10 April 2012

HOW TO // Starting A Beauty Blog

How To Start A Beauty Blog

I know this post isn't going to be overly useful to anyone that follows my blog as you have all probably started your own Beauty Blog already but today I seen a thread started on Beautylish by a girl asking for advice on starting a blog. I remember when I first started to use Blogger I had no idea, the blogs I followed seemed to be perfect and everyone seemed to know what they were doing. It was a little daunting at first. I thought a short little post would be useful to someone if they are anything like I was and too shy to email someone to ask for help. 

Picking a name
This is the part that took me the longest, I just couldn't settle with one ha. Your blog name can be anything from a saying, phrase or even your name. It doesn't matter what you choose, just make sure you like it as you're probably going to be known as "your name" from "your blog name" in the blogging community haha.

Design and Layout
Going for a simple design to start with is probably best. If you're not a whiz with HTML it's going to make things easier on yourself if you leave the fancy blog designs to a later date. My first blog layout was just a background I got from Google which was changed multiple times before sticking with good old plain white.

Natural day light is your friend. Clear photographs of whatever you're blogging about attracts people a lot more than a blurry photo. Natural day light is probably the best way to get clear photos and will save you a lot of hassle so you don't have to mess around with lighting. I wish I could go back and take my own advice when I started blogging, a lot of my earlier pictures are terrible ha.

Regardless of everything I've just said, your content is the most important as it's what people are coming on your blog to read. "What to blog about" was also something that was asked in the thread so I've made a little list of blog posts that I blog about or seen repeatedly on my dashboard.

  • Reviews
  • Hauls
  • Nails Of The Day
  • Tags 
  • Monthly Favourites (March Faves/April Faves)
  • Face Of The Day (Make Up)
  • Product Swatches
  • Hair/Skin Routine
  • Eyes Of The Day (Eye Make Up)
  • Pet Peeves
  • Wish lists (Things you would like to buy etc)
  • Outfit Of The Day
  • Update Posts
  • Book Reviews
The Golden Rule

YOUR blog, YOUR rules
Everything I have written in this post is a rough idea about starting a blog not a post on what you should do. You make the rules and should be writing about what you want, even if it's about your favourite pair of socks haha. Never let anyone dictate to you about what you should be writing about or how your blog should be designed. I'm no blogging expert but if you have any questions feel free to ask :)