32 Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before I Started Blogging

Friday, April 11, 2014


1. It's a lot of work.

2. But as long as you enjoy doing it, it's fun work. But still work never the less...

3. There's so much more to it than just having a blog.

4. Write when you're feeling emotional, click publish when you're not.

5. Consistency is essential.

6. Not everyone is going to like what you have to say. And that's okay.

7. Good content trumps all.

8. That being said, there is still so much more to a good blog than simply content.

9. Nobody wants to read a post the length of a book. That's why they're reading a blog after all and not a book...

10. Big photos look better than small photos.

11. You're going to have off days when you have nothing to write. Hell, you might even have off weeks and months. Stick with it out and you'll pull through.

12. Listen to advice from other bloggers.

13. And don't listen to advice from other bloggers. There's a lot of contradiction in this world, the sooner you realize that the better.

14. Leave more comments and respond to more comments. They keep the communication flowing in the blogworld.

15. The appearance of your blog matters. It matters a lot, in fact.

16. Comparison is the thief of joy. And it's also the fun-sucker of blogging.

17. You can make money blogging. (Took me three years to realize this.)

18. Yet some people will get annoyed with you when you start making money...  But don't worry about those people, they're not paying your bills.

19. Write for yourself.

20. And also write for an audience. (Remember that contradiction thing I mentioned earlier?)

21. Don't say yes to every product someone wants to send you.

22. But say hells yes to all of the cool stuff.

23. Proofread your posts. Then check again. Then call your mom and ask her to check.

24. Some comments won't make you feel so good.

25. Forget the critics, but don't forget all of the criticism. If you get past the initial sting, some of it can be really helpful.

26. You're going to write posts you love that no one else does.

27. When you have a post idea for God's sake write it down!

28. You're going to need to learn a few things about html. Just suck it up and do it already.

29. Take note of what the top bloggers are doing, there's a reason they're at the top.

30. Never underestimate the power of networking.

31. Always remember why you started blogging in the first place.

32. Don't sweat the small stuff. It's just a blog, after all.



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58 comments:

  1. This is all really good advice and so true - I like when you blog about blogging. LOL.

    Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Well, this was really useful, thank's a lot ! :D

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  3. This was funny but also really good advice. Thanks! and you are so right about blog appearance. Ive not been blogging long at all, actually pretty new, but I never got a comment on a post from a link up etc until I got a new design. Go figure.

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  4. Always good to remember these things. The blogging world is crazy, but amazing! And I really wish someone had told.me howuch goes into blogging... I would still be blogging today but I would have come in with a different perspective

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  5. Such a great and true list! Love the last point, don´t sweat the small stuff!

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  6. Great list and so many I still need to apply/learn. Or not.

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  7. I love this list, I love how it's funny, but still provides good, insightful advice. I agree, blogging is work, but it's so rewarding

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  8. good points - it can be really stressful can't it! thanks for the advice
    http://thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/take-a-selfie.html

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  9. Excellent advice. Thank you! Blogging is indeed hard work but it's so much fun and so worth it! :)

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  10. great list! #9 is so true too :) God knows i´ve tried to pick-up a book thousands of times and then just give up. Much prefer to read blogs like yours ;)

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  11. I feel like was written for me, great list!

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  12. I really love this list! It's fun reading blogging tips like this because they seem so genuine and actually helpful!

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  13. Thank you so much for the advice. Being a fairly new blogger I'm trying to soak up as much good advice from bloggers that I enjoy as I can!

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  14. These are definitely all things that would have been nice to know when I started blogging!

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  15. I love all of these! It's nice to hear that others are struggling too.

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  16. Love this! What great reminders!

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  17. This is great to remember!! Thank you:)

    http://taymeetsworld.blogspot.com

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  18. "4. Write when you're feeling emotional, click publish when you're not." Now that's a good one!

