When it comes to blogging, there are endless ways you can spend money, if it’s not the background accessories, lighting or even the camera you take your photos on, it’s hard to know where to save your money and where to spend it. With over 2 years blogging experience, I’ve finally worked out what blogging areas I invest my money in.
I honestly believe that you don’t have to spend any money to blog however if you do want to spend money on your blog, it’s important to know where to invest your hard earned cash. I’ve learnt the hard way by spending money on things I barely use anymore and there is no worse a feeling than wasting money. So I’m going to talk through the 5 things I invest my money into when it comes to blogging.
1. My domain.
You don’t necessarily need a domain for your blog but chances are you will eventually want to take your website more seriously and purchase a domain name. Buying my domain name was one of the first major things I invested in for my blog and I haven’t regretted it one bit. If you look around you can generally find some good deals, I pay around £17 a year for mine. Which if you think about it, is less than £2 a month. It’s not a huge amount of money but I think it’s worth it to make my blog look a little more professional.
2. My camera.
As someone who is very into photography I have always invested money in my camera’s. I fully believe that you don’t need a big fancy camera to blog however I do love a good bit of technology to learn to play with and improve my photography skills, so a camera is always something I enjoy spending money on. You don’t have to spend a fortune on camera, I got a decent 2nd hand DSLR for £130 and it worked perfectly for a year before I decide to upgrade it. If you shop around you can get some awesome deals, so although you’re spending money, you can spend it wisely and hopefully not have to spend more again for awhile. For anyone interested I’m currently learning to use the Olympus Pen and want to invest in a new lens soon.
3. VSCO app filters.
I generally don’t really spend money on apps, but following from the previous point, I really enjoy photography and editing apps or filters are a great investment. VSCO is the app I use to edit all my Instagram photo’s, I find it super easy to use and all filter options are great. At new year they usually have a sale and you can get some great filter sets for as little as 99p that you can use over and over again. I bought about £5 worth a couple of years ago and I use them pretty much every single day, which works out at amazing value for money. This can apply to whatever photo editing apps or filters you use.
4. Self Hosting.
I spent the first 1.5 years with my blog on a free Blogger setup and as much as it was lovely to begin with, I soon wanted to have more control over my website. Going self-hosted seems like some fancy blogging status but basically it means you have more control over what your website looks like, the plugins you use to help you, the storage, the easy set-up etc. I use WordPress self hosted and this costs about £7 a month which I totally see as a worth while investment. Blogging since going self hosted is so much smoother, my SEO has improved and it’s generally been a much more enjoyable experience. So if you have the money to do so, I highly recommend investing your money in it.
5. My iPhone.
As someone who relies heavily on social media for my blog and for my Etsy Shop, I spend a lot (probably too much) time on my phone. Not only is it a portable laptop for writing on the go, scheduling tweets, replying to emails and taking photo’s, it’s also a great size for watching YouTube on…ha! But seriously, I know iPhone’s are incredibly expensive but the amount of time I spend on my phone makes it completely worth it to me and I spend a lot of that time networking to benefit my blog or shop. My phone and I are BFF’s for life.
Do you invest your money in certain things and not others when it comes to blogging? Please let me know where you invest your money for your blog in the comments and hopefully we can all pick up some tips and save some money!