I have now written about starting a blog and growing your blog, so today's post will be about maintaining the blog you have built.
I think a nicely designed blog can make a huge difference to the vibe your blog gives. I personally like clean, neat and minimal designs, as I find it harder to focus if they are too bright and cluttered. It's important to be happy with your design and let it reflect your personality, however consider being a reader and how easy it will be to navigate. I offer blog designs, so you can look at my page here if you would like to see the type of things designs can include.
Staying organised is very useful when it comes to blogging. I like to keep notebooks and diaries to jot down all of my ideas, posts I need to write and photos I need to take. I also plan blog posts on my laptop calendar, so I can see which ones need to be up soon and check they are ready! Blogger allows you to schedule posts, which I always do. I post every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and always schedule the posts before hand.
I mentioned advertising with others in my post yesterday and when you feel the time is right, I would suggest offering advertising on your own blog. Don't jump into this too soon, as if you don't have many followers or don't post very regularly, people may not choose to advertise with you. Let your blog grow and look at other blogs to get an idea of prices.
I think it is very important to take photos yourself and avoid using stock photos. I used a compact camera and no lighting for a while, however I have now invested in a Canon 600D and studio lights. Studio lights were definitely my best investment as they have truly improved my images. You don't need a DSLR camera, however I absolutely love mine and use it for Youtube as well. Try and work out if an SLR camera would be a worthwhile investment, as they can be a lot of money!
Some people may never want to start Youtube, which is perfectly fine. It's a different environment to blogging and something I find a bit scarier. If you do feel like trying something new though, a Youtube channel may be a great thing to try! You can link it with your blog, so they will almost promote eachother. It is nice having the option of either writing or filming, as some blog posts can be hugely long, so filming a video would be more appropriate.
I hope this post has been helpful for you. If you have any requests or questions on blogging advice, then please let me know!