiful and fashionable. We want to look perfect at each time and on every occasion. BTW, you really look amazing with that look especially the special top.

    1. Thank you so much, Sandra! I wish I could look perfect whenever, but sometimes I just don’t have the time or patience, haha! guess I’ll have to work on that 🙂

  4. I used to know close to nothing about WordPress when I started my blog. After years I’m became close to an expert! x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

  5. I love these tips. I want to devote so much time to blogging. I forget that I have schoolwork to do sometimes. Oops.

    1. I would totally devote more time if I could, but school really gets in the way, I completely understand you!

  6. You are so right about wanting to shop even more once you start blogging. Even though I have quite a few things gifted to me, I always find myself having a never ending wishlist. It is soo bad. I’m trying to really cut down on my shopping though and ask myself “do I really need this” and “how many times will I wear this” before making a purchase now!

    I also agree that a good photographer is a must! I’m so thankful my hubby can take my pics <3
    xoxo
    Rina Samantha
    http://www.andshedressed.com

    1. A never ending wishlist will always be one of my main problems, and it’s so so lovely that you have your husband to take photos of you! I find that super adorable (and convenient!) Rina xx

  7. I totally agree with all your tips! Especially number 2, sadly. Once I started my blog and checked some other blogs for inspiration, I found that I was wanting more and more of what other fashion bloggers had (like the latest ruffle trend or off-the-shoulder shirts!) Usually I don’t like those styles, but now I’m really considering them simply because of the mere-exposure effect. Time to hide my wallet!

    Kim | Simply Lovebirds

    1. This seems to be incredibly common, and I’m honestly not surprised! The way these items are presented, with super cool pictures and looking incredible on the lovely bloggers that wear them can only make me want them, which is such a bad thing for both my wallet and my style! Just like you said, Kim, I find myself going for things that are completely unlike what I wear, only because I’m exposed to them. Thankfully, I think I’m getting better at hiding my wallet, so I’m on the right track haha xx

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