Last week, I talked about some basic steps to start your own blog. To follow-up with that, I’ve made a list of some things I wish I had known before I started my blog.
There’s a lot I’m still learning, but here’s a few things that surprised me when I first started blogging. Hopefully this will help new bloggers or those of you who haven’t yet started a blog get a better perspective on blogging.
1. Blogging is not easy and it’s incredibly time-consuming – at first.
Okay, it’s still time-consuming now – I’m just a lot more used to it. Yes, blogging takes time. You have to come up with ideas, write those ideas, format them in a post, take photos, upload them, edit them, publish, and put on social media. Every single time you post.
2. You will get used to blogging and find a good rhythm if you stick with it. I promise.
3. No one will read your blog at first.
4. Or comment.
5. You cannot take that personally or feel like a failure. The fact is, no one knows about your blog yet. It takes time to build that up.
6. Pic Monkey is your best friend.
7. Someone will post an extremely rude comment. Ignore it.
8. You are new at blogging, and so you have a lot to learn. Don’t compare to anything. Don’t become defeated when your version of “success” has not yet come.
9. Blog friends are essential. Make them early.
10. Not everyone will care that you have a blog. But if you care, the people who want to read your blog will follow.
11. Followers are not everything. If you only blog to gain popularity, it may be a long and difficult road for you.
12. All the sudden, you will find yourself saying, “I am so going to blog about that” as you bust out your camera.
13. Not everything that happens in my life needs to be blogged about. And it’s okay to keep what I want private.
14. Social media is good for blog growth. Before I started my blog, I thought being on it more would be a bad thing. Without social media, my blog would still be in the dark with no readers, reaching no one.
15. Someone else’s blog will always be “better” than yours. So stop caring about being better and start working on being yourself.
16. Numbers are not a good reason to blog. You can’t get caught up in page views, number of comments, and all that.
It’s a good measure of progress, but not the only measure. The numbers will probably grow slower than you think they should. But they will grow. Just don’t obsess over them.
17. It’s not necessary to blog every day. In fact, that’s impossible.
18. Blogging has changed a lot about my life. Because I’ve chosen to put the amount of effort that I have into my blog, it surprised me how much of my time and energy has gone into blogging. Worth it, but not what I expected to happen when I first started.
19. I enjoy blogging so much more than I realized I could. It’s very rewarding, fun, and exciting.
20. People actually will read your blog. The first time someone said, “Oh yeah, I saw that on your blog,” I think I almost peed my pants. You read my blog?! Well, of course they do. It’s on the INTERNET!
This post probably could have turned into 100 things I wish I’d known, especially since I’m still learning new things about blogging every day. But 20 is a nice number, right?
I hope you found these points helpful, or at the very least, entertaining!
Questions for You:
- What things surprise you about blogging?
- What things do you still not understand about blogging?