There are tonnes of advice around for new bloggers now but when I started a few years ago I feel like there wasn’t so much, or more importantly, I didn’t think I needed it. There were quite a few things that I didn’t consider before I started my blog. So I thought it may be useful to some people to talk about the things I wish I knew before I started blogging.
There’s a lot of more to it than you think
I’ve never been too bothered by tech stuff, I like computer things, but I severely underestimated the amount that goes into blogging. I don’t think I had even heard the term SEO before I started blogging and I definitely didn’t know about DA/PA/Alexa rankings. All I thought that went into blogging was taking some photos and writing some words with the odd bit of promotion. Alas, there’s alt tags, meta descriptions, readability and countless other things to consider. I would suggest looking into things gradually rather than all at once.
That won’t do
When I first started, the quality of blogging wasn’t quite as glossy and high production as it is now. But I still had a bad habit of thinking ‘oh, that will do’ and put up posts and photos that I wasn’t really that pleased with. It takes time to figure out a style that you like and feel is ‘you’ so don’t feel disheartened if you’re doing your best, just keep testing things out until you find what you’re totally happy with.
Don’t be shy
This was something that took me way too long but don’t be shy when it comes to interacting with other bloggers. It’s way nicer and way better to actually be part of the community than to try and go it alone. I still struggle a little bit with this as I’m not generally a chatty kind of person but everyone is so nice and even just following other bloggers on social media can make you feel much more involved.
As I said above, it feels so much better to be in the community than blogging in isolation. If you don’t have friends in real life that are bloggers then it can be quite a lonely past time. Joining in with Twitter chats can be a lot of fun and a great way to find other bloggers with similar interests. Get to know others in your niche and support one another.
Do what you want
I used to blog about pretty much everything. But over the years it’s naturally narrowed down to more of a cohesive niche. However, I still don’t limit myself to only posting certain topics. I’m interested in a lot of things and so are my readers. If you usually post about fashion but there’s a beauty product that you want to rave about then just go right ahead. If you only post things that you think you should be instead of what you actually want to then you won’t enjoy it as much. And isn’t that the point of blogging?
I hope you can learn something from this and consider the things that I didn’t! It can be easy to get overwhelmed in the blogging world so just take it one step at a time.
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