I never thought I would be doing a “how to” style post, I didn’t think I had anything to offer, and always avoided making advice style content. But I have some information to share, so here goes…
Over the next few weeks I will be covering a few main topics: the basics, photography, products and events.
I did a poll in twitter to see if I was the only one who found the lack of money was the main struggle when it comes to blogging. I was excited to see that 80% of the people who got involved in my poll agreed. This is where the idea for the event came from originally.
The main theme thought this series is “using what you have“. In this post I will go through the basics, including helpful apps and useful posts to get you started without burning a whole in your pockets.There is a lot of information out there for those interested in blogging and content creating in general, so I will link in some great posts and get straight into my thoughts on starting a blog.
I do not get many questions on blogging, but when someone does ask me how to get into blogging I tell them to just start. Honestly you have to just get stuck in; explore the options, set up a page and get creative.
I was using Blogger which is super easy for those that are not tech savvy like myself and they have an easy to use app as well. The app is free but very limited, so I paid for the updated version. I cannot remember the exact price for the app it was around £3-£4. It is not completely necessary but as I do not have a laptop my phone and tablet are my main devices for content creating.
It is so important that you approach blogging with clear intentions. What are you passionate about? What do you want out of blogging? Find your why and enjoy the journey!
Apps You Should Have
I will get into the apps I use for photo editing and everything like that in my next post. A few apps I would suggest downloading first are:
Buffer – This app allows you to schedule posts to a variety of social platforms, I use it to post new blog posts to my Twitter and Facebook when I am at work. You can also get reminders to post onto Instagram.
Google Analytics – I have only recently started to use this app more affectively. I now track my traffic to see what posts do well, where my views come from, this is important for when you want to work with brands and it also helps you track your progress. It allows you to set goals as well so you give yourself targets for each week/month.
Helpful Blog Posts:
AfroGlory – Graphic Designer & Natural Hair Blogger Shahira has some real gems on her blog for anyone who wants to get started and join the blogging community.
Adzvice – The hub for advice for yourself and brands. They also host amazing events, creating a much needed conversation around a variety of topics that cater to both men and women.
Kristabel Plummer – The OG when it comes to blogging advice, a big inspiration for me. I love her posts on race/identify , black owned businesses and blogging. I have a few favourites on her youtube channel as well.
The next post In the series goes into photography, I take all of my pictures for my blog and instagram on my phone and the occasional snap on my tablet – Blog Photography On A Budget.I will also have a few guests share their advice with you on my instagram so make sure you’re following my socials to get involved in the conversation and feel free to share your own tips and tricks using the hashtag #BOABWithSaabirah . As part of this series I have asked a few bloggers to share their tips and advice for you, they will all be shared over on my Instagram and twitter.