I never imagined I would be here giving my advice to brand new bloggers! My desire to start a blog about interiors came after I found the home décor community on Instagram. I was so inspired by the talented on Instagram that I wanted to become a part of it.
The first photographs of my home were shot in my camera’s Auto mode, and I wasn’t editing or lightening my photos. As I started following more accounts and swooning over their high-quality photos, I began to make improvements to my own photography and content. Today I’m proud to say my Instagram has grown from 0 to almost 3,000 followers.
Three months have flown by and I must say it has been very challenging. The learning curve is huge… I am forced to learn new things every day. I completely underestimated how much time it would take to run a successful blog. I thought you could just blog part-time, but really if you want to be successful you need to put in A LOT of extra time. My husband can attest that I’m now devoting most of my free time to grow this business.
You would think I would have more content by now, but I only have nine blog posts published so far. There are two reasons I have not published more regularly. One is I want to create quality content, not quick, useless posts with no real value. The second is I quickly realized there is so much more to blogging than just writing. I am spending most of my time learning new skills to improve the quality of my content.
Below are some of the things I’ve taught myself in the past three months:
- Canon DSLR Photography
- Adobe Lightroom Photo Editing
- Squarespace Website Building
- Social Media Strategy & Growth for Pinterest
- Social Media Strategy & Growth for Instagram
- Canva Graphic Design
The number one thing I’ve learned is PATIENCE. There is nothing more frustrating than having to re-do your work 2x, 3x, or more because your original work was not good enough. I continue to make mistakes and learn the hard way from those lessons. I’ve become a bit of a perfectionist, but you have to be in the blogging world. There are hundreds of thousands of other blogs out there. If you don’t focus on quality photos and content, you won’t stand out.
I’ve had to make a lot of sacrifices with my time already, but when I do get something right I feel a great sense of accomplishment. Do I want to give up sometimes? Absolutely, but nothing in life worth having comes easy. I will continue to chase that feeling of accomplishment and not focus on the frustrations. I will probably shoot my house another 100+ times before my photos will be Pinterest-perfect, but I will keep trying. My biggest piece of advice is to never give up on your dreams!
Update: I’ve now been blogging for over a year. Read my tips on How to Stay Motivated Blogging.
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