You may be thinking to yourself “Why would I want to start a fashion blog?” when the real question is “Why shouldn’t I Start a Fashion Blog?”. Today I wanted to pop in with some of my main tips on how to start a fashion blog. You all know I love sharing my “Behind the Scenes” shenanigans, so let’s start a new category NOW! Honestly, A lot of these tips throughout this post apply to starting any blog… The title just sounded catchier this way.
When I first started blogging, choosing the platform for which housed my posts was very important to me. I of course was very young and blogger was a free option that I decided to use. The two main blogging platforms that you will see these days are blogger and wordpress. As my blog progressed over the years, I decided to switch to wordpress in order to have full control over my design and posts. If you are beginner and wanting to start up a blog, I would suggest using wordpress.com or blogger.com (wordpress.com is the free version offered by WordPress). My blog as you see it now was created on wordpress.org (self hosted wordpress site) in which I pay yearly to host in order to maintain full control. This may sound a bit confusing at first but once you choose a platform, you are set and ready to find a template and add a logo. (Etsy is an amazing site for blogger and wordpress templates at an affordable price)
The basics to blogging are essentially the photos and the content. When I first started blogging, I opted for quantity over quality, telling myself that if I post more then I will attract more people. This was 100% wrong and a lot of my first blog posts can still be found in the archive. Now, I 100% stand for quantity over quality. The basic tools I use for blogging are a camera (Canon 5D Mark iii Body | Sigma 35mm Lens | Canon 85mm 1.8 Lens) and my Laptop (encompassing Lightroom and Photoshop). Of course your clothing is also necessary but I feel like we both knew that already. But as far as your camera goes, a DSLR is not necessary when you start a blog. Now-a-days iPhones are absolutely incredible at taking photos or even a small point and shoot camera.
When I began blogging, I really wanted to do so because I feel into the world of the internet. Everybody seemed to be doing it at the time and I wanted to be like everybody else. As the year progressed (2009 to be exact) I started to find my own niche and starting adding content that I believed expressed my own individuality. I find that people relate more to somebody who is authentic and unique, at least I do. What I suggest doing is sitting down and taking some time to think about yourself and your interests. How can you incorporate facets of your real life into your blog but not intrude on your personal life, unless that’s your thing. Readers conect with the author more when genuine content is created so try to find your niche and run with it.
Constancy is also an aspect of blogging that I really struggled at when I started. I literally started posting three posts in one day and then nothing for a week… When it comes to creating a successful blog, posting consistently is very important. Take your schedule into account and think about how often you can post whether that be 1 time a week or 3 times a week. Ok listen, blogging is a hobby that should be fun. If you start making yourself post too much and become overwhelmed with the process, it will be expressed. From personal experience, pushing yourself to do too much can be overwhelming. A lot of my favorite blogs also only post once a week which builds anticipation, kinds like a TV show! Keep that in mind when it comes to planninf out your posts and remember to have fun!
I can not tell you how many of my friend have wanted to start a fashion blog or blog in general but never “got around to it”. JUST DO IT and don’t look back. Remember you can use your phone, a wifi connection and a free blogging plaftorm to get started.
+ Feel free to share your blog in the comments section as I’d love to pop over!