7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting my Blog
Starting a new blog can be both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Today I want to share with you the 7 things I wish I knew before I started my blog years ago.
If you’re a new blogger yourself or if you’ve just been toying with the idea of starting your own blog, this is for you.
I started my own blog years ago as a pure hobby and I had no idea how to grow it or how to even begin monetising it. I didn’t even know it was possible to make a full time income just from blogging.
Fast forward a few years later and I couldn’t be happier with where my blog is. Working from home on creating content that you love and also helping people through it — that is the dream for me.
As a toddler mom, I knew I didn’t want to go back to a 9–5 job after my son was born. That was the moment I decided to give this blog my all and grow it into a full-time business.
Let’s get into the 7 things that would’ve helped me to know as a beginner blogger.
1. You don’t need to know it all
You might be reading all the articles you can find online about blogging, feeling like you need to get a sense of everything before you start. And while learning tips is helpful, what truly takes you a step forward is putting in practice everything you’ve learned.
Sometimes you will need to know when to stop scrolling, and start working on your blog and creating content for it.
You absolutely do not need to know how to do everything from the beginning.
Don’t fall in that trap of overthinking things. Get started, create content and learn as you go. Content is what really helps a blog take off.
2. You don’t need to be perfect
We all fall into that perfectionism mindset sometimes. Your blog doesn’t have to look perfect and your content doesn’t have to be perfect.
Done is better that perfect!
So the next time you second guess what you post, just go ahead and hit that publish button. You never know what posts go viral on Pinterest or take off in Google search.
The only way to find out is to actually publish them.
3. Your first few months will be all about testing and learning
When you first start your blog, not a lot of people will see it. Which is great if you think about it, because it gives you a chance to learn and test things before more people get their eyes on it.
So if you’ve been sitting on your blog, afraid to hit that launch button, just do it.
Once you hit that launch button, it doesn’t mean lots of people will instantly flock to your website. But it does mean that it will give Google a chance to start indexing your posts and ranking them after a while.
4. An email list is essential
I was very reluctant to start my email list at first, because I found it overwhelming. I didn’t even know where to start, first of all.
I thought it was something that will take a lot of time. And I was also thinking: what do I even send to my list every week?
Well, I should’ve started sooner, because the moment I began working on my email list is exactly when my blog started picking up. And after a few months of working on my list, my blog reached over 100,000 monthly pageviews.
If you’ve also been putting it off, I highly recommend starting your list now.
Offer some nice freebies for your readers as an incentive to join and then send them weekly newsletters to keep them warm and engaged.
5. You don’t need to be on all the social platforms
Let’s be realistic. Running 7 social media platforms at once is exhausting, overwhelming and will lead to burnout fast.
Instead, I recommend focusing on maybe 2 platforms that are relevant to your niche. Create content for those, promote your blog there, create connections and, in general, try to hang out where your target audience is.
For my type of content, I focused on Instagram and YouTube. I repurposed my blog content for those platforms and I worked on growing them.
A tip for growing on these platforms: aesthetic looking pictures or thumbnails are very effective. If you need help editing your photos to look brighter and nicer in general, then you might find these free Lightroom presets helpful.
6. A simple blog theme will do
In the beginning, I thought my blog theme will make or break my blog. And while it’s an important aspect of it, it’s not everything. I have tried so many pretty looking themes with transitions or cool effects in the past, but I realised that none of that truly matters.
Most fancy-looking themes will actually slow down your website and that’s not good for your readers or for SEO.
Instead, I recommend a simple blog theme. Keep it minimal and you will do really well. Because ultimately, your content is what matters.
Focus more on creating quality posts, rather than the way your blog looks.
As long as your blog is functional and looks decent, that’s all you need to grow your audience and your income through it.
7. Don’t overwhelm yourself with all the tasks
Blogging is not a walk in the park. Yes, there are lots of tasks you could do to help it grow.
You might want to write content, take photos, edit photos, work on SEO, create lots of pins for Pinterest, optimise your blog, create digital products to sell, work on your affiliate marketing etc.
There are about a million tasks you could do. But you don’t have to do them all at once.
When you start feeling overwhelmed, make a brain dump list and jot down all the things you want to do for your blog. And then start working on that list step by step.
Decide what tasks you want to focus on a certain month or week and slowly work your way through it.
It’s the best way to keep focused and avoid getting overwhelmed by it all.
Now that you’ve taken these blogging tips in, go ahead and rock your blog!