Thursday, 16 June 2016

Five Things You Can Do To Easily Up Your Blogging Game

Recently, I've been trying to make a bit more effort to work on my blog and push myself to improve it; I've been blogging for almost five years now (I don't know where the time has gone, either!) and whilst I feel like in a lot of ways I've improved naturally, I always like a challenge and I'm always trying to push myself in one way or another. Here are just a few of the ways I've been actively trying to improve of late; I don't want this to come across as at all preachy or anything like that, these are just a few things I've been doing which I feel have led to improvements in my blog.
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[Photo credit: Wonderfelle Media; Edited by me.]
Photography
I treated myself to a reflector off Amazon (here) to try and improve my photos. I'm just using a Fujifilm point-and-shoot, and will be for the foreseeable future until I can afford to invest in something a bit better, so in the interests of working with what I've got, I decided to pick up a cheap reflector to try and lighten up my photos and reduce shadows. I've also been playing around with the manual settings on my camera a bit more, as well as trying to improve my composition; I've slowly been building up a box of photography props which I'm trying to include in my photos to make them a little bit more visually appealing. Hopefully you'll have noticed the difference over the past few months! I've also been using a few stock photos here and there - there are so many nice ones available for free!
Reply to Comments
I always used to reply to comments people left on my posts, but I'd somehow fallen out of the habit unless someone asked a specific question. Thinking about it, though, I think I'm more likely to comment on someone's post if I can see that they've responded to others, so I've been making the effort for the past few weeks to go through and reply to the comments people so kindly leave, as well as checking out their blogs where I can.
Engage On Social Media
I really enjoy using social media and always have, but to be honest I had found I'd fallen a bit out of love with it over the past couple of years. Recently, I've really been making an effort to engage more and get back to the roots of what I originally loved - connecting with people. A couple of times a day (like on my break at work and before bed), I'll scroll through Instagram and try to comment on 5-10 photos, or reply to a handful of tweets on Twitter. Striking up conversation like this not only encourages people to check out my profile, but it's also kind of the point of social media for me; it's been quite refreshing to remind myself of that!
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Think Outside The Box
I've always featured a lot of reviews on my blog, but lately I've found myself getting a bit tired of them, so I've been trying to think outside the box a little in terms of how I present my posts. So, for example, instead of a straight review of a Born Pretty Brow Pencil I was sent, I included it in a Budget-Friendly Brow Products post - I know this isn't a ground-breaking concept, but I feel like it's really helping me to freshen up my content and tap my creativity a little more. It's always good to mix things up and try new approaches!
Comment on Other Blogs
This is something I go through phases of doing more or less of, but I do love reading other people's blogs and like to take the time to leave a comment where I can! I know how pleased I always am to receive comments, so being able to give that to other bloggers is really nice. It's also a fab way of building a connection with bloggers I like, and encourages me to read more posts, which I always find inspires me. Even if you just set yourself the goal of commenting on five blog posts each week - just think of the happiness you could spread!

What do you do to improve your blog? Do you have any tips for me?

xo
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23 comments:

  1. This is actually something I was looking for! I've been blogging for a few years but I started a new blog recently because I didn't get anywhere with the other one! I was trying to find things that would help me get a bit further so I'll try some of these. Thanks for the help! :D

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  2. Always nice to have some good tips to up my blogging game! Thanks very much for sharing.

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  3. Really good advice! I need to do something to make my photos better so I might try that reflector!

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  4. Absolutely agree on social - it's such a great booster!

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  5. I think that great photography and good writing are essential. Of course, of sorts of engaging with your audience is beneficial.
    In terms of other bloggers: collaborations and guest posts are also a good practice.

    Lu | www.balgarka.co.uk

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    1. That's so true Lubka, I've recently gotten more invested in good photography for my blog, and it's been so fun as well as great for my blog stats!


      Sara | Herelectricocean.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. This is such a lovely post, I found it so helpful! I also find that I go through seasons of commenting a lot on other blogs, and seasons where I don't do that so much, but I've seen the statistical benefits it can have on my blog and I know I ought to do it more!


    Sara | Herelectricocean.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Great advice. Im a newbie blogger but have learnt a lot in a few short months! I'll use tour tips to try and get into good habbits from the start!

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  8. Great advice hun, I will definitely show others this! Great post! x

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  9. Good point about thinking outside of the box. It is so easy to stick with bog standard content, but that just doesn't cut it any more.

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  10. Finding more time to visit and comment on blogs is something I want to achieve this year.

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  11. Engaging with others on social media can do amazing things for your blog, I am active on both twitter and instagram x

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  12. Great advice! I've only been blogging for about two months now, but I have at least gotten to where I have people viewing my blog everyday. It's a not a lot of people, but it's progress. I am trying to be more active on social media because I do notice that I get more views when I am or even gain a new follower. I'm still lacking in the photography department though.

    leengbeauty.blogspot.com

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  13. Better pictures are the easiest way to make everything look better. Great tips.

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  15. I go up and down on all of these depending on how much time I have! I do love spending a bit more time on social and starting a load of conversations. I've been getting into Pinterest too as it actually really helps my blog views!

    Jasmin Charlotte

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  16. Thank you for this post! I really needed something like this. I was so good with the types of posts I was creating but I feel like I fell into a bit of a rut. I'll be trying some of these out!

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  17. Making my photos better is definitely something I need to work at, starting a box of props sounds like a great idea. Lots of great advice here, thank you.

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  18. I love getting comments (not so many these days) and always return the favour xx

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  19. Its so important to be active as a blogger on many platforms as possible, I have lot of work to do in that department though :D Thanks for great tips x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  20. I love this post because I believe what you have highlighted is effective in improving your self esteem. Thank you for sharing!

    Larisa x
    larisajayne.com

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  21. Great ideas especially helpful for a new blogger. Will definitely put them to good use. Thank you!

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  22. I love it when you can tell people have thought out of the box for their content ideas- it's so refreshing to read a post you've never seen floating around the internet before!

    www.thesundaymode.com

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