5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING A BLOG
There are a lot of things that I didn’t know before starting this blog that I have learned over time. I want to share what I have learned with you today. When I started this blog, about a year and a half ago, I remember feeling overwhelmed, confused, and clueless about where I would take this blog and how to make it grow.
I have learned a lot and I am still learning every day. If you are thinking about starting a blog or just starting one, then you will want to read on.
I want to set the expectations of blogging straight because you may have some expectations that may not be reality. I did too, and I had to learn the hard way. I want your blogging journey to be a little easier than mine has been. So here it is…
THE TRUTH ABOUT BLOGGING
GROWTH IS SLOW
Growing any brand takes time. I have read a few articles that give their readers high expectations about growing an audience with a blog. This just isn’t reality for everyone. I am not sure what connections they had when they started, but I came in not knowing any other bloggers at all. I still don’t know very many.
It is difficult to figure out where to start and how to start growing your audience. The truth is it takes to time to figure out where your audience is hanging out. Growth takes time, so don’t beat yourself up about not seeing rapid growth because it does take time. Every blog post that you write will feed that growth slowly.
IT IS HARD WORK
Blogging is fun, but it takes hard work to come up with ideas and create content for an audience. It can take a lot of time with all the writing, taking photos, and editing them. The constant maintenance to your blog will feel endless. It is important to not rush things, take time, and have fun with it.
TRY TO FOCUS ONLY ON TASKS THAT WILL BE BENEFICIAL
A lot of bloggers have an entrepreneurial & creative mind that is generating new ideas all the time. This can be overwhelming, or at least for me it is. A tip is to write down everything you want to accomplish and figure out from your list what you need to accomplish now and what goals can be met in the long run.
For me, right now I decided I wanted to focus solely on Pinterest because it brings me the most passive traffic with the right pins. I love using Tailwind (affiliate link) together with Pinterest because the blogger tribes on there help me get my pins to reach a bigger audience than just my own. Click here to join a great group of bloggers on Tailwind!
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LEARN FOR WHAT WORKS & WHAT DOESN’T WORK FOR YOUR BLOG
It takes time to learn what works and what doesn’t work for your blog. Pay attention to analytics and learn where people are finding your blog. Every blog is different and it doesn’t hurt to try things to figure out if they will work for you.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF CHANGE
Don’t be afraid try new things with your blog. After some time, you will begin to figure out what type of content people are looking for when they land on your blog. Your niche might change and your theme might change, but as the owner of your blog it is your decision to make those changes. If you feel change is necessary, always go with your heart and make the change even if it feels scary.
DON’T COMPARE YOUR BLOG TO OTHER BLOGS
Be happy with where you are in your growth. Just because another blog looks perfect doesn’t mean yours isn’t good. Every blogger learns along the way how to make their blog their own. We all learn by blogging as much as possible. Get inspired by the bigger bloggers and try to improve your blog in some way to reach that goal.
To recap: The simplest method to be successful at blogging is to truly be yourself and do what works the best for you and your blog. Good luck!