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Mistakes I made as a new blogger & Skylish in 2017

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I’m backkkk! And for once, my absence was my decision (vs. my laziness). I decided to take a week off from blogging, just because we all need a break sometimes, and it was actually much needed. Coincidentally (and unfortunately), as soon as my break started, I fell really ill – so actually, the majority of my week off was spent in bed feeling sorry for myself and going through dosage after dosage of cough syrup and paracetamol. Oh, and to make things better once I started to recover I developed a bunch of ugly cold sores on my lip! Needless to say, things were so bad I ended up having to miss my first day back at work. However I’m a good 95% healed now, back to my regular posting here on Skylish, and hope know 2017 will be a really banging year. Whilst I am looking forward to the year ahead, I also couldn’t help but reminisce on the time passed on this blog and how much things have changed in that time. There are a number of things I did as a fresh faced blogger that I would never do today, including putting out generally pretty crappy content; I’ve listed a few of my more memorable mistakes below, a long with some plans for this blog for the year ahead…

 

Saying yes to everything and anything

When I first started blogging – the answer to every question that entered my inbox was YES. “Can we send you a-“, “YES.” “Will you publish this-“, “YES”, “we’ll pay you-“, “YES.” I was just so excited that anyone in the world wanted to work with me, such that anyone that wanted to – the answer was YES. This led to a few rubbish posts and pointless products delivered along the way – in fact, I once found myself blogging about childrens’ nail polish – yes, you heard right – nail polish for children! I am not a child, nor do I intend on having one any time soon, hence the blog post was absolutely useless and if anything damaged my credibility. I am a lot more selective about who I work with now, there are a lot of offers I turn down if I feel it won’t add any value to my blog and in fact I think it keeps my blog at a good standard and also more credible. It’s easy to want to accept every offer that comes your way, and offers will come your way even as a brand new blogger – but just know that its not always worth it.

 

Poor quality photos

It took me a while to get a DSLR to take photos with, and it took even longer for me to get someone professional to take photos for me. It’s tough, because it’s not easy to drop Ā£300 on a new camera, especially when you’re a poor student (which was always me). Sure, I’m able to now pull money out to invest in myself since I’ve graduated and work full time, but that wasn’t something I could always do. If I’m being truthful, I do believe poor photo quality stunted my blog growth at a point. I mean, who wants to see small grainy photos taken on your webcam? Not me… And given how saturated the blogging industry is now, quality like this just doesn’t really cut it anymore.

 

Writing about things I didn’t care about

I used to write posts just because everybody else what doing it. For example I used to write up haul posts because that’s what was popular at the time – when the truth is I really couldn’t care less about haul posts and don’t read or watch them. If you can’t even go onto your own blog and say – yep, this is something I would read/a blog I would visit – then the real question is, wyd? My strategy these days is to ensure that all of my blogs are actually posts I would be interested in, even if they weren’t my own posts. Sometimes I discover new blogs and get lost in clicking through post after post, the next thing you know I’m hooked – and that’s what I want the outcome of my blog to be.

 

Losing my own voice, having no direction

I think a really good question every blogger should ask themselves is – “what value do you want people to get out of your blog?” and also, with regards to you favourite blogger “what makes you love them so much?” As I feel like this gets you on the right stepping stone to getting your blog to the quality you want (not to say that I’m 100% satisfied with the current quality of my blog). Every blogger will have a blogger they admire – sometimes a really popular blogger, and at times its good to ask what they’re doing that is bringing so much success, so that you can hopefully draw inspiration and also reach the same success. For example, in 2016 I learned that there are a few thing synonymous with all of my favouirte bloggers – great pictures, and just the general vibe the blogger builds. If you read my 2016 Advice Favourites post you’ll learn that I also defined a purpose for my blog last year – and this has helped a lot in me creating better quality for my bog and defining the direction I want to take it in.

The year ahead…

In 2017, I want my blog to be a lot more thought provoking. Aside from giving advice, I also want to share more of an opinion on several topics that come across my mind every day. For example, in late 2016, I became perplexed with the idea of girls supporting other girls, and why it seems to be such a rarity these days – ideas like this I’d like to get written up, I’d like to get a conversation started and get more opinions. Also in 2017, I want to do more beauty blogging; I do a lot of fashion and lifestyle blogging with a nice touch of advice posts – but I also love beauty and makeup and want to share more makeup reviews as the year develops. Lastly, I’ll continue with blogging two times a week – Monday and Thursday. Unless something gets in the way – I don’t see why I can’t be consistent with this!

If you’re a blogger – what are your blogging goals for 2017? If not, what are your general goals for 2017?

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10 Responses to "Mistakes I made as a new blogger & Skylish in 2017"

This post was really helpful! My goal is to some how come up with a schedule for myself that I will stick with… it will be difficult with school & work approaching though lol But this post was very encouraging! šŸ™‚

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Kemi replied on January 11, 2017 at 00:15

Glad it could help šŸ™‚ It’s very hard to balance a schedule with school/work, I’m thinking of doing a post on that soon!

January 10, 2017 at 05:51 Nikki O

This was such a great article! I know what you mean about being selective, when working with people it is good to do jobs that reflect your blogs theme. I love your honesty and your style is fantastic! Glad your back, can’t wait to see more beauty posts! šŸ™‚ For me, I think resdesigning is a great way to improve overall, being the creative person that I am, I love trying new things by not loosing my voice in the process. I hope you had a lovely New Year! http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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Kemi replied on January 11, 2017 at 00:22

Thank you! Hope you had a great New Year, excited to follow your blog in 2017 šŸ™‚ x

January 10, 2017 at 09:11 Heather Noire

I love thought provoking blog posts and your advice posts over the past year have been really great reads!

Looking forward to seeing more of this from you, in the future! xx

http://www.one-more-slice.com/

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Kemi replied on January 11, 2017 at 00:23

Thank you, that means a lot! šŸ™‚ x

January 10, 2017 at 18:15 Lynsey || One More Slice

loved this post, rarely do a post that’s trending, i always do my own thing for 2017 i said i would start doing fashion posts showing my personal style and i did my first one already i got so much wonderful feed back and messages, everyone wants me to show more, i was so nervous about it especially because i’m a shy person so to move from behind writing and posting a fashion post was a big step for m which was successful.
My advice is just be you because there is novone like you if they don’t want to read your blog because your not posting everything that’s trending so be it there are many other loyal followers who will support all the way

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Kemi replied on January 13, 2017 at 23:15

Thank you! Happy your fashion post worked out for you even though you nervous – it’s always good to step out of your comfort zone šŸ™‚

January 11, 2017 at 17:25 Kerona

Intresting post! The photos thing makes sense its a saturated market and pictures makes the difference. I do have a dslr but for 2017 I want my photography to be as good as your??

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Kemi replied on January 13, 2017 at 22:57

I also need to get better with my DSLR, need a lot more practice – thank you though! x

January 12, 2017 at 09:56 Mwarianesu


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