A lot of times when blogging, you sometimes feel like you need to improve your equipment or spend a lot of money to make a blog. But you don't actually need to do that. I mean, you can if you want to, but you don't have to. Especially when you follow a lot of blogs that have been turning to more luxury items. I know I feel into that mindset and felt like I was struggling to keep up, because I didn't have the budget for it. But there are a lot of things you can do instead of following that trend, because all you truly need to blog is yourself, some type of camera whether it's the one on your phone or something else, and platform.
For the very beginning of the blog, I used my iPhone for all photography. Yes, I eventually got a DSLR camera which I don't regret but it's not something that you absolutely need in order to take amazing photos. You just need to know how to use the camera in order to get the quality you're after. These are some articles that I used when learning how to take better photos using my iPhone:
- The 6-step Process for Taking High-Quality iPhone Photos
Plus all of this is cheaper than going out there and getting yourself a new camera, when you most likely already have a phone that can do it for you.
One thing that really helps with stepping up your photography game and using photo editors. For the longest time I have used Photoshop but you don't need to use a program like this in order to get the same results. In the past and still to this day, I use A Color Story on my iPhone to edit photos which is a free app from the App Store (also available on Android) and PicMonkey. Sure they aren't completely the same but I have been able to get the same results using the features in these applications as I do on Photoshop.
The first thing I discovered when I started blogging was the cost of the platform. I did a lot of research into it before deciding what platform to go with that I still use to this day. The main options that I saw where Blogger which is free, SquareSpace the platform I use and costs about $10 a month for a basic plan, and WordPress with your domain hosted on another platform like GoDaddy. I went with SquareSpace as I loved the designs, easy to use and learn, and support whenever I need it. But if you don't want to spend a dime, Blogger is a great option as you can download templates and create a blog without spending a penny. That is if you don't get your own domain with the creation of the blog. I.E. having blogspot.com added onto the end of your URL.
Beauty on Budget
Since I made my blog mainly out to be about cruelty-free beauty, it was so easy to fall into the void of thinking that I needed to go buy every new and luxury product that hit the market even if I didn't really have the money for it. You'll probably notice I don't do a whole lot of reviews anymore since I've been trying to control myself from doing that. You can completely do the same with drug store or shopping your own collection. Hell, there are times where I don't want to read about the next luxury product but want to read about what's is a dupe or alternative to the expensive item. OR just how someone uses a product and creates a look from it. A lot of bloggers from what I've seen don't do this. They leave that for YouTube and only review the products. I like to see a little more mixing of the two, if I'm being perfectly honest. Other ideas to do that are beauty related on a budget:
- Your relationship with beauty & why you love it so much.
- A trip down your makeup memory lane.
- Skincare routine.
- What items you think are worth investing in and what isn't.
- The products that you will always buy again and why.
- Your favorite makeup look of all time.
- The beauty items that really boost confidence.
- Hair tutorials - even if it's simple.
Do you have tips for blogging without a huge budget?