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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Blogging Mistakes I Made

I created my blog three years ago and have been blogging properly for around two and a half. I started Salt and Chic under a different name at the age of 20 and now aged 23, my posts and my style couldn’t be more different. I’m so proud of all of the things I’ve achieved and done all by myself in that time and of how far Salt and Chic has come but it is fair to say I’ve made my fair share of mistakes. There are new blogs being created every single day now and so with the rise of my favourite industry I thought I’d share with you some of the mistakes I’ve made since the beginning - you definitely don’t have to pretend to be a “perfect blogger” all the time,  no matter who you are or how old old your blog is! 

Trying To Fit In
One of the biggest mistakes I made when I began my blog was trying to “fit in” and by this I mean I tried to write posts I wasn’t interested in, just because everyone else was writing them. I guess I felt like I had to write these “typical” blogger posts in order to get people interested. I thought because these posts were popular and a lot of people were writing them, I had to as well to be a “proper blogger”. You probably know the ones I mean, things like monthly favourites and empties posts, which there are nothing wrong with of course! I just mean they weren’t me. I used to force out monthly favourites posts when I honestly didn't have a clue what to write about and it wasn’t until I started just writing about whatever the hell I wanted that my personality began to shine through and blogging just felt more natural to me. It’s important to remember that when it comes to blogging, you should just be yourself whether that’s writing about something totally original and new or whether it’s writing about some of the “stereotypical” things - neither are better than the other as your passion will always show in the posts that reflect you! 

Overediting Photos
I remember trying to do my first fashion posts and looking back now it was hilarious. I used to balance my camera on an ironing board in my back garden and put it on auto timer and quickly run and stand in front while it counted down, obviously resulting in the worst quality photos I could have possibly taken. If that wasn’t enough, I’d kill them even more by over editing them. I’d turn the contrast and brightness right up, totally “smooth” the photos (which just made them look ridiculous!), add filter after filter, make them into collages…You get the point. Learning a little bit about photography and editing was one of the best things I did for my blog and the basics are really easy to find out. I use Lightroom to edit my photos at the mo’ as I just can’t get my head around the proper Photoshop and Lightroom is just so much easier!

Taking Trolls To Heart
Being trolled and insulted is never easy (you can read my post about not feeding the trolls) but learning to not take their comments to heart is essential. A few years ago every time I got a negative comment I’d think about it for days and worry about what they said no matter how trivial. I remember once someone anonymous commenting on a blog post of mine saying “LOL I can see your nipples through your top and you’re supposed to be fashion blogger” or something along those lines. Now, I’m someone who really doesn’t give a shit if you can see my nipples through a top (mate I probs did it on purpose) but back then I worried about it and worried about it and worried about it. I can totally accept any kind of legitimate criticism or any suggestions about my blog but it’s really important to accept that some people just want to upset you. Don’t take their comments personally and although it’s really, really hard to ignore comments you perceive as negative, insults online and unnecessary comments say more about the person making them than they do about you. 

Comparing Myself To Other Bloggers
Comparison is never a good idea. I used to look at my blog and say “well that blogger has been blogging for the same amount of time as me and they have X amount of followers so why don’t I?” It is so so dangerous to think like this because you only end up getting yourself down when there a whole host of reasons why people have more followers, views, faster growth or whatever else. None of this means you are any worse of a blogger and instead of getting down and comparing yourself, let the success of others inspire you. Again, it’s really hard to do and I still often find myself looking at other blogs and feeling twinges of jealousy but when it comes down to it, I look at them and think “wow that’s amazing!” instead of “why is that not me?” Everyone is one different pages of their journey and you don’t have to be like them, you can be like you.

Obsessing Over Followers
It’s lovely to gain new followers and hit milestones but it isn’t the be all and end all. I love hitting targets I’ve set for myself and watching my accounts and blog grow but there was a point where I started obsessing over the numbers. If I lost followers I’d get really mad at myself and wonder where I went wrong and, especially with Bloglovin followers, I measured my success with how many followers I gained that week. Numbers are not everything. They are not a measure of how “good” or “successful” your blog is (who defines what that is anyway?!) and they are certainly not something that should negatively impact how you feel or your life. When I stopped obsessing over how many followers I was gaining, my content improved because I felt better about myself and what I was writing and in turn that led to an increase in followers so actually, focusing too much on following can have a negative effect!

