Next month marks exactly 4 years since the day I clicked “publish” on this little ol’ blog. No one is more surprised than me that a.) I didn’t quit within a month (because that’s usually how my workout routine normally goes at least)…
and b.) that blogging about DIY projects and home decorating is my actual bonafide paying job! I thank God every day for this dream come true (you can read more about our financial journey here, since that was a story for a different day). And I’m so thankful to you guys for following along on all of our mishaps and adventures in our home.
I don’t talk about this sweet gig to brag though, I really don’t, so I hope you don’t take it that way. Because that’s not at all the point of this post.
Back then, I started this blog just as a journal to document my and Robert’s new adventures in beautifying our very first house. Then somewhere along the line, blogging became this huge flashing billboard all over the internet screaming, “Make money blogging! Work from home doing what you love!”
About every other day, I get emails from other beginner bloggers asking where they should start, how do they wade through the flood of information, and I realized now would probably be a great time to share everything I wish I’d known in hindsight when I was nervous in my beginner blogger days too.
So if you’ve been thinking about starting a blog or you have one but have been needing some ideas to grow, I hope this helps.
5 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Beginner Blogger:
(Some affiliate links are provided below.)
1. Blog like no one is watching.
Chances are, in the very beginning, only your mom is reading your blog anyway, so what do you have to lose? Realness and rawness and 100% you-ness is the best part of blogging. If you can love yourself (and laugh at yourself), others will too. The bloggers I love to follow the most are the ones who wear their hearts on their sleeves because they’re not just about pretty pictures and great ideas, they are people I can connect with.
The blog posts that I’ve written in the past when I’ve poured my heart out and held my breath and clicked “publish” and said to myself, “Well, I’m about to make a total idiot of myself”, those are the ones that ALWAYS get the best responses. Because I guess reality, sadly, is often hard to come by these days on picture-perfect social media. Is it corny to say just be yourself? Whatever, I’m throwing it back to kindergarten. Be yourself.
2. If you wait for perfection, you’ll never start.
The other day, I was talking to a friend about blogging, and she was so excited to start her blog. She had her site design up and running, she had 10 posts drafted with craft projects and recipes she’d done, and she had several more planned before she felt like she could officially launch her blog because she “wanted everything to be perfect”.
And my jaw dropped. I think my response was something like, “Girl, are you crazy?! Publish that thing!” Because I sure as heck didn’t have a plan starting mine. (Here’s my first blog post ever. It’s super snazzy… not.) Don’t think, just jump.
3. If you wait until you know everything about blogging, you’ll never publish a single post.
After 4 years, I still don’t know everything about blogging, and I feel like I’m always behind. Because blogging is always changing and evolving and there’s absolutely no way to keep up. Learn as you go. Make mistakes. Trial and error is awesome like that. No matter what, find your voice and stick to it. The rest will work out in time.
4. Help others any way you know how.
Blog because you have something you’re bursting to share that you know will help other people. The bloggers who are problem solvers are usually the ones who grow the most and make it a job because others find value in what they write. Be someone’s ray of sunshine but also do their homework for them.
5. You don’t have to figure it all out on your own.
The one thing I wish I had access to from Day 1 of blogging was a road map to help me navigate this confusing online journey. (I feel like one of those people saying, “Back in my day, we had to walk uphill both ways in the snow.”) There were little-to-no courses or ebooks or webinars available to guide me every step of the way, but there are SO many great ones to teach everything you need to know now.
Ultimate Bundles just launched the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit that is full of so many resources that I’ve used myself over the last couple of years. If you need help with learning photography, web design, SEO, affiliates, setting up email newsletters, social media, whatever you can think of, it’s there. The bundle is $5,800 worth of ebooks, courses, webinars, printables, and helpful resources for $97 that will end on October 9th at 11:59 pm EST.
Now if there’s like a Genius Fitness Toolkit out there or something, that would be greeaaat. Apparently, I still can’t find my groove with that one.
If you have a blog already, I’d love to check it out! Just leave a link to it in the comments below. Or if you have a question about blogging that you’ve been dying to know, I’m happy to help as much as I can. Do you have a blogging resource that has helped you tons? Feel free to share!
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