I am an 18 year old senior in high school and ready to embark on a new chapter of my life next fall! I have been interested in starting a lifestyle/fashion blog for some time now but haven’t had much time to buckle down and get creative yet. Could you give me some advice on starting my own blog? I would love to start next fall when I begin college but do you have any advice on balancing college life and blogging? Also, how can I make my blog stick out? My greatest fear is writing a blog that is “just like everyone else’s.” Help would be great!
Great question! I actually have a post on this very topic – Blogging 101: Getting Started. Take a look and let me know if it helps.
In terms of balancing college life and blogging, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Create the blog for you and see where it takes you. If you don’t have enough time for it, that’s okay. It may ebb and flow until you find your rhythm but it’s all part of the process. Plus, transitioning to college life takes a lot of time and energy, so use your blog as an outlet and don’t put so much pressure on yourself to “get it done” on top of your school work. You can always shift your blog’s direction as you start to get a handle on college life too.
And in terms of making it unique, that’s also something that comes with trial and error. If you make sure your unique voice and perspective come through, that’s a great way to ensure your blog is different from everyone else’s. You as a person are different from everyone else, so your blog will be too as long as you stay true to who you are and what your strengths are.
For example, in my real life, I’ve always been the one my family and friends turn to for advice, so it made sense for me to take that direction with my blog. Find something that rings true to who you really are and let that guide your blog.
I hope this helps!