Starting your own blog is a bit of a daunting task but trust me it’s easy to do. I started my online blog nearly 3 years ago and we have now grown to have a following of over 40 thousand followers which is a little bit scary, little did I know that Alfie would become so known back then.
It started as a hobby and grew in to a business in just a few short months and at 17 years old I didn’t know much about the online world. So how do you start your own blog?
One day I literally sat down and started typing, I made a blog on Tumblr because that was the most popular network when I was 17 and posted a photo of Alfie. I then clicked refresh hoping to have lots of followers but it certainly doesn’t happen that quickly. I didn’t have a clue what to write about to start with and I didn’t want to share any information about me so I decided to write my blog from Alfie’s point of view.
To my surprise writing a blog entry from Alfie’s point of view worked and people seemed to enjoy it. I wrote simple things from Alfie’s point of view, it could be anything from what he thoughts of me, the weather or his opinion on other horses. I always made sure that whatever I wrote it sounded like it came from a cheeky Shetland and within a few months we had nearly 1,000 followers which I felt was quite an achievement.
I then started to post more photos of me and Alfie a lot more frequently which his followers loved and decided to set up other social media platforms such as Facebook & Twitter. It took me a while to learn how to use them but I finally got the hang of things. It was great to see his followers growing and interacting on the blogs.
Around 6 months in to posting on Alfie’s blog I decided to switch it up a little bit and started to post in my point of view also, I felt more confident that people would still enjoy the stories and hearing about Alf’s latest adventures and they did. In fact his followers great just as quickly. I think when I first started writing about Alfie I was a little shy but it helped me with writing my first book and everything we have achieved today.
It was around a year later after starting my blog, I had a question from an online follower asking if I would ever consider starting a YouTube Channel on Alfie’s adventures. It had never occurred to me to produce online videos but I thought ‘why not!’
Once I started filming the YouTube Videos for Alf’s blog I instantly loved it, so okay the first video I ever filmed was terrible I was really nervous which is natural. It took me a while to build my confidence but it’s like anything you learn as you go along and that’s what I did. It can be quite daunting to sit down in front of the camera and start talking. Luckily I have Alf who always helps me through.
Here is just a few tips if you wish to start your own channel.
Believe in yourself – something I’ve always been told if you believe in yourself you can do it.
Practice, practice a few times, watch the video back and build from there.
If you have someone you feel you can ask for advice ask away, I ask my Mum for advice all the time and it is really helpful.
Blog about something you’re interested in, something your passionate about!
Enjoy and have fun!
Please visit Hannah and Little Alf: http://www.littlealf.com/