It’s Indierella’s halfaversary! I’ve been doing this incredible shindig since January 2018 and I’ve learned a lot. If you’re new to blogging, or just want to know my takeaways, here’s what you (and past me) need to know:
1. Schedulers are your best friends, but Spreadsheets are your lovers.
My masterlist keeps me organized and sane. I have a multi-layered spreadsheet for when my posts are scheduled, what projects I should be working on, and what I need to focus and do. For scheduling apps, Tailwind for Pinterest, Buffer for Twitter, Bettr for Instagram (posts directly to your feed), and Facebook’s “schedule” button.
2. Never pay for collaborations.
At first I did a couple of these gigs where I received a discount to buy a product, and a promise of commissions and other goodies when I promoted the product. Now I have some items that I love, but I don’t buy in to collaborations. Your part of the exchange should be your opinion and your endorsement of the product, not your money (that’s why they’re paying or trading you a product for a service!).
3. Girl, just buy a tripod.
It took me a stupidly long amount of time to buy a tripod. Part of this came from an unease about being in front of the camera, especially if I was shooting alone. If you don’t have a camera, get one that’s compatible with your phone! Especially if you want to do fashion, style, or fitness, getting comfortable in front of the camera is important.
4. Meet people, elevate others, and grow through blogging groups and chats.
Blogging Retweet accounts on Twitter, Facebook groups, or Telegram chats! Get to know other bloggers on all different social media platforms. You might find mentors, friends, or really cool ideas for your own platform. You’ll learn and grow so incredibly much by finding your community. Don’t be a stranger!
5. Don’t get hung up on jealousy and “the follow-unfollow game.”
People like to complain about things. That’s not a fact of blogging, that’s a fact of life. And people like to complain about thing if they feel like they’ll get sympathy from other people. Which is why bloggers (myself included) like to collectively complain about the Instagram algorithm and users who follow people to get a corresponding follower, but then unfollow that same account. So when the annoying or frustrating things happen, be better! Change up your strategy! Beat the system!
6. Strive to be your own kind of best.
Your best could be hitting 1,000 followers on Instagram. Your best could be landing that collaboration you wanted. Your best could be self-sustaining or getting to post once a week. Your best is always changing and evolving, so it’s good to look forward to see how you can grow, but at the end of the day, you also have to recognize your accomplishments.
Cheers to another six months and many more!