29 May 2014

BLOGGING ON A BUDGET

I have been blogging now for over two years and never once have I been in the position to buy expensive , high end beauty products or being able to create posts knowing that I can buy the things I need to make it the best it can be. A lot of bloggers feel that they can't start or continue their blogs due to money issues but blogging is probably a really cheap hobby to have all you need to begin is a computer and camera which yes can be expensive if you choose to purchase the most expensive technology to begin which would be a stupid thing to do. I can honestly put my hand up and say that I have never struggled to blog due to money and I manage to blog four times a week. I haven't even bought a beauty product in four months but yet I'm still here blogging. I have been able to do this by taking a numbers of steps :


What do you already own ?
If you are a lover of beauty then you probably already have quite a large make up collection and if so look with in your stash and you may find something you haven't reviewed or used in along time. Posts such as brand focus , shop my stash or colour themed products all in one post are perfect if you don't have the money to purchase the latest releases.

If you love a product talk about it !
I think if people have blogged about something once that means you can't feature it again on the blog well this is wrong .Featuring a product more than once shows your genuine love for the product and saves you a bit of money too. They can be incorporated in monthly favourite posts or a quick review on how your getting on with the product.

Make a feature 
Creating a weekly feature on your blog can save you not only money but your creative juices especially if they are feeling uninspired or strained. A feature lets you write about the same thing but maybe broken up into sections meaning that you don't need anything apart from an image or computer.

Do your blog design yourself
I have never hired anyone to complete my bog designs. I am completely self taught and have relied on Google searches to learn about HTML . It really does pay of in the end but can be a stressful and time consuming task,if it's something you feel you couldn't do yourself then there are loads of brilliant designers who offer blog designs for less than £15.

Don't waste money
In the past I have bought products purely because I have seen it mentioned on a blog or YouTube Channel and the hype surrounding it. I don't think there is any harm buying products that recieve hype but make sure that it's something you would buy even if the hype wasn't present,but sometimes a cheeky hype product purchase harms no one!

Cheap equipment doesn't mean a bad blog
It's hard to get wrapped up in seeing more established bloggers using dreamy equipment  that you crave but isn't really practical for your blogging budget. I have a very basic DSLR , photo editing programmes and products that are featured on my blog but that doesn't make my blog any less creative than someone who has it all. I went through a stage of wanting the Canon 600D because every blogger has one but why would I buy something when I have the exact same thing at home.

I believe that people that blog on a budget have more creative content than someone who just reviews the latest product. There is more supstance to their content and I personally find that I find budget bloggers more relatable , I feel I can buy their recommendations as it is less than £10 or £5 not a ridiculous £60 !

Do you blog on budget ? What are your views on the subject? 
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  1. I have been thinking about this a lot lately. I would like to think I blog on a budget, I shop my stash a lot. I already have a lot of products that I love and use time and time again so I talk about them. I don't follow blogs that talk about mainly high end products because it's not relatable to me, I know I'll never be able to afford them. Fantastic post, really helpful! :)
    In Katie's Corner

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    1. I don't follow blogs either that talk about high end products i just cant relate to them I'm glad you find the post helpful

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  2. I think the best blogs are those who dont flaunt all the money they can spend on silly amounts of expensive make up. I would love to be at that point but I prefer things that the majority can afford and get their hands on!

    sherrielouise.blogspot.com

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    1. it shows they are more creative as bloggers its nicer when you can afford the product

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  3. Loved this post, super helpful! Will be rummaging through my stash to see what I can write about this month x

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    1. yes you should can be a brilliant post

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  4. Love this post, I think blogging on a budget is great because it means you aren't buying products just for the sake of it. As I'm 17 money doesn't grow on trees so I take my photos on my ipad and edit them as best as i can x
    casualyetchic.blogspot.com

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    1. wow you really do blog on a budget and your blog is as good as anyone who spend a fortune on their blog . Im ask a student and couldn't afford it either

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  5. Great post! I definitely am on a strict budget, any high-end items on my blog are gifts, and the only one I really pay for is Pixi Glow (which lasts 8 months - not too bad!). I think lifestyle posts are a great way to go when you're feeling poorer or bored with what you already have! x

    http://ninegrandstudent.co.uk/

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    1. lifestyle posts are perfect when you are struggling finically or creatively

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  6. This post is super helpful. Defiantly to me anyway, as I don't have a lot of money to go spending on clothes and makeup to do hauls or expensive equipment. So this post has defiantly helped me see a brighter side of blogging greatly without spending lots of money.

    Alisha || www.thealishadiaries.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. it can be done with high quality content as long as you are smart and careful I'm glad it has helped

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  7. Great post! I did my own blog design and just write about what I love... not wasting money on products to review just because others are. It's not about money, it's about doing what you love.

    www.sophschoices.co.uk

    Sophie

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    1. yes thats so right. I have blogged in the past about products that haven't received any hype and they go down really well

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  8. I think the worst thing is that sometimes we get caught in all those new releases. Living in a remote area of my country I don't buy those for blogging, but yes, I might be late in the bandwagon sometimes. (I don't like to order things I haven't seen). But I try not to get sucked in, I buy a lot in general, so I can always come up with something to talk about.

    Brand overviews are a great idea!

    MsBubu

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    1. i think its only natural to want something that everyone cant top talking about but from past experiences i have learnt that they sometimes not what you thought they would be

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  9. I love this post! It applies to me as well - I don't have money to spend on buying high end makeup and expensive equipment (although I I have been trying to save up to buy a DSLR). I also just wanted to say I think your photos and editing techniques are AMAZING!

    The Sunday Chapter
    Angela xo

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    1. thank you so much I'm glad you like them. I don't have expensive equipment apart from a dslr but it is super basic and probably one of the cheapest

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  10. I think it's really hard trying not to buy something because of the hype because suddenly a million bloggers and youtubers love this one product sometimes I feel that I have to have it! This is a great post and has given me a lot think about with the state of my purchases and blog, so, thanks!


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    bespectacled

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    1. yes i know the feeling and there is no harm to buy them products but i think we just need to make sure that we would like or use them

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  11. I've been thinking about starting a feature, but I'm worried that I won't be able to keep up with it, especially since I was planning on making it a "daily life" post. I wouldn't want to be inauthentic and post about another day pretending it was the day I'd promised. I guess it's something you just have to try to see if it works, and if it doesn't, that's okay.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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    1. i think you should go for it if it doesn't work out no one will tell you off or get mad it's worth a try

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  12. Great advice, there are so many ways to write without spending money. I do future goal posts, wish lists, and you can even write about free things in your area!
    I'm self taught HTML too, so many headaches but worth it. I'm just after someone to design me a new header banner.
    Tash | Ballet, Dance & Fitness

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  13. I think that I blog on a budget. I don´t have a big make up collection as I quite love the products I am using and I often don´t see the need to purchase other things. Unfortunately, that also means shopping my stash is not always the thing I can do.
    Often I just go out into our garden or go for a walk and take my camera with me. With the pictures I can just talk about anything that´s stuck in my head and needs to get out and voilá, a beautiful blog posts. It´s more difficult if you only want to blog about beauty but it´s also just such a good idea for a blog post. And you could easily talk about skin care if that´s what your thinking about.
    xx Lisa

    Following Lisa

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