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As a blogger, organization is key.

It can make your work so much easier and faster. Also, planning everything is an efective way to make sure you actually do the work, mostly when laziness hits you hard.

For me, organization is the base of my motivation. So that’s why stationery is SO important.

For all the bloggers out there and those who aspire to be one someday, here’s the stationery you need to survive to your everyday life.

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In case you didn’t know: you can make money blogging!

If you recently started a blog (I show you the exact steps to start a profitable blog here) the next step is setting it up for bussiness!

In the past, I always used to see all those famous bloggers making tons of money every month, but I thought you needed thousands of followers in social media and hundreds of views in order to generate an income from it. Of couse, I didn’t have that amount of followers (I currently have less than 500 followers on Instagram) and my blog traffic was very low (less than 800 monthly views), so I just let it go and thought I wasn’t good enough to make money with it.

I started my old blog 6 years ago, and it wasn’t until 2 months ago (when I switched to a self-hosted blog) that I realized you could actually MAKE MONEY as a small blogger too!

In just 30 days I had made my first $160 blogging. I felt so extremely proud of myself, and it also motivated me to keep blogging more and more because I knew if I put effort in what I did it would pay off.

While I certainly don’t know everything, I’ve learned a lot since I started, and I can tell you it is possible. Everyone can make money blogging.

In this post I’ll be sharing with you the strategies I used to turn my little blog into a little income-producing business.

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January has been my second month blogging, and the month I’ve made my first affiliate sale!

Now I can totally prove that you not only CAN make money as a new blogger, but you SHOULD be making it!

Because honestly, it’s the easiest thing ever. It just takes a little effort and absolutely everyone can do it. If you want to start a blog, I show you how to do it here. Two months ago I would have NEVER believed that I’ll be making money with my blog, but here I am!

In general, January has been a good month for me and for the blog. Traffic kept growing since I put more effort on Pinterest and writing new content. I wrote a long list with post ideas to have me covered for the next week (college classes start again!).

I also turned 20 years old on the 18th and it was the day I made my first affiliate sale. Guess it was the best birthday present!

But to be honest, I don’t think it was a gift, but the result of hard work and constancy.

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You clicked on this post, so I guess you’re at least a bit interested in starting a blog. New years are for new beginnings, so why not starting right from day 1? I feel that 2018 is going to be a big year for blogging.

Contrary to what it may seem, starting a blog isn’t complicated at all. You don’t even need to have a plan or the best writing skills. I have learned everything I know with experience, try after try, that’s just the best way to learn. In fact, you just need a little curiosity and motivation to write about something you love!

You can start a blog in just a few minutes, it’s super easy and fast. You don’t need previous blogging skills (you’ll learn with time) or spend lots of money (the host I use costs just a few dollars a month, so save some coins and you’re good to go) and you don’t have to post everyday -or even every week- to be successful.

But I want to be honest 100% with you, so I have to say starting a blog is easy, it’s what comes after that that takes more effort. You won’t earn 5000$ in your first month of blogging, it is a slow process and you’ll have to work hard, but it’s something totally possible to do and it’s also really worth it.

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Hello 2018!

2017 has definitely been a year of change, both good and bad.

It has practically been my first year of college, so it has also been the first year I’ve lived away from home. I’ve moved from a town to a big city.

And to be honest, it has been crazy. My life has totally changed in such a short period of time, but I’m not saying it in a bad way (even though some things didn’t go as planned…). To the contrary, it has been the most profitable experience ever and I still feel that I’m learning everyday.

So basically, 2017 has been a year of change and growth, personally and academically. Here are some of my favorite things of 2017:

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I have a blog and I go to college.
As strange as it may sound, sometimes it can be a bit hard to combine. If you go to university and you have a blog, then you feel me. If you go to college but you feel like starting a blog, go do it!
Because today I’ll give you some tips on how to do it successfully and not fail in the first try.
Soy blogger y voy a la universidad.
Por muy raro que pueda parecer, a veces se convierte en algo un poco difícil de combinar. Si vas a la universidad y escribes un blog, posiblemente ya sabes de que estoy hablando. Pero si vas a la universidad y estas pensando en abrirte uno, ni lo dudes!
Y es que hoy os voy a dar algunos (sencillos) consejos sobre como hacerlo sin morir en el intento.

blogging in college guide-2All photos by me. 

