Blogging Advice That I Swear By

When I hit 1500 followers I was asked by … if I would consider doing a blogging advice post. I never considered myself qualified enough or with enough experience to make this post but I thought I would share my personal “swear by” blogging tips with you guys.

Keep things polished

Nothing puts off a reader like a page that is hard to navigate, looks unfinished (I’m talking about where it still explains what a text widget is.. things like that) and is pretty inconsistent. Yep, these things are totally guaranteed to be present when you start up or go through changes but it is important to keep things as clear and consistent as possible. I recommend having some sort of theme to keep things polished. This could just be colours you use, particular layouts to each post, the same sign off at the end or similar header photos. All these things are important to keep people clicking on over and wanting to actually stay and browse your blog.

Interact

Arguably, one of the most important pieces of blogging advice anybody can give. This doesn’t just mean replying to comments in a relatively quick turn around (you do miss some here and there and you’re obviously going to be busy but 3 weeks is a bit too long if you ask me!) on your blog but also engaging with other bloggers. Sometimes it can be really hard to come across blogs and content that you enjoy so start with just reciprocating any appreciation others have given you. We are all here to support each other and ultimately, without that, blogging and the community wouldn’t exist. I have also found that interacting on social media helps so much. Tweet links to your posts, chat with bloggers in blogger chats and use Instagram to find some amazing bloggers.

Post regularly

I found that I was posting whenever inspiration hit me initially but I have since realised that a schedule, personally, works so much better. People know when to expect to hear from you next and it helps with the consistency point previously mentioned. Also, nobody is 100% inspired to write posts every single day – hence why I admire people like Angela and Cheila that are so damn present on WordPress – you people are goals! I often block write posts when I am really inspired and then when I am lacking I focus on making the pictures for the posts or browsing other people’s blogs. This also helps balance your timing between your blog and others, I find.

Keep it personal

This doesn’t necessarily mean make very personal, autobiographical posts but heck, why not? I mean do exactly what you want to do with no shame. Don’t choose to review makeup products when you don’t really feel passionate about it because it is so obvious when people aren’t 100% in to writing about something, honestly. Also, decide what works best for you in terms of long posts, short posts, 4 times a week updating us ‘day in the life’ style or once a week with a polished picture heavy post? It is all up to you and is ultimately the little bits that make your blog personal and unique.

What is the blogging advice that you swear by?

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  1. August 19, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    These are some really good tips!! Thank you for this .xx

  2. August 19, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    This is so good for a beginner like me! Thank you! xx

  3. August 19, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    Congratulations lovely, well deserved. I agree with all of these, really useful tips. Interaction with followers is so important. xx

  4. August 19, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Thankyou for the handy tip!! It would help me with this new blog 😃

  5. August 19, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    Engaging is an absolute key for me! Unfortunately now in the summer less people are online which is sometimes a bit annoying..

    • August 19, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      True! I have been so crazy busy the past month or so that I definitely haven’t spent as much time engaging as I should have done. It makes such a massive difference to the relationships you have on here xxx

  6. August 19, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    Thank you for the tips. It really helps out!

  7. August 19, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    Interacting and keeping it personal are definitely things I’m really focusing on. I want to post regularly as well, but I’m sometimes too busy with my study and work. Uh, I hate that because I want to post a lot of content. Thank you for reminding me, I think you are definitely a great example for this advice. You definitely keep it personal, have a lot of content and you always reply on every comment I give! xo

    • August 20, 2017 / 4:09 pm

      Interacting is something I’m trying to work harder on – especially on busy schedules! It can be so hard to post regularly and I definitely think you sometimes sacrifice a bit of quality for quantity so it’s totally where each individual can find a balance. Am I really? You’re joking! Thank you sweetheart, I always love hearing from you 💖

  8. August 19, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    I need to work on posting more regularly I think, but then I don’t like the thought of posting content that could be missed either as not everyone reads online that regularly. I think that interacting is really important, but it’s so great too because you ‘meet’ new people, make more connections and learn along the way! Great post as always Ella 🙂
    Caz xx

