Welcome back to Blogtober 2020! Today is day FOURTEEN! And today I wanted to make a post talking about a few things that I wish I had known when I started blogging a year and a half ago.
First things first, when I decided to begin my journey it was simply out of my deep love for writing. I didn’t truly understand what the blogging experience meant; all I knew was that I loved writing and I’d figure it out later. So, with that, I downloaded WordPress and with the help of a good friend had it up and running in no time.
I didn’t have a theme in mind, a plan to write everyday, anything. I knew nothing. All I knew was that my words could potentially help other people and that was enough for me to get started talking about my mental health journey. What I wish I had known before starting my blog… Well, there are a few things.
I truly wish I had known that social media is such a large part of blogging. Keeping up with Twitter and Pinterest and Instagram, making sure that you’re marketing your words as much as possible. You’re not just head of your blog, you’re head of marketing your blog, which I surely wasn’t prepared for.
Another thing was just how hard it is to grow an audience. I was ignorant enough to think that all I had to do was create posts and people would read them — boy, was I wrong. I’ve been blogging and attempting to figure out what I’m doing for over a year now and I get alright traffic, just not the best — it also doesn’t help that I get lazy and don’t post for a few weeks — I’m working on this.
The final thing that I wish I had known before starting a blog would be to not pay for any upgrades until there’s a prevalent audience. I can’t tell you, well I could but I won’t tell you, just how much money I have spent on my blog compared to what I’m making, LOL. Worth it but hopefully others learn from my mistakes.
If you’re reading this and you have a blog, leave a comment letting me know what some blogging mistakes or wins you’ve encountered on your journey! I would love to hear your input!