When I started blogging, I wanted to be an overnight success. That naivety saw me turning to other bloggers and seeing what they use to be the successes they are today. However, after a couple of years of blogging (this is updated from when I wrote it back in 2015), I’ve realised that there seems to be a trend amongst bloggers which really puts pressure on newbie startups. But this doesn’t need to be the case.
You look at many popular blogs today and, let’s be honest, many of them share very similar content, have similar designs and whatnot. And that’s all cool, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to do that too. You can do things in a way that makes you comfortable and won’t break the bank.
THINGS YOU DON’T REALLY NEED
These things are handy to have and will be able to improve your blog, but you can easily live without them.
- A REALLY expensive DSLR – There are plenty of DSLR cameras that are under £500. And yes, larger bloggers have invested in £3k cameras because they use it professionally for their job, which the majority of the time is blogging or photography based. Unless you are going to make real use of a pricey camera, you don’t need one! Lydia Millen uses this little baby (on my wishlist!)
- A studio and lighting kit – Instead of using a white backdrop why not use old magazines, wallpaper samples to brighten up your backgrounds? Even plain white card near a well-lit area of the room makes a pretty good backdrop.
- Monthly wardrobe additions – You don’t need a new outfit to post about on a regular basis. There are probably items in your wardrobe which are still relevant. Show them off and link to newer pieces which are similar.
- A Youtube account – Some people are not comfortable talking in front of a camera so don’t feel compelled to become part of club vlogger anytime soon. Only do what you’re comfortable with.
- A million followers – Yes, followers will help in getting your collaborations but they aren’t what’s going to help you write great content. As long as you interact with other bloggers and chat to people on Twitter you will soon increase followers. Increase your Instagram followers with these tips. Read more about my opinion on followers here.
- A photographer boyfriend/girlfriend – A tripod and a self-timer on your camera are all you need. Even if you have a friend or relative who can point and click, you’ll do okay!
- A custom made blog layout – Why pay out hundreds of pounds for a design when you can customise beautiful pre-made templates?
Read more about my misconceptions of bloggers and blogging.
Is there anything you’ve done for your blog because you thought you needed it?