Baileycakes Guest Post // Lifestyle Blogging 101

When Kayleigh asked me if I’d like to guest post for her whilst she was away I was super excited and sat down mind mapping (sorry if that’s not the pc term!) ideas, I came up with 100s so instead of a specific blog post decided to assemble a 101 for lifestyle blogging. I’m by no means an expert in anything to do with the blogging world but I’m quite proud of my little space on the internet & get quite a few emails from people asking for advice on setting up a lifestyle blog, so here goes ...

new forest wildlife park

001: be yourself.
When I first started blogging I wanted a fashion and beauty blog, but quickly realised a) I have no fashion sense b) I wasn’t comfortable posing in front of the camera & c) I know naff all about beauty products. I really respect girls like Kayleigh who know the ins and outs of makeup and beauties like Olivia who look like a Hollywood starlet on camera- I am not one of those girls so it only seemed natural to not have a blog like theirs. I often see people saying ‘’show your personality through your blog’’ which I think is almost impossible, but you can definitely make your blog reflect you- after all having a lifestyle blog is all about your life.

Iguacu falls

002: do stuff.
If you spend your entire life sat in your bedroom staring at the ceiling lifestyle blogging probably isn’t for you, in my opinion lifestyle blogging is all about adventuring. Some people, like the ever so gorgeous Rosie document the life of luxury through their blogs & make the rest of us mere peasants ever so jealous. Realistically though you wont be jetting off to Cannes with someone from made in chelsea, so you need to find other fun things to fill your blog with. I can’t prescribe things to blog about but when I getting bloggers block I just go for a little wander around, sometimes I’ll find an amazing new cafe which I can blog about, other days I’ll just take lots of pretty photos. If you’re not an outdoorsy type you can still have a lifestyle blog, just blog about what you do- if you love movies or music or painting or baking, blog about that!

Iguacu falls

003: take lots of pictures.
To me, lifestyle blogs are all about pictures; this could be because I’m a rubbish writer or because I have a really short attention span but if a post has tonnes of text and no pictures I’ll probably scroll past it on my evening blog catch up. Photography is a huge part of blogging, it’s all good and well telling someone how amazing something looked but like the saying goes a picture speaks a thousand words. Take your camera everywhere, take too many photographs (one will come out nicely) and don’t be afraid of what other people will think. Another thing I can’t stress enough about blog photography is you do not need a DSLR, quite a few of my blog photos are taken using my iphone. People focus more on the content and composition of a photograph than they do the quality, if it looks pretty in real life I guarantee your camera will capture it, if it looks rubbish in real life it’ll look rubbish on film too.

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004: eat lots.
I can’t think of a lifestyle blog that doesn’t feature food, some focus on cupcakes that would induce a frosting related coma and others of meals so healthy I lose weight just looking at them, imagine if that was possible! Regardless of the ingredients there’s a whole lot of food in the blogging world. Like I said earlier when I get bloggers block I often end up blogging about food, it’s like my contingency plan, be it a gorgeous restaurant or a recipe I’ve known and loved for years.

Isabeli Fontana

005: be a yes (wo)man.
One of the things I’ve found most useful with blogging is being a bit of a yes man. If you haven’t seen the film & have never heard of the concept before here’s a very quick run down- say yes to everything. You dont have to say yes to everything in your life, I know I’d have some very unimpressed bosses, a few broken bones and a very empty bank account if I did, but saying yes to lots of blog related things can only end well right? I’ve met so many amazing friends from going along to blogger meet ups & brand events- keeping an eye on twitter is the best way to find out about these things. I’ve also had loads of amazing new experiences and done loads of things I thought I wouldn’t!

baileycakes blog

006: get stuck in.
Screw all the other tips, it’s your blog after all! If there’s one bit of advice I’d give to someone joining the blogging world it’s get stuck in- comment on other blogs you love, tweet people to say hello, offer to do guest posts, like photos on instagram, hype looks on lookbook etc.etc. jump in to the blogging community feet first, embrace it with open arms and let your personality shine through, unless you’re really nasty and mean to everyone- carcrash blogging isn’t pretty. Blog about what you want to blog about, blog when you want to blog & blog however you want to blog. In ten years time we’ll probably all have forgotten about blogging, but I know for one that I’ll be able to look back on mine & smile at all the hard work I’ve put in and be glad that I recorded this time in my life so thoroughly.


