Hello everyone I am looking for opinions and suggestions on my blog and to also share my experiences and advice on blogging.
My blog is: http://www.trendspiration.com
and I have been writing it for about three years.
First of all I HATE the name of my blog (everything else I could think of was taken) but I have managed to move past it! and hopefully the content speaks for its self.
Originally I started on blogspot which I loved but a couple of months ago I decided to move to Tumblr, which I would really recommend for anyone with a predominantly visual rather than word based blog as the ability for your readers to quickly re-blog your posts helps you share your content and gain followers quickly.
First of all what do people think about my blog? I am considering adding a 'comment' section which would offer critique on celebrity outfits and streetstyle, who wore it better? posts and also composites/collages of mini trends (eg. silver shoes/colourblocking/creepers/or whatever i have noticed everyone are wearing) as I want to show off more or my personality/writing style.
However I am a bit wary that people couldn't care less about my opinion/comments! Do people think this would be a good addition or should I just stick with what I've got? Currently it concentrates on the art and design/fashion worlds.
Since moving to tumblr I have drastically simplified the layout which at first I thought might hinder it's appeal but after doing a poll on my blog's facebook page the responses were very positive. A simple layout is something I would also recomend, I have also found that since adding 'endless scroll' the amount of time people spend on my blog has dramatically increased.
My top tips for anyone looking to be successfully in blogging would be to first of all decide what you want your blog to be and the purpose it should serve.
When I first started I was very concerned with being the first person to blog a new magazine cover or a new artist (I was a slave to the 'trend' in trendspiration). But because I also have a full time job as a marketing and graphic design assistant sometimes I wouldn't be able to blog for a week or so during busy periods. This meant my posts were really erratic as at the beginning of the month I would be posting loads of new editorials and then my posts would dwindle to nothing for a while.
Once I realised that there were a lot of blogs out there that had the PR contacts time to do this better than me, I shifted my focus to posting regularly by using tumblrs queueing tool which meant although I wasn't always the first to post a story, I wasn't clogging up peoples dashboards/newsfeeds/rss feeds with about 10 posts at once.
Another tip I have found is to share one of your favourite images from a post (rather than just syndicate hefty/wordy posts) via Facebook which I do as 'Daily Inspiration' (see here http://www.facebook.com/trendspiration
I have had my Facebook fans increase massively since I started doing this as every time someone likes the image it shows up in their news feed and effectively advertises my blog.
I have just realised I have rambled on for ages, but I would love to share more experiences and also get opinions from others so please hit reply!