I started this little space of mine back in January, and I have to say that I am in no position to give out any advice on this whole blogging thing. But I can definitely look back on a slightly younger and eager me and think of a few things that I wish I had known back then before I clicked “publish” on my very first blog post. So today, I am sharing 10 things that I wish I knew when I started blogging, hopefully it will help someone out there!
1// It takes a lot of work
I figured this much when I first started, and it is still something that I am working on now. Blogging isn’t as simple as it looks. It takes time and dedication. And if you want to get your blog to a certain point, if you have a set goal in mind, you definitely have to put the work in. It can become a full time job in terms of work load, but if you have a passion for it won’t feel like work at all!
2// Be yourself
I definitely started out by comparing myself to other “bigger” bloggers. I think its important to be yourself in the blogging world, that’s what makes you unique, and that is what will capture your readers. It will build a loyal following and give you a better chance of reaching your goals.
3// Talk about the things you love
Passion comes from doing things that you love, if you love blogging you’ll be passionate about it, but the topics you write about will also come off as more passionate if they are topics that you love.
This is a tip that I’ve read multiple times from different bloggers. Networking is a huge part of blogging that may not be so obvious to those just starting out. It’s important to make blogger friends, join networks and Facebook groups, and also comment on other bloggers posts. If you are showing love to other bloggers and networking with them, chances are they will return the favor! Look at the world of blogging as a huge community and put yourself out there!
- This also goes along with social media. Share your blog posts on all of your social networks, connect with other bloggers through Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google +, and anything else you use. Make sure you are not just using these networks solely for self promotion, but also to “network” and share posts from other bloggers, and of course just being yourself!
5// Choose a name that you will love
I personally had to change my name earlier on, due to an eagerness to start blogging and not making sure I was happy with the name I originally chose. Really think about the name you choose, and make it something that you will be happy with and excited to share with others. There are many different factors to look at, do you want your name to reflect you, what your blog is about, or be something that is catchy and easy to remember? These are all things that are important, and its up to you if you want a name with all three of these factors or if you want it to focus on the factor that is most important to you. Just make sure you love it and you are happy with it.
6// Get inspiration from other Bloggers
This goes along with networking. I love reading other blogs and seeing how other bloggers do it! It gives me ideas, it gets my “wheels turning”, and it gets me excited to try new things on my blog. It keeps me passionate about what I do because I enjoy seeing how so many others do it!
7// Stick to a Schedule
When I first started blogging I tried to blog every day. Which a lot of blogger do, and it works great. However, for me I felt that I was losing out on quality in my posts because I was trying to stick to this. If you don’t blog every day, be consistent with your posts by sticking to a set schedule. This is something I still personally need to work on amd figure out, but that might have been easier if I started focusing on that earlier on.
8// Image and Branding are everything
Personally, when I visit a blog I take in the overall look and branding of the blog before even reading any content, and this sometimes affects how long I stay on the blog. And I do think that on average this is the same for most readers. Having great branding and a great layout will increase the time spent on your blog, and possibly the number of loyal readers your blog has.
- Also I would like to add that having great photography on your blog is important. This is another thing that I wish I knew earlier on, because it is something that I am trying to work on now, and I have noticed a significant increase in views on posts with “pinnable” pictures than posts without. Pinterest is a great was to drive traffic! So get out that camera and start snapping some awesome pictures for your blog!
9// Experiment and try new things
After looking at other bloggers for inspiration, and trying to think about the types of things to post about, you should then experiment with different types of blog posts and topics, and see what you enjoy talking about. This can help with finding out what you want to focus on in you blog posts, and give you a “niche” if you will. It’s a great way to find out what works for you so that you can put out quality content for your readers.
10// Have Fun!
This is pretty self explanatory, enjoy your blog and the community you are now a part of! So many great things can come from it, and great relationships can be built.
I hope these 10 things help someone out there. Blogging to me is so much fun and an experience that allows me to keep learning. I’m so happy that I decided to start doing this, and every day is a new lesson to be learned! Comment below with any tips you have for new bloggers, or link up HERE for Blogtober14 and share your own post!