Tuesday, February 03, 2015

What I've learnt about blogging so far...

If you've been following my posts on www.amorellie.co.uk and various other social media, you'll probably know that I'm quite the 'shiny new blogger'. And if you do know this, you might have questions about what qualifies me to do a feature on the blogging world - sharing my existing knowledge and tips. 

Well, as a matter of fact that's completely understandable. However, my own opinion is that, as a newbie on the scene, I'm not complacent about the hard work I'll need to put in to make my blog a success. While I was driven by a passion to share my experiences, I definitely underestimated how difficult it would be to get my blog heard. 

That's why, in the absence of any kind of comprehensive beauty handbook, I thought I'd collate the tips and tricks if picked up so far to help you on your way;


Interaction is paramount 
It's highly unlikely that, in the vastness of cyber space, someone will just come across your little portion of the Internet. You need to get the word out there; draw attention to your posts using Intsagram, Facebook, Twitter and even Pinterest.

Get involved with the blogging community

It took me a little while to realise just how great Twitter is for building relationships with other bloggers. While you can get recognised by using hashtags, and tweeting specific accounts who will publicise your tweets for you - there are also blogging chats. For beauty bloggers, there are Sunday and Monday chats - and sometimes other things throughout the week. Accounts like @blogsdoitbetter and @bbloggerschat are particularly good to follow. I often join the #HappySelves chat, as well as the #lbloggerschat. It's really great to talk to other people who share your passion, and I always get a buzz when someone I admire - who has an impressive following - starts following me.

Post regularly
I've generally found that when people have taken the time to follow your profile, they expect you to put new material on your blog on a regular basis - and quite rightly.  It's not always possible to post everyday, but I try to make sure I have new posts a few times a week. 

Scheduling is a fantastic tool
If you work full time like I do, it's not always possible to tweet and post all day. If I know I'm not going to get the opportunity to update my accounts, I will schedule posts to come up. This makes me feel super productive, and means I can still keep my followers up to date even when I'm super busy! Try Hootsuite.

Buy a domain name (optional extra)
While plenty of blogs are perfectly successful without having their own domain, (I'm talking '.blogspot.com', '.tumblr.com') I found that my page views increased dramatically when I bought the domain 'www.amorellie.co.uk'. It may just be luck, but I put it down to the fact my blog is slightly easier to find - and also, a bit more memorable. You can see whose looking at your accounts using 'analytics.twitter.com', and I've used the 'Followers+' app in order to check the reach of my Instagram posts.

Do you have any tips you would like to share? Please feel free to share what you think of mine!



  1. Absolutely love this post! I have not long started my blog and i agree with every point that you have made.

    Fi xx

  2. So glad you join in in my monthly #HappySelves chat! Thanks for sharing this wonderful post!
    Rebecca xxx

    1. Thanks for sharing - and for your positive comments! :) xxx