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My 10 Best Blogging Tips

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It has been a while since I’ve shared some of my blogging tips here on WOW but with so many readers tweeting me to say they’re been inspired by WOW to start their own blogs, I thought what better time to share a little insider info and help get you started if you’re new to the blogging world! Here are my 10 best blogging tips (after much deliberation) – I hope you find them useful!



Lets cut straight to the most basic of all: is the best platform for blogging. The content is forever yours, the logistics of the site are all yours to tweak to your liking and the backend makes uploading blogs incredibly simple and seamless. Oh, and there’s a plugin for everything!

2. Find your Niche

Writers find their voice whilst bloggers must first find their niche. With so many blogs out there on offer to potential readers, its important to set yourself apart from the rest. Don’t just start a travel blog, start a blog that focuses on solo travel, couples travel, a particular region, a particular city, food and travel, ballet and travel… whatever it is, just be sure to make the mission statement unique for your readers!

3. Write for yourself

One of the biggest mistakes I made for the first couple of years blogging was writing for my audience and not myself. For a long time I was writing articles I thought people wanted to read and forgetting all about the fact that my blog should be a reflection of me and my interests, not a mediocre regurgitation of information that is already out there. So I started including recipes, DIY’s, home decor and the many other ways you can incorporate travel back into your life at home, too (like the secret to learning a new language).

4. Network

Perhaps the single most powerful tool you possess as a blogger is your ability to reach out to other bloggers to network, collaborate, or just to say “hey, I love your work!” Networking is a great way to build friendships in the blogging world, swap tips, meet up in “real life” and create all those community vibes that you will soon learn are worth their weight in gold (especially when you’re in a new city and want to meet up with some local readers!).

5. Learn from your mistakes

I’m not afraid to admit that I make mistakes on a daily basis – but that is of course the only way to learn! Remember it is better to make a mistake and learn from it than to not try and never learn/grow.

6. Carry a Notebook (Always)

Those fantastic ideas tend to come out of nowhere and if you don’t reach out and grab them with two hands, before you know it the sudden influx of inspiration is all but gone. Carrying a notebook has been the biggest help in brainstorming new post ideas, new category ideas, and ways to move forward as a blogger and a brand.

7. Invest

They say you’ve got to spend money to make money and when it comes to blogging, “they” are totally right. One of the best ways to grow your blog organically is to approach it like a business internally. Don’t be afraid to invest your time and money into something you believe in – whether that means paying for more travels as a travel blogger or new garments as a fashion blogger.

8. Have a Writing Schedule

One of the best pieces of advice I found online early on in blogging was to have a writing schedule – and stick to it. This is a great way to plan content in advance and layout your posts to ensure you’re always keeping it interesting for readers, as well as a great tool of discipline for you.

9. Keep it simple

And by simple I mean clean – clean lines, a clear and easy to follow layout of blog posts, a simple text, and an easy to navigate site for new readers.

10. Spin Criticism

One of the first things I read when considering writing a blog was an article about criticism and how to deal with it. “Not to worry”, I told myself. “Who would have anything to criticise on a nice and friendly travel blog with the intent to help and inspire people?” How naive I was! No matter what you’re writing about and how good your intentions may be, people are bound to criticise your work for one reason or another (usually it says more about them than you). The best approach? Spin criticism into a positive experience and learn to distinguish constructive criticism (the kind that will actually help your blog) and birds (who fly in, shit on your blog, and fly away). The latter comments can be deleted as they serve no real purpose.



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    April 17, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I liked the analogy of nasty commentators just being birds. I’ll have to remember that.

    Charlotte Ahern
    April 8, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Great post Brooke, really helpful as are most of your posts! Thank you!

    April 3, 2016 at 9:49 am

    A great blog.. really inspirational.