    • August 20, 2017 / 4:11 pm

      Sometimes I think posting regularly is hard because you can potentially feel committed to a schedule – not great when you’re not inspired and obviously you always want to post your best content! That’s exactly why I love interacting, I would never get to speak to people from all over the world if we both didn’t take the time to chat now and then. Thank you darling ❤️ x

  9. August 19, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    Some very good tips! I do the exact same with block writing posts, I just find it a lot easier and then posts don’t become forced when you have no inspiration! Thanks for the post! xx

    • August 20, 2017 / 4:11 pm

      Really? I find it totally works! Just have to hope that inspiration coincides with having time to write too!! Xx

  10. August 19, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    love the tips these are some things I follow to make sure my blog is always neat and polished for readers.

    adellbaker.com

  11. August 19, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    I agree with ALL of this- love what you say about interacting with other bloggers and everyone supporting each other- it’s so true! I always comment on as many blogs as I can and read loads of posts 🙂 xx Also love the picture- that Q&A book is so gorgeous!! <3

    • August 20, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      You are literally a perfect example of someone who takes the time to read posts and leave meaningful comments! Thank you so much for stopping by 💖 Thank you, it was a birthday pressie last year! Xx

  12. August 19, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    Interacting to other blogger is fun & knowing them through social media and their blogs. Helpful tips

  13. August 19, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    Great advice!!! Love this post so much, xx

  14. August 19, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    I needed these tips. Thank you!

  15. August 19, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    I’ve just recently joined the blogging world a couple minths ago. So this post was really helpful. I know one thing I need to work on is being interactive with other bloggers, problem is that I never really know what to say. Thanks for this post!

    • August 20, 2017 / 4:16 pm

      I’m so glad it’s helpful! In terms of your own blog, I tend to leave questions at the end of posts to help start conversations in the comments. In terms of other bloggers, you can always comment on their photography, for example, as it’s nice to know if all parts of your work are going down well! If you read a post carefully you can always find something to agree or disagree on and share your view. I mean your comment on this is a perfect example!! Xx

  16. August 19, 2017 / 11:53 pm

    Very helpful, thank you xxx

  17. August 20, 2017 / 12:02 am

    Thanks for the tips….I am new at blogging and appreciate all the help I can get!

    • August 20, 2017 / 4:18 pm

      Ah well I hope they’re of use to you! Thank you for stopping by lovely ☺️ xx

  18. August 20, 2017 / 12:40 am

    Hey, shout out! Thanks Ella 😀
    Also, these are all great points, engaging especially, but also posting regularly, writing about what you want are all so so good if you want to grow your blog. And also it’s just a nice way to meet and get to know possible internet buddies 😀

    • August 20, 2017 / 4:19 pm

      Hehe, just threw that one in there! Totally agree with you on everything there!! Nice to see that we all share similar blogging “values”?? Xx

  19. August 20, 2017 / 3:12 am

    I love this post and definitely agree with your points. The last one is big for me because I love when bloggers get a little personal. If you want to run a beauty or fashion blog, that’s fine. I just personally prefer when a blogger mixes some personal posts in there as well because it helps you get to know them better as a person. I personally blog about basically anything and everything. 🙂

    • August 20, 2017 / 4:23 pm

      I totally agree! I love getting to know the person behind the posts a little bit more and learn about some of their life experiences. That’s what I tend to do as well – blog about whatever I feel like! X

  20. August 20, 2017 / 3:16 am

    Excellent advice!! Congrats on your followers! ❤ I had that many with my old blog, but I took a year off and started fresh with a new one. It’s very important to interact with others and engage when trying to grow your audience. Xx

    • August 20, 2017 / 4:24 pm

      Thank you so much! I like that you started afresh – that’s cool. Definitely, I totally agree xx

  21. August 20, 2017 / 4:35 am

    I agree, it is so important to interact with others frequently as well as consistency (which I am currently working on). I’m also making more of an effort to talk about my blog on my insta story. Congrats on your followers! Yes a polished blog is definitely important 🙂

    • August 20, 2017 / 4:24 pm

      Totally agree! Your insta story is such a valid point – I don’t do this and I really need to xx

      • August 22, 2017 / 2:18 am

        Yeah it’s an effective tool but sometimes we forget about that, I know I have 🙂

  22. August 20, 2017 / 9:48 am

    Schedules definitely work for me! Makes me feel more organised and also increased the amount of readers x

  23. August 20, 2017 / 11:30 am

    Great post for bloggers.

