5 Things I Wish I Knew When I First Started Blogging

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Hi Dolls!

Today I thought I would share with you things I wish I knew when I first started blogging. When I first started my blog a year ago I can remember feeling so excited but I never anticipated how much work is actually involved in building a successful blog.



1: Blogging Is Time Consuming
I have been blogging for a year now & I didn't realise how much work was involved in blogging. I receive quite a few messages on Twitter from newer bloggers asking me what they're doing wrong because no one seems to be reading, my response is ALWAYS the same. Don't expect to become the next 'Zoella' overnight. Growing your blog takes time and a helluva lot of effort. Success can take years of hard work, so be prepared!



2: Promote Your Blog
A lot of blogging noobs tend to think you publish your first post and the readers will come, that doesn't happen. Social media is essential Twitter & Instagram are such a huge help for directing traffic to your blog. Don't just dump your links as people will ignore them, you have to make sure you are socialising with other bloggers, be a part of the blogging community. Twitter chats are a really great way for socialising with the bloggers in your niche I have a blog post all about Twitter chats, click here to check it out! Pinterest can also be amazing for directing traffic to your blog, I have only recently started using Pinterest for my blog so I will have to report back on that one!

3: Consistency 
I find that a lot of new bloggers post so much in the first week or two of blogging (which is okay) but you will eventually need to stop and think about what is realistic for you? You need to figure out how often your current lifestyle will allow you to post. Decide on a blogging schedule and stick to it. By having a blogging schedule you stick to your readers will know when to expect posts from you and will continue to come back.

4: Preparation & Planing
Planning is a really important factor when blogging. Once you have decided on your blogging schedule you should plan your posts. What is your post going to be about and for what day? Preparation is also really important, after planning your posts write them in advance. I like to have at least 2 weeks worth of posts planned and written incase anything happens to prevent me from posting.

5: Proof Read Before Hitting Publish
Although this might seem like an obvious one to some, you wouldn't realise how many blogs I come across with sloppy spelling mistakes. I know this might not bother everyone but there will be people out there who really don't like to see spelling mistakes. Although I don't go crazy over spelling mistakes personally it does somewhat bother me as It makes me question that bloggers credibility, can you trust someones opinion who can't be bothered to check for mistakes? Okay don't take what I just said the wrong way, of course everyone makes mistakes, even after re-reading your posts. It is okay to make mistakes but I find it is always best to proof read before hitting publish to correct any mistakes you could have made when writing your post.

Do you have any blogging tips you wish you knew when starting your blog?


22 comments:

  1. I always see you on social media and I'm glad I've finally had the chance to pop over to your blog, it is fab! I agree, so important to plan posts I find it really helpful! xx
    jodiemelissa.com

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    1. Awh thank you so much lovely! Planning is so important, I'll be honest I've been slacking recently! Whoops. I'm glad you liked the post! -xo

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  2. This is such a good post: my blog is a week old and having closed previously blogs because of various reasons I'm determined to persevere with my current one and am planning a lot more :) xx

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    1. Ooh good luck! Just keep going with it, it takes a lot of hard work but it's so worth it! -xo

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  3. This was a very helpful post. I am trying my hardest as a new blogger to be the best blogger I can be.
    Crazychick2016.wordpress.com

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    1. I'm glad you liked it, hard work always pays off, you'll get there! -xo

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  4. Thanks for the inspiring post, I started my blog a year ago and then left it, and have recently decided to start trying again with it! Its useful to hear tips from other people :) poppyhope.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. You're welcome lovely! Oh wow my blog is a year old too! Reading these types of posts is what has helped me improve my blog. Good luck! -xo

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  5. I love this post. I definitely need to remind myself of these tips.. I'm just waiting for something to come through in my personal life, which will guarantee/assist me in a schedule, well routine, as I'm all over hte place and do not want to make something I enjoy become a chore. Thank you again :)

    http://bekahxjayne.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Thanks so much lovely, that's a good way to look at things. It's best to ensure you can manage your blog but you also have to still enjoy writing it! I hope things get sorted for you soon -xo

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  6. this post is some realistic and i love it. 'do not expect to become the next zoella overnight' i really love this sentence. i mean she spent lots of effort on blogging before she has all this.
    i cannot set a day for myself to post a blog as it always give a huge pressure to me. i definitely working on that.
    finally i LOVE these kind of post!! x

    jess x | wellwellgirls.blogspot.com

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    1. Exactly, I think people get confused. She spent a helluva lot of time and effort to be where she is now but because when she started to get 'big' it happened relatively quickly, people forget how many years she spent working up to her big break. As for the set schedule I agree it can put a lot of pressure but that's why planning and writing posts in advance is always best so you are always a week or two ahead of schedule so you're always working in the future and you won't miss a day of that makes sense? -xo

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  7. I've just made my first blog! I have a feeling this post is going to help me a lot! Thank You!x

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    1. Congratulations! I hope these tips do help you! -xo

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  8. Great tips, new bloggers should so read this because I think some people can get a bit ahead of themselves when they first start, blogging takes up a lot of time not just growing your blog but promoting it, commenting on others blog, I put a post up at 2pm and it's now 7:30pm and I am still commenting and promoting.

    Meme xx


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    1. Thanks lovely! I must admit I was one of those new bloggers a year ago getting way ahead of myself etc. I never expected how much work goes into building a somewhat successful blog (I'm still miles away from that). Most of us bloggers live, eat, sleep & dream blogging, well I do anyway haha! -xo

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  9. These are all so true! I love having a schedule for posting, it's helpful for me to plan what I'm writing & when to avoid three reviews in a row, as well as being a good way for people to know when to expect a new post. I'd love to be as organised as you & have 2 weeks worth of posts ready to go. I've managed it once, but then I started working on some of my other blogging jobs & had some health problems, so I just ate into the posts. It's something I want to get back & I'm currently working on my Blogmas posts so that the majority of them are scheduled & ready to go. I'll probably then use the start of December to get ahead & schedule in a couple of weeks posts. Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

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    1. I find schedules are a must for all bloggers! I used to post as and when I felt like it and that was a disaster, I only started to get a steady following once I had a schedule I (attempted) to stick to. Having pre written posts is the most helpful thing by far! I'll be honest I have been slacking recently since my boyfriend was in critical recently so my schedule and back ups all went out of the window, I'm only just starting to get things organised again! ooh working on blooms posts now is such a good idea! think I might have to start thinking about doing that! -xo

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  10. Thanks for the tips, I currently don't have any social media linked to my blog however I am now starting to consider doing this!

    Cultivation of Jasmin

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    1. linking social media to your blog isn't essential but it does help a helluva lot! It all depends on what you want to get out of blogging. If you're wanting to run a successful and established blog someday (mine isn't just yet) but social media would help so much with that. By no means is my blog a successful one but since working properly on my social media accounts I have noticed a huge rise in my traffic and followers! -xo

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  11. I love reading these types of post they are so helpful!! 😊


    Nikki O | www.herdaringthoughts.blogspot.com

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    1. I do too! I have an entire Pinterest board filled with people's blogging tips posts! -xo

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