Getting a fashion blog up and running has never been simpler. If you have an idea for a blog, make it yours; there is no right or wrong way to start one! However, if you do need help starting your journey toward being a fashion blogger, there are some essentials around software that will make the process easier and more enjoyable.
Here we take a look at what you’ll need to get started:
a) Image Editing Software / Platform
Of course, we all love taking photos of our latest outfit (and it’s essential part of being a fashion blogger), but often these images come out looking less than perfect – this is where image editing software comes in handy. There are lots of free options available like Gimp (similar to Photoshop), Paint dot net (Windows operating systems only or PIXLR, which works online.
And if you find yourself loving the world of blogging, there are some pretty cool paid options out there like Aperture, Photoshop, etc. These are more pricey, but the benefits are that they are specifically designed for bloggers and will make your life a lot easier!
Also, if you are part of the Apple clan you’ll need to know how to convert heic to jpg.
b) Web Browser
Most web browsers come pre-installed with your computer or downloaded automatically when you install other programs. However, if you do need to download one – Google Chrome is good, and Mozilla Firefox offers extra add ons that really help in your designing and blogging efforts. You can check out our post about Firefox here.
c) Social Media Sharing Platforms
Social media sharing platforms allow a fashion blogger to share your posts with their friends and family, which in turn helps increase your readership. Sharing a blog post that you love will help more people get turned on to your style and fashion sense, which in turn encourages more readers!
d) Pinterest Account
Pinterest is a free image-sharing social media platform that allows users to share images of anything from food recipes to home decoration and so much more. If you pin your blog posts with the ‘Pin It’ button, it makes it easy for fellow bloggers interested in your topic or industry to repin their images onto their own page. This is extremely effective if you have an interesting photo/image/design because not only does it boost traffic back to your blog, but it also links back and gives credit where credit is due: namely you! Use hashtags when pinning images to make sure other users searching for these hashtags can find your images easily.
e) Flickr Account
Similar to Pinterest, Flickr is another image-sharing platform that allows you to upload your images onto their own page, making them readily accessible to anyone with an account. This is also a great way of establishing yourself as an expert in the world of fashion blogging – people are always looking for new sources of inspiration or interesting images to share!
f) YouTube Account
YouTube is one of the most popular video-sharing sites worldwide and often operates as a secondary blog site to supplement written posts. If you’re not confident in writing long-form posts or would simply like to try a different medium, then creating a few short videos about your latest outfit could be a great way of introducing yourself and your style to the world. Just make sure that your videos are well-made, interesting, and informative – no one wants to watch a ten-minute video of someone talking about their day!
g) Twitter Account (and other social media platforms)
Twitter is one of the easiest social media platforms to join and start using with its catchy 140 character limit. This makes it easy to share images, blog posts, or even just connect with friends/family/fashion bloggers worldwide. It’s great for making new contacts, sharing your own content (with image!), and seeing what everyone else is up to!
Other social media platforms like Tumblr, Instagram, and LinkedIn are also worth exploring if you’re having fun on Twitter – remember that these sites are here forever, so think wisely before creating an account; otherwise you might regret it later on down the line.
h) Google Analytics
Google Analytics is a great way to see how many people are coming to your blog and exploring your content. It’s also good for seeing where they’re coming from, what days of the week (and time of day!) they prefer, and even how much time they usually spend on each page!
j) Monetize Your Blog
Monetizing your blog is a brilliant way of earning a little bit of side money for your hard work. There are a number of different options out there, so it’s best to do a bit of research before committing fully to one particular method.
So there you have it – a few handy tips to help you on your way to becoming a successful fashion blogger! Just remember to always stay true to yourself, keep creating interesting and informative content, and have fun with it all!