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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

What I look for in a blog: No need for fancy equpiment! | Blogmas Day Seventeen

The extent to which blogging has moved forward in just a few short years is crazy! It's definitely good crazy but if I were to stumble across the blogosphere now I think I might be too intimidated by all the fancy designs and super high quality photographs to start my own. But I don't want anyone to feel intimidated. This is one of the few areas in life where there's absolutely room for everyone and I'm not convinced that you need any fancy equipment, incredible editing skills or vast html knowledge to blog well.

There are just three things that I look for when I'm looking for new gems to add to my subscription feed:

A layout with black text on a white background in an easy to read font. A perfectly designed layout isn't essential - just ensure your words are readable.

Pictures are important BUT they don't have to be taken with a fancy camera and professional lighting. Very often your phone will take really decent pictures providing there's enough light. Photographs add so much to a blog, they're eye catching and give the reader a little clue towards what to expect.

This one is most important. And it's YOU. Your words, your thoughts and your ideas are the most important thing. If you have something to say or want to share, please do. It doesn't matter if you don't think you're the best at spelling, grammar or constructing sentences. It's okay. If you're particularly worried you can always write in word first, run the spell check and then copy and paste. If you want to write, you must write! It's wonderful to share things and you might just end up inspiring someone, or connecting with someone who totally gets you that you may never otherwise have crossed paths with.

- xo

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  1. this is such a lovely post, and you always write so eloquently. I think point 3 is particularly important, I guess what I worry about the most with my blog is whether anyone will enjoy reading what I write but I just need to remember that "it's wonderful to share things" I might just have to write it on a post it note or something and have it close by - thank you for the reminder xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

    1. Definitely don't worry about that lovely lady <3

  2. This is so lovely and so true! These are the same things I look for in a blog as well :) It's most important that you express yourself before worrying about layout and all that stuff :)

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  3. I couldn't agree more with these, I think when it comes to your blog, keep it simple and a bit like that phrase 'dance like no one is watching' write like you're the only one reading, if you are happy with what you are putting out there, other people we see how genuine it is!

    Very impressed that you are keeping up with Blogmas, I have complete bloggers block at the moment!
    Stephie from Tea in your Twenties xx


  4. This is a lovely post, sometimes I worry that my blog will be overlooked because it's not got a custom-designed layout and professionally-shot photos - it's good to know some people don't have super high expectations :) xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua Italy

  5. Yes, I totally agree with this! I sometimes miss the old days of blogging, before everything was so fancy! xx

  6. Such a lovely post and I totally agree - a good blog doesn't have to be anything fancy, just good context that's easy (and fun!) to read and maybe some pretty pictures x

    elín | www.elinlikes.com

  7. Agreed, I actually find the minimalist designs the nicest!

    Brunette in Louboutins

  8. What a lovely post. I was proud of myself just for doing a couple of really basic bits to the layout this week... I do sometimes wonder if all successful bloggers are web designers and pro photographers! I love the creative process of writing a nice post though so it's all worth it, I love blogging and reading other's!

  9. It is great to see the likes of yourself encouraging the smaller blogs and those looking to begin blogging!

    Becoming Becca

    1. Blogging is such a wonderful thing, I think everyone that wants to should go for it! <3

  10. Aw, what a lovely post. I have to say I agree, I prefer to hear a little of the voice of the person behind the blog in what they post. I know that my own has always been pretty basic, and I'm fine with that. It's just a place for my words, which are always just an extension of me.

  11. Oh #3 is so true! When I finished a blog post and posted it
    and re-read it I sometimes can slap myself for the many
    wrong spelling or weird lines! Anyway thanks for the tips
    and cheer c: Xx

  12. You should only start blogging if you want to do it for yourself! Of course it's nice to have some Internet support along the way, but it's important to start blogging with the right intentions, to be passionate about it as you should with anything you do :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  13. I love reading posts like these, because they help you form a checklist of what you're doing right, and it gives you a boost of confidence to know that being yourself is the best thing to do. I loved this!

    Love, Summer.

  14. I completely agree with this post and think it's exactly the right message to be sending! The thought of blogging can be intimidating if you don't have a fancy camera, but with good lighting you can make most cameras work for you.


    1. I think there can be so much pressure to have the latest fancy camera and pro lighting, when really it's the words that are the most important <3

  15. No.3 is the most important for me, as I do hate going on a blog and its just the same as everyone else and a content that could just of appeared from the products website!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  16. Totally agree :)

  17. Love these Jennie - these are pretty much my criteria for a good blog too! I love to read blogs with a writing style that sounds like a real voice, and good photography is always a plus :) x

  18. this is so true, so many misunderstand the real purpose of blogging, which is expressing what you really like. I'm amazed on how you keep up with everything AAAAND manage to blog everyday! Have you done a post about your tips and experience? would love to read about it! xx


  19. Thank you for this post. It actually really helped me.


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