Don’t you just enjoy the blank stare you get from people when you tell them you’re a blogger, or get the elongated “okay”. I wish people knew it’s more than just typing some words up and adding taking a few pictures. Blogging is time and mind consuming not to mention all the finger cramping you’ll suffer from typing (I’m really trying to sell it here). I often get asked for advice and I love teaching others, especially newbies! You must remember you’ll eventually find your own way around the block and what works best for you. Do I know it all? Nope. Have I picked up a few things along the way? Why yes, I believe I have. . .
Self-host & Domains – I would say to go for self-host if you plan on blogging and sticking to it. I made a free blog with WordPress and purchased my domain name so that I wouldn’t have the wordpress.com after the name of my blog. It was a hobby at first and an outlet for me to express my creativity. It then became much more than just an outlet to me so I invested time and money into making my site look the way I wanted it to. Self-hosting is the best thing I decided to do because I’m free to do what I want when I want.
Scheduling Posts – If you have a job like moi you might want to take advantage of scheduling your posts ahead of time. This way they publish at the time you set them to and you can do it for days in advance depending on how your work load is.
Keep Your Layouts Consistent – If you center (left,right) the text in your posts keep it that way, it will look uniform and visually pleasing to the eye balls.
Switch It Up When In A Rut – You don’t always have to write about beauty. Perhaps you want to write about your favorite meal atm, an outfit post, DIY projects, or even a recipe!
You Get What You Put In – The key thing is consistency and improvement. You can’t start and all of a sudden get cold feet, you’ll never progress. It takes time, effort and patience to build an audience. My advice is to give it all you’ve got and take it day by day, the rest comes later. . .