Starting a blog?

Starting a blog? What I wish I would have known

I have been blogging for a couple of years now and, whilst I do receive the odd treat, blogging for me is very much a hobby. A space to share, learn, moan and celebrate. It is an online diary that I can revisit to re-read all our adventures and milestones.

However, blogging can be frustrating at times. No matter how much you insist it is not about numbers or followers and you convince yourself it is just a hobby, it can still bring a lot of disappointments and knock backs. You definitely need to grow a thick skin.

I know this is natural and even the most successful bloggers have started small and endured the same. Blogging is a learning curve, the longer you blog the more you learn. However, I feel I have personally picked things up quite slowly and there are a few things that I wish someone would have told me when I first started.

So, if you are thinking of starting your own blog or you are new to blogging, here are a few things I wish I had known sooner:

Buy your domain name

Most people start on hosted WordPress and buy their domain at a later date. I honestly would just start as you mean to go on, it’s not expensive and it will save you having to move everything over at a later date. I also remember losing a handful of followers when I made the transition to my own domain so yes, this is one thing I’d definitely recommend. Furthermore, PR companies and brands will take you more seriously once you have your own domain.

Social Media

As you start your blog also start your social media platforms (if you haven’t already). I hated social media and I naively thought I could start a blog and people would read it without having to participate with social media. Well, I wish I had asked myself how? Social Media is key in promoting your blog and also to build up your brand and relationships with other bloggers. I didn’t sign up to Instagram until about 4 months after I started my blog and Twitter took me almost a year. As for the others I have barely started. For me, who has very little child free time (by very little I mean no child free time), there is no way that I have the time or energy to be active on every social media platform but It is important to get yourself out there. This leads me on nicely to…..

Get Sociable

I am not the most sociable. However, I love that there are certain bloggers/instagrammers that comment on my pictures and make the effort to retweet my blog posts. There are bloggers that I can chat to and ask a little advice. These relationships are so important. Last year a lovely blogger invited me join a Facebook group and I have learnt so much from these ladies. With their help I have managed to grow my blog and learned some Instagram tips. I also plucked up the courage to finally attend a blogging event and I am so glad I did, I met some really lovely people and it was important to put a face to my brand (I feel really silly saying brand, but essentially that is what MemeandHarri is.)

Trust Yourself

I constantly hear from bloggers that you should never undersell yourself. Whilst I do agree, it is important to do what is best for you. Just because a blogger may get a certain fee for something doesn’t mean you should. I learnt this lesson last year when I was asked to promote a campaign. I read what all other bloggers were saying and I allowed myself to question if I wanted to do it. Yes it was a lot of work but it was for a product that I loved. I declined it in the end as I didn’t want to undersell myself I thought. I ended up listening to everyone else instead of listening to myself.  I ended up missing out. So what I guess I am trying to say is don’t worry about what other people charge, think or do. Think about what you are happy with. Trust yourself.

I hope this helps!!

 

JakiJellz
The Pramshed
Mum Muddling Through

14 thoughts on “Starting a blog? What I wish I would have known

  1. Ahh such good tips. I’m sorry you missed out on something you would have enjoyed due to listening to others, I hope I wasn’t one of those who put you off. I am an advocate for not underselling yourself but I do take things on if I love them even if the fees aren’t quite right.
    Nat.x

  2. Love this post Natalie, especially your last point. Blogging isn’t a one size fits all thing – we all have different motivations and we’re all individuals. It’s easy to get hung up on what other people are doing, but as long as we’re keeping ourselves happy, that’s the most important thing.

  3. Some great advice, thanks. I started at the beginning of the year, with no particular aim, other than to understand how the internet and social media work. Yet I still look at my shite figures every day! Perhaps I need to be more sociable! #coolmumclub

  4. Some fab insights and advice here I do agree that trusting yourself is huge as a blogger because at the end of the day you’re pretty much in it alone so you have to have a strong sense of self and what is right and wrong for you. I’m still learning three and a half years on! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub with these pearls of wisdom x

  5. I relate to all of that. It’s so easy to be swept up with numbers and what other people are doing, even if you’re primarily blogging for yourself. I know what I should do if I wanted to be full time blogger, but like you, my time blogging has to fit in around the family and work. As we have no help with childcare, it’s essentially an hour when everyone goes to bed. You have to do what is right for you and the time you have available. I love these tips because they are simple and honest and are the little things that make a difference – and make it more fun. I’ve made some lovely online blogger pals. #TriumphantTales

  6. This is such a great post 🙂 I also struggle with some of the FB groups as one size does not fit all and what’s appropriate for one blogger isn’t for another. I’m sorry you missed out on something you really enjoyed because of it.

  7. These are great tips and tips I wish I had read all those years ago! Thanks for sharing with #TriumphantTales, we’d love to see you back again on Tuesday!

  8. I agree with all of these. I bought my domain outright and I’m glad I did. I plan on changing it in the near future but I don’t regret buying it. And my host is pretty great to work with too.

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