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5 Things You Need for Starting a Blog

Saturday, 29 July 2017
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People are always talking about what you "need" for starting a blog - but you don't need a Macbook, a fancy Olympus camera, or even Photoshop to run your own blog. In fact, it's a lot more basic than you'd think. I started my blog in 2014 'Fishnet & Fairy Types' as someone who read big bloggers' online spaces, took inspiration from others through fashion and beauty, and had an ever-expanding collection of make-up products. I was already a keen writer, and after the assault, I needed a new outlet for writing that wasn't just fictional characters or splintered poetry. Thus, I began to blog, and it's the best journey I ever started. I don't make money from blogging and my YouTube vidoes get about 5-10 views but who cares? I feel so creatively fulfilled, and I have so much confidence in my blog writing. I have faith in myself to continue persisting with this hobby - not to make goals, but to keep pushing myself to explore new topics, open myself up and try new things. I'm incredibly passionate about this blog, almost as much as novel writing.

Today I thought I'd share the five fundamental things I think you need for starting a blog.

PASSION

This is the big one. Whatever you decide to start blogging about, you need to be passionate about. If you're not, it'll translate into whatever posts you produce. Think less about what people 'want' to read, and more about what you want to write. Write about things that fuel your creativity and inspire you, and write about what makes you happy, sad and angry. All these things are things you will be passionate about it. This is the most basic of basic things I think you need for beginning a blog - you need somewhere to start. People say the blogging corner of the internet is oversaturated - and yes it is. People say you need to 'stand out' and I guess, if you want to make your living from blogging, you probably do. But I personally think it's a lot easier said than done, and I don't think anybody should be discouraged from starting their own blog. Just because there are a ton of other girls and boys writing about MAC lipsticks, it doesn't mean that you can't write about this too, especially if it's something you enjoy talking about. In all honesty, I think you should be starting a blog because you want to share thoughts and opinions and advice - not because you may one day get 'freebies'.

SOMETHING TO WRITE ON

Whether it's your phone, a tablet, a laptop or a computer in your school library, make sure that you have something to write on. It seems so silly to say, but it really is that simple. You don't need a hundred fancy tools to write a blog, but you definitely need something that you can type your posts onto. If it's something you have regular access to then that's all the better, as it will probably prompt you to stay on top of a regular posting schedule, as well as making sure you you're reading other blogs frequently.

A CAMERA

Whether it's your phone or your mum's 12 year old Canon Powershot that boasts a whopping 7.1 megapixels (ha!), it's worth having a camera to hand. It doesn't need to be a DSLR, and it doesn't need to set you back hundreds of pounds, anything will work. By no stretch of the imagination do you need a fancy camera to take your photos with, in fact, just using some basic tips like utilising natural daylight and a tripod can make your photos look 100x better, without the expensive price tag. For tips on taking better photos, check out this post, and for blog prop ideas, try this post which will be live on August 5th. If you're unable to get your hands on some sort of camera, remember that royalty-free photography is always an option - for more info, see this post

A WILLINGNESS TO LEARN

Everything you write, photograph and edit will change as the months go by. You'll find new ways of laying out posts; new angles to take photographs at; and you'll end up eventually even finding ways that you really like to edit your photos in. Things will improve constantly, and you need to have an open mind and willingness to learn new things and try new things when you jump into blogging. As well as being essentially an experimental career, it's also experimental in that you can chop and change your blog how you want as you grow as a person. Another reason I think it's good to be willing to learn is that you'll take in tips on how to do this and that from other bloggers as you go, and it's even a good thing for as basic a reason as if you aren't the best at grammar or spelling, it'll be good for you to be willing to learn these too, just so it's easier on your readers and to help you improve the quality of your written content.

A PHOTO EDITOR

Photoshop is not an essential part of editing your photographs - I've been blogging for almost 3 years and I still use a free photo editor called PicMonkey for all my blog, YouTube and Instagram images. It's easy to use and it costs you not a penny, unless you want the premium membership (which I honestly don't think you really need). A nice, well-lit photo per post is enough to make your post easier on the eye and to draw people in. If nothing else, I think it's worth balancing temperature and brightening up your photo for a bright, crisp image. For more free photo editors and some info on them, be sure to see this post.

That's a wrap for this post. What do you think you need for starting a blog? Have I missed anything out?

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