What Four Bloggers Wish They’d Known When They Started Blogging

By Ali Luke

Last week, I asked you, “What do you wish you’d known about blogging when you started?

Many thanks to all those who left a comment telling us — I’ve rounded up some of the best here.

(I couldn’t use all the comments, so do check out the original post to see some more.)

One common trend I noticed in the comments was that it takes time to see growth, and that your blog’s growth often won’t be steady.

So if you’re not quite seeing the results you want yet, hang on in there.

Let’s get to the comments…

Alex from AdSense Market wrote:

One things I wish I’d known when I started my Online Business was:

Running the business is your first priority. Your success (and financial stability) will come from expertly running your business — not teaching yoga, life coaching, writing copy, or making jewelry. In other words, you will spend 15% of the time doing what you love (your gift..in my case coaching and writing) and 85% of the time marketing, administrating, selling, strategizing your business, and answering a shitload of email. Survival will totally hinge on how quickly you adopt this role of Business Owner.

JK Riki from Animator Island wrote:

First of all, I’m very happy for the way my life has played out, even the bad stuff, because it’s shaped me to who I am now. So when I say “I wish I had” I don’t really MEAN it, because I wouldn’t want it any different. But for the sport of “things I know now I didn’t know then…”

I wish I knew how much more difficult regular updating would be. When I started my mind was racing with ideas, and it would be “easy” to have weekly updates at AnimatorIsland.com. So easy, in fact, that my long-term goal and plan had me increasing to bi-weekly updates after the first few months, and then daily updates shortly after that. How crazy that seems now!

Quality content takes a long time, and a LOT of work. Sure you can do throw-away pieces to fill space, but my goal with Animator Island was to help other animators, and I couldn’t do that every single day with great content. So it remains weekly updates, every Monday, and that works well. I’m just glad I had learned previous lessons that let me not PUSH to get to more updates, because then I would have been overwhelmed.

Lesson: Start small and don’t force growth for the sake of growth. Better to truly have something to say instead of saying anything because you need an update!

Edie Melson from The Write Conversation wrote:

I’ve been blogging since about 2008. One thing I wish I’d known when I started was that healthy blog growth isn’t a steady, upward line. In the beginning a lot of my blog followers were friends who wanted to support me, even though they weren’t necessarily interested in the focus of my site. But they shared my blog with others and many of those became the real foundation of my readership.

This meant that for the first year there was a lot of shuffling in my numbers. Sort of a two-steps-forward, one-step back movement. I thought I was doing something wrong and wasted a lot of angst and effort on something that was normal.

Carolyn from Lost in the Leaf City wrote:

I wish I had known that I’ll never stop blogging. I did for a year and have to wrestle with ideas waiting to be accomplished or published on my blog Lost In The Leaf City.

Blogging is hard work. I feel guilty sometimes writing just for the sake of updating.

I wish I wasn’t lazy writing quality content from the start. I know it’s hard but doing it made me realized that there are more work: finding the right image, organizing the content, throwing away the first draft (ouch)!

Do it or either don’t do it.

Give your best in every post. You’ll be surprised with the result – great ones – for others – and yourself.

 

Does one (or more) of these comments resonate with you? Leave your own comment below to join in the conversation.

 

 




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9 Responses to “What Four Bloggers Wish They’d Known When They Started Blogging”

  • Steve

    Guess everyone is hung over from the 4th and I’ll be the first to comment :0

    The above advice absolutely resonate with me. Having just started a new affiliate directory, its easy to look at the small traffic numbers and get discouraged, but I know the traffic will come with time as long as I hang in there.

    Thanks for the encouragement, I’ll continue down the path and see where this project ends up.

  • Alvin Chadwick

    I agree with the aforementioned, quality work and marketing will take you far in blogging.

  • Serena @ Thrift Diving

    I have been blogging for 9 years….. Of those, 2.5 on my current blog….and of those, only about 1.5 year truly serious. I wish I knew 9 years ago that bloggers made money blogging. I wouldn’t have been blogging about my kids on a password protected site!! 🙂 Now that I know, it feels wonderful building my business and seeing the value in what I do! I can’t wait until I do this full time. It does take a long time to build. If it’s your passion, stay with it!

    Serena @ Thrift Diving

  • Lakhyajyoti

    Great sharing. When I started blogging, I was so lazy to create quality content. I copied content from other blogs and the result is Google banned my blog. My current blog is just 3 months old and trying hard to make it a better one.

  • J.K. Riki

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one who underestimated the “time” aspect of successful blogging! 🙂

    Thanks for post, keep up the good work.

  • Iftekhar Bhuiyan

    No matter whatever the reason is, I couldn’t or didn’t write on regular basis. I think I regret that part. Thanks.

  • Daniel

    The one that stood out for me, was the comment by Carolyn from “Lost In the City Leaf”

    Also, regarding the amount of “background work” and various tasks that must be fulfilled. …to keep a site up and running…

    Once you start, you gotta keep on going….and that’s why so many people do not reach anywhere near the goals they set out to aspire to.

    Even when a site has grown to Authority status and size, if that site became inactive for long enough, it will eventually tank..

    ….though, it would happen a lot quicker for a less established site….

  • Antony Peter

    Blogging is hard work. I feel guilty sometimes writing just for the sake of updating. Thanks Carolyn for revealing the truth, while many bloggers tell its only a 2hr job or a 4hr per week etc.

  • Carolyn

    @DailyBlogTips
    Thanks for sharing our tips.

    @Iftekhar
    Same here. Often, I underestimate the time I have to write for a blog post, then here comes along reality (job, school, movie marathon, etc) and unforeseen events (hard-to-say-no weekend gathering).

    The result: blog post written in draft with mostly links (for research which means more reading–and editing) for a week. For now, I avoid posting on weekends. (But can’t help coming up of more ideas.)

    @Daniel
    Indeed, there’s no way stopping. Either you turn your back completely or keep going.

    Both will cause pain. But the former is the hardest if you knew that it is your calling.

    My solution: blog naturally around your schedule. Every effort will add up later on.

    @Antony
    Blogging and clock exist in different era. You can’t log out just like in an eight-to-five job. Even if you do, ideas flows naturally. That’s why it helps to have a mobile app to write notes in a flash (but only when appropriate and nobody is looking).

    @bloggers (any niche)
    Thanks for blogging. One way to pay it forward is to also blog. Someone will be thankful of your words (and hard work).

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