    I have recently moved to, can anyone tell me some of the best themes i can use for my travel blog.
    Also, it will be great if you can tell me which theme is used on this blog.
    Thank You

    March 23, 2016 at 10:19 am

    I love this post, Brooke! I love hearing about lifestyle, blogging and DIY, reading lists (etc.) as much as your travel adventures! We remember a blogger or a writer (but especially a blogger) because of WHO they are! Thanks for this 🙂

    March 21, 2016 at 11:56 am

    I stumbled across your blog while researching how to travel while you’re young and I’m so glad I found you! I love your blog and have always wanted to create my own. These 10 tips feel like what I’ve been waiting for to inspire me to start my own. It is so helpful and lessens the feeling of being overwhelmed! I love it!

    March 17, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    love your work. check out my blog.

    Juan Mark
    March 1, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    I love your blog! this is super interesting and its useful and helpful.
    thank you for sharing your great tips.

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    Jazmin Buenaventura
    February 21, 2016 at 1:06 am

    Thank you for posting this! I’m new to blogging and hope to be successful as you in the future 🙂 love everything you post.

    February 19, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I love your blog! I just stumbled upon it and signed up for your emails too, great stuff. I started a travel/cooking blog and I’m loving all of your blogging tips, such a huge help. Thanks for sharing!

    February 19, 2016 at 3:03 am

    Wonderful ideas,Brooke! Much appreciated.
    I’ve been using WordPress platform for quite a long period of time but recently created a new blog on Blogspot. I have no complaints regarding WordPress, just needed to try something new 🙂
    Besides a new platform, I decided to start following trends and use content creation and editing tools such as Unplag plagiarism checker and CoSchedule Headline Analyzer.
    Do you use any online tools for your fancy blog? I’m looking for nice time-management and writing services, could you suggest me some? Thanks! L.

    February 18, 2016 at 3:23 am

    Thank you for these useful tips, Brooke! I’m taking the plunge to work with a designer because I’m spotty with coding. I’m looking forward to taking my blog to the next level. You are one of my prime inspirations to keep on blogging and encouraging people to discover the wonders of travel!

    February 17, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Its so great to be reminded of the top 10 tips from time to time, its such a big job and can easily get overwhelming! thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      February 17, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      Totally agree Kimberley – very overwhelming at times! Always good to go back to basics 🙂

    Lavina - A Capricious Compass
    February 16, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Love love the ‘Birds’ comparison!
    A lovely piece of motivation for the day!

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    February 14, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Thank you for spending time giving precious tips about blogging, that’s really kind of you!:) Have a lovely day Brooke!

    February 14, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Thank you for spendind time giving precious tips about blogging, that’s really kind of you!:) Have a lovely day Brooke!

    Melinda DiOrio
    February 13, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Really great, easy tips to follow Brooke! I used to have my blog on Blogger, and finally made the switch to WordPress. It was a big learning curve, but I’m really happy with it now!

    Claire & Laura
    February 13, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Final tip: then prepare to be completely obsessed with your blog! Nothing better than seeing your own little project grow 🙂

    February 12, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Lovely article! I am a new blogger on the block and these are extremely helpful tips. I specially loved the one on networking. Thank you so much!

    February 12, 2016 at 8:02 am

    My issue is I write for myself… so I don’t have a niche! I just write about whatever I want to write about.. so it all gets a bit messy!!

    February 12, 2016 at 2:11 am

    These are al absolute fabulous tips! Thank you so much for sharing! Will be putting them to good use.

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    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    February 11, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Ok… So far so good!

    February 11, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Thanks for the tips! I was wondering, what is your niche? Like do you have one sentence that sums up your blog?

    Asli Bildirici
    February 10, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I agree that it is so important to write for yourself. I made the same mistake of watching what others did and trying to guess what people would like to read but I got tired of it so quickly. Now I am trying to do it all over again by writing things I would actually want to read. Great advice.

    February 10, 2016 at 3:13 am

    Loving this tips! I just made a schedule this week to upload 3 times a week. Thanks for your advices!

