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More and more people are finding the keys to unlock the door of self-expression, often heralded by easy-to-design websites and platforms that prize accessibility over all else. Never before has it been so easy to register a domain name, open a free trial for a website platform such as Squarespace and then design to your heart’s content.
To us, that sounds pretty exciting. Sure, this means that more people are in the competitive space all competing for attention, but we’d say that the world is big enough for all of us. Only good can come from people sharing their perspectives, and maybe even earning a second reliable income stream.
However – like any art or craft, running a blog in the lifestyle space requires commitment and dedication. It also requires the ability to continually refine your platform and output. Thankfully, this can only make you a better writer, photographer and networking specialist over time. It may also unlock experiences that you may not have had otherwise, such as free spa days out and products to review.
That comes after a good amount of work however, so it’s important to focus on the fundamentals as much as you can. As far as that is concerned, we would warmly recommend the following advice:
Keep Your Theming Consistent
If you’re unaware of how to layout or theme a website, it can seem very confusing to deal with all of the options afforded to you. This is where keeping your theming consistent can help you avoid overcomplicating things. You needn’t be the best graphic designer in order to work this well. Keep your layouts simple, your fonts in sync, and use only two or three themed colors at most. Text and images will provide the body of the content, and that should be the only variance you need. This can help any blog look fantastic.
Learn Simple Photography
You needn’t have to enjoy the best photography skills in order to ensure your experiences are shared in a visually appealing format. This guide detailing how to take product photos on a budget shows that you needn’t spend over the odds in order to present and review products. It can also be that through using framing, the rule of thirds and lightly editing the colors to ensure they are more balanced (you can download free photo editing tools for this) you will display your images in a superior format.
Network With Other Bloggers
Bloggers may seem like a shy bunch, but you’d be surprised just how open and appreciative they can be with one another networking with optimism. Finding similar blogs and contacting the owners, supporting other bloggers, shouting them out, and to do so sincerely and not simply to grow your brand will help you enjoy becoming a node in a connection of positive, expressive people. When you achieve this, you’re sure to understand what blogging is all about – and that’ connection.
With this advice, we hope you can get to grips with your first attempt to run a lifestyle blog. After all, why shouldn’t you be able to share your experiences and have fun doing so?
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