When it comes to blogging I’ve learned a lot over the years. While I thoroughly enjoy the art of blogging, it’s no secret that it takes a lot to be taken seriously as a blogger. If you have the right tools and remain consistent, blogging can easily become your side hustle and possibly your full-time career. Sound like something you might be interested in? Check out 5 blogging must-haves you need to be taken seriously as a blogger.
1. Professional Headshots | These are a must! Professional headshots are great to have for several reasons. If you’re being featured on other sites and need a photo to accompany the content, use your headshot. If you’re planning to present at an event or if you need to create an event flyer/announcement, use your headshot. It’s also nice to have an updated headshot to in your About Me section. You can also use the shot for your social media pages. Doing this instantly makes you appear more professional.
2. Long & Short Bio | I’ve been asked several times for a bio and as of this year, I’m happy to say I have 2 on deck! It’s nice to have 2 to choose from because there may be times you’re asked for only 2-3 sentences about yourself. In this instance a short bio is perfect. If you’re asked for a full bio the longer one, of course, is the way to go. Keep in mind that the person asking for your bio may chop it up and only use what they want. It’s all good; you still gave them what they asked for. Lastly, be sure to keep your bio updated. Just like a resume, read over and add (or take out) certain information to keep it relevant.
3. Reliable Camera | If the bulk of your posts include pictures, a reliable camera is a necessity. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive camera and you don’t have to be a genius to figure out how to use it. Simply use your resources. Head to YouTube and search for “how to” videos to learn how to use the camera you own. You can also ask around to see if your peers can give you tips and pointers on how to use the camera. Knowing the basic functions is really all you need. Trust me, you’ll figure out the rest as you go along.
4. Clean & Simple Website | I’ve always been drawn to clean and simple websites. The easier is it for me to navigate the more I’ll come back. If you’re just getting started and have a limited budget, there are tons of free templates to choose from. I used a few free WordPress templates before I hired Her Name is Kim. If you’re not into the DIY themes and have the funds, hire a designer. Not sure who to hire? Do your research and ask around. Compare prices, check the designer’s client portfolio and figure out what it is you really want. Keep in mind that when hiring a professional, it may cost more than you expected. But trust me when I tell you, you get what you pay for.
5. Business Cards | Your business card is your mini resume. The information provided must be accurate and spelled correctly. Keep the design simple and clean, just like your website should be. Also, don’t be scared to use your professional headshot on the card. Including this is a great way to set you apart from your peers. A few other ways to make your business card stand out is to create vertical cards, upgrade to a thicker paper quality, or add a quote or a short mission statement. To keep your business cards clutter free, order double sided cards.
So tell me, what do you think about these basic blogging must haves? What do you have to add? Let me know!
As always thanks for reading! If you have any questions or tips, leave them below or feel free to contact me. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!
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