Tips for starting and growing your blog

This is something I get asked on the daily on my social media platforms – “How can I start my blog and how can I make it grow.” Now I am by no means a blogging wizz and my following (while fab) is only minuscule on the larger scale of blogging/influencing. But I feel that I have definitely picked up some tips and tricks through out the years that have worked for me – and hopefully will work for you too 🙌🏼☺️

The first and most important step in improving your blog is the simple art of not giving a f*ck. You start a blog because it’s something YOU love and you do it for YOURSELF because it makes YOU happy! Focus on the positive. It’s no secret that you do have to have a thick skin in this industry. Just don’t let irrelevant people’s opinion stop you from doing something you love and that has the potential to turn into an amazing career opportunity. Plus the pros outweigh the cons every time.

Photography. Photography is so so important when growing your following. That means making sure your photos are good quality, with a nice background and good lighting. For example, if you are taking a mirror selfie in your room – make sure the area behind you in the photo is tidy. Small things like this will make a huge difference to your feeds aesthetic. If the lighting in your room is bad and you can move your mirror then move it! I do this all the time 😊 These details although they seem small, can help your feed look so much more professional. I’ll talk more about photography in a seperate post if people are interested 💕

My room was so messy outside the frame of this shot. Just kick that pile of clothes to the side gurl, out of sight out of mind.

Do a Giveaway. Spend some money on some products you love – maybe split it with another blogger friend – and give it away on your Instagram. This is an effective way to gain followers that are interested in what you are posting, as when you giveaway products you love the only people that enter that giveaway will be people that want those products too. Therefore you are growing an audience that shares a mutual interest with you and will be much more likely to remain following you and engaging with your content. I can understand if you are finding it difficult to grow your Instagram, it would be tempting to buy or follow and unfollow people to get “fake followers.” Firstly this is such a waste of time and money as these accounts that follow you won’t engage with your content and secondly you can spot someone who has fake followers a mile away. Do a giveaway! They are a great and honest way to grow your audience 🙌🏼

Network with other bloggers and influencers that have a similar style to you. Follow them on Instagram, comment on their photos, send them a message asking to grab a coffee and shoot some looks. This in my experience is the best way to improve your photography skills, increase your reach (they share you, you share them) and meet supportive people that understand the blogging world and share your passion. By taking photos with other bloggers it will also help you posing, as it’s v handy having someone to critique you to see where you can improve. It also is a huge help to practice taking photos of other people – that way when you ask someone less experienced to take a photo of you, you will know what angles they should go from to make you look like a goddamn queen. 👑 I have made such amazing friends during my time blogging that are so supportive. We understand what it means when your favourite brand contacts you to collaborate. It’s nice to have some gals in your corner when these great things happen. ❤️ In this industry nobody likes a mean girl, you will get so much further by being nice to people. 😊

Below is a photo of myself and @freyabroni and a photo taken by @aislingchan – I met these girls through Instagram and we are even going on an exciting trip together next week. You never know the people you could meet 💕

Use the “save” tool on Instagram to store your inspiration. I constantly use this to save photos I love so that when I’m out shooting, I can scroll through my saved section and get inspiration of locations, poses, etc and put my own twist on it.

Be consistent, but be selective in what you post. There is a difference between posting 7 average photos a week and posting 1 good photo every 3 days. If you are busy Monday to Friday, then take 4 good photos on the weekend and post them throughout the week. There is no point posting a photo that you aren’t in love with, if you think it is average – so will the people that follow you. It’s the balance between quantity and quality. This is a tough one and something I definitely struggled with. But once you find that balance you will notice such a difference. 💃🏼

Learn how to edit photos properly:

The main apps I use are Snapseed, Facetune and VSCO. Snapseed is great for enhancing lighting and saturation of your photos. FaceTune has a whitening tool which is the best thing ever for whitening backgrounds and VSCO has great filters.

Tag brands and use their hashtags in your caption:

If you are wearing Missguided then tag them and use #babesofmissguided – brands create these hashtags so they can see content that they can like or repost on their social media channels. I always tag brands in my Instagram posts. 😊 Other good hashtags to use are #ootd #style #streetstyle #ootn #fashion (using these will increase that post’s reach again)

So those are all the tips I can think of for now. Hopefully they are helpful and if you use them or have any other ones please please let me know! ☺️ If you are only starting out blogging or trying to grow, tag me in a post or drop me a message so I can like all your slay pics. I was thinking of doing a photography post so if that is something you would be interested in too I would definitely get one up soon. Hope this post was helpful and happy blogging! 💕💕💕

Emmanoodle xoxo

15 things I’ve learned at 22

Hey everyone. So this is prob gonna be a bit more of a deep/meaningful/bit cringe post. But with alot of negativity surrounding social media at the moment I decided I wanted to share some things I have learned – most are from me being an eejit and making the mistake in the first place – but generally things that have just made me happier in life.

