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The 6 Things To Know Before You Start Blogging

January 17, 2018

I have already (almost) hit my one month of blogging and I have learned so much from it. From that experience, I took the time to post about some things new bloggers should know about blogging before they start to be extra ready for their own journey! These tips will ensure you a great first month of blogging.

1 Importance of time management

After 1 month of blogging, I can already feel the pressures of time management and trying my best to schedule – basically – my life. It is so important to have a set schedule every day. Because blogging is way more than just writing and then posting, like people think.

Blogging consists of writing and then revising that writing; taking pictures and then editing and adding them into posts; promoting and helping promote others in return; creating graphics and not just one for each post, but several. That’s just the gist of blogging there is so much more.

Imagine. We have juggle with all those responsibilities and our life as well. Whether it be homework, projects, jobs, children, or even laziness. Every blogger will struggle to know what they need to do. That’s why it is so important to have something to help you schedule or reminder to do things. I suggest having some sort of app or even an actual agenda to help you sort your life out!

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2 Be proud of what you’re doing

If I had to be honest, I was so uncertain about starting my blog. Because I was afraid about what people would think if they ever came across it. I was afraid that the things I would write about make people judge me. But I’ve learned that I just have to be proud of myself for everything I’ve done. Starting this blog was a challenge and that, in itself, is something I should be proud of.

I didn’t want to say it this way but it’s the best way to explain: be shameless about your blog. Don’t give this a negative connotation. I mean it in the way that we should be proud of what we write and create. Can you believe that we took the time to sit down and write word after word of each of our blogposts? On our own website that we carefully customized with codes and widgets here and there?

3 Once you start blogging, you have to open up to be successful

This is kind of like part two to the previous tip. You have to be confident and just put yourself out there or else, who will ever find your blog? Join Facebook groups, Pinterest group boards, start an Instagram, etc.

Don’t be afraid of wanting to be successful. Once you start your blog, you have to have the courage to send emails, respond to comments, send messages to various people. For example, to join Pinterest board groups, you must contact the group’s owner to be invited. And that requires us to contact them by email or by the Pinterest messages.

Something I struggled with even before starting my blog was being okay with taking pictures of myself. I hated it to be honest. But after starting my blog, I realized that I can’t keep being so insecure of myself. For readers to know who is behind this blog, I must show who I am with pictures especially since this is a lifestyle and fashion blog.

Also, if you have any sort of dream partnerships, have the courage to be the one to start the conversation! Send them an email or two and even if they decline, I promise you’ll find your perfect partnerships along the way.

Putting yourself out there is very important for the success of your blog. In order for people to find you and read your awesome blogposts, you have to promote yourself.

4 Write about things you actually want to write about

I haven’t struggled too much with this but I think many future bloggers should know this tip. To put it simply, if you don’t like writing about a certain topic, don’t write about it. Many bloggers try to write about things that seem to be “in trend” when they start out. That may not be a bad thing but, if you originally had no passion or that push to write about it, why start at all?

I think we’ve all heard this that if you write about something you have no interest in, readers will know. Readers will feel the insincerity of your posts and that’s not a good thing especially if you want loyal readers. They will feel that disconnection between you and the topic and of course, who wants to read a post that’s mediocre right?

5 Be ready for critiques

Is it only me but does any new blogger feel anxious when they get a new comment? We have to be ready for all types of comments whether it be negative, positive, or in between. I haven’t gotten any bad comments or anything but, always being ready for it is good for any blogger.

If you ever get a “bad” comment or critique, use it as a way to reflect on your writing but don’t let it discourage you. There’s always time to improve and be a better writer. And of course, if people took the time to write comments on your posts, write back especially when you just first started out. Offensive comments are another story.

6 Keep going

Not everyone reaches success one day after they start a blog – really no one. We all start from the very bottom and work our way up. There is no shortcut to success because we learn from our failures and mistakes and from others. 

If you are passionate about what you do and blog, I guarantee that passion will start to be recognizable to others. So find your voice and topic, keep writing even if things don’t seem to be going the way you want them to. Because with time, they will. Keep that strong push you had when you first decided to commit to blogging.

Keep writing, promoting, and being proud of your content. Because your content is unique and even if it has no impact right away, you will be able to make your brand known.

90 Comments

  • Shadlyn

    January 17, 2018 at 10:21 am

    You gave some great points on how to start a blog. I definitely agree with you on the part where you should be proud of what you are doing without that you will be miserable trust me and this from experience.

