I’ve been blogging for around 20 months now and although I still have a lot to learn, I have already learnt so much since I started out. Blogging isn’t easy and I think a lot of people, including myself, go into it naively expecting their blog to be a success over night, which couldn’t be further from the truth! So here’s 6 things that I wish I had known before I started blogging…
1. It is hard work and time consuming
When I first started blogging I had absolutely no idea how much time and effort went into it. If you want your blog to grow, you need to be prepared for that. I pretty much work full time hours on my blog (not for full time pay!)
2. There’s far more to it than just writing
Writing is good, yes, but there is much more to blogging than just writing. You need good photos and you need to be active on social media, then there’s all the admin and replying to emails (sooo many emails!), not to mention SEO.
3. It’s not all about the numbers
It’s very easy to get obsessed with the numbers – page views, subscribers, instagram followers etc. And while numbers are important, what’s more important is engagement. Brands want to see that your audience is engaged, that your readers trust what you say and that they keep coming back.
4. It’s OK to take a break
I have been blogging for 20 months now and I am only just realising that it is OK to take a break every now and again. It really doesn’t matter if your stats drop for a couple of weeks, it’s not the end of the world. A break will do you the world of good and you will come back feeling refreshed and full of new ideas.
5. Not everybody will understand why you blog
Why do you want to share you life online? How do you make money from blogging? Why do companies send you free stuff? I get asked so many questions about blogging and really until you’ve done it yourself, it’s very hard to explain how it all works. Some people, particularly the older generation will probably never fully understand it.
6. It’s addictive
Blogging is hard work, but it is SO addictive. I’ve been doing it for less than two years and in that time I have wrote over 500 posts! You find yourself constantly thinking about taking photos and ideas for blog posts. It never stops. But I love it and am so glad that I started.
Thanks for reading.