Anyway i hope you enjoy and have a fabuloso day xox

  1. The fix it, face it or forget it method.

This is one my mam said to me years ago as I used to get very overwhelmed with small petty things. Basically you can approach an issue 3 ways: you can fix it, you can face it or else sometimes you just have to forget about it. This applies to work, friendships, relationships – its basically a fairly fool proof method for any problem you may face. For example; if you have a friend thats not particularly nice to you or does something to hurt you, you could:

  • Fix it – If this person is worth resolving it with, then you can decide to fix it. Find the root of the problem, address it, and then make like Elsa and let it gooooo.
  • Face it – Call them up on it. Ask why they have been treating you badly and work from there.
  • Forget it – sometimes people aint worth the first two options, so youre best to just leave it and move on with your life with one less negative person.

2. Drains and radiators.

There are 2 types of people: drains and radiators. Drains are the pr**ks of the world that basically drain you of happiness. Just the people that put you down, dismiss you, general shite behaviour. Then you have the radiators; people that empower you, clap when you succeed and just generally make you feel good about yourself

Basically surround yourself with radiators not drains.

3. Those who anger you control you.

Yano when someone does something that really pisses you off and you spend the whole day thinking about it and it ruins your day? Well you are letting that person control how you feel and control how your entire day goes. This is something I have definitely struggled with. Fair enough, have your 5 minutes to be annoyed and then move on and enjoy your day. People only have power over you if you give them power. Bigger fish to fry babyyy.

4. Dont let someone be too important in your life.

Know your worth and add tax to it.

5. Things in life are only as difficult as you allow them to be.

This one I think is just all about your attitude towards things. If you are studying for an exam and you think “I’m gonna fail, i’m gonna fail, i’m gonna fail” – one things for sure; you’re not going to do well in that exam. Where as if you decide “I’m gonna try my best, I know I’m good enough, I’m gonna do well.” You are much more likely to succeed. Think positive things get positive thing bb.

6.Do things your future self will thank you for.

Rise and grind. If you work hard enough for anything you’ll get it – I really believe this. If you see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand.

7.Nothing in life comes without hard work.

I think this really applies to the current situation with social media. I don’t care what anyone says, 99% of successful people worked there arse off to get where they are – and this includes any profession. When people make comments about bloggers getting everything for free and not having a real job – You go and achieve what they have; the clientele they have built up, the real and loyal followers they have earned, the money and unpaid time they spent before they were successful (which people seem to conveniently forget about) – and get back to me.

8.Be selective in who you tell your goals to.

People can be quick to shut someone down when your goals are different to theirs (or sometimes bigger.) If you got something good goin.. don’t tell nobody (except a few radiators lol)

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9.Make people feel good about themselves.

Your mom didnt let you chill in the womb for 9 months for you to comment “you’re so annoying” on some strangers instagram –  Just be a feckin nice person.

10.Things worthy of investment:

A good leather jacket. Black jeans. Foundation. A nice watch. Your goals.

11. You slay.

Be confident in yourself. If you like your outfit, your makeup, your sense of humour then be proud of it. You should always be your own biggest cheerleader. Your opinion of yourself is the most important one.

“Confidence is not “they will like me”, confidence is “I’ll be fine if they don’t.”

Confidence like Kanye

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12.If you’re over thinking – go for a run.

I used to ring my dad in college when I was really stressed or even just for a chat but something else would be bothering me. He used to always just tell me to go do some excercise so I could stop over thinking things and just clear my head. Ya well, turns out he’s always right.

13.An unbothered person, bothers a lot of people.

Sometimes the best reaction is no reaction. Like imagine putting all that effort into pissing someone off and they don’t even respond to it? How annoying mwahhaahhaaha

14.Don’t follow someone on social media if you don’t like them.

All you’re doing is giving them views, which increases their impressions, which makes them more successful. It’s negative energy and a simple solution. Plus who has the time? 🤷🏼‍♀️

15.Sometimes ya just gotta say fuck it and find someone else. If your good good friends don’t like him – pay attention. If someone makes you question whether you’re worth their time – they aren’t worth yours. Unfortunately he’s just a dickhead. C’est la vie 🤗 Plenty more D in the sea.

Basically just live your best life. Do what you want to do and don’t be swayed by other people’s opinions. You are fab in every way and make sure you know this! Night my loves 💕💕