Blogging Q&A January 2016

Hi everyone!

So today I thought I’d do a post which has been requested quite a lot, but also because the questions in this blog get asked by people on my social media and via email regularly so I thought I’d compile them all into a helpful blog post!

I am by no means an expert or huge blogger but I’ve been blogging for well over 2 years now so I thought that I would share what I know to help out any of you who have just started a blog or are thinking of starting a blog.

Here goes!

How do you start a blog?

You can start a blog through many different platforms – I personally use WordPress. It’s very simple, just go onto the WordPress site, sign up, and voila – you’ve created your blog! I’ve also heard good things about Blogger.

How do I get followers and readers?

This is a question I get asked quite a lot – and I genuinely am not 100% sure of the definite answer! I started my Twitter and tweeted humorous and relatable things which gained me followers, meaning people then read my blog. As time goes on, you naturally do gain more followers as your blog gets more known and you write more posts that get shared and recommended to other people.

With social media, I would say be consistent; post regularly, but don’t bombard peoples feeds. Keep up a regular theme, as in if your blog is about beauty, post beauty related content on your Instagram, and if it’s about fitness, post fitness related content. You don’t want people to get confused about what you’re about.

How do I earn money from my blog?

You can earn money from blogging in a number of different ways; ads on your site, sponsored posts, affiliate links, and discount codes you provide to your readers and get a percentage in return.

Whatever you do, don’t set out to blog just to earn money. You should start a blog because you’re passionate about what you’re writing about, whether it be fitness, food, beauty, music, films – whatever it is you’re blogging about, you need to love it, and that should be the reason that you’re blogging, not to earn money. Being paid for something you love doing is just a bonus.

How much money do you earn from blogging?

Everyone earns different amounts from blogging – it depends on the volume of your readership and your following as to how much you earn and how many people are actually going on your blog. I’m not going to say how much I earn from my blog as I think that’s quite a personal thing and no one wants to talk about how much they earn!

What made you want to start a blog?

I’ve always loved writing, English was pretty much the only thing I was good at when I was at school. As I got older I then realised I was passionate about beauty and so that’s the main thing I write about on my blog. I wanted to write something that was available to the public to read so I felt like my writing had a purpose, so I did just that! I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 5 or 6 and became absolutely besotted with reading and writing, so I’m really lucky that I’m actually living my dream, and hopefully my dream is just going to continue to grow in the coming years!

How do you manage a blogging schedule on top of other responsibilities?

It is difficult when you have a backlog of posts to write and photograph and photos to edit and blogs to proofread, etc etc, and you need to do a tonne of other things on top of it, and keep up with a social life and making time for your partner etc but I love blogging so I make time for it. You don’t need to completely cut things out of your life in order to blog. A lot of the time I sit in bed on my laptop editing posts whilst my boyfriend watches TV, and he doesn’t mind because he knows I need to do it! I did have an absolute bitch fit a few weeks back when there was a particular photo that I just could not edit properly and it was about 11pm on a Tuesday night and he was looking at me like I was very strange indeed. I don’t blame him to be honest.

What is your favourite caffeine fix to keep you going when blogging?

I don’t like coffee or tea so I usually make some toast or have some chocolate or fruit with lots of water to keep me going, and put a programme like Made In Chelsea on in the background.

What do you most enjoy blogging about?

I love blogging about things I’ve done recently, and also of course Beauty which is my passion. I love fashion so when I’m not anonymous I’ll love blogging about that too!

How do you get blog ideas?

They come to me all the time and I jot them down in the Notes section on my phone or in a notebook quickly. Other bloggers are also a great source of inspiration, or YouTubers and you can change a video into a blog post, but I do try and think up post ideas by myself. Also when buying new products, they’re great for inspiration as you can do reviews/swatch and first impression blog posts etc.

How do you get your blog to as many readers as possible?

This is similar to one of the first questions but by being consistent, advertising via social media and being relatable, and true to yourself.

What is your key marketing tool?

Social media is definitely mine, and pretty much every other blogger and Youtubers key marketing cool. And pretty much every brand nowadays too! Social media is absolutely amazing, and most of us bloggers/Youtubers who actually do this as a job now have a lot to thank it for!

Do I need a management company to be successful?

Because lots of bloggers/Youtubers are managed by agencies, I think a lot of people think that the only way your blog will be a success is if you’re managed and that’s entirely untrue.

Being managed is absolutely fine and great of course, and for many people it works. You have someone who manages your finances to a degree, finds work for you and arranges deals and is there to accompany you to meetings and help you out. For many bloggers who hit a certain level with their blog, a management company is exactly the right thing for them. However, it’s not absolutely necessary. You can be just as successful without one. Management companies will also take a percentage of earnings from a deal, which I guess is a downside, but on the other hand without them, you may not have found that deal. It differs for everyone. I personally choose not to be managed as I don’t think it’s right for me and I have successfully managed myself, my blog and my finances for over 2 years now and have been absolutely fine and I prefer to only have myself to answer to.

So to answer that question, no you absolutely don’t need a management company to be successful. It’s all about what works for you!

So that is the end of my Blogging Q&A for today. I will probably do another one later on in the year, as a lot of questions were very similar or the same hence why there isn’t a tonne of questions in here!

I hope you enjoyed it and I hope it has helped any aspiring or new bloggers. Good luck with your blog and remember to never, ever give up!

Speak to you all very soon.

All my love BGP