When I first started down this road called blogging, I learned some things that I wish I knew beforehand. It wouldn’t have stopped me, but it would’ve been nice to know/been prepared. Now that people are taking my blog seriously (sort of…) I thought I’d share some knowledge you should know BEFORE starting a blog.

What you should know before starting a blog

So let’s get down to business.

Blogging is a lot more than just writing

I started to blog because I love to write- little did I know that it also included, social media management, promotion, photography, communication/negotiation skills, promotion oh and PROMOTION. On the photography side, my photos were small, grainy and dark- now they’re a lot better and still a work in progress.

When I started working with brands I learned that sometimes there is emailing back and forth,  price negotiation, etc.

As for social media and promotion,  I used the big four (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest) for personal use, but when I started blogging I merged them to focus on blogging and promotion also. Promotion, promotion, promotion is a bloggers version of location, location, location.Promotion, promotion, promotion is the blogging version of location, location, location Click To Tweet

You’re gonna work your a$$ off and get little to nothing in return

But don’t worry, it will pay off if you keep giving it your all.  I remember working so hard on this one blog post and I thought my stats would skyrocket- but it didn’t and I felt so let down. You’re going to want to give it up- and for some it’s okay, but if you really, really, want it- just keep on keeping on.

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You need to spend money to make money

Although it’s not an excuse to spend money left and right. Bite the bullet and pay for a pin scheduler (I HIGHLY recommend Boardbooster), a VA. business cards, Photoshop, Illustrator even the classes to learn more about it.  You will see a big difference and you’ll be glad that you spent that money.

Haters gonna hate

Just like celebrities you are putting yourselves into the world, so try not to be annoyed or angry when someone emails or comments hateful things. I’ll refer you to the first point I made: just keep on keeping on. Most likely just ignoring it is the best policy.

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Pleasing everyone isn’t an option

Okay, I tried to do this when I posted, but I grew tired of trying to please everyone and it made me hate blogging. So if you don’t like what I’m writing click away- it’s not going to hurt my feelings.

You will get jealous of other bloggers

The green-eyed monster is real you guys. This is why I hate social media sometimes- it gives an unreal perspective of how others live/work. Let me be really honest here: sometimes you will feel like you are going nowhere and everyone is getting these opportunities that you would’ve loved to be a part of- I’ve been blogging for a while now and that feeling hasn’t gone away.

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Blogging is hard

Before starting a blog- know this, blogging is HARD. Thinking up content your readers will love, gaining and losing followers, being refused, writing, designing, work, work, work- it’s a pretty endless cycle, but I PROMISE you that it’s all worth it.

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P.S. every Wednesday of this month will feature a post about your questions about blogging! What would you like to know?

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Author: Alix Maza

Alix is a college student, Step Up Magazine contributor, wannabe author, blogger and a super girly-girl who loves dogs and is entirely too dependent on coffee.

  • SO so true. I find that I spend half the amount if not more time making graphics and scheduling scoial media for my blog than I do actually writing. It’s a pain in the butt sometimes, but it’s worth it!

  • I started blogging years ago as a writing outlet, but it’s changed so much since then! All of the other aspects take up so much more time than writing.

  • I totally agree with this entire list! Blogging is hard but it’s such rewarding work 🙂

  • This list is SO true. I’ve recently completely deleted my old posts and revamped, I’m hoping I don’t fall too far back!

  • great list! Blogging is a lot of work

  • Yes to all of this!! Blogging is hard, it’s a ton of work…but it’s worth it!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  • I couldn’t agree more to all of this! Blogging takes commitment and requires a lot of work! But so totally worth it!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • Paige Rankin

    This is so so true! I didn’t realize this until I had a blog but it is not easy!

    xoxo, Paige
    http://www.midwesterncharmblog.com

  • Miss ALK

    Oh yes, totally feel these!! I always tell people wanting to start a blog that they should start a personal writing blog first to get a feel for blog style writing and doing so regularly, and then if that’s a good fit redesign the website and make it more of a professional thing! 🙂

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  • I wish I know a lot of these things before starting blogging! Blogging does take a lot of work and promotion!

  • Kate

    I wish I knew some of these when I started. A lot of bloggers start out thinking it is all about writing. If I knew scheduling would take up so much time itself, I would have hired someone from the start! lol!

  • Yes to every one of these! I jumped in right away, but I am so glad I did my research and expected all of these!

    • Yes! Sometimes it’s best to just jump in.

  • Blogging is super hard. That’s why it’s so important to work hard, be authentic, but most of all to have fun! If it feels like a chore, it’ll never work.

  • This is so true! A lot of people I know think that blogging is easy peasy and that you can make a full time income half a year after you started and working 2 hours a day. That is sooooo far from the truth…

    • Haha that sounds too good to be true!

  • All of these are SO. TRUE. I’ve been blogging for four years and I still feel jealous all the time, still struggle to promote “enough,” and am still waiting on the magical traffic that most other bloggers seem to magically get! 😀

    • Hah I don’t think those feelings will ever go away.

  • Love it! The most important lesson I think is that blogging is hard. It’s hard work, it’s hard to succeed and it’s hard to keep it going. But it’s also a lot of fun, most of the time!

  • These are seriously amazing points! I think that biggest misconception about blogging is how much work truly goes into what we do. Thanks for sharing! <3

  • All of these points are so accurate! I had no clue how much promotion I needed to do to get my work actually seen. It’s hard work but it’s worth it!

    Lauren // http://laurensjourney.com

  • Brittany Daoud

    Yup, this is all so true! Especially the WORK part! So much work going in to maintaining a blog. I think people should know not to expect success over night, and to create your own path! Just because something works for one blogger you know, doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you. xo, Brittany | http://www.theblistblog.com

  • You totally got it. Wow do I identify with you. There is so much more to blogging than writing posts. I love your advice to keep going. I love blogging. I have a story to tell and I love telling it. That doesn’t mean that I don’t get discourage or question why I am doing it at time. Great post!

    • That’s a great attitude! Thanks for reading.

  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    Yes to all of this! Blogging is so much hard work, and six years ago when I started I thought about quitting so many times, but I’m so grateful for the profitable business that it’s turned into through hard work and determination.

    • It’s definitely something to be proud of!

  • Blogging is really hard work, but it’s so worth it. I get to do my favorite thing (write) and get to share it with people who will hopefully love it too!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  • Daena

    Just getting into blogging and am learning so much. Thanks for all the tips!!

  • Sara Nichols

    As a new blogger, this is helpful. I know I need to step up my photography game…

    • Hah I’ve been blogging for a while and I still need to up my photography game.

  • Great tips for new bloggers! I definitely agree with the haters point! Putting myself out there has definitely been the hardest thing in blogging for me. Sometimes I get really self conscious but I just have to get over it!

  • These are all so true and I definitely believe in the point about needing to spend a little to make a little, beyond true.

  • Denay DeGuzman

    These are all fantastic things to share with new bloggers. I would also add that you can never expect to learn everything about blogging and then feel like you have everything you need to move forward. Things are always changing. It’s important to know that you need to keep up with SEO and get ready to learn something new every single day.

  • Amanda K

    These are all so true! This would be a great post for some of my friends to read that are wanting to start a blog.

    xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

    • One of my friends wanted to start one because she thought it was easy haha.

  • This is such a great list! It isn’t just sitting down at your computer and writing a quick post. Blogging is hard work, but so worth it if you keep at it and watch it grow.

  • Kari Carter

    And the burnout is real!

  • Love all of these! Blogging is definitely more difficult than many think! It’s very time consuming!