Let's Talk - New Bloggers

July 29, 2017

Hello readers! Here we are again, another Saturday morning and another Let's Talk post. This week I have 2 fabulous readers joining me discussing how it feels to be a new blogger on the scene because even though I've been at this since January I'm still a hopeless newbie with a lot of things!

So please extend a warm hello to:

Sarah from https://sazsinclair.com/ or @Sazsinclair on Twitter
&
Rimpy from https://rimpysreads.wordpress.com/ or @Rimpysreads on Twitter

Sarah's thoughts: "‘You just need to take the plunge and do it – nobody will judge’ – a phrase I was frequently told before deciding to actually take that plunge and start a blog. And dayyym, how happy I am I finally listened to that advice. From the minute I started my first blog post, I knew I was instantly doing something right. It just fit, and felt almost natural as though I had been doing this sorta thing for years. I guess in a way, I actually had because I’ve written since I can remember. I was pleasantly surprised when I started at just how nice and welcoming lots of other bloggers were. I didn’t feel like people were looking down at me because I was a new blogger, I felt like people were on my side and actively helping me to reach small goals all the time. I easily sussed out all the blogger chats and loved engaging with everyone, it made me want to participate in blog chats, and I still get excited when I get time to chat in one now!

My first (and only..) collaboration I have done I did this month. I started blogging at the beginning of March so I felt really proud that a brand wanted to collaborate with my little blog so soon! I did full research on the company and once I had decided it was a brand I would like to collaborate with, it was a smooth, easy process. I thought my first time working with a brand was going to be really daunting but they were brilliant at talking me through everything. I’m looking forward to hopefully working with more brands in the future, I think it’s just an added bonus to the thrive I get from blogging! My advice to new bloggers would be that when brands get in touch with you, please take the time to research the company and decide whether or not they fit in with what you write about, and it’s a brand you would like to be associated with. I’ve had a handful of opportunities come my way where I really didn’t like the way they approached bloggers, or had done no research in to who they were asking to collaborate with (I once got asked if I would like to review some BLONDE hair products… um no thankyou!).

My advice to anybody would be that if you even have given even just a slight consideration to blogging, please do it. You may find that after a few posts, it’s not for you and you don’t enjoy it – but there is absolutely no harm in trying! You’ll more than likely find that when you start you won’t be able to stop, and you’ll end up with the bloggers bug. It’s not easy, nothing is handed to you on a plate and it is definitely time consuming don’t get me wrong, however all the hard work you put in to your blog will pay off, and it’s most certainly rewarding. You just need to take the plunge – nobody will judge!" 

Rimpy's thoughts: "Hi guys! My name is Rimpy and I run a blog called Rimpy's Reads. I've been running this blog for about 3 weeks now and I have been having the greatest time doing so.

I started this blog mainly because I needed something that could help me de-stress from all my school assignments and tests. Little did I know that it would become so much more than that.

The blogging community on Twitter welcomes me with open arms and it was really amazing to see how kind everyone was to each other. Since starting I've made many great friends on Twitter and have started my own read-a-thon which will run for the first time in August.

The read-a-thon is called <a href="https://rimpysreads.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/wonder-week-read-a-thon/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Wonder Week</a> and my entire idea behind it was creating a read-a-thon that wasn't specifically tailored towards booktubers, but more so for the bookbloggers. I have a post about it on my blog if you'd like to check it out.

Despite all my amazing experiences with the blogging community since starting, I've also had one experience that wasn't all that great and kind of irked me a bit.

I had a fellow blogger message me privately on Twitter and ask me how to gain a bigger following. This was totally fine, I didn't mind helping out newer bloggers like myself, I've made several posts about starting out, but this individual didn't seem to ask so I could give them tips, but because they wanted me to promote them on my blog so they could gain more followers.

I understand the importance of promoting your blog - I have done it since I started and will always do it - but it's important to remember when it's becoming too annoying for your followers, or if it's inappropriate. In this situation I thought their question was very inappropriate.

I've done guest bloggers on my blog, but that's different in the way that when you have a guest blogger you also post on their page. It's mutually exclusive and it's not purely for the followers - it's for the experience and the networking you get from talking to different bloggers and reaching a different audience.

This situation was quite frustrating for me, despite wanting to help this individual, I didn't want to just hand their success to them. Working for your audience and success is a large part of enjoying what you do. If you get things handed to you without trying half as hard as you should have, the success means nothing.

I have been writing posts daily - sometimes twice a day - for three weeks now, and I am so proud of what I have achieved in these three weeks. I have a following that I care about, and talking to my audience in the comment section of my blog posts is an experience that I cherish.

This is why I write, not for the "fame" or the exclusivity of having a lot of followers, but for the experience of being able to talk to people I may have never gotten the chance to talk to and to be able to inspire others to do the same.

Blogging is and will always be something I do to get away from the stress and intensity of my life and I am so thankful for that.

I'd like to quickly thank @itsallzara for giving me the opportunity to write this, I'm so thankful you decided to let me do this and I hope I didn't mess it up too bad!

My thoughts: "I've been blogging since January the 2nd, I would say that creating a blog was a New Years resolution but it was really a spur of the moment thing brought on by curiosity. I was checking out other peoples blogs and suddenly thought "I'm gonna make a blog of my own I think" and thus my first horrendously cringy post was written.

Since beginning my blogging journey 6 months ago I've experienced a number of things I didn't expect; I've been to a bloggers beauty event, I've had a couple of writing opportunities to do and I've made some amazing friends! I've also seen a lot of the behind the scenes work that goes on with blogging and anyone who think its just a case of being sent free stuff then reviewing it online has no idea what we go through! I've never been so picky about photo lighting or decor, never been so bothered about how I type and come across to people and I've NEVER stressed about tweeting and posting promotion for my work before so it really has been a learning experience.

I fully encourage anyone wanting to start a blog to do so because it is incredibly fun and therapeutic, I've already had a few people contact me regarding advice and inspiration regarding blogging which means a lot because most of the time I just post and hope its decent content."

As always a huge thank you to my two writers this week and if you wish to get involved with my "Let's Talk" segment then tweet me at @itsallzara on Twitter or email me at Zaraanne@hotmail.co.uk!

Itsallzara

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3 comments

  1. Love this post, thank you so much for including me in this segment! Completely agree with being so picky with lighting, I had no idea just hoe much my room was lacking a white background and some fab lighting hahaha!!xx

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  2. Such a great post! I've never thought of doing a collaboration like this its an amazing idea! x

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  3. I'm new to blogging, and this post was so wonderfully relatable 😂

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