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3 Blogging Tips From 3 Years Of Blogging | It’s Glamorously You’s 3rd Birthday!

I can’t believe it – Glamorously You turns 3 TODAY! Back in May 2015, I started this blog as a way for me to share my beauty tips and side projects, but it quickly morphed into an inspirational platform for girls like me, career-minded, stylish, and unique young women who stand out from the crowd. Since then, Glamorously You has become my longest-running job and the thing that has taught me so many lessons, both personally and professionally.

I remember starting out with this platform and not having a clue what I was doing! I read a lot of material and watched my fair share of YouTube videos to figure things out. Still today, I am learning new things all the time and amping up my game little by little.

That’s why I want to share my 3 biggest blogging tips from the past 3 years with you. I want to celebrate how far I have come in my journey and help my fellow bloggers along theirs too!

DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU

There is definitely a wide range of helpful material out there, but it’s important not to take every single little thing into consideration. When you’re starting out, it’s so easy to believe everything you read because you don’t know any better. Then, you’re dropping money on things your blog doesn’t need or stressing yourself out over a non-issue.

Before you make any big decisions, think about if it’s really worth it for you or if you’re just following what others are saying and doing.

On finding your niche

I stressed myself out over this for months! Webinar after webinar and blog post after blog post, everything kept saying to find one specific niche and stick with it. It was so hard for me to figure mine out because I’ve always talked about a variety of topics here and sticking to one just didn’t feel authentic to me.

Then, it hit me. I already had a niche! Inspiring women to become their most glamorous selves, inside and out. That’s the umbrella everything I write about falls under. I wasn’t writing about random things that whole time – I had an overarching theme that connected everything I published.

The lesson here is to not overthink what your blog is. If it doesn’t fall under a traditional category (beauty, lifestyle, travel,…), that’s okay. What’s important is your message and making sure it remains visible within everything you do.

On investing money in your blog

This is an easy hole to fall into, especially in the beginning when everything looks so shiny and fun. Besides the endless amount of paid blogging courses and resources, there are all the technical expenses that can get pretty enticing. The site themes, self-hosting, domain names, and automation tools all cost money and all seem super important.

My advice is to spend the first 3-6 months of blogging without investing any money at all. See if you enjoy it first and then see what would be most valuable to you. Spend your money on the things that will improve your platform the most, not what you see everyone else spending money on.

 

TEACH YOURSELF FIRST BEFORE GOING ELSEWHERE

A good leader should know the in’s and out’s of their business. That’s why I am a huge advocate for making the attempt to teach yourself something before you hire someone to do it. Not only will doing this teach you new skills, but you will have a better idea of what you’re looking for and what a good candidate for the job looks like.

In my situation, I’ve never had the budget to be able to hire anyone for anything! I have had to learn everything on my own and execute it to the best of my ability. This is one of the things I am most proud of about this platform – everything you see from top to bottom was done by me. I even refuse to buy stock photography!

Most of the hard skills I have are self-taught from running Glamorously You. Can you imagine if I had scraped up the money to hire someone for everything I didn’t know how to do? My resume would look very different!

 

THINK BIG

For the first year that I had Glamorously You, I didn’t include it on my resume and it wasn’t until a professor mentioned the idea to me that I had even considered it. I just didn’t think it was something other people would care about. That’s where I was very wrong!

Maintaining a platform like a blog is a big deal, so show it off! Include it on your resume, your business cards, your social media profiles, anywhere people can see it.

Also, don’t limit yourself when it comes to expansion. If the time comes when you wish to monetize your blog, think beyond what others typically do. Use your creativity to put together a monetization/expansion plan that will spread your message in the best way possible.

Don’t think of your blog as just a blog, think of it as a platform you have to spread your message!

 

It’s been an amazing 3 years having this blog by my side. It has truly changed my life and I couldn’t imagine not having it there to work on everyday. Thank you to all my wonderful readers for enjoying what I share and coming back for more. There are big things coming in Glamorously You’s future so stay tuned and stay glamorous!

Are you a beginner blogger? Check out more of my blogging tips for those starting out!


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24 Comments

  • Reply Corey

    Thank you for the tips I am a new blogger and need all the help. Congrats on three years.

    May 16, 2018 at 10:48 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Good luck on your journey! Keep at it šŸ™‚

      May 17, 2018 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Ayanna

    Congrats on your third blog anniversary! These are great tips. I am just starting to think big and this was so encouraging.

    May 16, 2018 at 11:31 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Yay! Thank you so much šŸ™‚

      May 17, 2018 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Julie

    Thanks for the tips. I am a relatively new blogger and this inspires me to try and stick with it to see what it can become.

    May 16, 2018 at 11:43 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Absolutely! Having a blog is truly an amazing experience. Hard at times – but amazing!

      May 17, 2018 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Cayla

    Thank you for these tips. We are pretty new to the blogging world and are always looking for advice and ways to sustain it. You have a wonderful blog- thank you for sharing!

    May 16, 2018 at 11:54 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Thank you so much! Good luck on your journey šŸ™‚

      May 17, 2018 at 9:33 am
  • Reply Ruthy

    Congrats on 3 years- that’s huge! Good tips, too- I especially love how not to spend money the first few months. Throwing money at a blog is too easy!

    May 16, 2018 at 1:41 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      I know! And it’s so easy to fall into that trap.

      May 17, 2018 at 9:33 am
  • Reply Danielle at A Sprinkle of Joy

    Great tips! It really can be hard when you first start your blog, but sticking with it is so important.

    May 16, 2018 at 2:13 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Oh yes. It’s a struggle sometimes but it’s sooo worth it šŸ™‚

      May 17, 2018 at 9:33 am
  • Reply ShootingStarsMag

    Congrats on three years! These are all great tips for new bloggers. I’ve been blogging for years now but I’m still growing and learning all the time. Plus, I JUST put my blog on my resume after reading another blog post that gave tips on how to describe the job of blogging.

    -Lauren

    May 16, 2018 at 3:03 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Yay good for you! Show your hard work off!

      May 17, 2018 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Sophie

    Congratulations on reaching 3 years! I know too many businesses/bloggers throw in the towel within the first year (which is so sad), but you pushed through! These are great tips for the beginner and experienced blogger alike! Thank you for sharing!

    May 16, 2018 at 7:38 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      It’s sad but true. It’s definitely been a wild ride but I’m in it for the long haul!

      May 17, 2018 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Miriam

    Congratulations! What a milestone! This is a great article. I really benefited from your advice. Thanks!

    May 16, 2018 at 9:45 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Thank you! I’m so glad you got some takeaways šŸ™‚

      May 17, 2018 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Christina | Hugs and Lattes

    Great tips and advice! Congratulations on your 3rd year blogging!

    May 17, 2018 at 9:14 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Thank you!

      May 17, 2018 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Jennifer

    Great tips! It is such a journey. I knew it was real the day I put it on my resume. LOL

    May 17, 2018 at 10:36 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      haha right?! I felt so professional lol

      May 19, 2018 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    What a beautiful blog! I love your message! Thank you for the tips! Iā€™m still trying to get my blog where Ineant it to be!

    May 17, 2018 at 2:18 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Thank you so much! Good luck on your journey šŸ™‚

      May 19, 2018 at 12:59 pm

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