  • Sue Tanya McHorgh

    January 17, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Time management is very important. I totally agree with you. Bloggers should also be proud of the work too 🙂

  • Shell

    January 17, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    It’s absolutely true that yiu should write about what you know about and love… your writing will ring true with your readers and endgame them. I sometimes see bloggers who seem to be writing what they think people want to see instead of from their hearts…

    1. helloconchita

      January 18, 2018 at 8:07 am

      Yes, it is so important for us to write what we want to write and what we truly care about instead of following trends.

  • Indu

    January 17, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Good knowledge on the subject, you want to write about, is essential for blog. You have given useful blogging tips for aspiring bloggers.

    1. helloconchita

      January 18, 2018 at 8:07 am

      Thank you so much!

  • Ithfifi

    January 17, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Great tips in your post and I am glad you started with scheduling, your right that a lot of people think.. ah blogging. Write something up and post, I was guilty of this in my first year and it caused me so much stress about having enough content. I realised I could NOT create my content the night before planning to post. Now I have set posting days and am roughly a month and a half ahead of myself which means I all the content I work on adds on to the end of that. Also so true you need to be proud and passionate about what your putting out. It has to be fun for each blogger!

    1. helloconchita

      January 18, 2018 at 8:09 am

      Sometimes we have to learn from our own mistakes and then improve. I’m glad you got to improve with your blogging throughout your experience!

  • Karen Ngai

    January 17, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    I cannot stress how useless I’d be without my planner + checklist notebook + notepad. I need these things to get me through the day, especially between blogging and work.

    I’ve had my blog for a while now but haven’t really had the motivation to do it as a habit so your post has certainly helped!

    P.S My favourite brand is for these kinds of notebooks are from Cotton on, check them out!

    1. helloconchita

      January 18, 2018 at 8:10 am

      Yes! Even without a blog, I think it’s important for everyone to keep a schedule in some way. Thank you for the recommendation, I might check it out. My favorite brand right now is ban.do, haha.

  • Jasmine

    January 17, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Im new to the world of blogging and have been doing it roughly the same time as you. I can relate to this post so much- as Im always worried what people may think and even if anyone will even bother to read it! Your right – we all just need a little determination and confidence! 🙂

  • Cia Black

    January 17, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Scheduling is the one I am the worst at, and really need to focus more on. But I think or at least I hope that I’m able to improve on that aspect.

  • Jenny

    January 17, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Great post! Commitment is absolutely key to having a successful blog!

    1. helloconchita

      January 18, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      Thank you!

  • Sarah Althouse

    January 17, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    I started my blog randomly 3 years ago but wish I had had more structure then! haha

  • Tandra

    January 17, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Great tips Conchita! My own one month blogging anniversary is approaching and I’ll definitely be expanding on some of the points you raised and more. Awesome job on your blog so far!

    x Tandra | ablackgirlblogging.com

    1. helloconchita

      January 18, 2018 at 8:11 am

      Thank you, Tandra! Ooh I hope you learned a lot from your one month and let’s keep growing even bigger together!

  • Sarai

    January 17, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    These are all great tips, some i wish i had known before starting! Consistency and structure are key!

  • L △ U R △

    January 17, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Yesss! These are all so, so important to keep in mind when you start a blog. Especially time management – you have to be really disciplined and spent time nurturing your blog. It’s like a plant that needs watering to blossom!

    Critiques can be a hard one to get used too. When you spend so much time and effort on something, just to have someone tear you down can be very soul destroying. But pay no attention! Everyone else is there because they like your content. The good always outweighs the bad!

    Laura ¦ http://www.laurahasablog.co.uk

  • Nathalie

    January 17, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Great points! I definitely agree with them all, especially opening up and writing about what you are passionate about!

    Nathalie
    http://apinchofaustria.com

  • Jenni LeBaron

    January 17, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    These are all great tips. I really struggle with time management because I work a full-time job in addition to my blog. Opening myself up for more time is really difficult to say yes to right now.

  • Emily Terrell

    January 17, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    These are great tips. The hardest thing I have is managing my time better. Critiques were hard for me at first, but after a while, I looked forward to them. They help me to write better and to write things that are more relevant to my readers.

  • Nati

    January 17, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    I agree with all the points you mention here! Blogging is a fascinating activity, but it also needs a lot of time and dedication.

