Blogging Tips!

Hi everyone! I wrote a post called The Blogging Guide almost a year ago! I have grown so much since then, and learned a ton more. After over a year of blogging regularly, I think I have gained some knowledge, and I would love to share it!

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Post Original Content
People don’t like to read the same posts over and over. While yours may be the only blog they read, chances are they read multiple blogs, and will get bored if all posts are the same. I do a lot of pretty basic posts, but I try to keep them original with the style! Think of posts not many people have written, or put your own twist on them.

Be Honest
Your readers can tell if you are lying about loving a product just for more views, or just because you are sponsoring something. Don’t post about a product unless you genuinely love it, or you are misleading the readers.

One Type Of Blogger?
Don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to one “theme” of blogging. I write beauty, fashion, and lifestyle posts. When I first started this blog, the name of it was fashion related, but I realized after a week that I didn’t only want to write about fashion. Now I mainly do lifestyle posts, so I am happy I didn’t commit to fashion. Experiment with posts you write to see what comes most natural.

Be Active On Other Blogs
Read other blog posts and leave nice comments, or give the post a like! Not only will more people see your blog, but you may even make a friend in the process! The blogging community is so big, but so welcoming. Don’t be afraid to reach out to others. One of the best things that came from it were all the friends I made.

Those are all the tips I have for now, but I hope they were helpful! Leave your own tips in the comments below :)

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20 Facts About Me + 1 Year Of Blogging

Wow. Today is the day I created my blog last year, and the day of my first post ever. 1 whole year. I can’t imagine my life without this blog anymore, because it brought me so many opportunities. This past year I took part in many amazing partnerships and also met amazing people. My first blog post ever was a 25 facts about me, so I thought I would continue the tradition and do 25 facts every year.

Before I start, I am currently accepting any writing pieces (poems, short stories, informational posts, etc), as well as art pieces. If you would like to be featured, please email me: kissesfromjess@gmail.com ! Thank you :)

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  1. I am 16 years old, but turning 17 in 2 months.
  2. My favorite food is mozzarella sticks.
  3. I want to have a job in business and advertising one day.
  4. I love to read. Most people don’t like to, but I love it.
  5. My favorite shows are the Carrie Diaries and New Girl.
  6. My go to makeup product is my Naked 3 palette.
  7. I love fruits and veggies.
  8. I run track at my high school.
  9. I am 5’4″
  10. I’ve been out of the country numerous times, but all to one place: Poland.
  11. I speak Polish fluently.
  12. I do my makeup at 10pm or later at least once a week out of boredom.
  13. I am attending Beautycon NYC for the 2nd year in October.
  14. My favorite artists at the moment are Ariana Grande, Hailee Steinfeld, and Rihanna.
  15. My biggest life goal is to ride an elephant.
  16. I want to travel the world, and go to as many places as possible.
  17. I love to write (that’s why I have a blog, duh).
  18. My favorite class this year is economics.
  19. I really want to do a color run.
  20. I absolutely hate math.
  21. If I could only use one makeup product for the rest of my life, it would be mascara.
  22. I am bad at keeping plants alive, but I have a bamboo plant in my room that I’ve had for 6 years (idk how that’s even possible)
  23. I have an obsession with notebooks, and I’m always buying new ones.
  24. I want to get another bunny because my old one died.
  25. I am a morning person, and hate going to bed really late.

I hope you learned a bit more about me from these facts! Thank you for the wonderful year of blogging. I’m looking forward to another one.

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My Blogging Routine

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I recently came across a post like this on Lazy Thoughts and thought I would take my own spin on it. Reading how other people blog is actually really interesting because I never thought about how many steps go into it.

Planning & Brainstorming
I begin by planning out what blog posts I am going to write for the week, sometimes even the month. I do this on the monthly layout of my planner (like this for an organization post). When I decide what my next post is going to be, I jot down some ideas I have for that post in a notebook. This includes how I am going to take my pictures, the outline for the post, and some things I need to include. For sponsored posts, I also make sure I incorporate the brand in some way.

Taking Pictures
For a few of my blog posts I just used stock images because I didn’t have time to take my pictures, but that was only for about 3 posts. I prefer taking my pictures, and I usually take them before I write the post. I take the pictures around 11-4 in the day so the sun is still out and the pictures look the best. For pictures, I use the canon rebel Sl1 with an 18-55mm lens. I then import them to my laptop.