  24. August 20, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    Your tips have really given me inspiration for my blog! Also, I love your blog 💁🏼xx

    • August 20, 2017 / 4:27 pm

      Really!? Aww that’s fab!! Thank you, you’re so lovely 💖💖💖

  25. August 20, 2017 / 1:16 pm

    Thank you for the tips.

  26. August 20, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    Thank you so much, I just started my own blog and I am not really sure if I do everything right, so thanks for the tipps xoxo Milli

    • August 20, 2017 / 4:27 pm

      Ah I really hope it helps! No problem lovely, it all takes time! Xx

  27. August 20, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    this is perfect advice thank you so much! I’ve just had a massive blogging break but I’ve just gotten back into it and this has given me the motivation!!! xxx

    • August 20, 2017 / 4:26 pm

      Ahh I’m so glad!! Nice to know you’re back darling! 💖 xx

      • August 20, 2017 / 4:31 pm

        awhh thats so sweet! 💖💖 xxx

  28. August 20, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    Thank you for the advice! I’m a rather new blogger so any feedback is welcome 🙂

    • August 21, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      No problem, I hope some of it is useful! xx

  29. August 20, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    Great post! Like you, I tend to write blog posts in bulk when I feel inspiration strike. Some days I feel like writing and some days I’m more in the mood to take or edit pics so my drafts folder is always pretty full of half-finished posts! I then try to polish off and publish posts on a fairly regular schedule.

    • August 21, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      Ah I like that we work exactly the same, that’s actually really interesting! xx

  30. August 20, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    Great ideas, sometimes its hard and i can feel despondent about the way my blog if going in terms of views and comments but i have found the more you support others, the more they support you, it truly is a great community!

    • August 21, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      Definitely – summarises the bloggers I have had the honour to speak to in such a perfect way! xx

  31. August 20, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    I love this post! These are all great tips for bloggers – both new and old. 🙂

    • August 21, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      I am so glad you liked it, thank you so much!

  32. August 20, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    This is awesome! I’m pretty new so looking for all the advice I can get. I recently changed the layout on my blog and I like it a whole lot better. If you have a chance (understand if you don’t) could you look it over and make sure there’s nothing glaring that I’ve missed. I’m only around 200 followers but I want to work to have views on my blog on days I haven’t posted you know? Xxx

    https://tenmoreminutesblog.wordpress.com

    • August 21, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      Thank you so much! You’d want me to do that?! Really? Ah of course! I have already hopped over and got super excited when I saw you mention Emma. I actually love your layout but I will do some snooping for you if it helps! 200 followers is just fantastic, well done girly!!! Omg I have the same problem. My views on days I’ve posted vs not is crazy different! xxx

  33. August 20, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    Love to read posts like this . Inspirational. Thank you!

  34. August 20, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    Thank you this post it’s so helpful! I started my blog about a month ago but I find really hard to find people that might enjoy my content. I feel like I don’t know so many things and maybe my contents get lost because I do something wrong, wrong ashtags, categories or tags… I don’t know, I’m just so confused! You also mentioned a blogger chat… What is it? Thank you again for this post!
    Love, Mimi

    • August 21, 2017 / 9:19 pm

      No worries! I think your content is brilliant, don’t fret! It takes months to find your place “comfortably” in the community and figure all these little bits out. A blogger chat is on Twitter and accounts like @GRLPOWRCHAT do them! xxx

      • August 21, 2017 / 9:22 pm

        Thanks darling, I’m always impatient in life, but this time I’m going to make it work! Thanks for that tip! Following that account rn!

