6 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Blog

I've been writing for years now as something that I enjoyed doing. As more of a casual hobby. It came to me that I should do this blog and as I'm a little impulsive, I bought the domain name the next day. Aware that it takes a while to develop a following, I had super lofty dreams and very high goals, all the while beginning the last semester of undergrad. I've had my blog up and running for 18 days now and here's what I learned.


  1. Be Consistent- Set up a schedule to post your blogs and don't post them all at once. I wrote a lot at first and then ended up with 7 days in between this post and the last as I started up university again for fall. Try to keep up your presence on social media in the "down times." I've been posting once a day on Twitter and Instagram just to make sure people don't forget about me. 
  2. Engage- Don't just engage with other bloggers but also engage with people who are following your posts and your journey. If you use Instagram, check out the explore page and find new faces in your niche. It's a great way to make new connections. 
  3. Don't Compare Yourself To Others- It's so hard to do because I live by the motto "everything is a competition." I'm constantly competing against myself as it is and I really don't need to add every single blogger in the world to my roster. Everyone's journey looks different. 
  4. Write About Your Interests- Passion is what keeps people interested. They can see it in you're writing. If you're happy to be doing what you're doing, it really shows. 
  5. Join Facebook Groups- This one is HUGE. If you go on Facebook and for networking in the groups, you'll find SO MANY groups to join. Probably even ones I haven't even discovered or joined yet. And it's addicting! Turn on the notifications for specific ones that you really like so you don't miss a single opportunity to network. 
  6. Be Present- Not only with acknowledging comments on your blogs or social media posts but also in your life. It's so easy to get swept up in the sea of compliments or new friends and to allow your current relationships fall at the wayside for a little bit. Step away from the computer, leave your phone in another room, and disconnect for a little bit each day. Recharging your batteries is the best way to stay fresh and maintain good content.
I hope that this post helped someone because I'm just learning these things as I go. xoxo KB

Comments

  1. I too wish I knew all this but things are changing continuously. It is getting such a competitive space.

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  2. Absolutely agree! I did exactly like you did, bought the domain, posting every 3 days and then going down to once a week due to work...now I am on social too, in fb groups and I think I have reached my balance. You article is very useful tho, I wish I read it before starting my own blog!

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  3. Oh I can so relate Kelley. Blogging is really hard work and in the beginning I was all hung ho and really thought I could post something everyday, LOL, did I learn quickly. Life happens and if you're stuck in front of the laptop all day writing and promoting your blog, then in passes you by in a flash. Now I'm trying to post once a week at least and giving myself time to be more than just a blogger

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  4. What a great post! I agree with you on every single thing you wrote. It's a lot of work but it pays off in the end. You are a fast learner, great job girl! I'm pretty sure you are going to accomplish a lot and I can't wait to see your progress.

    Sending lots of love,
    Ana

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  5. Yes to all of these. If only I'd known then what I know now.

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  6. I so agree with these!!! The tough part is the comparison game.

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  7. After reading post after post that said to NOT use a free domain because so many things could go wrong, I decided I didn't want to follow the crowd. I did not buy my domain in case i ended up in a slump with nothing to write about. I didn't want to feel like I was wasting money unless I had followers. So far, I haven't had many. May be because I'm free. Or possibly because my writing is just me venting and has no real content. Whatever it may be. I am glad I stuck with free for now.

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  8. Great list. I just started working on being more consistent and engaging more. The last point is a big one as I tend to get absorbed in my work when I'm busy. I have to remember to disconnect.

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  9. I agree 1000%! It's so important to be yourself, be confident, and not compare yourself to others. I compared myself to other bloggers in my beginning days and it took the passion from me. Huge mistake!

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  10. I totally agree! If you want to get your blog noticed, it is so important to have ways to network and promote it! I wish I knew all of these first too!

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  11. Oh man... I relate to this SO much, especially not comparing myself (so hard) and being consistent. After a couple years, I've finally found a schedule that seems to work well for me. Thanks for sharing this post!

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  12. Kelley I was totally clueless about the items you listed in regards to blogging prior to reading your blog post. I usually followed my instincts when it came to blogging but this is a great reference that I'll be using in the future. Thank You!

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    1. These are some great points. I definitely believe all new bloggers should read this. It is so important to have a game plan and to consistently blog. I feel it is also important to engage other bloggers and build relationships.

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  14. All very great tips to follow! I wish I knew these when I got back into blogging about 6-7 years ago! It will def make that uphill experience a more tolerable one for sure. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. This is an excellent list! Also, a good point about unplugging every day!

