11 Things I wish I knew Before I Started Blogging

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Since I started blogging in June 2015 I have learned a lot about the community, the best ways to save time and I have had my pre-conceive ideas put to bed. 

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The world of blogging is definitely different from what I imagined but I wouldn't change a thing! I love being able to speak my mind on things I am passionate about, have people read about what I have to say and take the time to leave comments on my posts. It is truly amazing, and I am so thankful for it. 

So many things are different from how I imagined it, I thought about myself sitting down at night with a cup of tea and writing so many posts until my heart was content. Wrong! You have to think about what words to use, how to set it out, the whole layout etc... There are so many technical bits and bobs to blogging that I would never have imagined when I started but I love it, it keeps me busy.

So, here are 11 things I have learned since I started blogging.

01: People are nicer than I initially thought.

At first, I was very scared to get into the blogging community because I thought that people might be a bit bitchy or all for themselves, but I have been so surprised at the amount of nice people there are out there in the blogging community. Although you do get cliques and not everyone is as nice as they seem, for the most part people are lovely and ready to chat away. I am lucky enough to say I have met some really nice people through starting my blog and I would now consider them friends. 

02: Scheduling posts is a god send.

When I first started blogging, I didn't even know what scheduling a post was, I was so new to everything and trying to find my feet so when I did find out about scheduling posts, I felt like I had been given a gift from the heavens. I had no idea that this new-old feature would be my best friend in no time. 

Scheduling posts helps to take a load off when it comes to promoting content because you can use sites like Tweetdeck to bulk schedule your content and it goes out when you aren't even awake!  

03: I don't have to blog every day.

At first I thought I had to post new content every day to keep people interested in my blog, have fresh new posts coming out every day but once I got over the initial "buzz" of it, I settled into my own and got on with it, blogging for myself and just being grateful for even one person reading my blog. 

You may think that you need to have a post going out daily, but you don't, in-fact having a schedule will work better because it lets people take in your content without feeling overwhelmed with new posts every day and I have found that my content performs better when I space it out over a few days. This means your posts can have the spotlight they deserve.

04: Keeping up with all social media accounts is hard.

With there being a bunch of social media sites out there, it can feel overwhelming trying to keep up with all of them at the same time and I'm not going to lie to you, it is. But, finding a work flow that works for you will optimise how you manage your social media accounts. 

Don't try to do everything at once, I did and it only meant that I resented some of the platforms so I ended up letting them go to ruin. It wasn't until I started to chose one platform a week to work on at a time that I found my socials started to grow and when I had found my feet, I made a plan where I could work on them all in the same week, naming each day a different social media platform so I could dedicate my time to it.

05: Twitter has become my go to for anything blog related.

For me, Twitter is one of the best platforms I have found work well with my blog. There is a huge community of bloggers who are all out here working on their blog, promoting their content and interacting with each other. I find that I get a lot of traffic from Twitter because I can easily schedule my content and it's sort of free flowing.

Twitter is great for comment threads, daily threads and more where you can link to your content and engage with other like minded people. I have more information on how to effectively use Twitter to drive traffic to your blog in my blog post 10 ways to boost traffic to your blog, it's filled with tips and tricks that I use to gain blog views.

06: Pinterest is great for inspiration and driving traffic.

At first I wasn't sure about Pinterest, I couldn't get my head around it so I sort of let it go to ruin. But then I started to pay attention to it, I read loads of posts on how to use it for my blog and now I am sort of getting to grips with it and I see about 40% of my blog traffic coming from Pinterest which is amazing considering I had 0 for the first few years. I was using it mainly for inspiration which it's great for by the way! but I also use it for blog traffic now.

The main thing to know about Pinterest is that it's not another social media platform, it's more like a search engine. 

07: I prefer personal posts.

When I am reading other peoples blog, I find that I am drawn more to personal posts rather than product posts, I do still enjoy reading about different products but I would much rather get to know the blogger and hear what they have to say on everyday topics.

08: Trying to comment on EVERYTHING just isn't practical.

I use to want to comment on everything I could and reply to all comments on my blog, and while I do try my very best, sometimes I miss a few and I just feel horrible about it because someone took the time to comment and I get major guilt about it. But it's not practical all of the time, I'm busy, all the time with a child, so if I do miss any it's nothing personal. 

It has taken me a long time to not feel devastatingly horrible about not replying to blog comments but I had to put my priorities into perspective and I know that when I have the time, I will go through and reply and visit their blog to return a comment.

09: Not sticking to a schedule every single week isn't the end of the world.

At first I used to get bad anxiety over missing a blog post day, to me I felt like I was letting myself down because I couldn't stick to a simple 3 posts per week, but now it doesn't phase me because it's my blog and I know I will get a post out when possible and if I don't get even one post out one week, that's ok. 

10: Sometimes it's the bloggers you least expect that you become friends with.

I remember when I first started blogging, I was scared to talk to any other blogger for the fear they would laugh at me because I was a "Newbie" and I wasn't worth their time, but I was very wrong. I have talked to some amazing bloggers who influenced me and have built up a friendship with them (even if it is only an online one). 

If you are feeling nervous about approaching someone, the best advice is just go for it, what's the worst that could happen?

11: This has been the best outlet for me.

When I first started my blog I had no idea it would become what it is today, I honestly thought I would give up but I enjoyed it so much that I couldn't stop. This is a fantastic outlet for my creativity and it's something I genuinely enjoy doing which is half the battle really isn't it? because if you aren't enjoying it, what's the point?