    Bart - Hasta la Proxima
    February 9, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Great post with some excellent blogging tips. Whenever you are in South America – my niche. Please feel free to come over. Also living in South America currently. Keep up the good work.

    Veera Bianca
    February 9, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Fab tips, thanks Brooke <3

    February 9, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Great post! Thanks for sharing and inspiring us 🙂

    February 9, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    I only just started blogging at the end of January so I am very much new to this blogging community! I have definitely realised that carrying a notebook is one of the best ways to get ideas down because writing in your notes app on your phone just doesn’t spark any new ideas hahah! 🙂

    Kathy xx

    Agata Lemos
    February 9, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Wonderful advice! I should follow as I have my blog for two months and like no one is visiting…. I would love to know your opinion.

    Thank you again for sharing! Always much appreciated

    February 9, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    I loved every single one of these tips! I only wish I had read this earlier before I started my blog – since I’m on Blogger instead of WordPress. Would it be too late to switch over now, lol?

    February 9, 2016 at 10:46 am

    great post.

    February 9, 2016 at 9:53 am

    I do have one question for you, as a brand new blogger I wonder if I should have business cards printed with my name and the site. Do you have business cards? How do you let people know where to go to read your work when you’re networking?

    February 9, 2016 at 6:58 am

    That’s really good tips thank you !

    I’m always carrying a notebook with me, not only for my blog but also coz I love to be ready if some kind of ideas pop up ! 🙂

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    Yvonne Anwanwan
    February 9, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Thank for taking the time to write this, Brooke. Much appreciated!

    Nikki Vargas
    February 9, 2016 at 5:52 am

    This is such a great post, Brooke! The tip that resonated the most with me was to write for yourself. I wrote a post recently about whether all travel bloggers are starting to look the same ( and I think the fact that people (myself included!) can get hung up on following a recipe for success in blogging and writing articles for their audiences rather than themselves, make it so that blog posts lose their uniqueness. Writing for yourself is so important.


    Liz Peterson
    February 9, 2016 at 4:42 am

    “The birds” – I know a ton of people have said it, but that’s fantastic!

    February 9, 2016 at 4:16 am

    I just started my blog and your tips are really helpful! I blog with since I can’t download, is there a big difference between those two?
    I’m really open for feedback on my site, I think I can only learn from it. But I totally agree with you that there is a difference between good criticism and just sh*tting on someones blog. Thanks for your tips!

      Shannon Off Duty
      February 9, 2016 at 6:39 am is very different but you need to have a web host before you can use it and create an account. I’ve used both .com and .org and .org is much better to have a great blog:) You can craft you site however you like.
      Also, Brooke good post!

    Marta Mendes
    February 9, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Great post!! Thanks for sharing;)

    February 9, 2016 at 3:56 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this, I like how instead of just saying your niche should be travel or style or whatever you narrowed the travel niche down and I’ve never seen anyone do this before, and it really helps as I’d love my blog to be a travel, style and lifestyle blog but never know how to go about it and i love the whole networking idea, I love talking to people and in all honesty I’d love to start making friends through networking and blogging

    February 9, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Nice tips. I think having a schedule is super important. Sometimes it’s hard for me to stick to it though! And I always have two notebooks with me in case any inspo comes! You can also use your iPhone notes app to write something down, which I do if I don’t have a notebook handy. Works well!

    February 8, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    I don’t have a niche 🙁 My slogan is like “A veggie travels the world. Eat well, dress up, and travel” but other than that I can’t come up with something very special… I sometimes travel solo, sometimes I don’t, I like city trips as much as beach holidays, I am fine sleeping in a hostel (once in a while) and I love staying at luxury hotels….So, no niche for me, but I hope it stills work out 🙂 Thankfully, I haven’t had to deal with birds yet, hahaha.

    February 8, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Totally agree with the writing for yourself point rather than that overly regurgitated ‘write for an audience’ line. Blogs should be passionate and personalised.

