So I’ve been blogging for about 4 months now, which is just crazy! It only feels like yesterday I set it up! Over the past 4 months my blog has grown quite quickly, but alongside this I have also learnt A LOT about the blogging community, and found out things that I wish I had known before, which is exactly what this post is dedicated to! If you’re a fellow blogger, let me know whether you agree with the points that I have made, also if there’s anything that you wish you had known before you took it up! And for those of you who are looking into starting a blog, then this is the post for you!
SCHEDULING IS HARD
So I thought that planning and keeping up with a blogging schedule would be a breeze, I mean every blogger that I knew seemed to do it with such ease, but boy was I wrong! When I first began blogging I was on summer holiday, so I was able to dedicate quite a bit of time to it, but once I started university, keeping up with 2 posts a week got increasingly harder. I wont lie, its hard to schedule/write posts, balanced with a degree, job, social life and training.
OVERALL ENGAGEMENT IS IMPORTANT
Before starting a blog I was never really too active across my social media platforms, I mean don’t get me wrong I loved a good Instagram picture, but it wasn’t anything I took too seriously. Then as soon as I started my blog, I quickly realised how important it is to be consistent in engaging with your audience through various social media plat forms. If I didn’t promote myself of places like twitter and Instagram, then I wouldn’t have the following that I do so on my blog.
PASSION IS KEY
Don’t blog about something that you aren’t genuinely interested in. I remember when I started blogging, I did a couple of beauty related posts and hated writing them, that was purely because I didn’t have much of a interest in that niche. But then as soon as I started writing about things that I am passionate about like fashion/design, and lifestyle I enjoyed it so much more! I also found that my stats went up dramatically when I started to write about what I loved, not what I thought someone else might love.
COMPANIES ARE VERY CHEEKY
In the real world, you do a job and get paid for it, right? Apparently not in the blogging world. I have been contacted by so many companies over the past 4 months, and I have been amazed at the amount that haven’t offered to pay, me for writing for them Granted there have been a fair few that have offered, but the ones that haven’t, do you really think us bloggers are always going to work for free?
STATS AREN’T EVERYTHING
Stats really shouldn’t make a difference to your blog, you should be writing and blogging because you enjoy it, not to gain a following, the following is just a bonus. Too many people get so hung up on stats, and as important as they are to a degree, its really key to not get too worked up over them, as long as you are enjoying what you are doing!
I hope you have enjoyed reading through this, there are so many other things that I wish I had known before starting out in the blogging industry, but these are just some of the key ones!
All my love,