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HOW I STARTED MY BLOG AND GOT MY FIRST VIEWS





The question I am recently receiving from many of you is what made me start this blog. What was the thing that made me so obsessed with blogging and the most important thing:

 "How I got views and got recognized by other bloggers?"

In one of my recent post I talked about how blogging changed my life so I won't be talking about that part because if you want any other details you can check that. I saw that this post got a lot of attention and even got trending on pinterest! Also I got so many nice comments that I keep doing this, so I want to update you: on SATURDAYS I will be posting social media tips/experiences/tricks/hacks etc... 

Here's exactly what I did and what helped me:



The beginning - From this point I can say that I struggled a lot. I was always watching and following instagrammers and other bloggers do their job like it's the easiest thing to do ever. I was thinking all the time "okay, so I will set up my blog and write a 100 words post and get 10k views" LITERALLY. Since I got a lot of followers on my instagram I started to use it to promote my very first blog. The amount of views I got for my first posts was hilarious. I got only 10 people click on my post and my friends which was another ten. 20 views for an entire week was silly.  The first blog I made was on Wix.com

Many bloggers have their blogs on that platform and I started using it because it is the easiest platform to set up my blog and because I was way too lazy to learn about setting up blog. (not saying anything bad for people who have their blogs there, just sharing my story)
However as I googled all day long and as I followed other bloggers I came to realization that I am doing something wrong and that there is something missing. WORDS AND PHOTOS.

I would usually put one photo, 100 words and make a post about that. Of course nice looking blog can get you views, but the key is CONTENT. This may sound really cliche but it is true. Longer posts are usually the ones that get more attention especially if you add photos. 

As I realized that I also wanted to improve the way how my blog looks like, from wix.com I switched to blogger.com and started new journey. And yes, I made a lot of mistakes and I am still making them. The point is that those mistakes are here to learn you how to be better, not to push you down. Also, as you learn you become better. This is true because it happened to me.


Hard work - I have my blog, my short posts with only one photo and a few hundred views. TIME FOR CHANGE. 

While I was reading other people's posts I started to focus on other details. Do they have links in their posts, or do they have this or that. I kinda learned from other bloggers and I improved my blogging journey. Longer posts and more photos helped a lot and if anyone asks me what is my tip for new bloggers I will always repeat this. Some viewers may come back to read it again if they really liked the post, some will share it and that is the next thing I am talking about.

Sharing / advertising - The major key for getting you views is to share and advertise yourself. It's logical right, but here's how I did it. 

Every time I write a post I will go and comment on other bloggers's posts and I will put the link of my blog at the end of my comment. Someone will see, click on the link, and the best part, the part that I love the most: Other bloggers will reply. As I got more into commenting, my favorite bloggers that I followed since I started this followed me, watched my blog, left some really nice comments. This made me so happy and made me work even more. 
Turning the game to next level: 

FACEBOOK ADVERTISING - if I really love this and If i really want to get views I need to invest in my blog. Spending some cash won't affect me, it will help me. 

For ONLY 3 DOLLARS I got over 70,000 impressions and a lots of clicks to my website. The advertising type I choose was instagram stories because they are the most effective ones. I gained 200 instagram followers and I got over 500 clicks to my blog (as they were clicking on posts and other pages I got over 3.500 views ). Nothing bad about spending money for that. Also, keep in mind that I only spent 3 dollars, if I spent 10 the results would be much bigger but this was my first time.

Pinterest - I need an entire post about this one. I never knew that pinning cute photos and making boards will get me views. As I post a blog post, I will go straight to pinterest and pin the post directly from my website. The better option is to go to any editor and make text on your photo what is your post all about. My post  my top 3 advice on how to take spring photos went viral on pinterest and I got about 1000 views ( 971 to be exact ) I will make a post about this one and my experiences there.

This is the second part of my blogging series. I am preparing you posts for pinterest and part 3 about my blogging journey. I was really happy about all the positivity and kind words that I got about my blogging series. Stay tuned for the part two and just like I said, more words and more photos and "The CONTENT is the key"  








MY TOP 3 ADVICE FOR TAKING SPRING PHOTOS

 When it comes to taking photos for spring, we are all about to show spring vibes, colors and so on. However it's not about the photo, it's about the editing. Of course I am not saying that you can take a photo of anything to make spring vibes out of it, I am saying that a bit of editing can make your photos beautiful. I will show you my tips and tricks on how I edited these and how my photographer took them.

Besides the fact that I am a fashion blogger, I am still showing lifestyle tips and hacks. However I feel like "fashion blogger side of me" took a lead over those two. Standing in front of a different white wall in every of my photos made my outfit look more detailed, but also made the entire photo boring. Right now I am trying to fit my outfits in the photo, not photo in the outfit if I can say.

1. For the first photo we took an outfit post but not in front of the plain white wall. This photo was taken in front of a rock wall that made denim pop out and my friend's shirt more contrasted. My red sweater looks darker than it will usually in front of a white wall.
The key is: Try to focus on sun, shadows and highlights. You can adjust them in every "popular" editing app. 




