Things I've learnt blogging | Blogmas Day #10

Today's post is a little bit different and is probably something that's not going to make too frequent an appearance on my blog. That being said it's still a post that I'm really excited about writing. In order for this post to make a bit more sense I thought I should mention my blogging journey. I started a blog in 2012 (not this one!) and it didn't really have a lot on it. I hardly updated and just kinda left it. A year later I made this blog (under a different blog name and URL) and updated consistently for a while, then even started a sewing blog, once again though, I stopped. However, at the start of this year I begun blogging again and over the course of the year my blog posts have greatly increased in frequency and I've learnt a lot.

  • It's really not that hard to change the design of your blog- Now if you've been blogging for a while that probably sounds fairly obvious however, when I started out blogging I had the whole blogger default template and nothing in the side bar look going on. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I have since discovered that you can change a lot just by going into the "edit template" section of blogger or, if you have a specific change in mind you can dive into the scary world of code (if you're like me you need to find a step-by-step tutorial before even clicking the "edit HTML" button!) 
  • Social media helps your blog traffic grow- When I started blogging it was to just something to do and I really didn't see the point in being on any social networking sites. I've since realised that in order to get a nice amount of views a bit of promotion and advertising is essential. For that reason I'm on  Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Polyvore and Bloglovin' (ya know, if you're interested in having a look!) If you are starting out blogging and have read any websites on starting a blog, chances are it'll say make social media accounts. This advice isn't overrated and really does have an impact on the amount of traffic your blog gets.
  • Making things for your blog isn't that bad (make sure you put them on properly though)- By "things" I mean headers, backgrounds, social media icons etc. Now, don't get me wrong they definitely take a lot more time but, wouldn't you rather have a nice twitter icon that actually suits the theme of your blog rather than a boring white bird on a blue background? Is that a yes? Back when my blog was rocking the blogger default template the only thing I really made an effort to customise was my header and that was nice and all but it wasn't centered and I never bothered to center it, hence it looked awful. Don't worry it's fixed now :) I think my point with this (yep, well aware I should know what my point is!) is that even if you have the perfect header or social media icons that have been so beautifully edited you would give a professional a run for their money you still need to make sure they look good on your blog. Sometimes there isn't a box that you can check (or uncheck) to do this and you're actually going to need to edit some code, in which case Google is your best friend.
  • It's OK to experiment- The great thing about blogging is that it's your blog and you can do what you want. If something doesn't look how you want it to, change it. It sounds really simple but it is, if something's the wrong colour or a picture's too big then keep experimenting until you've found that perfect shade of yellow or just the right pixel size. Personally, back when I had a tonne of stuff on my side bar I really struggled getting the widgets the right size but by fiddling and playing about with it I ended up achieving my desired look (yes, it took ages but it was worth it!) The other thing to be aware of is that you can almost always change something back to the way it was (provided you've backed up your template!!!) so my advice is to just go for it!
Hopefully you've enjoyed this post and found it somewhat helpful! Let me know what you think of it in the comments below!