When an experienced blogger reads their very first post, they will see how far they have come.
Writing gets better with practice. But we can also lose something. That’s why it’s good to look back and see what experience taught us.
From this point of view, it’s easy for experienced bloggers to say what beginner bloggers should do.
Do you know why? We went through all the steps to start a successful blog. I wish I knew a few things back then. I know where I made mistakes, and I know what I would’ve fixed if I could go back.
These are the 10 things I wish I knew before starting a blog:
1) Stay Focused
Whenever you look through tips on how to make a blog, this is the first one you get: choose a niche. I ignored that advice. I decided: “I’ll just write whatever I feel like writing.” So, the blog turned into a hot mess of book reviews, feminism topics, yoga tips, productivity articles, and whatnot.
I wish I found a precise answer: “what should I blog about?”
2) Be More Consistent
I just wrote whenever I felt like writing, and it usually took a month before a new post popped up. That’s a huge mistake. Since I didn’t post regularly, the blog turned into a diary. No one felt like visiting it since they didn’t expect to find new content there.
Since I created a blogging schedule, and I made a true commitment, things changed.
3) Work With Other Writers
Do you know what students do when they can’t write a paper on time? They conduct an online search: “who can write my assignment?” And they find a reliable writing service to complete content for them. It’s the same thing that bloggers can do when they schedule a post but they can’t complete it.
If I worked with professional writers from the beginning, it wouldn’t have taken so long to make the blog popular.
4) Write for Other Blogs
I was too “shy” to reach out and submit guest posts since I was afraid of the webmaster’s criticism. I wasted time on the way of becoming noticeable.
I recommend all new bloggers to engage in guest posting ASAP. Choose good blogs and write good content. It’s how you get noticed.
5) Invite Guest Bloggers In
Those great blogs that feature your guest posts – they are doing you a favor as a new writer, but they also gain the advantage of receiving content to feature for free. Since I opened my blog for guest posts, I developed great relationships with other bloggers. But I also got more content to publish.
6) Engage the Readers
When I started blogging, I was all about content and I wanted to deliver the best quality I could. But to get the readers engaged, there sometimes needs to be incentives.
Giveaways are awesome, and I took too long to realize that.
7) Try to Earn through Blogging
My biggest mistake was to approach blogging as a hobby. That’s why my marketing efforts were below average. That’s why I didn’t bother to engage the audience much.
At one point, I got a message from a brand asking for collaboration. It went really well. That’s when I realized: if I approach blogging as a job, I could become very successful. And that’s exactly what I did.
8) … But Place the Audience First
It doesn’t matter whether you’re doing this for money or just for fun. The audience always comes first.
9) Design Matters
I started my first blog on a free template. It was awful. The opportunities came after I decided to invest more in the design. I paid for a premium theme, but I also hired a designer. Having an easy to use and sleek design will keep people coming back.
10) Maintain the Spark
When blogging became a job for me, it felt like too much pressure. What sponsor should I accept? What giveaway should I organize next? What should I do to become more popular?
That shouldn’t happen. The initial enthusiasm is what keeps blogs fresh and authentic. Always remember why you started and keep your brand as aligned to the starting goal as you can.
Experience Teaches Things
I wish I knew everything there is to know about blogging. But I’m still learning. I wish I listened to experienced bloggers more. When I started, I didn’t even know: what is a blog? I took a long time to learn more about blogging, and I wasted a lot of time by trying to figure out things for myself.
There’s an immense base of knowledge we can count on. If we connect and learn from each other, we’ll develop a community that will make us all better at what we do.