Things I didn’t know about blogging before I made my blog

When I first started I didn’t have any idea what I was getting myself into! I didn’t know what I wanted my blog to look like or what I wanted to write about, I just knew that I wanted people to like it

I’ve put together a list of things that I’ve learned about blogging since I’ve started which I hope other bloggers can relate to and that people thinking of starting a blog can consider before they take the plunge!

It’s time-consuming

Please don’t judge me but when I first started blogging I didn’t have any idea how time consuming it would be. Even just coming up with a good idea and planning it takes a while, never mind actually writing the post! I don’t think a rushed post could ever be as successful as a post that’s been thought through properly.

It’s addictive

Getting good and genuine feedback for my posts feels fantastic and spurs me on to think of even better posts for the future. I really enjoy checking my page views and reviewing which posts were successful and which weren’t as successful because it helps me to learn and grow as a blogger.

It’s complicated

(Or at least I think it can be!) I use Google Analytics to check my page views and to see what my readers are clicking on to get to my blog. There’s a lot that I don’t understand but I’m hoping I’ll learn more with time and experience so I’ll have a better understanding of who my readers are and what they like to read about.

It’s competitive

For every successful blogger there’s hundreds of others aspiring to be just like them. I’ve learned that you’ve got to find a way to make yourself stand out from the other bloggers so you’re memorable and interesting. No one likes a copycat!

It’s varied

Before I started blogging I assumed that the only people that blogged were young women interested in make-up, beauty products and fashion. Actually there’s blogs written by men, parents and foodies just to name a few. There’s a whole universe of bloggers out there blogging about hundreds of different topics.

It’s difficult

I try and publish a post two or three times a week so if I know I need to come up with a few ideas then it can make it harder for me to think of something. We’re all busy people and sometimes there’s too many other things whizzing around our heads for us to focus on planning a fantastic blog post. Everyone has their own way of thinking of ideas such as sitting down with a pen and paper or taking inspiration from other bloggers.

It’s informative

You can learn so much from reading other people’s blogs! I’ve learned tips that can help me to improve my blog such as how to take and edit interesting photographs but also other things such as new products that other bloggers recommend. I’ve also learned the best brownie recipe I’ve ever tried and if that isn’t an incentive to start reading blogs then I don’t know what is!

It’s fun

Most of all I’ve learned that blogging can be really fun! Finding new blogs and communicating with other bloggers on Twitter and Bloglovin’ is exciting and almost makes you feel like you’re part of a blogging family. It’s really lovely knowing that people enjoy what I write, especially when I put so much love and effort into my blog.

Let me know what you’ve learned about blogging in the comments below and see if you can pick your favourite out of the ones I’ve listed. Also attach a link to your blog with your comment so I can learn even more about blogging.

22 thoughts on “Things I didn’t know about blogging before I made my blog

  1. Yesss it is difficult but when you sit back and enjoy your result due to the hard work, then it is worth it! 🙂

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  2. You’ve literally just typed my thoughts I’m still a real newbie yet I’ve been bitten by the bug and I do struggle with acceptance etc, wondering whether my blogs are good enough so it’s nice to know that I’m not alone in that notion. Although I do feel very alone in the blogger world rn

    1. Please don’t feel alone because you’re definitely not! A great way to chat with other bloggers and feel part of the blogging community is to get involved with Twitter chats. My favourite is #LateNightBloggers on a Wednesday night at 9pm. Everyone is really welcoming and friendly and hopefully they’ll help you feel a little less lonely.

  3. I relate to the time consuming one so much. I honestly didn’t think having a blog would ask so much of my free time. I love it, though! Also, I still find a lot of things difficult, but I’m learning all of these new things and it’s like a whole new world I didn’t even know of opened.

    Loved this article! Very relatable!

    XIrem

    1. I agree Irem. One thing I definitely wasn’t prepared for was all the coding and technical knowledge necessary for running a self-hosted blog. I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

  4. I agree with everything you put, you hit the nail right on the head! Especially with the time consummation! I didn’t realise how much time my blogs would take, but it’s a lot of fun when you’ve got a free evening where you can just write! I recently moved my blog to wordpress so it’s more organised now and I’m looking forward to adding more posts to it!
    If you fancy having a look my blog is:

    http://www.sophiebentley.wordpress.com

    🙂 xx

    1. I agree Sophie, it’s so easy to waste an evening catching up with your favourite blogs or writing a post. Thanks for reading! x

  5. Thanks for the informative post! (And the comments!) My fiancee and I are both bloggers, but I’m still new to it. He just sort of jumped into it, whereas I’m still gathering research from other bloggers as I go. (As you can imagine, I’m getting him clued in on a few things, lol.) I noticed the British spelling (I’m American, don’t hold it against me, hahaha!) and phrasing in both the post and comments (my fiancee is a VERY proud Londoner, lol, so I noticed right away). Do you know of any American chat groups like the one you mentioned above? Or maybe one that isn’t oriented around a specific country? Thanks in advance, and thanks again for putting out this post. It’s great to know we’re not alone, floating out there in the uncharted wilderness of the ‘dark net’.

    1. That’s no problem Eli, welcome to the blogging community! I’ve done a quick search and I’ve found @USBloggerChat on Twitter but also a chat I sometimes take part in managed by @BloggerBees has the EST time listed as well as GMT. I don’t know where you’re from but specific states and cities sometimes have their own blogging communities which you can get involved in. I hope that helps! Let me know if you need anything else, and thanks for reading!

  6. I agree with SO much of this! It’s so good to put so much time and effort into your blog posts and have good feedback in return. It is genuinely fulfilling! But I’m still ~relatively~ new to blogging and have so much more to learn. I think I’m realising that for me, it is a past time and if people like it, then that’s all the better!

    1. I’m glad you’ve realised that Sarah! So many bloggers but too much pressure on themselves so it’s great that you’ve taken a chilled out approach to blogging

  7. I totally agree on all counts! Today for example, I set aside time to do blogging type things because I feel like I haven’t done any in a while, whilst in reality I do a little something every single day! It’s so addictive though, and I need to go to phone rehab!
    Lucy x

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