When I started my first blog, Kori at Home, in 2014- I was Just Another Mom. I was on partial bedrest and mostly just looking to go back to an older style of personal blogging. Blogging has evolved so much in the past ten years and I imagine that it will only continue to evolve in the next ten years. Still, I wish I had known a few things before I started blogging again.
Ten Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging
- I wish I’d known at the beginning, to find my blogging voice. That is to say, we all have a style in which we blog. Some are serious, some are down to earth, some are filled with humor. My style tends to be a mixture of those with a pinch of sarcasm here and there. That’s who I am as a person, so it makes sense that I would also be like that as a blogger.
- I wish I’d known at the beginning, to narrow down my niche. Yes, I will readily and firstly identify as a mommy blogger but I feel that I’m more than just that. Clearly, I know I’m not a coupon blogger, a deal blogger, or a foodie blogger. But I have at least identified my main niches. That has helped significantly with keeping myself on track.
- I wish I’d known at the beginning, how much time is really required. I’m not just talking about writing the actual post, but also about finding and editing images, proofreading posts, promoting over social media, etc. Blogging can be time consuming and time isn’t something that I always have a lot of.
- I wish I’d known at the beginning, to just be myself and not look at numbers. Yes, I realize that having big social media numbers and/or having a lot of e-mail subscribers and/or having a lot of page views helps… but it’s never why I wanted to blog. I always looked at that as an added perk.
- I wish I’d known at the beginning, that every post should have some sort of purpose. Whether that purpose is to share, inform, bring a smile, or any number of things; I think that having a purpose for my posts has been incredibly helpful.
- I wish I’d known at the beginning, that sometimes blogging means having a personal conversation with a stranger. Depending on the purpose or the topic, sometimes I want to feel as though I’m talking to someone. I’ve found that this prevents me from just making dead pan, lackluster posts without a touch of personality.
- I wish I’d known at the beginning, that there’s nothing wrong with not posting every single day or that sometimes I’ll end up posting multiple times a day.
- I wish I’d known at the beginning, to set a schedule but to also be flexible with that schedule. This also ties in with #3, but more on the time management side.
- I wish I’d known at the beginning, that finding a layout/theme that I’ll be happy with is also going to take time. This is more of a personal thing, as I realize that some are able to find a theme that they love (and stick with it) from the get go. I’m not one of those people.
- I wish I’d known at the beginning, that catering to social media in terms of how I create my posts, is both helpful and a hindrance. On one hand, maybe something becomes more shareable. But, on the other hand, I want to create a post in my own way and on my own terms.
So there you have it, Ten Things I wish I knew about blogging (from the beginning).
What are some things you’d wish you known from the beginning or maybe even before you started blogging?