Blogger Things You DON'T Have To Do

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Today's post may bore you if you aren't a blogger yourself, so I do apologise! This post is just meant as a little guide to myself as I remember when I first started blogging, I thought I had to do all of these things. Nothing is meant to cause offence, for example if you spend a lot of money on a camera then I'm not bashing you by all means, I mean it all in jest and in case anybody feels they have to do something to 'fit in'. :)
 
Buy every single new beauty release in sight.
Oh, how tempting this is. Beauty blogger sees a brand new release, wants the new release so buys the new release. Imagine if we did that every single time a new product came out? Not only would we swamped with beauty products (Which we already are!) but we'd soon be feeling the pressure on our purses and to get everything reviewed fairly. By all means, if there is something you are lusting after, I'm all for treating ourselves! What I am trying to say is just because another blogger raves about it, that doesn't necessarily mean you will feel the same way. Also, remember there will always be another blogger reviewing it somewhere - it doesn't make you a bad blogger if you do not.
 
Spend £600 on a camera.
This is a biggie for me as I was really considering splashing out between £500 and £600 on a professional camera in order to get my blog photography looking better. I did decide against it, as not only is it quite a bit of money to spend, but I also have zero knowledge of cameras and probably wouldn't be able to use it to its full potential. I am in no way sating you shouldn't have a fabulous camera if you want one, but if you're are not too sure then there is no need. I currently use my ipad mini to take all my photos and there are lots of photo editing apps and websites available to keep your photos looking bright and interesting.
 
Advertise.
Advertising my blog on another blog is something I have done and paid for in the past. I am currently not advertising with anyone as I am trying to save myself money, so I'm just self promoting myself. Advertising on blogs can be super helpful or they may not make a massive difference - I cannot speak for anybody else's experiences. To promote your blog for free, join in with the Twitter chats, make some bloggy friends and there also facebook groups available to share your new posts.
 
Write about things you're not interested in.
So every blogger and their dog have been writing about Maybelline's Baby Lips (just an example) and you couldn't be less interested - so certainly don't write about it! Focus on what you are interested in, don't worry about what others write - by all means take inspiration, don't copy and only write what you would enjoy reading. A blog you may deem popular may have great reviews on their latest pair of shoes - but if you'd rather write about a cake you made on the weekend - then there's your answer.
 
Sponsored Posts/PR Samples.
You've recived an email - 'Hello xx, We'd love you to review a free carrot on your blog' - Ooh a freebie, of course we will accept, right? Wrong! If you're not interested and it doesn't fit in with your blog 'niche' (if you even have one) then you do not have to accept. Same goes for being asked to write about peas and green beans in exchange for a voucher - don't feel obliged even though it can be so exciting to have even be considered. If you're not sure you or your readers would benefit, then you know what to do. However, there's no right or wrong thing to do - just remember its your blog and nobody can tell you what to do. If you wish to accept a PR sample and sponsored post that you feel is relevant to your blog - then good for you!
 
Take FOTD's and OOTD'S.
I have been blogging for a year now and these kinds of post are non existent on my blog. No matter how much I would love to show you my new favourite dress or lipstick, I'd rather not show you whilst posing in front of the camera - it's just not me! I'm one of those who will run away from the camera whenever I can! If you feel similar to me and you don't feel comfortable to plastering your face all over your blog - then don't do it! On the other hand, if you're a fashion bunny and love a quick pose then go for it!

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17 comments

  1. I enjoyed reading this post, I always see lots of things you should do as a blogger, but rarely what not. I definitely agree about buying every new release, when I only used to read blogs and not blog myself I found myself buying everything I read about, and not liking the product at all!
    <a href="http://www.faceldn.com>Holly / Faceldn.com</a>

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  2. love this post! I've tried to stay away from all these. I've only bought a product when I've felt it will actually work from me and have been told by people I trust that it works. Obviously not every time these products end up working for me but I'd rather buy it from someone I trust than just because everybody else is raving about it. I will admit though I did get a new camera! However, I've been needing one for ages and felt it would be a good time to get one with taking a trip to London with my college class next month.
    Lauren- OhHayBlogs!
    xxx

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  3. This was such a helpful post :) I've only been blogging for around 2 months and when you first get started, it can be really overwhelming and a lot to think about! Once you settle into your own style, you then start to enjoy it :)
    Bea x

    Bea's Beauty Blog

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  4. This is great! Definitely tips that I will be keeping in mind :)


    Alice xx
    www.experimentingsince93.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Haha I love the 'free carrot' comment! Couldn't agree more with everything you said!x

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  6. Haha this was perfect for cheering me up & giving me a laugh :) I love posts like this, as I remember thinking when i first started out that everyone was writing the same thing :P Especially the same sponsored posts that everyone gets, there's only so many that you want to read before going not again :P

    Enjoy your Friday :)
    xxx

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  7. great advice, i love your honesty, it's not common to see. You have made some great points that we can all use.

    https://labellesirene.blogspot.com

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  8. Love this post! Being a blogger seems to come with so many 'responsibilities' or rules that we have to follow in order to be interesting. I don't think it gets said enough that there is no such thing, we can do whatever we want on our little place on the internet. It has to be fun for you, first and foremost. xx

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  9. Some fab advice there hun, I am hopeless at taking photos and I just about manage to use my iPhone so a huge expensive camera would be of no use to me I fear x
    www.beautyqueenuk.co.uk

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  10. The last one really resonates with me. I started as a fashion blogger but taking photos of myself or posing in front of a camera was uncomfortable for me, so I stopped doing them until I could find a way to take those pictures without feeling like I am posing for the camera. I would still be posing for it, but I have seen bloggers take pictures that looks so natural. I might not be able to take such natural pictures, but I want to at least try. If it does not work, then it does not work. I am ok with it.

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  11. Aw I love this! I totally agree with so many things you've said. I advertised on a blog a few months ago, and although it wasn't particularly expensive, I can't say I saw much of a difference in the growth of my blog! I've noticed much more of a difference when taking part in twitter chats which is completely free. :)

    Libby
    www.lifeoflibby.co.uk
    xxx

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  12. love this post and totally agree , i personally don't have an expensive camera and don't blog about things that aren't in my niche :)
    The Inked Blonde-Mel

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  13. I honestly had this exact blog post title written down in my notebook as a planned post for April... spooky! I do get where you're coming from with the FOTD etc but I do love seeing products on people as it's very different than just a swatch. I would have said almost exactly the same as you in my post, I think there's a lot of misconceptions when you first start blogging and I wish posts like this had been around when I first started.
    Rebecca-Louise | Autumn Leaves - UK Beauty Blog

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  14. ah this post is too true especially about the sponsored posts! whenever someone contacts me asking about reviewing the most weirdest things i'm like nu uh *delete*
    www.marylee31.blogspot.com
    x

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  15. Great post my dear! You're so right about everything you've written. A blog should be about the things you like, maybe take now and then a twist and discover more things that you like

    xxx
    http://www.rockinheels.com

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  16. Haha, oh so true!
    I am going to break all of the blogging rules.
    Excellent post Alexandra x

    girlycopyright.com

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