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#BLOGTOBER DAY 7: What Made You Start Blogging? 10 tips if you want to start a blog

Welcome to the 7th installment for #Blogtober16. A month of posts, a different theme everyday.

Todays theme/question is ‘What made you start blogging?’. In all honesty I can’t really remember. I’ve been doing this for nearly 5 years now.  I remember it started as a little online journal with our newborn, and I wasn’t particularly fussed about creating a blog at all. My husband works in digital marketing and we definitely spoke about bloggers he had worked with and spent a lot of time looking at other peoples blogs. I don’t recall choosing a blog name, nor setting the blog up. I think he did that for me (without my knowledge/consent). I genuinely don’t know.

Basically… it happened by accident. And as I approach our 5 year bloggerversary I can say it has been amazing. I have seen some amazing things, had some superb opportunities and had great fun. AND I’ve never taking it seriously either, It’s always just been a bit of fun- which is exactly what it’s supposed to be. I know A LOT about blogging (my husband knows more) yet, I am not in the tots100 or do I ever win any awards. That’s just not my thang yo.

If you are thinking of starting a blog, here are 10 of my very own tips for you to follow… so you can make it to the 5 year mark.

  1. Write for yourself. It has to be about you, for you. But it is nice if other people read it too.
  2. Join some fb blogging groups. Its nice to read what they post, but take it all with a pinch of salt.
  3. Don’t get obsessed with stats and numbers. Age is just a number and so is your DA (Domain Authority, but you don’t really need to know about that).
  4. Write genuine content. Stuff that you want to write about. I can always tell when someone has written a post on a subject they enjoy, it just reads better. Lots of sponsored posts and reviews look a bit naff. Keep it real homie.
  5. Choose a blog name that will still be relevant in 10 years time. Mum-to-One works now… until you get pregnant again. (I apologise if there is a blog called Mum-to-one, and you see this. No offence.)
  6. Yeah you get stuff for free, days out, products and nights away but you have to work a bit to get it. Don’t just start a blog because you want free sh*t. Yeah you get it, but it takes a while.
  7. Don’t be afraid to offend people. I recently wrote something which resulted in myself being threatened with a law suit. Bov’vered.
  8. You don’t have to blog every day. It gets boring if you do it every day (unless you want to of course) and your content will suffer.
  9. Become a social media whore. People like that.
  10. Remember its just a website. Real life comes first.

and an extra one… 11: Don’t listen to the other mummy bloggers.

#Blogtober16

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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