Things I wish I’d known before I started blogging

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This summer will be my 2 year anniversary of blogging. It’s crazy how much has changed since I wrote my first post, both to this blog and in the blogging community in general.

I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started blogging, but it has been such a rewarding experience & I have learnt so much along the way! If any of you guys are thinking about starting up a blog, here are a few of my tips.

01. Think about what platform (Blogger, WordPress.com, WordPress.org) you are going to be most comfortable blogging on.

I picked WordPress.com on a whim and although I love blogging on this platform it certainty has its drawbacks. There are limited amounts of themes and as a technophobe I have sometimes found it very hard to customize the look of my blog. However, it is very easy to use, great for communicating with other bloggers and generally I am very happy with it.

On the other hand, Blogger has LOADS of themes and backgrounds to choose from and for people completely new to blogging, Blogger is a great way to go.  WordPress.org sites have to be self hosted so if you are tech savvy it’s the place for you – the themes are diverse and gorgeous as well.

02. Think REALLY HARD about what you are going to name your blog.

Again, this is something I did not do and I ended up with a name I wasn’t that happy with for a long time. Your blog name is your online identity and should represent what your blog is all about. Also if you decide (like me) to change your blog name somewhere down the line it can be difficult – you have to redirect all of your social media accounts to your new URL.

03. Be social media savvy.

Get twitter & tweet regularly. Get Instagram and take artsy pictures of your cat/food everyday. Get tumblr and re-blog and like posts till your hearts content. Get Pinterest BECAUSE IT’S SO MUCH FUN!

Most importantly, link all these accounts. When you write a new blog post – send it to tumblr, tweet about it and even put it in a board on Pinterest.

04. Interact with people.

Being the introvert that I am, it took me quite a while to figure out that unlike Facebook, commenting on blogs you don’t really know is completely acceptable. In fact, it’s encouraged. I LOVE seeing comments and likes – it completely makes my day. You make some great friends by commenting and liking other bloggers stuff and more often then not they will return the favour – It’s a win win situation!

05. Think about your content

I cringe when I think about the posts I made when I first started blogging. There was no real substance to them – I didn’t check them for spelling mistakes or make sure that I’d got my point across – it was all a bit of a mess.

Take your time in developing posts – think quality over quantity and really put all your effort into making the best content you can.

06. Be yourself

This is such an important point because they’re so many great blogs out there, it’s so easy to lose yourself and your personality in conforming to what is and isn’t considered cool. So be yourself, don’t try and be like that blogger that has X many followers or earns Y amount a year because it won’t work.

07. Don’t let your blog sphere be restricted

I started off as a blog book, and my blog still contains a LOT of books because I love writing about them and because they are a huge part of my life. But last year I found myself in a blogging rut and it was because I had given myself rules about what I could and could not blog about. I thought EVERY post had to be about books and I didn’t allow myself to blog about other things.

Don’t do that – blog about what you want & what you find interesting.

08 Most importantly HAVE FUN!!!

Blogging is a huge time commitment, and it requires major organization. If you aren’t enjoying it, or it’s becoming a chore, then maybe it’s not for you. Blog because you love it, not because you feel like you have to.

4 thoughts on “Things I wish I’d known before I started blogging

  1. I really enjoyed reading this post, Laura! I’ve been blogging for a few months now but I still feel a little lost with it, as sometimes I stop myself from writing about things as I don’t feel like they “fit”. I really need to stop stressing, as I think I would enjoy blogging more that way 🙂 xxx

    1. Thank you! That’s exactly what I was doing – confining myself to things that ‘fit’ & it shouldn’t be like that – we should blog about what we what to blog about!

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