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There will always be something you should have done differently when you first started | For me, the list is quite long. I should have shown my face sooner, gone with my real name and set up twitter a lot earlier. The more bloggers I meet, the more I realise I started when it was a relatively new craft. And if I'd been less worried about trying to keep my identity anonymous, and got on board with social media, who knows how that would have reflected on my blog today.
If you work full time, the chances of natural lighting may never be in your favour | Happy days during the summer - you'll most likely be able to get home and take photos in natural light. But let's face it, British weather is never that reliable. More likely is that you'll struggle to find enough light to take decent photos even at weekends. Investing in artificial lighting is an option that will ease the pain, and editing helps, but there's nothing better than that brief window of good luck where photo-taking is hassle-free.
Think carefully about social media handles and names | I'm at the point now where I'm looking to change my blog name to something that reflects me a little more. I've already done it once, when my blog was in its very early stages and I hadn't invested in a url or YouTube channel. Now, the implications seem wide-ranging.....dead links, confused readers, conflicting YouTube urls are all very real possibilities. Think long and hard before you settle on a 'brand name', as such.
Sometimes you won't have anything to write about | It took a long time for me to reach this stage, years in fact, but talking to other bloggers means I've learnt that it inevitably happens. Take a break from the internet if needs be, get some perspective.....and if you decide you want to continue, just take it slow. You may get out of your blogger slump overnight, but there's nothing worse than forcing content. You'll know it's not genuine, and chances are so will your readers.
Stay realistic | I suppose it's fairly easy for some to see the successes of mega-famous bloggers and YouTubers and think it's a guarantee. 95% of bloggers aren't going to get book deals, earn shizzloads of money through advertising, launch make up ranges or get mobbed on the street. I'm not one to judge people's motives for blogging, but if you're doing it thinking that this is the norm then you may need to reassess.