I’m still a new blogger and have been blogging only under a year (launched in June 2017). When you first start off as a blogger, it’s super exciting! You’re like, “Yeah! I’m a blogger!” [insert happy dance] & then you stand in silence and ask yourself, “Okay, what do I do now?” If you’ve been there, trust me I’m raising my hand too! I thought since I’m still new and have been working at it for awhile, that I’d share 5 things I’m learning as a new blogger.
Blogger Skill # 1: Photography
I currently use a Sony A6500 with a 16-70mm f/4.0 lens. I chose Sony because it’s a lighter weight for me to travel with and it’s also cheaper to buy because it’s a mirrorless camera. Compared to a Canon DSLR I saved about $2,500. I bought a tripod shortly after and then invested in a remote because I got tired of going back and forth with the self-timer. I would definitely look into researching what camera would work for you because it will help give you the quality photos that you see top bloggers have on their websites.
Also, when it comes to photography, you want to learn about lighting and how that affects your photos as well. You want to capture a story and a mood for your photos so you have to play around with certain times of the day or different angles. Practice makes perfect because I’m still learning how to capture great shots with just a tripod and a remote. It’s not easy, but you’ll learn even more when you practice.
Blogger Skill #2: Writing & Storytelling
What helps me is knowing what I’m going to write before I begin. I’ve spent many time looking at my computer trying to figure out what I want to write about an outfit and the story I want to tell. Now, I’ll brainstorm ideas, write down the topic, and begin writing. That’s when the thoughts start flowing out and I’m able to write what’s on my mind. I’m getting better at it, but I know I’m a long ways to go before I “get there” Whatever that means? LOL
I try not to sound like I know everything because I don’t. But I do want to write from my experiences and share them the best way that I can. I learned that using the 5 W’s (Who, What, When, Where, & Why) will totally help when it comes to writing and I’ve been using it to my advantage.
Tip: Find topics that fit your niche and also write about things that you want to talk about.
Blogger Skill #3: Networking
If you’re introverted, it will take some energy to immerse yourself into conversation. But find people that you think you could connect with and take it from there. You don’t have to schmooze with everyone. As long as you find people you can be friends with and talk about blogging tips & tricks, then those are the people you want to keep in contact with.
There are great groups that you can join or get involved with that will help you get around people with similar niches. I found that the South Florida Bloggers of the Blogger Union was my first step to meeting others like myself. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and meet like-minded individuals. They’ll accept you with open arms!
Blogger Skill #4: Photo Editing
The best way I’ve learned to help me with my photo editing skills is to keep it simple. I only use photo editing tools to enhance the lighting, fix a couple of blemishes, and add simple filters that don’t take away from my photos. I currently use SnapSeed, Picfx, and occasionally Instagram.
Blogger Skill #5: Managing Social Media Accounts
Managing 2-3 helps with your sanity because it can become overwhelming if you’re just starting out. If you start small and work your way up to more accounts, it won’t be as stressful as you think. I did everything all at once and I’m like, “Damn! How am I going to keep up with this!?” But I’ve managed to slow my role and only handle what I can and worry about growing the other social media platforms later. It’s a lot of work, but it should also be fun at the same time!