For a second, stop and think about stock photos. Now let’s be real. Taking photos is hard and time consuming. Not everyone is the best photographer, or knows one. Which means most of us are on our own. This is really hard. Sometimes you have to take photos of yourself. This is even harder, especially for taking the perfect shot, like a full-length or a really artistic shot. As important as photos are, not all of us are great photographers. Sometimes, luck is with us and we’re able to capture the perfect moment. But sometimes the odds are against us. We can’t find the lighting, we don’t have the equipment, we don’t have a subject to shoot–there are countless problems. Over the few months of blogging, I’ve been able to call my camera’s self-timer my best friend. But it’s not the same as having a properly taken photo–I don’t even…

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HOW I STARTED Back in November of 2016, I really got obsessed with blogs. I would stare at them for hours, read millions of ‘how to start a blog’ posts, and just crave my own. I tried out so many platforms, but most of them were paid. That was before I had unlocked the full potential of blogger. I started blogging with blogger, and fell in love – customization was limited, but all of it was free! I bought a template from pipdig, customized it, put up my first blog post, and that’s where I began. Soon after, close to the end of December, I felt like blogger wasn’t completely fulfilling my needs. I wanted a more solid space, and that I could get from WordPress (ORG) only. At that time, I was also about to build my author website, which my parents were paying for. At that time, Siteground…

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I get blogging stress all the time because blogging is not all rainbows and sunshine and it’s not all that easy. It can be stressful – really stressful. Trust me. I know from my own personal experience. Don’t get confused, blogging is fun – but also stressful, especially if you’re really that serious about it. Related Post: 5 Things to Do to Get Rid of Stress. MY BLOGGING STRESS I want to start off by saying that I was pretty committed to my blog right off the bat. I’d been seeing so many blogs, obsessing over them, staring at their ‘How to Start a Blog’ posts for hours, staring at the bluehost web page for days, watching full time bloggers talk about their lives, and everything. I was so committed and determined. For the first month, that is, January 2017, I was very committed to my blog. I’d post every…

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If you’re not yet familiar with bookstagram, I don’t know where you’ve been sleeping, but it’s now time for you to wake up. Bookstagram has completely blown up the online community of readers and is spreading fast among them like bushfire. It’s getting so popular. But anyways, now that you are up, what exactly is bookstagram? WHAT IS BOOKSTAGRAM? Now we’ve all heard the term ‘booktube’. People who post videos about books on youtube are booktubers. And the community of booktubers is booktube book + youtube = booktube Similarly, Bookstagram is people sharing their reading life through pictures of their books and their reading life on instagram. It’s pretty self explanatory – quite exactly what it sounds like: book + instagram = bookstagram WAYS TO DO BOOKSTAGRAM? There are many different ways to do bookstagram. Different people do bookstagram for different reasons and through different methods. Usually, people do it…

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Choosing the Right Blogging Platform. One of the most common questions you could get asked when starting a blog, is what blogging platform will you host on? Today, I’m going to walk you through the pros and cons of all the famous platforms and help you choose what you want. Just keep in mind, these are not the overall pros/cons, these are things that I hated/loved about a platform. BLOGGING PLATFORM OPTIONS? First of all, what options are there for a blogging platform? Well, there’s a lot. But the best are: WordPress (.com) WordPress (.org) Blogger Wix Weebly Squarespace Each and every one of them have their own benefits. I personally started out with all of them – first WordPress.com, then Wix, then Blogger, then an unsuccessful delve into Weebly, and then finally WordPress.org (I did make a test blog on Squarespace). I did finally settle onto WordPress.org. So I’ve…

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