  • Is it your passion?
 The most important thing when you start a blog is to really feel passionate about it. Being excited to write something new, take some shoots for your next article and post it online is incredibly necessary. If you don’t have any motivation to do it, you shouldn’t even start a blog in the first place.
For that to happen it’s really important that you find your niche.
And what is a niche exactly?
A niche is basically the topic or theme of your blog. So everything you post will be, in some way, related to it.
Of course, you can write about everything you want (your blog should always be a reflection of who you are), but having a defined niche will help you get the attention from those who are as passionate as you about what you’re talking about.
For example, this blog’s main topic is fashion, but I try to adapt it to my other interests like film and photography, and it helps me create better content.
Writing a blog about something you love will help engage your audience, but also yourself.
  • ¿Es tu pasión?
Lo más importante cuando empiezas a escribir un blog es estar seguro de que realmente es tu pasión. Tener ganas de escribir algo nuevo, ir a hacer fotos para tu próximo post y colgarlo online es muy necesario.
Si no hay nada que te motive para hacer todo esto, no deberías empezar un blog.
Para poder encontrar esta fuente de energía que te mueva a crear contenido es muy importante que elijas bien tu “niche”, que se traduciría como tu “posición” en el mundo blogger.
Un “niche” es básicamente el tema o tópico que tratas en tu blog. Por lo tanto, todos tus posts estarán, de alguna forma, relacionados.
Obviamente puedes escribir sobre lo que quieras, pero tener un “tema” definido ayudará a captar la atención de aquellas personas que viven con la misma pasión que tu aquello sobre lo que escribes.
Por ejemplo, el tema principal de mi blog es la moda, pero intento adaptarlo a mis otros intereses como el cine y la fotografía, y esto me ayuda a crear mejor contenido.
Escribir sobre algo que realmente te encanta te ayudará a enganchar a tu audiencia, pero también a ti.
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  • Time is your best friend and your worst enemy
“Prioritizing” is a word you mustn’t forget. Studying at college and posting more than once in a week on your blog is not that easy. But it’s all about strategy and some planning (schedules are your best friends).
My head is constantly divided in two: my college assignaments in one side, and my blogging to-do’s on the other. I love blogging, so I always keep in my mind, it lives with me. Anyways, if you’re not a full-time blogger, it’s understable that your priorities can’t always be about blogging.
You go to college, you pay for it, so it should be your priority.
If a certain week you post once instead of twice times, it won’t be a big deal, since you’re not getting an income from it you’re life doesn’t depend on it. Otherwise, if you miss all the classes during one week… good luck!
This is obviously my case and my opinion, but everyone is different! So make sure you know what works for you, experience is the best way to discover it.
  • Make the most of your blogging time
Okay, so you’re done with your three assignaments for the week and now it’s time for your blogging tasks.
When you put your hands at work and start writing (or editing photos, making collages, etc) it’s important that you have a clear idea of what you want to write about. Staring at your computer for two hours with no idea of what you want to do is not blogging, that’s just a waste of time that won’t go back. I’ve been there, and lacking out of inspiration is the most annoying feeling, but the best you can do in these cases is just start doing something else, and eventually the inspiration will come back.
If you really want to be a productive blogger, I recommend making lists and planning everything. That is what mostly helps me to keep organized.
This is how I do it: I write down in my notebook the names for the posts I want to write for the next week. After that, I plan on my weekly planner when am I going to upload those posts (I always try to post 2 to 3 times a week).
When I have that, I’ll start working: doing some research, writing, taking photos by myself or planning some shootings (it depends on the type of post), making collages and getting it all ready to be posted throughout the week.
