The 6 Things To Know Before You Start Blogging
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!
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.