Blogging might seem like a walk in the park to most people – it’s just tapping on a keyboard right? If only it was that easy! There are a fair few skills I’ve had to learn over the last seven years and unfortunately, I’ve had to learn the hard way with some of them. Hello nine months of my entire blog being in Times New Roman because I messed up something in the HTML. My baaaaad! But you live and you learn (and manage to tweak the code eventually).
Things would’ve been a whole lot easier if we had lessons on blogging before things got tough. Can you imagine that? Double maths, physics then SEO and image optimisation… Would’ve been handy! I’ve sort of been thinking up these random lecture ideas in my head so I thought it would be fun to talk about school lessons which would’ve helped with blogging!
If you took photography or art, you’ll probably know this one but I didn’t. I spent hours and I mean houuuuuurs researching aperture, f-stops, ISO and ‘how to get a blurry background’ and even now, I have to stick the odd question into Google because mate, cameras are confusing. If I’d learnt about cameras and photography in school then I would’ve saved myself so much time. Also, it’s just one of those fields I want to be an expert in and know straightaway that because the lighting is dark but there are bright lights everywhere that I need to do this, this and this for the perfect shot. Know what I mean?
Lightroom genuinely terrifies me. It’s all the bars and colours and just everything. I WISH I’d learnt how to use Lightroom in school because my editing would be 100 times better. I can use most Creative Cloud programs but not Lightroom and that is definitely something I wanna tackle this year!
Schools these days might teach SEO in IT but back in my day (I say that like I’m ancient, I’m only 23) we learnt nothing. I’m pleased to say I taught everything I know about SEO myself and it’s done me well on my blog and in my career (although transferring domains fucked it) but a few lessons at school would’ve helped me so much, especially as I started blogging whilst I was at school.
When I first sent an invoice to a brand I was completely lost. What’s an invoice number? What are payment terms? What should I do about VAT? It took me bloody ages to firstly work out what everything was and secondly, design it in my branding. Thank God for Google eh?
Payments, not pavements. Although, I do love that song.
I think I speak on behalf on most bloggers when I say it would be fab to know exactly how to get the money you’re owed within the payment terms. Too many of us have waited days, weeks and months for our invoice to be cleared and it’s not really good enough, especially when some bloggers need that money to live off. I’ve actually just spent most of my morning chasing an overdue payment and I can’t begin to tell you how frustrating it is!
Can you think of any school lessons which would’ve helped with blogging?