  • Christina

    January 18, 2018 at 12:09 am

    These are all so true! I have watched throughout the last few years since I’ve started my own blogging journey, as so many bloggers burned out. Why? They were never passionate about what they were doing, they were in it as some sort of get rich quick idea, or were not writing about what they really wanted to write about. There is a niche and subject out there for everyone and people who would want to read about it. It just takes that first step to go for it!

  • Katie

    January 18, 2018 at 12:36 am

    These are some awesome tips! I wish I had thought of a lot of these when I started blogging. I wish I had more time to dedicate, but I work full-time plus have 3 kids at home. It’s my catharsis.

  • Tennille M.

    January 18, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Great advice on blogging! You’ve hit some really great points on blogging, especially having ideas to write about. Thanks for sharing this post. By the way, love your pics!

  • Miki Patel

    January 18, 2018 at 2:28 am

    These are some useful things to know. As an introvert, I have to admit, some of these things were difficult. I found networking to be the most difficult but realized soon enough that I would need to learn the networking aspect in order to be a successful blogger. Time management used to be pretty difficult too. Now, I always have a calendar and an eplanner to help me with the time management aspect. I’ve figured out a system that works for me and I think in the end, we all need to figure out what works especially if we want to succeed as bloggers.

  • Amy Dong

    January 18, 2018 at 2:30 am

    The time management piece is the big factor in starting a blog, especially if it becomes one’s job/work. In that case, I view blog time as a day job not unlike my previous 9 to 5 job …so the time needed to invest is simply a given. That said, it’s important to be able to hang it up and leave “work at work” when it’s time to sit down with the family or do other things that nourish the soul! 🙂

  • Isabelle

    January 18, 2018 at 2:45 am

    Loved this entry, especially when you said that you shouldn’t be afraid of wanting to be successful! You should do you and be proud of it because a lot of people don’t have the courage to try!

    1. helloconchita

      January 18, 2018 at 8:12 am

      Thank you so much!

  • Audrey Marie

    January 18, 2018 at 5:15 am

    Being organized is SO important! A planner helps me organize my blog and keep on schedule.

    1. helloconchita

      January 18, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      I definitely agree!

  • Sara Nichols

    January 18, 2018 at 6:37 am

    I agree, you have to write about tips that you love. Readers also seem so much more engaged on posts that I loved writing.

  • Jenny

    January 18, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Yes to this! These tips are all so important.

  • Jodi Major

    January 18, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    I so agree that writing about what you want to write about helps. As a High School Senior photographer, many have suggested writing about fashion, but I don’t know fashion, so it’s too much for me. So I found things important to me and ran with that!

  • EmpowerandHelp

    January 18, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Blogging is a great activity like you mention. But it does require positive mindset and dedication

  • Josselyn

    January 18, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    I started blogging about my passion that is books and fashion and I love what I write about. And time is precious!!

  • Heather | stressedmommy.com

    January 18, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Very good points!

  • Amanda

    January 18, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    All these tips are completely true, but my biggest challenge last year was time management. Setting myself up with a schedule and not trying to accomplish all things in one day really helped me tremendously. I keep my planner with me at all times!

  • Alaina Monster

    January 18, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Such great tips for beginner bloggers, and reminders to experienced bloggers. My biggest challenge when I started blogging was time management. I didn’t realize how much time blogging actually took.

  • Joanna

    January 18, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Congratulations on your first month of blogging! I have been blogging for over 3 years now and indeed time management is essential. Having a planner and writing down your daily tasks in it it’s very important to keep you focused and organised.

  • Lauren

    January 18, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    You’re so right when it comes to staying with it. Blogging is not a sprint but a marathon. It takes time to grow a following, get your audience and to create a community.

  • Barb

    January 18, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    These are ALL really good points, Conchita! I’ve been blogging for about two years now, but many of these are things I still need to hear today! Thank you for this insightful post!!!

  • Elizabeth O

    January 18, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    There are some really great tips here for beginners, well done. I agree wholeheartedly with the writing about what you love, I think that is the key to blogging for me 🙂

  • Deb B.

    January 19, 2018 at 12:44 am

    These are such great reminders! It’s so easy to “think about” starting a blog but actually following through, and starting off on the right foot is not so easy. Wonderful tips on being confident about succeeding and writing what you really want to write about.

