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 ConsumingI 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!
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?