If you’re a blogger, are there things you wish you could tell yourself from before you started blogging? What about if you haven’t started a blog yet, but you’d like to, do you wish you could know what other bloggers would tell themselves before they started?
Sometimes I sit back and almost have to laugh at the things I wish I had known before I started blogging or looking back and thinking of some things I definitely would have done differently. Here’s my list of things I would tell myself before starting a blog.
Like a lot of bloggers, I didn’t start out blogging to have a hundred page views or to have my blog post go viral on Pinterest, or even to make blog friends. When I first started blogging, it was a way to keep track of our newlywed life.
Once I graduated from college, I was seriously bored. I started searching for blogs to read and gradually decided that blogging was something I wanted to do.
Since then I’ve learned sooo much. Here are the things that stick out the most that I would tell myself before even setting up my blog.
Start with a plan
This is probably the biggest regret I have when it comes to blogging. Because my approach to blogging was so haphazard, I had no sort of plan going into my blogging.
I figured it out along the way, which was okay except that I feel like it’s taken me the entirety of my blogging career to figure things out. I can only wonder what the success of my blog could’ve been had I sat down and planned things out ahead of time.
There are tons of resources on Pinterest for creating a blogging plan (or a business plan that can be adjusted to be for your blog) and I highly recommend dedicating time to do that before you publish your first post!
Start on WordPress
Possibly my second biggest regret when it comes to blogging. Had I made a blog plan when I started out, I think I would have started on WordPress.
I had no intentions of blogging for other people to ever see my blog when I first started. Therefore it would have made no sense to pay for hosting and get stared on WordPress.
However, after planning out my goals for my blog and realizing its potential, I think I would have gladly paid a small investment up front into building up my blog.
One thing I also want to point out is that even if you’re not sure you’ll ever try to make money with your blog, starting on WordPress is still worth it. Think of it as investing into a hobby. Hobby don’t have a return on investment and it’s totally okay to put money towards those!
If you’re looking to start a blog, here is my step by step guide to getting started on WordPress!
Build a community
It’s crazy to me to believe that so many of my friends that I talk to on a daily basis are friends I’ve met through blogging. They say it takes a village to raise a chld, but it also takes a village to build a blog.
You need people in your court, it’s as simple as that. Put yourself out there, get to know other bloggers, support other bloggers and make friends in the process.
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Never chase the money
One of the quickest ways to get burnt out blogging is by chasing money. I’ve said it before, if you start a blog solely to make money, it will likely fail.
You have to be passionate and be willing to put the work in if you want to make money off of your blog. Again, there are tons of resources out there on how to do this.
I don’t think it’s wrong to have a desire to make money from your blog when you start blogging.
However I think your motivations for blogging must be greater than just chasing a get rich quick scheme, because blogging isn’t that easy.
Always strive to be authentic
Don’t post something just to try to get it to go viral on Facebook or Pinterest. Don’t post something just because someone’s willing to pay you for it.
Don’t post something because a brand might share it on their social media sites. If you start a blog with a plan in mind, go back to that every time. Does the post or paid opportunity align with the goals of your blog that you started with?
Will that opportunity help you to better your blog and get closer to your goals? Is the post something you’ll be proud of in sixth months or a year?
There are definitely a few posts that I’ve written that I am sure I wouldn’t have ever written had a created a plan for my blog. Instead now I have to go back a year or so later and try to clean up the old content that isn’t relevant to my blog.
Don’t try to be anyone, just be you
There are so many bloggers out there and it’s so easy to get caught up in their success. Don’t be like them. Be yourself. There’s no reason to try to imitate, copy or recreate what someone else is doing.
There’s definitely something to be said about being inspired by another blogger, but if it’s not something that fits into your personality or your blogs, don’t do it. Be yourself no matter the cost.
Don’t let comparison bring you down either. Don’t compare your blog to someone else’s no matter how similar your blogs may be.
Realize there are seasons
Every month will be completely different for your blog. Sometimes you might have 500 page views for the month, sometimes it might be 10,000.
There will be some consistency to traffic or comments and engagement, but there are also seasons to your blog. My blog is totally different than it was a year ago.
That was a different season for me when it came to blogging. And that’s okay. Take each season in stride and learn what you can from it!
Humility goes a long way
Like anything in my life, humility will take you far. It’s so easy with the anonymity of the blogging world to think you can hide behind your mistakes or not deal wth things face to face.
But, admitting you were wrong or admitting when you don’t know something will go a long way. Sometimes you just have to give yourself grace and hope others will, too!
Do your research
There are so many Facebook groups out there that it’s easy to just ask questions and have answers handed to you.
I always think it’s better to try to figure it out yourself first or at least trying to Google it to find the answer. Blogging is hard work and a lot of it is playing trial and error to see what works.
Other people will definitely be willing to help you, but remember they learned everything the hard way. Before starting a blog, start by looking through Pinterest and saving relevant pins that will help you in the future.