  • Maureen

    January 19, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    These are all great tips. Time management is really key and one I need to manage better 🙂 Thanks for sharing this.

  • rachael lalji

    January 19, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Such a great post . Ive just started blogging so this is great advice. It’s so much more than just writing now i realise

  • Shubhada Bhide

    January 19, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    I agree with all your points you said. These are all great reminders for those who want to start in the blogging industry. and Time Management is so important and the key to being successful.

  • Juli

    January 19, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    I wish I would have seen this post when I started to blog.

  • Kori Evans

    January 19, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    I absolutely agree with all of this! I started blogging 7 months ago and yes time management is huge! I also realized the power of writing posts ahead and scheduling them! So helpful! And yes when you write about what you know, the words just flow ☺️!

  • Miranda

    January 19, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    I love, 4 Write about things you actually want to write about, I have had so many people over my years of blogging try to tell me what I should write about, but I write for me!! So write what you love, always! 💜

  • Amy-Lynn

    January 19, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    All very well said and all very true. I’ve seen people do polls and stuff trying to fill some magical space in the blogging universe that, somehow, no one has ever touched on. They’re asking what ppl want to read about. My question is always “What do you want to WRITE about?” If you don’t have a passion for what you’re doing your readers will know it and you’ll lose steam quickly. Keep up the good work!

    Amy-Lynn
    http://amylynnwriting.com

  • Ellie plummer

    January 19, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    I am fairly new to blogging so these are some really useful tips, thanks for sharing them.

  • Emily Leary

    January 19, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    I started my blog as a hobby (now my full time job) and agree with all this. You’ve covered some really fundamental points that I think will help anyone interested in blogging 🙂

  • Karrie Frost

    January 19, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Great post for anyone who is starting/or wanting to start a blog. It can be hard to find a voice, great advice reminding people to find something they are passionate about, and be confident.

  • Nicole Flint

    January 19, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    These are great tips! You are so right about time management! That was my biggest struggle when I first started my blog. I would work on a blog posts for days sometimes weeks at a time and after that I wouldn’t want to post it or felt like it was worth to post anymore!

  • Bina

    January 19, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this post. It reminded me of how it is first starting out and how hectic it can get. This post is very helpful!

  • Kim

    January 19, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Great tips!!!! I just started blogging last week. I have been putting it off for a very long time. I have a photography business so it should be easy but when I go to write I can’t think what to say! I think time management is a big one for me.

  • Priyanka @ Champagne Flight

    January 19, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Blogging is def tough work! And I constantly struggle with time management. But it is extremely rewarding 🙂

  • mily jain

    January 19, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    This is definitely a great list for aspiring bloggers who find it tough to figure out the fundamentals..i agree with the success point..after all who does not want fame..

  • Alicia Taylor

    January 19, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    All excellent advice. I’ve been maintaining websites since 1998 – and blogging since WordPress came out in the early 2000’s. It does take a while to learn to deal with some of the comments you may get from people – or rejection from the favorite brand you just pitched. The key is just pick yourself up and move on.

  • Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut cook

    January 19, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    So so true. Love this post. I would completely agree with writing about something you identify with. So many times have I seen a gear shift in topics and lack of passion for the topic. I am food and drink – simple.

  • Mansi Gupta

    January 19, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    I wish someone was there to advice me back when i started..

  • Jillian

    January 20, 2018 at 12:12 am

    YES, KEEP GOING! NEVER QUIT!!! xoxo. Great tips!

  • Amanda

    January 20, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Wonderful tips! I am a newer blogger myself and have come to many of the same findings as you! It is a work in progress but definitely worth pursuing!

  • Erica D Ardali

    January 20, 2018 at 4:04 am

    I always try to tell myself that comparison is the thief of joy. I try not to compare myself to others. I also need to get better at time mgmt. I tend to obsess over certain things and you get zero done that way.

  • Ayana Nell

    January 20, 2018 at 7:09 am

    This is all great advice! It’s really hard to push through sometimes when you get discouraged. Last year I took off weeks at a time when I started feeling this way. Now I’m learning that those breaks actually really hurt my numbers and it’s just not worth it! I power through when I can, and try to schedule in advance so that if I’m not feeling it for a week or two, I’ve still got content coming out!

