I started blogging way back in 2010! It was kind of a breakup blog. I genuinely believe sometimes in the midst of a lot of heart ache there’s a lot of magic. So I started blogging on blogspot.com before realising that I thoroughly enjoyed blogging and moved to a hosted blog on Bluehost.com meaning I had a “.com” blog. I’ve had that second blog since 2011 and since then I’ve made and bought a bunch of blogs.
There are a lot of things I wish I had known before I started blogging and here are some of the main ones:
1) Self-hosting is the only way to go!
Yes, it’s a bit of an investment to pay for hosting and domain, but it’s so worth it. I feel like most blogs that are on other platforms get lost in the madness of the blogging world. A clear, easy to remember blog.com is much cooler.
2) That it’s more important to focus on the value you provide
I started my first blog talking about my feelings. My second blog was about travel but I didn’t necessarily provide helpful guides so much as talk about all the fun and cool things I’d done in various places. Which was super great for me, but didn’t allow me to attract the readership I had hoped for.
3) Photos are king
I feel like everyone in our modern world suffers from a tiny bit of ADHD and while words are super cool – really – photos can make or break a blog post.
4) To Ignore Twitter and work on Pinterest
I ignored Pinterest and focused on Twitter and I personally think that was a mistake. Lots of bloggers who have invested the time into making beautiful pin-able posts have had a lot of success. Maybe Twitter works for some people, but I never really found it engaging despite having quite a large following.
5) Network with other bloggers
I ended up doing this but it took my some time. Two of my closet friends are bloggers that I met up with during my travels. It’s cool to surround yourself with bloggers who are at your level, or slightly above, so you can get motivated and learn from them. Making a network of bloggers – even if small – will be a goldmine for you.
6) You can earn a great salary from blogging
After my first year of blogging I was earning upwards of 100k a year. I know that’s not typical and not all of my income at that stage was coming from blogging alone, but without blogging I wouldn’t have gotten into freelance writing.
Do you have any blogging tips you’d want to share with your past self? Let me know in the comments below I’d love to hear them.