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