  • Amber Stanfield

    January 20, 2018 at 8:25 am

    The Time Management, and Keep Going were two points that really stood out for me. I’m a mom and I have a full time job, so it can be hard to balance all of that with blogging. This year, I am really taking advantage of scheduling posts, and trying to write as much as I can on weekends. I’ve also been batch processing photo shoots, so that has been helpful. As far as sticking with it, it can be hard, especially when success doesn’t come right away, and views are low, but I’m determined to keep going, and see it through!

    Amber S. | http://www.thesuburbansocialite.com

  • Kelley

    January 20, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Fledgeling blogger here and I really appreciate these encouraging tips. There’s so much to learn that sometimes the whole thing feels so intimidating!

  • Evelyn, Path of Presence

    January 20, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Love this highly inspiring post! All points are so right on… especially #1 – time management. Blogging is SO MUCH more than write & post. Most non-bloggers do not understand the process – and it’s too bad. Which makes your others points even MORE valid. For me, doing what I love, writing about my passion and what really resonates makes what I do important. It allows me to walk a path that is aligned, courageous and creative! Many continued blessings to you <3 Evelyn, PathofPresence.com

  • Karthika

    January 20, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Blogging is definitely a mindset change for me. I tend to write a lot but having the dedication to actually type it all out is what I struggle with. Thanks for these great tips.

  • Echo

    January 20, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    This is such a great post! I still consider myself a newbie started in September. These are still really important for me to remember. Thanks for sharing.

  • Stephanie Jeannot

    January 20, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    I love that you said to be proud of what you write. What we come up with even on a platform like this still comes from a deep, personal place. I totally agree with you!

  • Monique Elise

    January 20, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    These are great tips and I agree with all of them! It’s so important to stay true to yourself and the content you create. That should be number 1!

  • Vivek

    January 21, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    “Feel proud what u r doing”. It was a great point. You have good knowledge of blogging

  • Chelsea Elizabeth

    January 21, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Great tips here! And I agree, you have to love what you’re writing about. It can be easy to want to say yes to every paid opportunity but always look at the bigger no picture and consider yourself and your audience first

  • Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies

    January 21, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Great advice for people starting out – I started as a hobby blogger – I wish I’d focused more earlier x

  • Rachel Evans

    January 21, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    YES YES YES! When I first started my blog I wasn’t proud of it and I tried to hide it from my friends and family. But it’s so wonderful what we are doing and we should be proud of ourselves.

  • Hunter

    January 22, 2018 at 2:28 am

    These are excellent ideas & great advice. Thanks for sharing!

  • Amy

    January 22, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Yes, to writing about things you actually want to write about. So important to be passionate about what we’re doing, in order to keep it alive and sustainable.

  • Emily Leary

    January 22, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    You’ve shared some really great tips for those looking to start up a blog. I definitely agree with your point about being proud of what you’re doing. It’s tempting to try and keep things secret when you first start blogging for fear of judgement but the only thing that matters is if you enjoy what you’re doing!

  • Katie

    January 22, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Great tips! It’s hard not to give up when you don’t have time.

  • Preet

    January 22, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    There are some really great tips here for beginners. I agree that writing about what you love is the key to a successful blog. I am still working on planning my posts and have a schedule for at least a month ahead.

  • Cindy

    January 22, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Great advice, especially Keep Going. You have to decide if you’re in this for the long haul and be determined. Also, love the fact that you encourage people to reach out to others. We’re in this together.

  • Chelsee Hood

    January 23, 2018 at 10:00 am

    These are all such great points! I am struggling with time management, so thanks for the tips!

  • Maria

    January 23, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Honestly I wish I knew about these ones before I started…. My biggest struggle ( I don’t know why ) is opening up…It just gets in my head and I feel super embarrassed… Does that happen often, I wonder?

  • Ra’Nesha

    January 24, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Time management and scheduling is so important many bloggers struggle in these areas starting out.

  • Ariel

    January 24, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    These are definitely perfect tips to know before you start blogging. Time management is super important. It can consume your life, so having a set schedule is important! Thank you for sharing, I needed to hear some of this as a reminder.

  • Tiffany Yong

    February 10, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    There’s actually a lot of people out there who don’t actually know what they want to write. I will actually suggest aspiring bloggers to explore and try out different topics to see what they like before focusing on one!

  • Anurag

    May 22, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    As i was looking for some useful information and tips to write content effectively for website and i came across to your article .

    Good Stuff !!! I especially liked how you taught “don’t let it discourage you” and keep going thought.

    Thanks
    Keep up good work

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