3.08.2015

Beauty Influencer's Sunday Column Vol.3 : If you could start your blog over

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bisc-ft-vol3-group2-coloredIf you could start your blog all over again, what would you do differently?
DEE | Canada | How Does Dee Do It
1.I would have made sure to choose a theme that allowed for featured images that were at least 640 px wide. I love blogs with large featured images for posts. 2.I would have networked WAY MORE and WAY SOONER..had I known how! I didn’t know how to connect with other bloggers till I was 6 months into my blog. I believed that the Internet would magically connect us :)) Still not a fan of Twitter but I love instagram, Bloglovin and just good old comments! Can’t stress how powerful a tool, as simple a thing as commenting can be.
AGATA | USA | Her and Makeup
Having been a blogger for less than a year, I still learn a lot every day and with time, I find out what works and what doesn’t. If there is one thing that I regret, it is that I did not start writing it earlier. My blog is my creative outlet, a place on the web where I can share my passion with others and interact with other people. I have never expected that Her and Makeup would bring me this much joy and that I would meet so many wonderful people through it- readers and fellow bloggers.
SYL | New Zealand | The Painted Rogue
To be honest, I’m reasonably happy with how my blog has trundled along! If I had things to do-over, however, I would be taking a serious look at my zany idea of starting a blog while wrestling with the end stages of The Battle of The Thesisbeast… ;-) There are so many things I want to do, but I’m forced to think: WHEN YOU’VE FINISHED YOUR PHD SYL, AND NOT BEFORE.
SUNNY | Belgium | Mostly Sunny Blog
“I wish I had/hadn’t…” is simply not a part of my philosophy. With that said, if I could start my blog all over again, I would have joined Instagram sooner. I resisted the idea for the longest time, knowing I am not a very visual person. However, finally joining Instagram has given me the opportunity to rethink a lot of things. What makes a popular Instagram picture? Maybe I can expand on the idea and incorporate it on the blog. As a result, Mostly Sunny has evolved in ways that I could not have foreseen. It’s an amazing ride!
ERIN | USA | Clever Girl Reviews
I wouldn’t do much differently. I often see other people’s layouts, color stories, and fonts with a certain air of jealousy but mine looks different and is more candid. The only thing I would chang is I would have waited to apply for Google Adsense until I was back on American soil, they won’t give me an account.
LENA | USA | Lenallure
Looking back, I can’t say I have too many regrets. There are things that I wish I knew back then, though. If I could start my blog all over again, I would spend time to learn basics like photography, blog platforms, SEO, etc. I would be more careful to form my relationships with PR and brands as well. I would always remember quality is more important than quantity, yet I would be more consistent with my posts. I would make the same efforts to stay true to myself, if not more.

JAA | USA/Thailand | Hello Jaa
I’d start experimenting with portrait studio lighting sooner. My older posts would have been more complete. I’d also make sure to choose a layout that accommodates larger picture size because I believe larger photos create higher impact. Another thing would be to tell myself to not be shy and connect with other bloggers sooner! It is more fun to have someone with the same interest to talk to and you just learn so much from them! Last thing would be to implement a Pin It button on all my photos right away because Pinterest is among the top three social networks that drive traffic to my blog the most.
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8 comments

  1. Oh very interesting sweetie
    xx

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    1. Thanks, Raimar!
      I'm happy to be part of this. :)

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  2. Hey Lena! Its nice to see that none of us really have any big regrets ..well any regrets at all really . Loved read everyones answers:)

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    1. Hi Dee! :)
      I enjoyed our answers, too. What we wish that we had known and done back then all can be done now and forth. So it is good to be reminded. ;)

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  3. You're right photography is so important...I'm still learning but I look back at some of my photos from a year ago and they're really dark and underexposed lol. I also know so little about website/blog design etc and am still just using automatic things from Google blogger. One thing at a time I suppose :)

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    1. I am still learning, too! I've just graduated from a point and shoot but still am not sure how to work with my hybrid digital camera. The same lighting does not work any more, for example. I'm starting to learn about the basics by reading online tutorials and such. Hopefully it will get better. :)
      I still use the Simple blogger theme but tweaked a little bit and added a header image, which will make a huge difference for any blog. ;)

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  4. nice read. there's probably a lot of things i might have done differently from the beginning...quality pics with a better camera, thought of a few post series or even a schedule, etc....but then if i waited until all of that was in place, i probably wouldn't have gotten around to starting my blog! in general, i wanted a simple/clean blog layout with good quality pics (that came over time), and i think i've achieved that.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your own experience! :)
      I can clearly see that you make such efforts mentioned, and maybe that's why I love checking out your blog although I don't follow many fashion bloggers.

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