Sometimes I’ll sit and stare at a blank screen and wonder if I will ever think of something to write about. It seems silly really as you can write about anything on your blog – it’s about your words, your thoughts, your opinions.
But creating content and creating quality content are two different things. If a blogger continuously strives for quantity over quality with ill-written posts filled with boring photography, I’ll just stop reading. Blogs are continuously shifting in the direction of online magazines (both a good and a bad thing but that is a conversation for another day) and it is important to generate quality content for your site. But it is also important to create content that you love and are passionate about.
Being a student, either in college or university, gives you a lot of flexibility and can inspire changes in your life that will help you to pursue your blog. Many bloggers study full-time (myself included) alongside working part-time jobs, doing internships and running their blogs. University is a fun and creative environment where you can play around with your independence, figure out who you are, explore different avenues and hobbies in a new city and discover a different way to live your life.
The university environment is the perfect place to begin nurturing an online platform thanks to how useful it can be for your future career and making your new city, if you’ve moved for your studies, feel like home.
Visiting a new city, spending time on a beach escape or exploring part of your own country can be fantastic when it comes to creating content for your blog. Travel blogs are extremely popular and perform really well in SEO and on Pinterest thanks to their relatability, functionality and interesting topics. Everyone has a different experience whilst travelling so anything you share will be unique in its own way; no one will have the same experience you had.
I always turn to travel blogs and my favourite travel bloggers when I’m planning for a trip as I love finding out about a location from someone who has experienced it in a similar way to I will. I like knowing where to eat for the best local dishes, where is cheap for drinks and happy hour, what sights are a must and what aren’t, the streets that I need to walk down, how the public transport works, how much they loved location etc etc. They often have every answer to every question I’ve got floating around my head when I’m planning a trip – and that is what makes travel content a great addition to your blog.
I accidentally didn’t blog between the first few days of December and the end of January. I missed all the killer Christmas content of gift guides, things to do in the festive period, festive travel, festive food, festive fashion – I missed it all. Because sometimes life does just get in the way and you have to take a seat back from your online bubble.
I didn’t even miss blogging when I wasn’t doing it to begin with. I had more time for university, my friends, watching The Ranch on Netflix without feeling like something was niggling at me. I didn’t log into WordPress to see how my stats were doing, I barely glanced at my own Instagram feed and I only tweeted about how The Ranch is surprisingly emotive for a shit sitcom.
What am I doing with Instagram? It is now a huge part of blogging thanks to its ability to share visual content for viewers/followers to view quickly before scrolling on. The way we consume content is continuously changing and the fast-paced approach of Instagram suits a lot of people.
I had a personal Instagram for around a year before I began writing on a blog and now it is has rolled itself into a hybrid account, sharing both blog and social media content as well as my life.