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  16. I really enjoyed reading this post- so many great tips that I think are SO important for anyone who is starting to blog! My favorite is the last part in being present- such an important factor when you want to be consistent and not burn out!

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  17. The Facebook groups have really helped me with exposure & also to find out the content other bloggers are producing. I post to my blog weekly, so social media is really important. I'm active of Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest. Crowdfire helps me stay very active on Twitter. These are really good tips!

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  18. That's a really helpful post. I wish I knew this when I started blogging. I'm sure it would help all new bloggers.

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  19. This is so spot on. I am constantly learning as I go and wishing I'd know this or that before I started...3 months in and I'm still learning

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  20. Consistency. That's the thing I struggle with all the time. I may get going for a few weeks, but I ALWAYS fall off the wagon. Great tips!.

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  21. I am starting to do my blog and these are really great. I would love save this for my guidance. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. These are all such key and important things to help in the success of a blog. Engagement and being present is essential to keeping your Readers involved and interested in what you are sharing.

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  23. This is great. I also started my blog recently (8 months ago) and I never knew how much work it would be. You really need to do work for it everyday. You need to be consistent and reach out to people and your audiences. Thanks for sharing what you've learned.

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  24. This article is so useful for new bloggers ! I too wish I knew this stuff when I started out and I am learning every day ha!

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  25. I also started my blog 8 months ago and being consistent with your posts and participating on GB groups, Instagram POD's is the key to engagement. But, Long way to go! Wishing you Good luck and congratulations for starting your new blog and sharing your experiences. <3

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  26. YES, YES, YES! I need to do all of these! I wish I knew how time consuming it actually is!

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  27. YES!! Those steps that you learn along the way... i wish I knew them from the beginning too! It took me 1,5years to join my first group lol! Now I run one :)

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  28. Only 18 says?! You did learn a lot within that time. And you discovered the power of Facebook groups :) its amazing, isn't it? Good luck.

    Sarah
    Www.Hitcontinue.eu

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  29. The Facebook group thing is huge. I too didn't know very much and still don't really, lol. My blog is 6 months young and there is still tons to learn. Consistency is huge though too. This is a good post for newbies, thanks for sharing:)

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  30. These tips are so so awesome. I started my blog 3 months ago. Fortunate enuff to meet friends and told me about groups. This article is definitely helpful for a lot of new bloggers on the block :)

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  31. Completely agree especially when it comes to time keeping. A schedule is so important. Thanks for sharing a great post

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  32. Similar to you I'm quite impulsive and my blog just ticked along not really having any presence at al. Then at the beginning of this year I really upped my game and went for it. I had to go back and fix so many errors and mistakes that I wish I'd known at the beginning too! My top tip would be to sort your SEO out at the beginning and keep on top of for every post as you go.... also check for broken links once a month at least.

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  33. After starting my blog I realize how much effort it takes to carry it on. But I love it, Cant wait to do it full time.

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  34. This is a great list! It's as if I wrote it. Everything is on point. I am glad I learned it but I wish I had known about it prior to my blog. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. These tips are really really good. I'm going to have to step up my engagement. I've definitely been lacking in that category.

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  36. Here's another tip. Reciprocate. I always wonder why do people not comment as much. But this goes both ways, because I rarely comment too... Now I learnt that we need to do what we want others to do for us!

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  37. Yes to all of this. I post maybe twice a week sometimes three but I post on my FB and Instagram almost everyday. I even do little tease post on my FB on upcoming posts. Joining a group is a essential.

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  38. Great tips! Looks like you're already nailing it in terms of engagement if you've only been live for 18 days! Well done! :)

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  39. Great tips, blogging is so much fun, but a ton of work as well!

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  40. Agree!! especially in Time keeping. and if you want to notice your blog you need to join in promoting website.

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  41. ah, i too am very impulsive. i very much agree with being present, engaging always with new faces and never comparing yourself to anyone else. we're all here to tell our own story!

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  42. Oh my goodness this is entirely too relatable! I too have been writing for years, but my blog has been live for a month and a half now. The first month was such a learning curve on balancing so many things! I may have the hang of it now (at least a bit better lol). Congrats to you though and keep up the great work!

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  43. Great list. Very true. I feel like comparing yourself to others is going to make blogging harder. There are some bloggers that are instantly successful and the truth is it's a lot of work.

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  44. Great tips, these! I've been blogging for six years now and I still forget to do some of these!

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