I always make the posts one week before being posted, so I can focus in my college stuff.
To sum up…
I think blogging shouldn’t be something you feel forced to do, it should be a hobbie, something you like so bad you just can’t keep out of your mind.
I always carry a little notebook in my bag because I’m always thinking about my blog, so when an idea pops in my head I have somewhere to write it and keep it.
The best part is, if you’re capable of managing your time the right way (which is totally possible) you can do and enjoy both college and blogging the same way. If I can (and trust me, I’m a mess most of the time), so can you!
Just make what really makes you happy and have no regrets about it, everything will work.
  • El tiempo es tu mejor aliado y tu peor enemigo
“Priorizar” es una palabra que nunca debes olvidar. Ir a la universidad y subir más de un post a la semana no es tan fácil. Pero creedme cuando os digo que solo se trata de un poco de estrategia y mucha planificación.
Mi cabeza siempre se encuentra dividida en dos partes: mis prácticas para la universidad a un lado, y todo lo relacionado con mi blog en el otro.
Me encanta escribir este blog, así que nunca me lo quito de la cabeza, básicamente es algo que vive conmigo. Pero de todas formas, si como yo no eres un/a blogger a tiempo completo, tus prioridades no siempre pueden estar relacionadas con tu blog, y eso es totalmente comprensible.
Vas a la universidad y pagas por ello, así que eso debería ser tu verdadera prioridad.
Si no subes nada a tu blog durante una semana, realmente no va a haber serias consecuencias, ya que tus ingresos no dependen de ello y tu vida no se va a ver gravemente afectada. En cambio, si faltas a tus clases de la universidad durante una semana… !buena suerte!
Por supuesto, estoy hablando de mi caso y esta es mi opinión, pero todo el mundo es diferente! Lo mejor es que encuentres que estrategia funciona para ti, y la experiencia es la única forma de saberlo.
  • Saca el máximo partido de tu tiempo para el blog
Así que ya has echo tus 3 prácticas de la semana y ha llegado el momento de ponerse manos a la obra con el blog.
Cuando empiezas a escribir (o editar fotos, hacer collages, etc.) es importante que tengas al menos una idea sobre qué vas a escribir. Pasarte dos horas seguidas mirando al ordenador sin tener ninguna idea sobre que quieres hacer no es bloguear, es simplemente perder un tiempo que ya no recuperarás.
Esto me ha pasado, y carecer de inspiración es una de las peores sensaciones. Lo mejor que puedes hacer en estos casos es cambiar de actividad y buscar algo distinto, la inspiración volverá más tarde.
Si quieres ser realmente productivo/a, te recomiendo que hagas listas y lo planees todo.
Esto es lo que mejor me funciona para estar organizada.
Así es cómo yo lo hago: escribo en mi libreta los nombres de los posts que quiero escribir para la próxima semana. Después de eso, planeo en mi agenda cuando quiero subir los posts (siempre intento subir de 2 a 3 veces a la semana).
Cuando tengo todo esto listo, empiezo a trabajar: buscar por Internet y documentarme, escribir, hacer fotos yo misma o planear algunas sesiones (depende del tipo de post, y normalmente tengo la suerte de contar con la ayuda de mi hermana o un amigo), hacer collages y prepararlo todo para poder subirlo durante la semana.
Siempre preparo los posts con una semana de antelación, de esta forma puedo concentrarme en mis tareas de la universidad.
Para concluir…
Creo que tener un blog no debería ser algo que te sientes forzado a hacer, sino que debería ser un hobbie, una actividad que te encanta tanto hacer, que es imposible quitártelo de la cabeza.
Yo siempre llevo conmigo una libreta pequeña porqué siempre estoy pensando en mi blog. De esta forma, si se me ocurre una buena idea, en cualquier momento del día tengo un lugar donde escribirla y guardarla.
La mejor parte de todo esto es que, si eres capaz de gestionar tu tiempo (lo qué es totalmente posible), puedes disfrutar tanto de la universidad como de tu blog de la misma forma y llevarlo todo al día. Si yo puedo (y creedme, puedo llegar a ser un verdadero desastre), vosotros/as también!
Lo más importante es hacer lo que nos hace felices sin ningún tipo de remordimiento, a partir de aquí todo irá funcionando.

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