And there you have it, 11 things I have learned since I started blogging which I wish I knew before I started. They aren't bad or negative, but I do wish I had a complete picture of what I was getting into so that I could have prepared myself better and maybe I would have started off with a better blog rather than the very drab looking one I had to begin with. 

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  1. I hadnt realised the complexity of blogging, as you said alot can go into a single page fromt the font to layout etc. My blog is pretty basic due to lack of blog no how and time but i will work on it. I hadnt realised how helpful and inviting some bloggers would be. I find being a parent to some is a type of competition so its refreshing to find noce, friendly and helpful bloggers.

    I think it all depends on your end goal and whether you want to blog for oppertunities and finance, make friends or you just want to put thoughts down. Enjoyed reading your post x

  2. What a lovely post! I completely agree- the blogging community are so friendly. I was also soo overwhelmed when I started blogging with the technical side. I remember thinking 'Why does no one post "How to write a blog post 101" ?!' You do totally settle into what works for you though.
    Happy New Year!
    Julz Obsessions xx xx

  3. Glad you're enjoying blogging :) It's a lovely community isn't it? I've been doing it for on and off for the past decade (yes, I'm old(ish) ;) And it was only actually this year that I really got into the whole social-media side of blogging. I already had them, but never really did anything with them. I know I'm slow. I still struggle with the time to do do it, but I'm actually enjoying it more now. x

  4. I prefer personal posts as well and its usually the posts that get the most views and comments. I think its great to let our readers into our world.

  5. 100% agree! I think for me, not posting something everyday really took the pressure off and made it more enjoyable for me. When I started I was posting 5-6 times per week because I wanted to get things out there and wanted people to see what I had to say but to be honest half of it wasn't great quality because I was writing for writings sake, now I know better :p it is great to reflect back!

  6. so nice to see you've got into a good routine. I totally agree with everything, especially social media I use Buffer to keep on top of mine.

  7. Blogging is great and I would recommend it to anyone, but its hard work and your to do list never gets completed! There is a lot to learn, but its so much fun and I love the freedom it gives me x

  8. Oh yes I agree with all of these! I was finding it really hard to keep up with all my social media accounts, I have had to cut back and just pick a couple to concentrate on. I have found this so much less stressful and more manageable. x

  9. I enjoy reading personal posts too. They can be quite interesting. This was a good read.

  10. So so true. Blogging can be fun if you are passionate about what you're writing. I like Twitter, I find it much easier to use than most other social Media sites. By the way congratulations on your anniversary.

  11. I have just come to terms with not blogging every day! I struggle and think I need to do more but actually, that isn't true! H x

  12. I totally agree. Especially with the fact that people are so much nicer than I thought and I really missed the sense of community when I stepped away from blogging! H x

  13. i've been utilising pinterest more this year and it's been doing wonders, so i definitely wish i knew how to use it properly before i started blogging too!

  14. Great post! I agree, I much prefer personal posts these days! x

    Zoey | www.zoeyolivia.com

  15. Your post lets me know I'm on the right track. Thank you! 😃👍🏼

  16. BTW, I lived in Glasgow for nearly a year (Knightswood area, Dumbarton Road). I left a piece of my heart there!💛

  17. I can relate to #1, #4, #7, and #8 !!! Especially with #8.
    Thank you for writing this post. It reminded me of all the good things that have come out of me deciding to blog. Especially making friends even if not all bloggers would like to be friends.
    I enjoy reading your personal posts too, especially your monthly to do lists! xx

    Mari | www.dazedmari.com

  18. Blogging is also a great outlet for me too Jordanne! It allows me to be creative and produce the content that makes me happy! I'm so glad I started blogging all those years ago, it's honestly one of the best things I have ever done! x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

  19. These are such important messages, and all of us bloggers need to hear them sometimes!! I've found my groove, discovered and honed more passions as I've blogged, and settled into such a nice community. It's one of the best hobbies I've ever picked up xx


  20. People are indeed nicer. It’s the best outlet for me. My blog has helped with my mental health which is a beautiful thing. Twitter has been so helpful as well. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I agree.

  21. I can relate with several points you have mentioned. For me, twitter is a very important platform, I started blogging with no visitors until I found blogging groups in twitter! I'm still learning the ins and outs of blogging and at the same time I am learning from the articles that I come across with. Cheers!

  22. All of these are great. I particularly like number 1! The blogging community is so lovely and is one of the main reasons I keep coming back to my blog time and time again.

  23. Thanks for the lovely insight on your blogging journey, Jordanne! I love your honesty about how your blog has grown over the years and what you wish you'd done differently.

    The blogging community is so welcoming, I'm very glad to have found it and hope to make as many blogger friends as possible! 😄

    Managing my social media accounts has been a huge hassle for me too, especially when my little one needs attention! I think I'll do what you recommend and dedicate each day of the week to a different social media platform. It certainly seems the best way to do it!

    Thanks for the tips! :)

    Bianca xx | missmonro.com

  24. I usually don’t reach out to bloggers because I’m afraid to. I think everyone will be mean to me haha I know it’s bad. I’ve been blogging for a few years and have had a few different blogs but none I actually took seriously. I think this one I’m going to start trying to do something with it. I thought I had to post everyday too just to make sure I was seen but this isn’t the case and I love scheduling blog post.