We are officially one week into 2016. How exciting! Are you used to writing the new date yet? Who am I kidding? Of course you’re not. I still feel the urge to write 2014 on occasion. Anyways, at one week in I am calling it on New Year blog posts. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE them. All the countdowns and Top X lists, resolutions and goals, are so appealing to a goal-oriented, compulsive organizer. But at some point it stops being special… so here, on January 7th, I am writing our last New Year’s post: New Year, New Look, New Blogging Tips!
2015 was the first full year of My Fangirl Life. Over the months we have figured out what this blog is all about, what we want write, what we want to feature, and what we want it to look like. If you are a regular reader, well then you are awesome…. Like the coolest. But you will also notice that we just redesigned our whole site this week! We are so excited about how it turned out. It’s shocking how inspired a little makeover can make you feel (or maybe not if you’ve seen any teen movie about an ugly duckling). It was also shocking how easy it was… which seemed like a blogging tip to me. That inspired me to write down our top 5 simple blogging tips that you hear again and again yet we, at My Fangirl Life, have proven can revolutionize your blogging style:
1. You can find your Voice along the way
I think the main thing that holds people back from starting a blog is that they are not certain what they want to accomplish. Who cares? I definitely didn’t have a fully-developed vision for this site when I started it. And, to be honest, there are still things we are figuring out to this day. Just start writing. The best way to figure out what you want to write about, where you want your focus or specialization to be, is to just start writing. Over the last year and a half I have added people to the My Fangirl Life team and each time it revolutionizes the site. It has lead me to believe that a blog must be fluid in its goals and vision. But most of all just focus on something you love, because blogging is a lot of work.
2. Make a Calendar
It can be hard to motivate yourself, especially if you are just posting all willy-nilly. I did this for awhile and the content that went up was super inconsistent. When Justine & KG decided to embark on this blogging quest with me we had to get organized. The best decision we’ve ever made in regards to My Fangirl Life was starting a shared Google Calendar. In it we put down who will post each day. It reminds you when your next post is due. It allows you to fill in topics on each of those days so you don’t forget your brilliant ideas. And it allows us to add notes about different events, such as movie releases, tv premieres, and celebrity birthdays, that could be inspiration. Plus when you don’t put up your daily post you have to delete the calendar event and the hole makes it glaringly obvious that you need to recommit to getting things done.
3. Remember you’re doing this for Fun
As much as I like the guilt factor of holes in our calendar, we try not to beat ourselves up about missing a day. After all, we do this for fun. You should never let something that you are doing out of love & enjoyment become horrible and stressful. You will not be motivated or inspired if you are constantly feeling bad.
4. A Redesign is not that Hard
I was super intimidated by the idea of overhauling our site. It took me literally months to get around to it. This was partially a time constraint, because I will admit that it’s not a super quick process. But mainly I was scared. In actuality you just need to find a theme, install it, and then customize. Finding the theme is the hardest part, but only because there are so many out there. My favourite place was themeforest.net, thanks to their excellent selection & great live previews. Digging through all of the options to pick our final design took awhile but we are so happy with the result. After that there was a one-click upload process followed by a couple hours of personalization, that could not have been easier. I cannot express how manageable it is, as long as you have a day to set aside to do it.
5. Find Blogging Friends
This is my favourite tip, in two different ways. First is that online friends are amazing and the blogging community is the BEST. Through this site we have meant some super cool people who share the same passions as us. Isn’t that kind of the point of posting things online? To connect with people? Be open to these attachments! And second, you will be so inspired & motivated by these people. I am lucky to have two blogging friends almost always at my side. This blog became way more fun as soon as Justine & KG joined in. Now I have someone to run post ideas by, or strategize about social media with. Sometimes My Fangirl Life dominates our conversations, but that’s the way we like it. This is soooooo fun for us. Maybe you aren’t as lucky as me and don’t have a team in real life to blog-bond with, that just makes those online connections even more special.
So remember fanboys & fangirls, blog because you love it and have fun. If you have a pro-tip for us let us know in the comments!
Love & Luck,