How To: Be a Blogger in College


Following up with my previous post, this post is meant to help any college students that would like to blog. If you're a college student and blogging might be something you are interested in but might not think you have the time or skills, then this post is for you. With this being my third year in college, and my fourth year of blogging, I think I have quite a bit of experience under my belt. I think I have a few tips to share for young readers who want to start a blog and help them manage their time in order to continue with this new hobby. I think being in school and blogging can sometimes be harder than if you have a day job and blog. As college students we have so many activities(clubs, sports, Greek life, etc) or tasks, aside from a ton of homework, we must complete with many different deadlines. Unless you have a good work ethic and are very organized, you will get overwhelmed and frustrated that posts aren't going up as often as you'd like. Don't worry though, with these suggestions, starting or managing your blog will be a piece of cake. Keep in mind, this post is not only targeted at college students, this post can help anyone stay positive and continue to do what you do as a blogger.

Manage Time
Time management is essential in college. Prioritizing what you need to do is very important if you want to get anything done. There are so many distractions while in college(especially if you live on campus - with 5 other girls!!) but you have to decide what's important to you. The most important thing should be classes, of course. So try to focus on that throughout the week, and on the weekends focus on the posts you want to do.  This technique has been working great for me, and not only for blogging. Weekends are great to catch up on work for school, but when you're not busy with this, blogging can be a great stress reliever.

Plan Ahead
Planning goes hand in hand with time management. Since you most likely will not have a lot of time, post scheduling is something to take advantage of. Other social media platforms also allow you to schedule what you post. Having everything planned out on the weekend will take a lot of time and stress off your school week. Spread out your writing for posts. If you know it will be a quick post then you know it will be done with just one sitting. However, if you are planning on writing a longer post, spread the writing. It will be easier to do, and it won't seem as big of a task.

Socialize with Bloggers
If you want to excel at blogging, you need to be reminded that you're starting from the bottom.  No one will be popular or known immediately. This means that you need to get your name out there. Go and comment on blogs that are similar to the audience you would like, as well as groups, Facebook pages, or any other media out there. Use hashtags to target the audience that you want since many people use these to find pages that are useful for them. There are many college students out there that are blogging, so meeting people your age will not be a problem, you just have to figure out the different places to look for your interest group.

Relevant Content
Getting the right information out is very important. The best advice I have for this is that you should write about what you know. Write relevant information to get people's attention. People will come if they know what to expect from your blog and if they can relate to you as well. Even if you write about your life, make sure it is informative somehow. But above all be true to your writing. Don't lie or be someone you're not. People appreciate when people are themselves.

So keeping this in mind, you have the basis to start your new blog. If you need topics to write about you can check out my previous post where I mention some ideas to start off your blog. Like always, I remind you that these tips also apply to anyone - in this case, anyone who has a lifestyle and still wants to squeeze blogging into their busy lives.

If you have any questions or just need some help with blogging - my email is bellediaries@gmail.com.

5 Reasons College Students Should Blog



As a blogger, I will always encourage others to start a blog. Blogging does not only serve as an online diary but it will help you develop many skills. This blog started before I even knew what college I was going to go to. It was there through the good, and bad times in the past years. Now years later, it has changed me in so many ways and given me so many opportunities. This has become such an important part of my life and others should give it a shot. College students are in the perfect time of their lives to start a blog. Constantly having to build up a resume is exhausting, but little did you know that blogging can help you add some more skills to that awesome resume of yours.

Keep reading,  I also suggest some topics to start off your new blog!


1. Develop Writing Skills
For those who aren't lucky enough to have been born with English speaking parents, you will understand that the English language will always be a work-in-progress. Everyone will always have something to say about your writing skills, and that's fine. We all have our own voice when it comes to writing. By blogging you will constantly have to think of topics, and carefully proofread your own work. This is the best way to keep your writing skills sharpened! If you're a talented writer, then more power to you, use your skills wisely and show the world what you are capable of doing. It will also be a good way to show future employers what type of writing you're comfortable doing and what your approach is.

