When I first started blogging, I truly believed the misconception that ‘anybody can blog’. Two and a half years later, here I am, thinking to myself that I could not have been more wrong. Only bloggers know the patience, hard work and struggle that goes behind all that we put up online. So, go ahead and grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy these 5 things that I wish I knew when I first started blogging.
MONETIZE YOUR BLOG
When I first started blogging, I had no idea I could earn money through it much less all the different ways I could monetize my site. Even when I did know about it, I kept delaying it. I kept thinking that I would monetize it when I reached a certain number of views or followers. Do not make that mistake. A great way to earn money through your blog is to join affiliate programs such as the one Amazon has. You can also put adds on your website with Google AdSense but I believe that is only beneficial if you have large number of views.
SOCIAL MEDIA CAN BE DRAINING
When I first started blogging, I barely used social media to promote my content. That was obviously a mistake. Now, I use Instagram and Twitter for my blog which gets me more than half of my views. The time I used to spend on social media before blogging has literally doubled now that I blog. Having the pressure to grow your following on social media, being active on there everyday and constantly creating amazing content to post on there regularly can definitely be draining. Taking time off from social media now and again can definitely help. Also, make sure you do not go around comparing yourself to other bloggers on social media because trust me, that will only lead you down a downward spiral. You can check out my ‘How To Stop Comparing Yourself To Others‘ blogpost if you struggle with that!
LEARNING NEVER ENDS
When I first started blogging, I thought all you had to do was write up a post and publish it. Hah, how naïve was I! Over the years , I have come to realise that with blogging there is always something to learn whether it is improving your photography, learning new promotion techniques, SEO or the other million things to learn. At first, I found this quite overwhelming but now this is actually one of my favourite thing about blogging. I am always learning and in turn, always improving!
IF YOU WANT YOUR BLOG TO BE A BUSINESS, START TREATING IT LIKE ONE
Took me a while to get this one in my head but it is quite simple. With a regular job, you have to force yourself to wake up and get to work. If you do not, you will have to face the wrath of your boss. With blogging, you are your own boss. That does not mean that you can work whenever your heart pleases. You need to organize yourself and motivate yourself to blog even when you do not feel like it otherwise you will literally get no blog work done. I actually have posts on ‘5 Way To Stay Motivated As A Blogger‘ and ‘5 Simple Tips To Stay Organized‘. These tips have helped me tremendously in becoming a better blogger. Another thing is that many bloggers, myself included assume that they can make their blogs huge without actually investing any money in it. That is not true at all. When you are starting up a new business, you have to invest money in to it and it is the same with a blog. You need to spend money on things like buying a domain, getting self hosted and maybe purchase a great theme. This will let your audience and brands know that you are a serious blogger looking to turn your blog in to a business.
Last but definitely not the least is patience. You know those stories you hear about bloggers getting successful overnight, yeah that is not real life. I honestly did not know I would need this much patience when I first started blogging. Whether it is getting more traffic, increasing your followers or looking for sponsorships with brands- if you do not have patience then I am sorry to tell you that this blogging thing might not be for you.
It is safe to say I underestimated the amount of work and dedication that goes in to being a blogger. Having said that, starting this blog was the best decision of my life and although it has it’s downsides, I would not give it up for anything!
What is something you wish you knew when you first started blogging?
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