    Lotte - scratchingmymap
    February 8, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    I laughed so hard about the “bird”-thing! It’s like the best description ever for negative critism, thank you for it! I’ll keep it in mind. 🙂

    Another Ranting Reader
    February 8, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    These are great tips that are really, really useful!

    Jemima x

    Hannie Blaise
    February 8, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    I can definitely agree with the investing point. This is great advice! Though I’m staying with Blogger for now, just with my own domain. Thanks for sharing!

    Gabi @ Books & Trips
    February 8, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    These are very useful tips for young bloggers like myself! This is one of the reasons I love “World Of Wanderlust” – it’s such an informative and all around complete blog, that it is a pleasure to stop by everyday. When I grow up I want to be just like you (but in my own niche) 🙂

    February 8, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Great tips! I agree, you have to write for yourself! Since last week I have a writing schedule and that works better for me.

    Izzy Matias
    February 8, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Thank you for these tips, Brooke! So true what you say about niches. My blog originally started out as an outlet for creativity, but then I realized how general that was, so I narrowed it down to music and travel. Now, I’m still finding a way to bridge those two gaps even more, like making sure no matter what I post there’s always something related to music!

    February 8, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    These are great tips. Thanks for sharing!

    Carly @ Let Us Wanderlust
    February 8, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Also the tip about investing is so fantastic. I’d literally NEVER thought of it in that way – but you are so right!

    Carly @ Let Us Wanderlust
    February 8, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Great tips Brooke! This was just what I needed to read! I’ve been blogging for a few years but am taking it more seriously and treating it as a business – the results from that simple shift have been astonishing! I started on blogger though and am seriously wanting to make the switch – I’m so nervous about it though and keep putting it off! X

    February 8, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    well said! love the last tip!!! 🙂

    Ally Gong
    February 8, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Love your tips!! The one about carrying around a notebook is soo applicable.. I always make myself one one around recently. Awesome post! <3

    Susan the Farm Quilter
    February 8, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Good post! One of my “issues” with reading your blog is that so many of your beautiful pictures are covered up by advertisements!! I want to see your pretty pictures and the ads make it difficult. I get that you have to earn a living with your blog, but I sure wish they wouldn’t hide the pictures. I doubt you even have control where the ads fall in the blog, but it was nice to not have to try to figure out how to move them to read the content of this post!!! I really enjoy traveling around the world with you – you are having the time of your life and that comes through in what you write – that’s why we enjoy your blog so much!!

    February 8, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    What a fantastic entry. I am I blogger as well and this helped me a lot. Thanks for sharing these few points for blogging. It is always nice to read your blog because you inspired me a lot.

    The most important thing is to enjoy what you do and do it with love… Believe in yourself. Practice improves everything…. No one stars as a pro but working helps a lot…

    February 8, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Great tips! I use the notes section or Evernote on my phone instead of carrying a notebook. And I love your constructive criticism vs. birds! Haha. And I love your point of investing in travel/fashion for your niche, I hadn’t really thought about it that way. I’d always heard to invest in sponsoring others and stuff, but I like your idea better! Lol. Great post 🙂

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    February 8, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    I love these tips! Networking is definitely so helpful, I used to never leave comments on my favorite blogs or interact with people, but since I’ve started, I’ve made a ton of friends. It’s so crazy how you can feel close with people you’ve never talked to!

    February 8, 2016 at 11:42 am

    These are great tips! Love them all, especially the writing schedule. It’s easy to want to throw a post together just to have a certain number of posts that week but this leads to sacrificing quality. Good stuff!

    February 8, 2016 at 11:23 am

    A checklist every blogger needs to see! The further I delve into the blogosphere and the more time I devote to building a better travel blog, the more I realise it can be oh-so-easy to forget the fundamentals. I love that you’ve made a checklist everyone can learn from & look back on when they need to stop a second and take stock of what the necessities really are. Comforting to hear how you manage criticism too, I’ve only just started to gain enough traction to warrant it and it did not feel great I tell you haha. Next time I’ll just spin it instead of stressing out!