Tuesday

Blogging Tips: A Guide On Making Your Blog Successful - Celebrating 6 Years of What Lexie Loves

Hey hey hey! Yesterday was a very special day for What Lexie Loves, because it was my blog's 6th birthday. This is absolutely craaaazy for me, and I cannot believe how long it's been since I started What Lexie Loves. So to celebrate the blogiversary, I wanted to make a little list of blogging tips that I have learnt. Now, I'm not some blogging expert, but I like to think that I have learnt a thing or two over the last 6 years.



1. Having friends within the blogging community is so valuable.

You have to be so careful when making friends online, particularly if you're a child. However, if you go about it carefully, do not underestimate how valuable having blogger friends is. Firstly, it genuinely makes it more enjoyable. I have made some amazing friends, and although most have now quit blogging, they are people I truly treasure. Huge shoutout to Noor who was a close friend of mine for the longest time, and who I really do miss on this platform. Also, having your own personal cheerleader to read all your posts, share them and give you advice is really beneficial. Finally, guest posting on someone else's blog is a great way to gain genuine new readers.

2. Writing 'tongue-in-cheek' is a good thing, not a bad thing.

A lot of bloggers write really formally, as if it's an essay for school. Now if this is your writing style, go for it, but don't be afraid to make your blog more chatty and informal. Some of my favourite blogs are the ones where the writing feels more natural, so in my opinion, writing tongue-in-cheek is a positive thing.

3. Grammar is important.

That being said, I think grammar is important - particularly if you want to monetize your blog one day. We all make the odd spelling error on our blogs, and there's nothing wrong with that. However, in my experience, any blog that has consistent spelling errors, and is missing punctuation, is a blog I don't want to read. Of course everyone's different and it's your blog, so write it how you want, but my advice is please do check your posts and remember the importance of good grammar.


4. Hustle. Hustle. Hustle.

A lot of bloggers will talk about companies emailing them and sending them free stuff out of the blue. Now as your blog grows, this will happen, but don't be afraid to hustle yourself. My best opportunities have come out of emailing companies myself, instead of waiting for them to approach me. I'm not going to list every blogging opportunity I have had, but I will be blunt with you all and say that I have had two all-expenses paid stays at luxury hotels, and I emailed them. There is nothing wrong with recognizing your worth as a blogger, and writing a pitch to a business - 9 times out of 10 you'll get shot down, but it's all worth it in the end.

5. Social media takes time but can be your best friend if used well.

Having social media accounts for your blog can be so beneficial to growing your following. I have an Instagram which I love to work on, and most other bloggers I know also run Instagram accounts. These do help grow a following, but they take a lot of time for it to be worthwhile. From my experience I actually believe Twitter is the most beneficial social media. I rarely use Twitter these days, but when I do, I often find that lots of people will click through to my blog. Take part in Twitter chats that accounts such as @BloggerLS run weekly - these are fab ways to find new bloggers. Twitter is also great for finding brands to work with. Go on Twitter and scroll through the hashtags #prrequest #bloggerrequest and #bloggersrequired - you'll find loads of businesses who are looking for bloggers who can promote their products.



Those are my 5 top tips for bloggers. Once again, I'm not trying to say I am the queen of blogging or anything, I just wanted to share a few things that I've learnt. If you are a new blogger and want any more advice, feel free to drop me an email at whatlexieloves@gmail.com, or leave a comment below! Cannot believe I've been committed to What Lexie Loves for 6 years - thank you to all of you for supporting WLL, this blog truly has changed my life and I couldn't be more grateful.


RECENT POSTS:

Celebrating Girlbosses - An Interview With Nabila: https://whatlexieloves.blogspot.com/2019/09/girlboss-appreciation-lets-talk-passion.html

Remembrance - A Photo Diary from Belgium: https://whatlexieloves.blogspot.com/2019/07/remembrance-belgium-battlefields-photo.html

Dear 10 Year Old Me...: https://whatlexieloves.blogspot.com/2019/05/dear-10-year-old-me.html

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Saturday

Girlboss Appreciation - Let's Talk PASSION ft. Nabila Eve

Hey! I have taken the longest hiatus from my blog without realising, and it makes me feel so upset and even a bit guilty. I've still been super active on my Instagram though, so if you want more insight into my life and how my summer has been, go check me out there: instagram.com/whatlexieloves. Anyway, lately I've been really thinking about the word PASSION. What am I passionate about? What are my life goals? What do I want to be known for? Having passions is what keeps me motivated, and I think it's so important to care about something. So, I have started a new chatty interview series where I talk to some other girlbosses about them and their passions + goals. Hopefully, this will empower teen girls all around the world and get you thinking - what's your passion? This first instalment is with a great blogger friend of mine - Nabila from Nabila Eve.

Hey Nabila! Could you introduce yourself and your platform briefly?
 

Hi! My name is Nabila and you can find me by searching nabilaeve on Instagram, Youtube and my blog! I am a teen girl who just recently started high school and I post mostly lifestyle content about productivity, fashion and travel.:)

What are your passions? What are your driving forces and motivations?

I love photography, writing and producing new content! My motivation is absolutely my lovely followers. Whenever I get an email or DM saying that I inspired them to start a to-do list or their own blog, my heart feels so so happy.

Do you have any big goals? What are you doing to try and achieve them?

