Saturday, February 6, 2016

My Blogging Tips!

Hey guys!

Was it your new years resolution to start a blog? Or you have always wanted to but did not get quite the chance to? Recently I have been getting a lot of emails, texts and tweets from you guys. asking me for tips. So I thought it is time I put together a few tips and tricks for you. Blogging is very flexible and you can do things your own way which is the beauty of it. However, some things are just the basics that may help you forward. It took me a while to realise some things but I learn as I go along since everything is self taught.

Blog Name

The blog name is for some the hardest thing to come up with. You can literally choose anything you want. The main thing you need to remember is that this name will stick with you for a very long time and everyone will remember your blog or associate you with this name. When I chose my blog name, I wanted to make it as unique as possible. I haven't told you guys why I chose 'UndercoverChick' as my blog name but you will soon find out. Nowadays a lot of my friends call me UndercoverChick or just associate this name with me which I was fully prepared for and I totally like the fact that the name has caught on so well. So make sure that it is as catchy as possible! Avoid making the name too long. Make sure that it is something that is not too difficult to spell.

A lot of you are worried about designing your blog. It is not as hard it seems. If 11 year old me found the answers to everything in books and google then you can definitely do it too and well if you are 11 and thinking about starting a blog, just do it! You won't regret it. No matter how silly your design seems to you, you will improve over time. There are a lot of aspects to this and I could write a whole separate series about this but briefly - use to edit your pictures. To this day I use that website to create my headers. Yes the one up there has been made by me. Try not to put too much colour on your blog. Want an example of too much colour? Check out the blog 11 year old me made - 

There are talented people out there making custom blog designs. I didn't want to pay for a design just yet since I am quite happy with what I have created so far. However, maybe in the future I may buy a design.


         You may wonder whether you need your own domain. When seeting up a blog through a blogging platform such as blogger your domain will be in the format of ''. Buying your own domain means that you will no longer have blogspot in your name and therefore it shortens your link. I don't think that it is necessary to get your own domain as soon as you set up your blog. If this is you part-time hobby and you have just started I would wait until you have had your blog for a while and it is all set up. Usually it is cheaper to buy your own domain in packages of 2/3 years meaning you will be paying quite a bit of money but it will overall be cheaper. If you decided however that after a year that you are no longer interested in blogging your money will be wasted. I did not have my own domailn until after 3/4 years of blogging.                                                                          

Blog Photography
Believe it or not the pictures on your blog are the most important thing when it comes to the blog posts. It has been proven that blog posts with pictures have more views. Make sure they're all the same size. 

Social Networks
To get a good amount of readers it would be best if you signed up on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Engage with other bloggers and take part in blogger chats. Use reasonable hashtags on Instagram where people can find you on. Follow other bloggers and always leave a link to your blog anywhere you post. Visit other blogs.

There are so many types of bloggers out there - lifestyle, travel, beauty,fashion and many many more. Of course you don't have to stick to a type of content you post. If you are like me and have many interests and post about many things you take part in/come across in your life you could just fit into the lifestyle blogger category. Lifestyle bloggers literally cover almost everything. After blogging for a while you will notice that you will always have these random blog post ideas while doing the most random things such as cooking or while sitting on a train. Carry a small notepad around with you and write them down whenever you remember or make a note on your phone.

I hope this blog post will help you guys! There is a lot more to blogging and if you are interested in more please do let me know in the comments below or if you have any questions feel free to get in touch with me.
Twitter: @undercovermathu


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