When I was first getting started with bree west I was so overwhelmed, there is so much information, so many crazy talented bloggers and I didn’t really know much of anything. It can be hard when you’re trying to figure out exactly what to do when you’re getting started. The best thing you can do is step back and start from the beginning with the basics!
Why are you starting a blog?
This is a really important question to ask, what’s your goal? Are you looking for a creative outlet from your day job like I was? Are you looking to make a career out of your blog? What’s your why? Figure it out and write it down, and keep it somewhere that you can go back to every time you are trying to make a decision! Reevaluate your goal every 6 or so months and see how you can make it better to keep pushing yourself!
The next thing is to start writing, write anything, a post, a list of post ideas, anything to get your creative juices flowing. It’s okay if you are hesitant to post or if you don’t think it’s all that great, when I wrote my first post I figured there would probably be 5 people max that read it, as I continued writing I found my voice more and my topic. The more you write the more you will figure out just exactly what your topic is, what you want to write about and then make a plan from there!
It’s okay to make mistakes!
Try everything, if you think it will work, if you’re not sure just go for it! Take risks and don’t be afraid to fail. When you’re first getting started and you don’t have too many eyes on your blog that’s the time to take chances and experiment a lot! Almost two years later I’m so embarrassed by some of my earlier posts, and two years from now I’m sure I’ll look back at my more recent posts and be embarrassed by those too! It’s okay, your blog should be a reflection of you and show your growth and journey through life! It’s okay to make mistakes.
Evolution is a good thing!
Your blog is allowed to evolve, and it should evolve. The more you blog and figure out what your goals are, long term and short term things are going to change and that’s okay. It’s more important to stay authentic than it is to stay with one singular topic, so if you came in as a fashion blogger and you move more toward travel or beauty that’s okay. When I first started bree west I never thought I’d be launching an entire series full of blogging tips and I definitely didn’t think I’ve be starting my own consulting business or changing my career path to be more in line with blogging!
Stay true to yourself, remember that when everything is so overwhelming that you feel like you want to quit just step back and take a deep breath, stay true and authentic to your voice!