4 practical things I've learnt from blogging
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I've written before about the things I've learnt since I started this little blog almost a year ago (time flies when you're having fun!) but they were all quite general and centred more on the effect blogging has had on my life and creativity.
So today I wanted to share with you 4 practical things I've learnt from blogging. It's so easy to think that running a blog is just about writing some words down every now and then and taking a photo to put with it, but the truth is that there's quite a lot of practical stuff you have to learn too!
I love that blogging has helped me to pick up some additional skills - it's definitely another perk to an already lovely hobby.
1) How to take and edit photos
I'm going to be honest here and admit that this is one that I'm still working on, but I've definitely come a long way since I started. I'm learning to improve my photography and composition, and I now know so much about resizing and editing photos. Picmonkey is my fave go to site for editing - it's really easy for a relative newby like myself!
2) The importance of SEO
It's only really in the past few months that I've really started to get to grips with SEO, but I have started to see a payoff in terms of stats already. I use the Yoast plug-in and also have picked up lots of great tips from Jasmin's JC Techs posts - that girl knows so much!
3) How to self promote
I was very uncomfortable with this one at first, but as my confidence has grown with blogging I have started to embrace this more and more. I think the key is not to completely spam your social media feeds with blog links, but to share when it's relevant and try to raise awareness more organically. I have seen a lot more of my traffic recently coming from Twitter, so this strategy seems to be paying off!
4) That having a blogger network is important
Thankfully bloggers are the friendliest people ever which makes this one easier! I've really found that having a bunch of bloggers that I know I can ask silly questions to or bounce ideas off or just coerce them into taking outfit photos for you has made blogging not only a lot easier, but also way more fun. It's nice to not have to struggle with a technical issue alone or just to have someone who understands why you're taking a photo of your food before tucking in!