Why I Started Blogging?

Whether a well established or a new blogger, I love reading why individuals decide to make a blog. Creating a blog is very personal, you write about your interests/opinions and you design it to be exactly how you want it to look. I find it interesting reading someones decision to start blogging and thought I would share my story so far with you.

Why I Started Blogging?

For a long time I have been reading other people’s blogs and watching YouTube channels. I have always thought why not make my own? We all have different interests and opinions, why not use a blog to create a voice to help others. Why a blog in particular? I grew up using websites like piczo, bebo & myspace. During this time I really loved designing my own graphics, choosing what content I wanted on my website and I started to learn HTML.

Before launching this blog at the beginning of 2017, I had one a few years ago on blogger. I didn’t have a clear vision with what I wanted to achieve from it. Plus I didn’t understand all the methods in order to grow my blog. At the beginning of this year I launched this site on blogger. I started by getting to terms with learning basic functions and increasing post frequency. After a little while I realised how much I was enjoying it and decided the next step was to buy a domain and also migrated my blog to wordpress.org. I will be writing a post on this in the near future!

Where I Found Inspiration to Start Blogging?

As I mention above, I have grown up with technology and have seen it evolve. Always taking the opportunity to learn new skills I have adapted as technology has changed. When I graduated university and started my first full time job, I would read alot of blogs. I liked to find out what people were purchasing, mainly makeup and skincare. In June 2017, I decided to leave my job, mainly because I felt it was affecting my mental health and life balance. I have a post on this here. In order to use my career break effectively, I set myself a couple of personal goals and things I wanted to work on. My blog being one of these things I wanted to invest my time into. Whilst working, my main complaint was not having enough time to do things for myself in regards to hobbies/building my own business, so i’m utilising this time I have now to really put my all into my passions.

How I Decided What To Write About

Once making the decision to go ahead and get started with a blog you need to decide what to write, when looking online about blog topics, there is alot of advice which will tell you to find a niche and only talk about a specific subject to your target audience. I agree with this as you can then devise strategies in order to reach a particular audience. On the other hand I believe in your blog being a creative outlet for what you want and your interests. In which I decided I would be a fashion, beauty & lifestyle blog. Doing this I believe it will be less likely for me to lose interest in my blog. I can talk about latest fashion picks, my favourite beauty products and travel. I’m not limiting myself, I believe as long as your readers know what to expect, for example, talking about multiple topics, then I think it’s okay.

I am going to be writing a series of posts sharing what I have learnt from blogging and tips for growing your blog. Is there anything in particular you feel you would like to know more about? Leave a comment below!

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2 Comments

  1. July 1, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    I started blogging a while ago too, and just now decided to get back into it after seeing how my peers can become “influencers” on social media. Of course being able to get free products and review them would be the dream, but I just have a natural love of writing and even if it doesn’t lead to anything, I think of each post as a memory I can one day look back on.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and tips! I would love to learn more about using blogging as a lifestyle/business more than a hobby.

    Arielle

    • hayleyxmartin
      hayleyxmartin
      July 2, 2017 / 11:14 am

      I 100% agree with you Arielle. That’s a great way to look at! I will try and incorporate that into some future posts as I would love to share what I have been learning recently!

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