  35. August 20, 2017 / 11:52 pm

    These this are perfect for someone like me just starting out! Thank you!! Xx

    • August 20, 2017 / 11:54 pm

      Sorry I’m writing this in class so that made no sense 😂

      These tips are perfect for someone like me just starting out! Thank you xx

    • August 21, 2017 / 9:20 pm

      Ah I am honestly so glad! I was terrified I was just repeating other advice people had but this honestly everything I swear by! Thank you lovely xx

  36. August 21, 2017 / 12:18 am

    Thank you for the tips! I’m a beginner, and this gives me a lot to go on! 🙂

    • August 21, 2017 / 9:20 pm

      I am so glad you found it helpful, means the world! xx

  37. August 21, 2017 / 1:50 am

    Very helpful! Absolutely perfect as I’ve just decided to start a blog! X

    • August 21, 2017 / 9:21 pm

      Brilliant!! Excited to see what is to come for you!! xxx

  38. August 21, 2017 / 8:15 am

    Great tips! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 I’ve been working on my blog a lot recently, and I love getting advice from others!

    • August 21, 2017 / 9:22 pm

      I love reading advice posts, they’re the best! So glad you liked it lovely xx

  39. August 21, 2017 / 9:46 am

    I like the advice to keep it personal, as it can be so easy to see when a blogger is writing just because they want brands to contact them. I like hearing their personal experiences and thoughts on life as well as products. That’s why I like nosy posts such as “A day in the life” hehe

    • August 21, 2017 / 9:23 pm

      Totally agree with everything you said! Yeah tbh, I’ve done one day in the life before and it was one of my must successful posts at the time!! I was actually quite shocked because it was less work than others I do and I wasn’t initially sure about posting it for that very reason! xx

      • August 21, 2017 / 10:15 pm

        I read so many of the university day ones before I went to university because I wanted to know what it was like haha. It was one of my first posts for that reason

  40. August 21, 2017 / 11:49 am

    Couldn’t agree more. But this is not so easy to keep it personal at all times.

    Have a good one!
    https://anjage.com

    • August 21, 2017 / 9:39 pm

      I don’t necessarily mean “your own personal life” but like I went in to – writing about what you are personally passionate about! Obviously you shouldn’t write posts because you feel you need to write a certain post etc. Like hell if you wanna review a book but you’re 99% makeup, you should review that book because your blog should be what you personally love to write about. Sorry if the personal line got a little confusing! xx

      • August 22, 2017 / 9:28 am

        yeah, i got confused, but who doesnt at time, haha… Yeah that is so true 🙂 Have a lovely day Ella 🙂

  41. August 21, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    Engagement is so important. I find out people most likely visit my blog and leave comment when I left a comment on their blog post.
    I think the most important part is to enjoy blogging. I mean if we don’t feel happy, why we need to do it?

    • August 21, 2017 / 9:39 pm

      Totally agree – that is generally the case! Exactly!!! 100%! xx

  42. August 21, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    Love your tips Ella! They are all so true!

  43. August 21, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    This advice is amazing! I totally agree!! xx

    • August 21, 2017 / 9:41 pm

      Thank you so much! I am so glad you agreed with everything I said! xx

  44. August 22, 2017 / 1:12 am

    I totally agree that we should be honest when posting… I love being my most authentic self on my blog and it makes me write better when I write from the heart! Lovely blog!!

    • August 28, 2017 / 5:44 pm

      Totally agree! Thank you so much for commenting xx

  45. August 22, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Since I’m just starting out, this is actually really helpful! Thanks for taking the time to write this, xx

    • August 30, 2017 / 12:15 am

      Thank you for stopping by! It means the world that this may actually be of some use to people so thank you so so much! Welcome, too!! xx

  46. August 23, 2017 / 12:34 am

    Amazing advice thank you so much! I’m always nervous my writing will come across too clumsy but I’m hoping this will get better the more I write x

    • August 30, 2017 / 12:16 am

      My writing is still very clumsy so do not worry about it! xx

  47. August 23, 2017 / 12:54 am

    Love this! I’ve been a bit of a writers rut and this really motivated me to get back on my feet and do what I love with the blogging community. These are great tips! Thank you💕

    • August 28, 2017 / 5:56 pm

      Aw I am so glad! That’s exactly what I hoped would happen 💖

  48. August 23, 2017 / 2:59 am

    How the heck do you become seen, like for people to see your stuff. I just started blogging and, i dont know exactly how this stuff works. Im new!! Lol.

    • August 30, 2017 / 12:16 am

      Hey! Honestly, presence and engagement. Find bloggers out there like yourself and you will get talking on each other’s posts and it goes from there really! xx

  49. August 23, 2017 / 10:06 am

    Great post 🙂 I found you just on time for my daily motivation!