2. Second photo is much different. Close up of me behind the cherry tree. The focus is on the tree and "the sun" and me are in the background. I said "the sun" because this is a filter from PicsArt app. It is called Lens Flare where you can add several laser types, but the orange one looked like sun so I experimented a bit. Looks pretty real right. Also I am wearing green sweater to fit with the background.











3 My third tip is to experiment. When the weather is beautiful like it was today ( at least it was sunny until 12 pm ) 
feel free to go outside and take photos. If you follow these steps and google about it you will be surprised with the results. 
I made a post on HOW I EDIT MY INSTAGRAM PHOTOS so check that out if you are interested.






HOW I EDIT MY INSTAGRAM PHOTOS





Instagram is a social page where basically everything is happening. People share their daily parts of life, capture moments, share everything that they are doing. However if you want these moments to look amazing, you'll have to edit your photos a bit. I don't want to say that unedited photos look bad, but adding some filters to it a changing some normal things like exposure and sharpness can make your photo look much better. 


I started my instagram in May 2015. I remember using instagram filters and on every photo I would put a different one. My feed back then was a mess. I started watching some youtube videos on how people edit their photos and started realizing that there are multiple apps for that ( of course, I knew that there are apps for example: no crop or instasize, but I mean vsco, facetune and so on.) and i started editing my photos too. Instasize is a great app that helped me a lot back then. I still use it nowadays. If you are interested in checking it out, here's the link: www.instasize.com

 In 2016 I was pretty good in vsco editing, but finally it is 2018 and I am good in almost every app. There were multiple times when I wanted a person to edit my photos but it is not worth it. Practice makes perfect.

Now, I'll answer some of the most asked questions I hear daily on my instagram or blog.



WHAT DEVICE DO YOU USE TO TAKE YOUR PHOTOS?

I use my phone almost all the time. iPhone has a really nice camera and size of it's photos sometimes can be really similar to size of camera. 
Sometimes when I feel like using camera, I use Cannon 700D. I don't have any favorite lens. It depends.

HOW DO YOU EDIT YOUR PHOTOS?

I use several different apps. Vsco, Facetune and sometimes PicsArt. For a while I edited my photos only with vsco and facetune but PicsArt have some really nice features. I'll show you.

HOW DID YOU EDIT THIS PICTURE?



I got asked about this one a lot. The key is good brightness. I take my photos in the morning or in the noon. I don't like to take my photos in the evening because it will be visible that I edited this photo a lot to make it bright.

Here's how:

FACETUNE: I love this app. You can download facetune 1 (paid) and facetune 2 (free). I had some bad experience with saving photos on facetune 1 so i use 2 instead. Whitening is the best part here. I whiten every single part of the photo except myself. I put my whiten level up to 80 because I don't want my photos to be that bright.

VSCO: Vsco is a filter app I would say. It has more features but I use it strictly for filters. My personal faves are HB1 HB2 A6 and C1.
A6 and C1 are some kind of orange-toned filters. Since I like my photos to be white, it appears a lot for them to be blue. That's why I use these two filters, just to reduce blue tones.
I NEVER put my filter level up to 12. On this photo I used C1 and set it on 3. 
On vsco I set my brightness up to 0,2 
                            sharpness up to 1,0
                            and saturation up to 0,2

PICSART: I use this app for my blog and Instagram Stories. I will publish Instgram stories post on my blog really soon. This app can help you add borders to your pictures or make collages. If you don't like vsco, PicsArt is for you. It has really nice filters and you can even draw on your photos.


CAN YOU RECOMMEND SOME TIPS FOR TAKING PHOTOS?


For the pictures to come out well, try to always make them in a good light. The best light is in the morning and in the evening, before sunset. I know it’s not always possible to do that. So let’s say that, in the afternoon you are in a nice place where you want to take a picture, try to find a little shadow and take the picture there or sit with the face directly in the sun, not with your back to the sun, because the face will be very dark and it will be hard to edit the picture.


I hope I helped you a bit and answered some of your questions. I wish you creativity with editing your photos!

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Hi! After a long time I am writing this post. As you were able to see in my previous post, I traveled to a city really close to mine for some private reasons ( actually a package from Las Vegas ended up there so we had to sign it up and get it ) However we planned to finally go to a hotel and stay for a weekend. 
As I was enjoying beautiful weather and my hotel room views, I was absent from my social media. Sadly we didn't took that much photos, but I still have enough for a post.

I really started being obsessed with going to a city that is in a vicinity to mine because even though I don't have time to travel to another country, this is a great solution.

MARCH FAVORITE QUOTES
This is my second post in March and I think that is perfect time for me to share some of my favorite quotes for this month.
All of these quotes are from Pinterest, and I have my own board "Quotes". So, if you are interested, follow me there CLICK

"Your only limit is you"
"Music is life. That's why our hearts have beats"
"It's not about being the best. It's about being better than yesterday"