Writing the Post 
After all my pictures are imported, I move onto writing the post. Most posts take me about an hour to write, but sometimes if they have more depth, I stop and continue writing the next day. Since I already have my outline, the writing part comes naturally.

Editing
The last step is editing the post as well as the pictures. To edit my pictures I use Picmonkey.com. It is a great website to add text, saturate, or add brightness! I also read through the post one last time to make sure there are no spelling or grammar mistakes. Honestly, sometimes I forget to do this, so there are often a couple of mistakes here or there. I’m working on it! After all of this, it is time to publish! Then, the rest is just having others read it!

Blogging is a lot more work than it looks like, and it takes a lot of time and dedication. Let me know if your routine is similar or different to mine if you are also a blogger!

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The Guide To Blogging

I have had a blog before this one, actually quite a few, but I was never able to commit myself fully, because I didn’t know what it took to become a blogger. In this post I will be sharing some tips of mine, as well as some essentials that every blogger needs to know.

Blogger Essentials

First things first, before you can become a blogger, you need to get a few supplies.

If you are fully dedicated to becoming a blogger, it is essential to invest in a nice quality camera. Of course, you can always use your smartphone, but if you want to become more serious, a nice digital camera is good to have. I have the canon EOS rebel SL1 with an 18-55mm lens. It is an amazing quality camera, but unfortunately it doesn’t have a flip out screen which is the only downfall. Before purchasing a camera, make sure you do a ton of research because it is a huge purchase!


My next essential as a blogger is a notebook and pens. I personally prefer to handwrite all my thoughts and ideas, and sometimes writing it out on paper is more beneficial. It gets your brain working and your ideas will come flowing out. Use this notebook to plan out blog posts, or jot down ideas for pictures you want to get.

I also recommend if you are a beauty/fashion blogger to have some subscriptions to magazines, or buy a few magazines at a store once a week/month. This will keep you up to date on all the newest trends so you know what to blog about next. I also think it is a good idea to cut out some of your favorite pictures from the magazines to inspire you if you are ever having writers block.

Finally, I suggest finding/making a playlist to listen to while you write your blog post. This can also get you inspired and I do this every time. My Spotify username is xojessciarcz. I change my playlist weekly, and if you want to listen to some of the music I have in it, you can listen here.

Starting A Blog

  1. Decide what website you are going to make your blog on. The top website builders I’ve seen used are Blogger and WordPress (which is what I use). This is important because of what theme you want to use for your blog, or how much you want to pay for a custom URL.
  2. Picking a name for your blog is important. I had a name originally (JXCfashion) but I changed it because it was too restricting. My blog is not simply about fashion, so I knew I needed to change it. Your name gives a first impression to your blog, and will either grab your readers or turn them away, so think hard about it.
  3. Think about your audience and what kind of contents you want to post for them. My blog, specifically, is about beauty, fashion, and lifestyle. Obviously you are allowed to post more than that, but stick to a general audience!

More Tips:

  • Don’t be discouraged if you do not get 1,000 views on your blog post overnight. It takes a long time to get a base of  readers to frequently check out your posts.
  • Stay active. Try to post at least once a week or people will forget about you. It is easy to do this if you create a posting schedule but try to stick to it (this is usually hardest for me because life gets in the way).
  • Be yourself. Your readers can tell if you are being yourself or if you are just trying to sound super sweet. Keep it real because people like reading a personality, not a monotonous sounding voice in their head.
  • PROOF READ! This is my biggest tip because it makes me cringe when I see someone who uses the wrong “there” in a sentence.  Don’t get me wrong, I have had errors, too, but don’t have more than 2-3 mistakes per blog, or people will stop reading it. Maybe have a friend edit it for you!
  • My last tip is to stay connected. Share your blog to your friends and family, post about it on your Instagram, Twitter, etc. The more people that read it the better!

I recommend…

  • Books:
    • Teen Vogue Hand Book
    • Lauren Conrad’s “Style” and “Beauty” book
    • Alexa Chung “It”
  • Magazines:
    • Teen Vogue
    • Seventeen
    • Cosmopolitan
  • Apps:
    • blog lovin’
    • pinterest
    • we heart it
    • WordPress app (to check your analytics)

I hope this was helpful and maybe a few people will start a blog now! Thank you for reading, and let me know if you have any questions.

Xo, Jessica