2. Keeps You Busy
While in college you will find that many things will require your time. However, even if you're busy, adding one more thing to your daily agenda is a way to constantly have something to entertain yourself with. Finding a topic you love to write about is the most important part here, as it will never feel like a job or a boring task. Consider blogging as an outlet from your busy school work, or busy social life.

3. Find Your Purpose
Of course, everything you're doing in college is to ultimately find yourself. Nowadays, everything we do is shared on the Internet, and by doing this you let others know what you're interested in. Once you figure out what you're truly passionate for, writing will be a piece of cake. Even if doesn't have to do with your major, it's okay! Blogging can be a stress reliever but at the same time making you share all your favorite things - and who knows, maybe you'll find some people just like you out there.

4. Socialize
Well, I know what you're thinking... and you're wrong. Blogging isn't for anti-social people who have nothing to do but sit on their butt and type away. From all these years of blogging, I have met so many wonderful people that are interested in the same things I am. You will encounter very friendly people(and some not so friendly) that will give will make you grow as a person with their thoughts and ideas, and some will even help you out! Another big point that I will make about socializing in the blogging world is that depending on what you do, blogging might open big doors for you. With social media in today's world, anyone can quickly have their 15 minutes of fame. So write about what you love and maybe that one author, actor or company might notice you.

5. Market Yourself
Of course, those of us who are lucky to go to college know that everything we do in college is helping us market ourselves. We are always told that people with a college degree are more marketable, but truth is - if you wasted your time in college without being involved, sometimes it won't make a difference what your degree is. While volunteering, clubs, Greek life, sports, and all those other extracurriculars are important, blogging is a whole different way of making you desirable to future employers. It lets your employers know that you are willing to share your thoughts and that you will be a valuable part of their business. It allows you to work on your own schedule so it also shows that you can manage yourself well.


By writing this, I wanted to encourage others to start a blog - even if you don't post it right away, or even share it with your friends and family - take a chance and do it. It is such a stress reliever for me and I have enjoyed every second of what I do.

Here are some topics to get you started:

  1. College topics - Life in school, Activities, Volunteering
  2. Beauty - Makeup, Hair, Nails tutorials
  3. Fashion - New collection in stores, outfits you wear, hauls
  4. Reviews - Makeup, Movies, Shows, Clothing, Books, etc.
  5. Sports - news in sports, your thoughts on games
  6. Travel - Local town, internationally, even weekend trips
  7. Collection - Bones, Autographs, Bottle caps
  8. Fitness - Exercise Tips, Fitness Diary, Food Diary, Weight Loss Journey
  9. Random Hobbies - Photography, Painting, Creative Writing, Computers, Games 
  10. Politics - News, Debates, Current Events
See! I'm sure one of these things caught your attention. There is nothing you can't blog about and that was my point. I really hope you are considering giving blogging a shot, and who knows, maybe you'll get some exposure in that topic. Good luck!

Oh, and if you're not in college that doesn't mean you can't start one. Although this article was aimed at college students, I encourage anyone to start blogging!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I'm always eager to help others about blogging.
Click here to email me, or at: isabel@thebellediaries.com.


Review: Gillete Venus Embrace Sensitive


The Gillete Venus brand is pretty much the only brand I have ever used in terms of razors. I love the variety of collections that they provide which can be personalized to everyone's needs. My favorites that I have used are the original blue Venus razor, Venus Divine, Venus Embrace, and the Spa Breeze. I always like trying new razors since my skin reacts differently at different times.

The Gillete Venus Embrace Sensitive is aimed at those struggling with sensitive skin, or even if you don't have sensitive skin, odds are you're shaving somewhere sensitive. Whether it be your legs, armpits, bikini line, or elsewhere - your skin is very delicate and the more we take care of it the better it will be in the long run.

Spring Break River Trail

This past weekend was the beginning of my Spring Break. Unlike last year, I will not be spending 27 hours in a car trying to get to Miami. This year we decided to save our money and stay local.

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