Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Blogging Era: How to make your Blog Outstanding

I came across one of Vern Enciso's tweets a while back saying that "sa panahon ngayon lahat blogger." English translation: today, everyone is a blogger. I thought this could be a great topic for my next post. Hence, let's talk about the world of blogging for today.


I started this blog more than a year ago with the intentions of documenting my daily outfits and potentially meeting new people (and, okay, because I desire attention and fame). Unfortunately, my initial intentions reverted to something more personal thus the lengthy posts I have been doing lately. And besides, I don't go out of the house in "blogger outfits" all the time because I use the public transportation and in my world, wearing shorts alone would attract too much attention. What more if I wear flamboyant outfits worthy of outfit shots each day? I feel like everyone I come across with will give me piercing looks which is kind of uncomfortable. This is why I digressed from becoming a fashion blogger. Although I post outfit shots, these are just to supplement my post so they don't become too boring and because that is what the original contents of my blog were.

Before, I never really knew that there are a numerous bloggers already. I only know a few popular ones because they are the only ones I follow. But when I entered the blogging world, I was really surprised that hundreds and thousands of people already own a blog. Reiterating the tweet, today, everyone owns at least one blog and I am among the many. The rate to which new blogs are being created is something that comes  to me as a surprise - not in a bad way, though. I am glad that people are slowly sharing their lives to  the world and opening up to online strangers. But with the many bloggers nowadays and many more aspiring to set up their own blog, how do you beg to differ?

With many blog niches becoming more and more saturated, it is important to keep your blog outstanding in order to get noticed. If you make your blog the same as everyone else, people will hardly notice . Moreover, all the visitors you will ever have are those who will comment back (just like what I experience, imho) and your friends and family who know about your blog (in my case, very few of my friends know and none in my family. oh wait, I have very few friends so I guess all of them knows about this blog). I know that I am no authority when it comes to this matter but with my failed blogging stardom attempt, I have learned quite a few things. 
Boater's hat: Peaches on Top | Necklace, Ring and Top: Forever21 | Shorts: Jellybean | Sneakers: Ked's
  • Tackle a different niche - as I mentioned above, many blog niches are overly saturated already. The fashion and beauty department I find are overflowing with bloggers already. If you want to become a successful blogger, go the different route instead. Religion and literature are two blogging niches that are hardly tackled but they do exist. But this is not to discourage you from entering saturated niches already because there are things you can still do to become outstanding.
  • Offer beautiful pictures - if you are as photography handicapped as I am, you will try a different tactic (like writing in my case). But I find that pictures do matter a lot when it comes to blogging. Providing a handful of paragraphs and sentences is just plain boring and cumbersome to read. Moreover, it is human nature to focus more on something more visually appealing than a bunch of texts that can be quite dizzying. If you know you have the skills and the necessary equipment to capture great photos, don't forget to include them in your blog.
  • Be yourself - I know how some people try to emulate a famous blogger they so adore that they copy the infamous blogger's style of blogging. Don't fall for this mistake because people will only see you as a copycat - trying to become someone infamous when really, you are just a novice. Instead, try to figure out what you really want to do with your blog and create your own style. Besides, your blog is your OWN work. This is your OWN space and therefore, it should reflect your OWN personality.
  • Always offer quality - one of the many reasons why some bloggers fail to reach their peak (just like me, again) is because they can't offer quality in their posts. Never accept mediocrity with your blog posts and always offer quality posts to your readers ALL THE  TIME. In my opinion, it is better for a blogger not to post everyday instead of posting mediocre posts everyday. As a reader of so many blogs, I always get frustrated when I don't get the quality that I deserve to get. I spent time going to your blog browsing and reading and I deserve to get great quality. Proofread all your articles and make sure pictures are high quality (the latter goes for me. I probably need a new camera to capture high quality pictures. No, it is just my poor eye for capturing beautiful photos). 

There are already a bunch of articles out there that provides helpful tips on how to become a successful blogger. But I find that most of them deal with monetizing and getting more views - not really how to make your blog more valuable and outstanding. By the way, the tips I provided are all my own and based on my observations.


Yes, I am fully aware that most of the pictures in this set are blurred. My camera recently experienced surgery because it had a massive eye injury. But who am I kidding? My pictures will always be poor in quality because I often take them myself. Additinally, I am also fully aware that my yellow sneaks are incredibly stained already. But I am still far too lazy to clean them and like what Steph from thefashioncitizen says, "it gives it character." :)

30 comments :

  1. Beautiful look!!! I love your shirt!!!
    Have a nice sunday! and my like in bloglovin for you...

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  2. You look gorgeous honey, I love your outfit!!

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  3. I'm following your blog, hope you'll do the same <3

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  4. Great style, my dear! If you get a second, I'd love to hear your thoughts about my latest post :)

    -Mademoiselle S.

    http://mademoiselle-s-blog.blogspot.fr/

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  5. Great post!! :) I agree with everything u said ^^
    And love ur hat!
    xoxo

    novelstyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for reading 'til the end.

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  6. Very comfy outfit but you look really gorgeous, still :)

    It's not just enough that you own a blog. One must learn to apply originality in his/her style in dressing, writing and give your niche a twist. :)

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    1. Thanks, Gellie!

      You're definitely right! This is a great tip as well. I might have to edit this post and include individuality. :)

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  7. Such a lovely post :*

    Many many kisses,

    Nicole

    www.nicoleta.me

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  8. I love this blog post, Jen! I am no fashion blogger as well. I post outdit shots too, but just for thebsake of posting. Lol.

    I've been blogging since 2007 on blogger. I miss blog post like this. Not just outfit or make up post, i miss lenghty posts. Word vomit kind of post. Ad witj substance.

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    1. Thanks for appreciating my writing. Very few people nowadays appreciate lengthy posts but I do believe that sensible articles make blogs more substantial. Thank you for noticing my hard work. :)

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  9. hi pretty!!!
    can you help us with your vote?
    :)
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  10. You are so beautiful ^^
    I love you look girl :)

    New post - Kisses ♥
    http://www.mademoisellemode.com/

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  11. Lovely style, your blouse is very cute :)

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  12. Thank you for such informative post....its been a year also that I'm blogging and I tried to check the direction of my blog and I realize that I put up my blog just to save the moments, happy days of my life so that when I get gray i have something to look at:)

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    1. Thank you for reading. :) That is actually, I think, one of the main reasons blogs are created. This started out to be an online diary/journal more than a source of income.

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  13. Thank you Ms Jenn for posting article like this one. Now I'm inspired to make my blogging more personal and substanial, though I confess I'm not a good writer/photographer.. Following you now, I hope you can find time to visit mine too.
    God Bless you!

    ♥'s
    Cassie

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  14. Be yourself and offer beautiful pictures, I definitely agree on it. No pressure, its a blog, its a diary that you wanna share to others, its not about making money , but its about sharing your thoughts and making friends.. :) I'm a newbie, and I'm enjoying it.

    http://yourfashiontroubleshootingguide.blogspot.com/

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