Believe it or not, I have been blogging for just over two years. However, I’ve been blogging on a more serious note for the last year. When I first set up this blog I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, which is why I have hidden a few posts from back then. I wrote about all sorts of rubbish, trying to be funny, forcing posts when there was nothing I wanted to write about. I was clueless about what running a blog would actually be like. So here’s a few things I wish I knew when I first started blogging.
Growth doesn’t just happen overnight. You don’t create a blog, make a website, write a post and BAM you’re a hit. I never thought that’s how it worked, but I didn’t realise the amount of effort that would be required to get myself out there. Believe me, it really does take quite a lot of work to create something worth reading. I’m still loving what I’m writing, but I write in a different way now which makes it more appealing to my audience. Back when I first started I could write a post in half an hour, maybe less sometimes. Now it takes the best part of a few hours to create a post I am happy with. Growth, in all aspects of blogging, happens gradually with hard work. I am proof of this.
Don’t expect results if you’re not putting the work in. To be honest, I was quite naive when I started blogging. I didn’t realise just how saturated this industry is. Nowadays you have to work harder than ever to leave an imprint on the community and to get your name heard. It won’t happen magically unless you’re extremely lucky. To be noticed and have your audience grow you will have to work extremely hard – harder than you think. If you’re putting in the time, effort and hard work then it will show and pay off in the end.
Not everyone you come across in this community will want to support you. When I first started I didn’t speak to many people in the community, not because I didn’t want to, but because I didn’t know how. I felt intimidated and like no one would take my little blog seriously. Over time I have gained the confidence to get more involved in the community and get to know other bloggers. From my experience, the majority of the people you will come into contact with will be extremely supportive and kind. However, there will be the odd person that is more interested in numbers than supporting anyone with any less than a certain number of followers. It’s okay, as long as you focus on the supportive people, you’ll love the community you’re now a part of.
Getting involved in the community is not only beneficial but also so much fun. I used to be too shy to even follow bloggers because, as said previously, I was worried I wouldn’t be taken seriously. Let that fear go! Get involved with Twitter chats, Facebook groups and group chats. You will have so much fun, get to know so many wonderful people and even grow your own blog. By pressing a few follow buttons and tweeting people you will open yourself up to so many new people, and even opportunities. Mixing with people that have the same interests as you will make your blogging journey much more enjoyable.
These are just a small amount of things I wish I knew when I first started blogging. I hope this helps anyone that is needing a little advice; whether you’ve been blogging a while, are new or thinking of starting. If you would like to know more about what I wish I knew, please let me know!