    • August 30, 2017 / 12:17 am

      Thank you so much! I am so glad it was helpful for you lovely xx

  50. August 23, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    I love this post – They are all such helpful tips. How do you make sure you stick to your timetable? I have tried to set myself a schedule a few times but often end up falling off! Do you write and schedule a bunch of posts or do you just have a few back up topics to write a couple of days before?

    • August 30, 2017 / 12:19 am

      A little bit of both tbh. I basically schedule them when I get ideas for Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and generally it will just be the title. I then edit, write, shuffle them about or delete them as it gets closer to the time. Sometimes I will write three posts in 1 day, sometimes nothing! Just do as much as you can when you feel inspired too and that’s the best you can do. I have managed to keep to this schedule for around 5 months now by doing it this way – I hope it makes sense? Thank you so much! xx

  51. August 24, 2017 / 10:46 am

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  52. August 25, 2017 / 2:36 am

    This is a great post!! I recently started blogging about a variety of topics over a week ago and try to post once or twice a day. Its tough to start out, but becomes apart of your day after you get use to it. I’m looking forward to growing my followers and increasing my post content.

    • August 30, 2017 / 12:21 am

      Thank you so much! Once or twice a day is honestly amazing, wow. Well done you, that’s incredible! I’m just not creative enough to blog that often, haha. I look forward to seeing your blog grow 🙂 xx

  53. August 25, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Thank you for your post! found this really useful. I’ve just set up and a little confused but I’m trying my best! May I ask how you signed your name at the bottom in that font? It looks so lovely! x

    • August 30, 2017 / 12:24 am

      Thank you so much, I am so glad it was useful! It is just a picture I add to the bottom of every post that I made on Pixlr with a cute font – really quick and it’s free!! xx

  54. August 25, 2017 / 11:38 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with these points! I’m going to try to work on a posting schedule as it will hopefully keep me motivated and organised. And interaction is the key to growing as a blogger – plus making blogging friends is one of the nicest things about blogging itself! 😊💞

    • August 30, 2017 / 12:34 am

      So glad you agree and can I also say how amazing it is to have you back! Your content is to die for and your passion is just incredible! xx

  55. August 27, 2017 / 3:04 am

    I’ve recently started blogging as a way to let my thoughts out into the world and find people I can connect with. This helps a lot so thank you ☺️

    • August 30, 2017 / 12:25 am

      What a perfect reason to start blogging! Thank you so much for stopping by and I am so glad this helped in some way x

  56. August 28, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    This is some pretty solid advice!
    Thank you for this 👏👏

    • August 30, 2017 / 12:23 am

      Ah that is brilliant, thank you so much! xx

  57. September 2, 2017 / 8:05 am

    I’m a new blogger and hope someday someone might checkout my posts 🙂

  58. September 5, 2017 / 4:41 am

    Great advice! I could really use it since I very recently just started blogging (yesterday). I’ve had on my mind for awhile but never got around to it til now. I’m no pro yet or I don’t know the first thing but hopefully my page looks okay for a beginner and my posts aren’t so bad either. Give me a feed back if you can on my blog. It’ll be nice to gain new perspectives!

  59. September 6, 2017 / 1:39 am

    Thanks for the post. I have just been blogging for two days. My blog is not pointing towards a particular theme. I cover almost everything possible. I post things I know others would like to see. I mostly get inspired by reading other blogs. That’s where most of my inspiration comes from. I just did a new post that is really interesting. Please check it out. https://chibuezeweb.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/how-to-transform-depression-to-happiness-goodbyedepression/

  60. BipolarBeauty
    September 20, 2017 / 5:57 am

    This post is what I needed today. Thank you. I’m almost done setting up my blog and this gave me the final push!

    • ellamaygarrett
      September 20, 2017 / 9:21 pm

      Ahh I am so glad!! All the best for starting up and welcome 🙂 xx

  61. September 23, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    hey ella can you see my bloggs! cause there is no one to see it and it’s something about pinterest that i want share with you….. and my grammar is not sooo good so don’t laugh. by the way you’re my inspiration for blogging!

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