Regarding everything online, one of my biggest goals is to grow on YouTube and actually establish a community. With school starting, it's been a little bit hard to find time to work on YouTube but by writing everything down and planning out my day, I'm slowly but surely growing!

What worries you?

On a day to day basis I worry about normal things like people not liking me. Because I just recently started high school and I consistently post on my YouTube channel, I'm kind of scared that someone from school is going to find my channel and make fun of me for it. My biggest fear though is definitely everyone in my life forgetting about me, but me still being there. I know that could never happen but I rely so heavily on my friends and family that there is no way I could come back from something like that.

 
 
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Since I'm 14 now, in ten years I'll be 24! At that time I would have probably just recently graduated college/be in some sort of grad school. I definitely want to have either a job or internship (if that's a thing you do at 24?!) in some sort of marketing/digital field.

What's the most interesting fact, statistic or story you have ever heard?

Probably that the average 4 year old asks over 400 questions a day. As we grow up we stop asking as many questions. This is a combination of us starting to be the elders in the room and also just knowing more about life. I think we should learn from the 4 year olds though and not be afraid to ask questions because that's how we continually grow and learn. Especially in school, it's very important to ask questions when you don't understand something as it helps you not get behind and shows the teacher that you're actually paying attention.


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So those are all the questions I had for the fabulous Nabila! She is a great content creator and motivator - go check her out on Instagram, Youtube and her blog. I thought what she said about asking questions was so interesting. Particularly as teenagers, I find that it's not as socially acceptable for us to ask questions and wonder about why certain things work certain ways... we are made to just accept everything with no second thought, when sometimes things and ways of life need to be challenged and questioned.

If you are a teen girlboss with a passion and would like to be interviewed or do a collab with me for this series, DM me on Insta or drop me an email: whatlexieloves@gmail.com.


Lexie x

 


Monday

Remembrance / Belgium Battlefields Photo Diary

On a recent school trip to the battlefields in Belgium, I got a lot of time to truly think about the soldiers of the First World War, and I got to really reflect on what they did. It's been so hard to actually comprehend and put into words but I tried.... Here's what I'd say to the soldiers if I could speak to them, plus here are some pictures from the trip...

 
 



Dear Soldiers Of The Great War,


I have tried so many times to imagine what life would have been like fighting in World War I* and I just can't picture it. I have heard so many stories about it, visited trenches and your graves and felt such strong sadness over the war. However, I still really struggle to actually imagine it.

Your dedication and bravery is something I will always admire. I absolutely could NOT have coped with warfare, even for a couple of days, and the fact that this was reality for FOUR years is crazy. I also feel a deep sadness for all the German soldiers. You may have been 'the' enemies but you're certainly not my enemies. Many of us forget to honour your legacy too, but I will never forget or stop admiring you - at the end of the day you were mainly innocent men who had been made to fight, just the same as the British.


I am in awe of what you all went through and I want you all to know that we remember you. So many of you have not had your bodies identified, and therefore have a nameless gravestone. And many of you never even had your bodies discovered, and are still lying underground unfound. Whilst we may not know your names individually, we appreciate you and value you tremendously.

Thank you for everything.

Lexie


*and WW2 and all other wars, but because we visited World War 1 battlefields, this letter is mainly based off that.

Tuesday

Dear 10 Year Old Me...

Hi! A couple of weeks ago was my lovely little brother's 10th birthday, so to celebrate, I thought I'd write 10 year old me a letter. Ages ago I did this and wrote future me a letter which I will read again when I'm 16 (you can check that out here), but I've never written a letter to my past self.

Hi Lex (10 year old version)

Hey! How are you:) I'm good, by the way. I'm currently in Year 10 at (school name, which I'm not going to publish on the Internet) and I really like it. I know you're in a hurry to leave (primary school name, also not sharing) but honestly embrace it!! Relax about things like homework and friendships, and enjoy the freedom, playing netball and how laidback you can be. It gets much more full-on from here!

My gorgeous lil bro who inspired this post!

You're about to go into Year 6 in a couple months, which is one of the best years you've had!! The school trip to France is so nice, and your friends are all really funny! This upcoming year is the one where you achieve so so much - particularly in terms of your blog! I don't want to spoil all the surprises (but it involves you getting Mummy, Ines and you/me an incredible hotel stay!)

You also take part in a short film this year!! It's only small and it's not a huge deal, but you get to miss a day of school and it's preetttyy cool - ask questions and really enjoy it.

Not to worry you, but in the next couple of years, you'll start feeling a bit more stressed and anxious. You're still a super happy girl most of the time, but my advice is that time makes everything better. If you're feeling stressed or going through something hard, wait it out, because trust me it will get better.

When you join secondary school, you do have a really rocky start with friendships, don't cry, just be nice to everyone and you'll find your true friends very soon. Just be prepared, your Year 7 friendship group will not be forever friends (well some will, but not all!), so don't get too excited about planning buying houses and stuff together!

WORK HARD. Definitely don't worry about the 11+ coming up (spoiler alert, you do really well!), but once you get to Year 8 and 9 in a few years, you start slacking. Please don't!! Try and motivate yourself, because, as future me talking I can assure you that you'll regret it.

You do lose your Grandad Chris in the upcoming year so spend as much time with him as possible.

Don't tell people about your blog in high school - I know you're super proud of it, and you should be (it's still going great by the way!), but you'll regret the whole world knowing haha. Maybe start telling people when you're 13/14.

Lexie, 14 (nearly 15) year old version.

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