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THE 'PERFECT BLOGGER' EXPERIMENT


It's almost a year now since I entered the beauty blogging world, I've learnt and seen a lot already. Mostly in blogger chats on Twitter I pick up on things people say such as: 'The key to a successful blog is scheduling weeks ahead, scheduling tweets for the week, having amazing photographs, commenting on other blogs." I suppose if that works for you, that's great- but personally I honestly don't have the energy, motivation or head space to do all of that, all of the time.
I very rarely sit down and schedule a load of tweets for the week ahead, I also very rarely have posts in a line all ready to be published, and if I'm honest, some weeks, I don't even have it in me to sit and publish one post.

When I'm really in my blogging mojo, I'll even take my laptop in the car with me and write out posts on Word ready to publish when I'm home, I'll try to take the best photographs possible all at once, and I'll try my best to comment on a few blogs a couple days a week, and often I find myself feeling like I'm not doing anything right.
Surely, if people say that's what works...it must work?
I tried being the 'perfect blogger' for a week and doing everything everyone recommended both in posts and chats just to see what happened with my followers, traffic, comments and social media...

It started by getting up earlier than usual one morning so I was ready to catch some sunlight, I made the most effort I'v ever made to set up a scene for taking photographs, I lifted my TV off a set of white drawers, pulled the chest of drawers in front of my bedroom window, undid my fairy lights, got out a few props and pieces of white cardboard in attempt to banish shadows I would usually have.

The first picture I took was the 'flat lay' above, which is the first one I've attempted, they seem to work and look amazing for bigger bloggers, so why not? Obviously mine didn't turn out as perfect, and I suppose I'll see if it attracts more readers than my usual photographs do once this goes live.

I then edited all of those photos on an online programme, 'Pic Monkey' which was recommended by other bloggers. I admit they did turn out a little better than usual.

The biggest change I saw came from joining in all of the Twitter chats, scheduling advertising tweets and interacting with other beauty bloggers on social media. My Twitter follow count seemed to zoom up, gaining 40+ in one day after 2 chats! I was suddenly at over 720 followers from about 550 in a week from all the interaction, and of course, that meant extra traffic and 20 new followers on Bloglovin' so I'm closer to my 300 milestone!

However, I found that posting everyday/every other day was difficult for each post. When I only post twice a week, the posts views will be high, when I was posting daily, it was hard to advertise the post enough to a decent amount of 'reads' before the next one was up, so my entire Twitter seemed to be filled with link after link, which wasn't good for the followers I'd gained.

So after this little experiment, I'm still not sure if all of the hard work is the 'right' way to blog, I think the real secret is time. Waiting for your blog to grow.
Let me know how you manage your blog and its content!

12 comments:

  1. I don't think there's a right theory for everyone! I schedule everything in advance because i get anxious if I don't! It took me a couple of years to find out the routine that works for me. I know people that will post as and when, others post on a strict routine. I'm hit and miss with social media but working on that.

    I think you just need to experiment with different things and see what you get the best results from!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. I totally agree. I could never stick to a strict schedule because I'd really beat myself up about it!x

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  2. This was a very interesting read! I don't think there is a recipe for success. At the minute I am spending a lots of time on Twitter and personally its time consuming and the result is rather disappointing but I do get much better result by interacting on all the blogs I follow etc. anyway I think you should just experiments and see what works for you .

    http://allornothing-blog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you!
      I agree, it's all time consuming and it can be really disheartening when effort doesn't pay off :(

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  3. This is a great post, I always have good intentions of being the 'perfect blogger' and scheduling tweets and taking part in chats but i just seem to miss them or not have the time (although I may have to start after you received a lot more traffic)! One thing I have found i stick to is blogging every other day and I always bulk post if i have a free day! xo

    http://www.samanthasbeautyloves.com

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  4. There is SOOOOOO much advice out there 'eh! Sometimes you just sit and your like WHOA who am I supposed to do ALL of this? I love this #girlboss for her blogging advice (Melyssa at thenectarcollective.com) she is awesome, and a lot of her advice has worked for me :)

    www.honestyforyourskin.co.uk

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  5. This is such a nice and refreshingly honest post! I really enjoyed reading it!

    I write Mademoiselle Meets Maquillage and Macaroons and I would love for you to give it a read. Maybe we can follow each other on Bloglovin?
    www.mademoisellemeetsmaquillageandmacaroons.com

    Deepti x

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  6. This post is something unique, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Twitter chats really do make the difference, I admit it! xx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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