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  19. Thanks for the advice! :)
    -Alex of http://snippetswithalex.com

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  20. good stuff :)

    #4 was my favorite though.

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  21. Great advice. It is full of contradiction and oh so true.

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  23. I've been blogging off and on for years, and this is all such great advice! Most of the time when you read blogging advice from lifestyle bloggers, it's just to write for you. And of course that's important, like you said. But if you want people to read what you're saying, it's also important to write what people are going to want to read. Like you said - blogging (and life) is full of contradiction.

    Thank you!
    Kiersten

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  24. I love this, so much great advice! You are completely right on the contradiction front, you have to do what comes natural to you, but also what doesn't because it makes you grow. Oh life..

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  25. Your mom is your proofreader too??? Listen to some advice and not others is seriously the best advice ever. I couldn't agree more with every single one of these.

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  26. Loved this! I would love to get my Mom to even read my blog...let alone proof read for me. Sadly...she is not computer literate. Nor is my father. I don't know how they manage in that house. LOL I'm now wondering if they even have electricity and running water.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  27. I loved this and needed to hear it. That whole consistency thing is what kills me.

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  28. Awesome list, I've started a list in my phone with all my post idea. It's so nice to have when feeling uninspired.

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  29. This is brilliant...amazing advice, you always make me chuckle!
    Katie x
    http://www.missenchanting.co.uk/

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  30. Basically, if there was a "blogging guide" out there somewhere, this is what it would say. Spot on.

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  31. I didn't know when I started blogging that it would essentially take over my life... I fell so hard, so fast, so deep!

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  32. Love this list!! Thank you!! It helps!

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  33. I am really bad about the proof reading and yes, there is lots of fun free stuff!

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  34. Also: Make friends with bloggers that will be there for you when it stings... they'll make you feel better. #sappy

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  35. Freaking LOVE this list!!! Book marking it as my reminder when I experience some of those conflicting feelings from time to time ;)

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  36. thank you for this post , it really helpful :) x

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  37. Thank you so much for this! As a new blogger I am thankful for all the advice I can get! :)

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  38. That's really great, so useful! Will use some of thest tips! How can you earn money though? xx

    nessiehere.blogspot.co.uk

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  39. We just opened our shop in Feb and started blogging shortly after. We're learning as we go, making mistakes and what not but this post is so helpful!! Almost a to do list if you will! So thank you!

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  40. Oh yeah blogging is work but it is something I love to do hence the reason I keep posting even though some post are pretty run of the mill.

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  41. I think my favorite is number 4: write when you're emotional, hit publish when you aren't. ha! good list! Love learning from others :) by the way, I've enjoyed sponsoring you and it's only been a few days, woot woot!

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  42. Oh goodness...#16!!! I'll be honest and say, as a baby blogger, this, this will make you want to stop blogging so fast! But then you have to remember #30 and just keep blogging, just keep blogging...

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  43. I don't think blogging has to be hard if you are blogging about things you love! Blogging isn't for everyone :)

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  44. This advice is so helpful, thanks! x

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  45. Ah so true. Good advice there. Especially #16.

    http://bitching411.blogspot.com/

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  46. Hahaha! Blogging needs to come with a warning label.

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  47. That is brilliant advice especially for newbies, such as myself. Love your blog.

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  48. aweesommee saw you on 20sb this is great !!

    takemyhand.theblogpress.com

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  49. #4 is particularly my favorite and well-said. I'm a beginner blogger and this list is a fantastic point of reference. Great advice, especially when you need that extra push to get yourself out there. Thanks!

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  50. yAA REALLY good advice!!
    I agree but thank you a lot♥

    xx Barbora
    abitconfusing.blogspot.com

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  51. Oh to know all the things I've learned from blogging now before I actually started. And still, It's a work in progress!

    Great list!!

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  52. I love #23... insanely accurate!!

    http://www.thealleyto.com

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  53. LOVE this! I have been blogging for years, but still feel like a newbie.

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