For starters , I want to apologise for not posting on Monday and Wednesday this week. I have been so so so busy this week. I know that doesn’t call for missing out on a post, but it was one of those weeks. Coming back to my post, as you know I have been blogging for about two years now. I have loved it, hated it, learnt 5 major things from it and wished I knew a lot more on my first day of blogging. Blogging could either be very daunting or a walk in the park kind of a feel. Like anything else, you learn every day and as you go along. With blogging, I felt I knew it all even before I started blogging. Sadly that wasn’t true. So here are a few thing I wish I knew when I started blogging.
1. Don’t Compare Yourself
Have you done it right? I know you have, so have I. It doesn’t help. You don’t become an overnight star blogger till you work hard to get there. Every Star Blogger/ Vlogger you see has worked hard to get where they are. Don’t compare yourself is my number one point because I have seen how it upset me and made me give up blogging. I was always thinking why am I not getting noticed with my blog yet like *Star Blogger*. Doing what you do, in your way, is what will get you higher and bigger. Enjoy your blog for the way You run it. In time, you will get where you want to be and then a new blogger will want to be you .
Oh, how I thought I had brilliant pictures for my blog. Taking pictures anywhere, and anyhow doesn’t help at all. You need proper lighting if you want beautiful blog worthy pictures. No, I do not mean the latest DSLR, I don’t have one and only use my iPhone. I mean natural lighting, a decent camera or your phone camera, some pretty props (look around your home- you will find a lot of things lying around to help) and a good layout. For background, you can search for wallpapers and contact paper on eBay, amazon, or even B&Q. Next step to pictures is editing. If you take a clear, bright and beautifully laid out picture, you wouldn’t have much to edit. Try and stay away from filters. Some brightness, contrast (not too much) and tidying up the background a bit is all you really need.
3. You Will Spend Alot Of Money.
Every blogger will tell you ‘you don’t need to spend all that money on your blog’ Yes it’s true, you don’t. But as you see a hyped about product wouldn’t you want to get it? That’s spending money right there. You will want to buy certain products to try out and then review. There is no must, it’s just something that happens, and there is no denying it. Try not to fall into the trap of overdoing it . Besides buying products, eventually, you will want to buy your own domain name, a web hosting site and so on. These cost quite a bit. You do get cheap and reasonable sites that help, which you will research for in time.
4. Not All Hyped About Products Will Be Your Favourite.
This goes along with point three. You see the latest foundation doing the rounds. every youtube and blogger are raving about it, and off you go to get it and try it for yourself. Sadly its not a product you like. This has happened to me many times. Not every talked about product will be for you, its going to happen. Don’t be disappointed just wait for the next talked about product hehe
5. Stats Will Bring You Down
Stats is an excellent thing to have. It’s your report on how well your blog is doing, who is reading it and much much more. However there are going to be days wherein your stats won’t be as good as you expect, and this is when it brings you down. You will feel disappointed. Always remember these are just numbers, it’s not the end of the world. No matter how serious you are with your blog, try not to get trapped with numbers. If you do have a full-time job,every day isn’t going to perfect, so enjoy your blog and except the good with the bad.
6. You Will Buy Products You Don’t Need
So you have 10,000 lipsticks in your makeup collection, yet you need to go out there and get yourself just one more. You will come across a fellow blogger who has this amazing shade of red lipstick and you feel the need to buy it even thou 9999 of your current lipsticks are a shade of red.
7. Blogging Community Is Huge
The blogging community, if you didn’t know already is HUGE. Extremely supportive but huge. To get noticed in this huge community, you will have to give your blog your best, be interactive as much as you can, (I have a post on How to interact on Social Media, have a read) and don’t give up. There are times when you might feel you don’t fit in here but always remember to Enjoy your time in this community, make friends and be a part of this supportive group.
8. Your Blog Will Take Time To Grow
Wishing you were the Star Youtuber/Blogger doing the rounds right now? Well, one question for you. How did they get there? Hard work is the answer. You will need to work hard and put in the effort if you want your blog to grow. Overnight stardom is possible, but lets are realistic, how often does that happen. So give your blog time while you put in the hard work and you are one step closer to your Big Name.
9. You Don’t Get Free Stuff Just Cause You Blog
Just so you know, free stuff/products don’t pour in just cause you blog. My point is, it takes time for companies to contact you and for them to think you fit to work with. So don’t blog with the thought, that now your inbox will fill up with companies wanting to send u free products. It doesn’t work that way.
10. Nobody Will Promote Your Blog For You
Something I learnt the hard way. I remember feeling awkward to tweet my blog link. I just felt people would find me somehow. My blog will get the audience it needs, there is no need to promote it. What if nobody reads my blog even if I do promote it? So many question and doubts but no answers. All because I didn’t try in the first place. Social Media is your way forward to get your blog noticed and your posts read. Tweet it, Pin it, Share so people know you have a post. You need to tell people you have a blog and you have a new post so people can have a read. Don’t get spammy but get your posts out there and see the magic happen.
Keeping these points in mind just enjoy your time in the blogging world and share to your heart’s content. If you think this post could help a blogger that’s just starting out, please do share this post. Thank You.
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