Not Using My Voice
I’ll admit that I’ve always been quite vocal with opinions etc. and I’ll also admit that I have got things wrong, especially when I was younger (haven’t we all?) but one of my biggest blogging mistakes was not using the platform I have to make a difference. I’m sure many of you will recall my whole Ched Evans saga last year in which I was horribly abused on Twitter for using my voice and getting 8k retweets, angering misogynists and rape sympathisers along the way and prior to that and for a few months after, I refrained from using my voice. I’m lucky to have a little bit of a platform on social media now whereby I’m able to share opinions and articles to try and make a difference, whether it’s about #BlackLivesMatter, current political climates, body shaming or anything else. I totally get that some people don’t like to talk about “controversial” subjects or share their political opinions but I just feel that when it comes to some things, we have a responsibility to try and do what we can. In this day and age, for me staying silent isn’t an option and I’m not willing to sit back and let terrible things happen to innocent people, just because they aren’t happening to me and that’s why not using my voice was a mistake.

Can you relate to any of these mistakes? What mistakes did you make when you first started blogging?

Amy x

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  1. I can relate to all of the above and love this honesty hun. I have stopped comparing myself, worrying about numbers and wearing things I think I should be rather than what I am comfortable in. And now, I really feel like I am finding my place in the blogosphere and readers can tell when your content is you being you. xxx


  2. I can definitely relate to all the points you've raised in this post. I'm guilty of all of these.


  3. I can totally relate to all of the above. Finding your own voice and style with blogging is so difficult, but yours is so unique and that's why I love it.

  4. I can relate to all of these! I have found it really hard to find my own voice, but I find it much easier when I write how I would chat.
    a life of a charlotte

  5. I think these are some really good tips!
    I'm quite new to blogging and I think I'm sometimes guilty of over focusing on followers. But you are right, it's just a number and if I enjoy blogging I should continue, rather than worrying about if other people are reading it or liking it.


  6. Definitely can relate to all of these! It got better when I realized I blog for myself and not others.
    xx Alyssa
    VISIONS OF NYC // @alyszsa

  7. I can pretty much relate to most of the above! I'm not a hugely dedicated blogger because it's my hobby and I have to put my uni and part time work first - but I often forget these things when reading other blogs or see other twitter/instagram accounts and can often get overwhelmed with jealousy and criticise myself for not being as good. Which is completely and utterly useless I know - one of my main bad habits is comparing myself (in whatever aspect really).

    It's so good that you've been able to grow a thicker skin with regard to trolls - I'm absolutely terrified of that happening. The same with speaking out - I totally agree that with a following it's a responsibility to speak out about important topics, but I as a person don't have a huge amount of really strong views (mainly because I'm lucky enough not to be affected by much really and so have little knowledge about a lot of topics) and get absolutely terrified of being attacked - whether on twitter or in the blogosphere and I think until I'm exposed to a troll or two I'll find it difficult with this!

    Great post - thanks for sharing!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

  8. Loving this post, need to write something similar soon!

  9. I love this post - your honesty is great and I think every blogger will be able to relate to them all nevermind one! I tried too hard to fit in when I started my blog and ended up falling into a rut of writing posts for the sake of keeping up my schedule than actually being passionate about what I was writing. I ended up taking a 4 month break and now, i'm more true to myself by doing more fashion/lifestyle posts and not putting myself under pressure to have a certain amount of posts each week.

    Thanks for this post - as always, I enjoyed reading it :)!

    Amy | www.whatamydid.co.uk

  10. Some amazing points Amy, loved reading this post!
    Emma at www.collagemepretty.con

  11. I can definitely relate to this! I used to obsess with followers, and I always compared my blog to others (I still find myself doing that today!). Like you said the best thing to do with your blog is to be completely yourself and to do things your way- it makes everything so much better, because you know your followers are following you for being honest and for who you really are. Another mistake I made is not socializing with other bloggers that much when I first started out, it's my favorite part of blogging now!
    Holly x
    The Twins' Wardrobe

  12. Dear Amy,

    I loved reading this post of yours, it really opened my eyes! :)

    I've only started blogging 2-3 weeks ago and yeah, I recognized myself within your lines. I can already feel it helped me a lot, since I got more motivated and inspired by it! And that's one of the main reasons we write for, isn't it? :)

    Thank you Amy!

    Have a wonderful day,



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