Things I Wish I Knew When I Started to Blog

Wednesday, 2 September 2015


One thing I thoroughly enjoy about blogging is the fact I am forever growing, leaning new things, changing habits, bettering myself mentally and physically. Looking back at when I first started to blog almost a year ago I have come to realise just how much I have grown. There are a few thing I wish I had known when I first started to blog.

TWITTER CHATS
I would most likely not have half as many readers and followers as I do now if I didn’t start to participate in Twitter chats. Twitter chats take place every day of the week and are so fun. You can talk to other bloggers, get tips and tricks, find blogs to read and make friends.

THEMES ARE IMPORTANT
When I first started I didn’t really care how my blog looked, my layout was gross, my pictures were all different sizes and horrendous quality and everything just seemed mismatched. Having a sleek layout attracts readers and having photographs all the one size just makes everything flow better.

THINGS TAKE TIME
I think this is one I took the longest to comprehend. I assumed I would have 100 followers within a month and be getting 10,000 readers daily. This is not true, things take time. Something I always remember is the quote “When things don’t happen right away just remember it takes 6 months to build a Rolls-Royce and 13 hours to build a Toyota”. I would rather grow in popularity slowly while staying true to myself and posting quality content than throwing posts together, being fake and being popular within days.

SEO IS IMPORTANT
How else would people find your blog? There are so many blog posts on SEO and how to have a higher SEO. SEO is important in reaching a broader audience and having a larger group of readers. From the simplest things like changing your post URLs to formatting your blog titles, all of these things help to build a larger readership.

BE HONEST
Never ever would I sell out and do a positive review for some cash or extra views, it’s just not worth it. I want to be truthful and be trusted by the people who read my blog. I don’t want to pretend to support a brand, item or anything else just to make others happy. I will always post what I want to. On the other hand I have posted a few posts I knew would get views even if I didn’t particularly like the post or the content, I will never do this again, it’s not worth it.

BE YOURSELF
This is so important. When I first started to blog I imitated so many bloggers I looked to for inspiration, I mimicked them, but I don’t want to be a carbon-copy of anyone else. I am me and I am happy to be me now. I wish I knew this sooner because I am so much more comfortable writing a blog and posting on here now because I add my personality to my posts and I let my character shine through and it makes me seem less robotic, in the words of the wise Miss Diamandis, I am not a robot….

PROMOTE AF
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest even in person, throw your blog at everyone. Well not really, but do not be afraid to promote on your Twitter 12 times a day or write multiple statuses about your new blog post over the span of a week. How else would you get views? I was so worried I would lose followers, but who cares? Just don’t promote every single second of every day and all is well.


Okay as always I wrote way more than I planned to, but I hope my blog lessons could help some newbie bloggers out there. 

Thanks for reading,

What lessons have you learned since starting to blog? 

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