How To Blog On A Budget

I started this series hopefully to help others who want to get into blogging or are already blogging, find ways to create magic without money being an issue.

Blogging for me has been extremely beneficial for my mental health. I have found a community of people who I can relate to, something I didn’t really have before. I started my blogging journey two years and several months ago, quickly approaching my blogs third birthday (mad). I started blogging because I needed to get my thoughts out, it was purely a space for me to be me, to share my thoughts on race, social issues and to share my journey through life.

Originally I wanted to do an event on this topic and it still may happen. I felt like it kind of goes against the message I am trying to convey with this blogging on a budget series. If I was to wait for the right time and the money to appear to create this event the way I want it. This is something I feel passionate about so I want to share this information with you all now. So instead of waiting I am going to share a few things with you on how you can blog on a budget.

I never thought I would be doing a “how to” style post, I didn’t think I had anything to offer, and always avoided making advice style content. But I have some information to share, so here goes...

Over the next few weeks I will be covering a few main topics: the basics, photography, products and events.

I did a poll in twitter to see if I was the only one who found the lack of money was the main struggle when it comes to blogging. I was excited to see that 80% of the people who got involved in my poll agreed. This is where the idea for the event came from orginally.

The Basics

The main theme throught this series is "using what you have". In this post I will go through the basics, including helpful apps and useful posts to get you started without burning a whole in your pockets.

There is a lot of information out there for those interested in blogging and content creating in general, so I will link in some great posts and get straight into my thoughts on starting a blog.

I do not get many questions on blogging, but when someone does ask me how to get into blogging I tell them to just start. Honestly you have to just get stuck in; explore the options, set up a page and get creative.

How To Choose The Best Blogging Platform in 2018

I am using Blogger which is super easy for those that are not tech savy like myself and they have an easy to use app as well. The app is free but very limited, so I paid for the updated version. I cannot remember the exact price for the app it was around £3-£4, it is not completely necessary but as I do not have a laptop my phone and tablet are my main devices for content creating. I would  say that making small purchases on apps are great if you really need them, if you can use browser then I would advice using your browser.

Blogging Without A PC /Laptop

Use what you have!

I haven't got a laptop yet so at the moment I am still using my Samsung Tablet, which is fine for now but the longer I blog for, the more creative I want to be, the more I need a laptop. As a content creator you will need loads of storage, a long battery life and access to different programs. As you can imagine working from a tablet has it's limitations, not everything is compatible with a tablet. So yeah laptop soon come!

I started off using my phone and nobody even knew so it can be done, and done well.

It is so important that you approach blogging with clear intentions. What are you passionate about? What do you want out of blogging? When I started I had no idea what I wanted from blogging, I simply wanted to share my thoughts and that lead to opportunities to speak at events, work with amazing brands and meet some talented people. It took me a while to figure out why I am doing what I am doing. I want to be part of the change and I want to see generations behind me benefit from what I am doing now. Find your why and enjoy the journey!

Apps You Should Have

I will get into the apps I use for photo editing and everything like that in my next post. A few apps I would suggest downloading first are:

Buffer - This app allows you to schedule posts to a variety of social platforms, I use it to post new blog posts to my Twitter and Facebook when I am at work. You can also get reminders to post onto Instagram.

Google Analytics - I have only recently started to use this app more affectivly. I  now track my traffic to see what posts do well, where my views come from, this is important for when you want to work with brands and it also helps you track your progress. It allows you to set goals as well so you give yourself targets for each week/month.

Helpful Blog Posts:

AfroGlory - Graphic Designer & Natural Hair Blogger Shahira has some real gems on her blog for anyone who wants to get started and join the blogging community.

Creating A Logo - How To Write A Product Review

Adzvice - The hub for advice for yourself and brands. They also host amazing events, creating a much needed conversation around a variety of topics that cater to both men and women.

Top 5 SEO Tips #ForBloggers - A Beginners Guide To Branding

Kristabel Plummer - The OG when it comes to blogging advice, a big inspiration for me. I love her posts on race/identify , black owned businesses and blogging. I have a few favourites on her youtube channel as well.

My Blogging Process - 5 Practical Blogging Changes I've Made This Year

Grace F Victory - Self care queen Grace has a whole bunch of tips and advice for bloggers in her advice section. Both Grace and Kristabel have been full time bloggers for a while and have racked up heaps of information and experience along the way. I particularly love Grace's honesty.

3 Ways To Grow Your Blog - How To Pitch Yourself To Brands For Collaborations

The next post In the series goes into photography, I take all of my pictures for my blog and instagram on my phone and the occasional snap on my tablet - Blog Photography On A Budget.

I will also have a few guests share their advice with you on my instagram so make sure you're following my socials to get involved in the conversation and feel free to share your own tips and tricks using the hashtag #BOABWithSaabirah . As part of this series I have asked a few bloggers to share their tips and advice for you, they will all be shared over on my Instagram and twitter.

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