Currently, Lately officially turned two yesterday, so today I thought I would do a post about several things I wish I had known before I started blogging. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers do posts like this before, and I always think it’s interesting to see what information they believe would have helped them in their very first stages of blogging.
Whether you’ve been blogging for five years or five days, here are some things I wish I had known prior to the beginning of Currently, Lately.
1. Everything is a lot more complicated than it looks.
Blogging is by no means easy. Even the things that look simple are actually pretty complicated and time-consuming. As a blogger, not only do you have to write blog posts, you also have to act as your own photographer, editor, and social media promoter (all while keeping up with your other life responsibilities). It’s a lot of work. And while you eventually fall into a routine, that workload doesn’t get any lighter. Be prepared to put forth a lot of time and energy, but don’t let that scare you off. Though it may be a lot of work, blogging is definitely worth it.
2. Don’t define your blog by stats or numbers.
This is probably the most important thing I wish I would have known, especially in the first few months of blogging. It can be difficult to look at your stats and numbers and not feel discouraged. You keep putting up posts that you feel really excited about, but nothing seems to happen.
3. Your blogging voice is going to keep changing and evolving.
You may set out with one specific goal in mind when you start blogging, but be prepared for that to change. Your blogging voice, as well as your topics of interest, are unlikely to stay the same forever. As you change and evolve, so will your blog. Don’t feel like you have to fight these changes or stick to just one topic.
4. Make content you enjoy, regardless of anything else.
The content you create and put out for the world to see needs to be content that you enjoy writing. Period. It doesn’t matter if it would be easier to switch gears or if you could reach a larger audience doing something else. The only thing that is important is that you enjoy what you are doing. Simple as that.
If you allow numbers and statistics to dictate what you post on your blog, you’re going to enjoy blogging a lot less. Your blog won’t feel like a virtual representation of you; it will feel like a virtual representation of the version of you that your stats tell you people like best.
It will also make it hard for you to write authentically and engagingly if you don’t love what you’re working on. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: Readers can sense insincerity from a million miles away. You have to be passionate about everything you do for the sake of both you and your readers. If you don’t like the content that you’re putting out, chances are your readers don’t either.
5. Being active on social media is a game changer.
Being active on social media is just as important to being a blogger as putting up posts. Not only does having a social media presence allow you to promote your blog, it also helps you form better connections with other bloggers. There is a sense of laid-backness on social media that helps people get to know the person behind the blog. Find platforms you enjoy and start posting!
6. Inspiration will not always be there.
Inspiration is a fickle thing, and it won’t always be there when you want it to be. There will be a lot of times when you feel inspired and motivated to create, but there will also be a lot of times when you don’t feel inspired or motivated to create. You have to be prepared for these moments to occur and learn to work through them. Take advantage of the times when you do feel inspired and really push yourself to create. Having posts written in advance will make things a lot easier for you when you aren’t feeling inspired.
7. Always be willing to learn and adapt.
Like many things in life, blogging is a learning experience.
In order to have success with it, you must be willing to learn and adapt. This means trying new things and pushing yourself to create different content until you are able to figure out what works for you as a blogger.
Having a willingness to learn will make things much easier for you in the long run. Don’t be afraid to try new things, even if that means doing things differently than you expected when you first decided to start a blog.
Anyway, those are just a few things I’ve learned during my time as a blogger! I hope you enjoyed reading, and that this post could be of some use to you. I would love to hear about your blogging experiences in the comments below!
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