  1. Great guest post Hannah, loved it :)

    Sophierosehearts x

  2. What an amazing post :) Loved it! xxx

  3. Hey :) I love this blog post! Im quite new to the blogging world and i feel so confused... I have quite a lot to write about but on different subjects so i cant put my blog in a catagory because there is none, im not a fashion blogger or a beauty blogger, im just a random blogger, is that bad? :S agghhh im so confused but yet so so soooooooooooooooooooooooo inspired by your amazing blog!!!! :) It would be so great if you could check out my blog and let me know what you think of it? I would really appreciate a little bit of guidance if you have time of course :)
    Thank you :)
    Lots of love
    Amy xxx

    1. Dont know if you meant me or kayleigh but I am TOTALLY jealous of your trip to Barbados! There's absolutely nothing wrong with being a 'random' blogger, after all your blog is your own! Do what you feel comfortable doing and it'll blossom I'm sure :) xo

  4. OMG, I loved this post!
    xoxo Renee

  5. Great post! I love looking at lifestyle blogs (especially travel ones) I get really jealous when I see pictures of Paris or New York makes me really want to go!

    Belinda | fashioncrossing xo

  6. Oooh my, these pictures are amazing! Nice guest post :)
    Valérie ♥

  7. Love your blog, lifestyle blogs are so interesting and fun to read! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

  8. Such a great guest post - love how the pictures relate so well with the text. That burger is making me hungry! I'm really excited to add more lifestyle things to my blog - I have so much to write about so I'm excited!
    So thank you!
    Saskia x

    Sassy's Space Blog

  9. Thank you all so much for your kind words! I just realised I didn't give myself a shameless plug so if you'd like to find me (and aren't a google queen) I'm at


  10. Great post, I'm fairly new to blogging and love to read tips from other bloggers :) xx

  11. Hahah I love this post. So honest!

  12. Great little tips! Your advice is very sincere and realistic. Thanks for sharing! xoxo

  13. Aw I love this post! Such awesome advice!


  14. Great photography here. I love the picture with the rainbow. It's gorgeous. I totally agree with the idea that lifestyle blogging requires a bit of adventure, but also a bit of sticking to your guns and writing about what you want to write about. Tips are great, but there is always something special and unique that only you can provide. Nice guest post!

  15. Fab post!

  16. such a great post - i definitely need to be more of a yes man anyway!! :)

  17. Great post! I'm certainly not taking enough pictures for my blog! Xx

  18. I can relate to everything you mentioned!! I was in the very same position, wanting to have a beauty and fashion blog but although I'm really interested in both, I'm just not the girl to have a blog about it! So I dedicated my blog to 'lifestyle' as well - I'm still learning but that's okay, I suppose!

    And yes, I do love to indulge into Rosie's blog and more than once have I caught myself wishing I could be her for a day...

    Lisa x //

  19. Absolutely loved this post, some fab advice! I'm new to blogging & I'll bare these tips in mind :) xx

  20. I really loved reading this post, I don't really post anything lifestyle related because I'm so nervous about being judged, but after reading this I think I might just take the plunge! xx

  21. I am new to the blogging world, its so hard to find your feet! Such a nice post to read and good advice! You just gained one more follower ;)

    This is my new blog!
    Total Newbie!! xx

  22. Loved this post! I've been blogging for almost 2 years now and my blog was solely a beauty blog, but one day a couple months ago, I looked at my blog and realized that I didn't only have a passion for makeup and beauty, but for so much more and I thought why not make the blog more about all of my hobbies and pastimes rather than just one of them? & so I made my blog into a beauty and lifestyle blog. I feel much more open and free to write about anything I'd like to, whereas before, I always was tempted to talk about more than beauty, but felt like it would be weird to put on a beauty blog.
    Cheers to lifestyle blogging and being yourself!

    xx Kailan Marie | Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  23. This is such an inspirational post! I blog about beauty and I LOVE it, but sometimes I think it'd be fun to do more lifestyle posts if not for readers who may be interested but just for myself! You've got me thinking that maybe I should start a separate blog for lifestyle posts *ponder* Regardless, you gave some great tips that weren't generic tops, and I loved that! xo

    - Jess
    The Mod Mermaid

  24. Wow, awesome guest post. Some truly inspiring and useful advice in here :)


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  26. The burger looks delicious. Lifestyle blogging is fabulous. The rainbow is very pretty :)

  27. this is such a great blog post, definitely learnt something :)

    Leyla xx

  28. This is great! I just started blogging so this really helps!


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