Starting a blog is a very daunting idea, but anyone is able to start one. Before I created my blog, I wish I had a better understanding of what I was getting myself in to. Although it is feasible to start a blog without a solid plan, I would strongly recommend against it. If you are considering starting a blog, here are 10 tips that I wish I would have known before I started my own blog.
It’s a LOT of work- When I first started my blog I had NO idea what I was doing. It took me a good month to figure out how to work my website. My naive self thought, “Oh this will be fun, I can just take a few pictures and write about it. It’ll be easy!”. And wow, was I wrong. I wasn’t wrong about the fun part, it is a lot of fun (but it may not be enjoyable for everyone). It takes a lot of dedication to stay consistent.
Patience is key- I cannot stress this enough, patience is key! I may be the most impatient person in the world, so this is VERY challenging for me. It takes time to build a following and get a clear vision of what you want to do. If you don’t get your desired results right way, don’t stop. Keep believing in yourself and keep going! Not everything you do will be successful. My best advice is to use defeat as encouragement to be even better.
Not everyone will support you- This was something that I have struggled with a lot, especially in high school. Not everyone liked the idea of my fashion blog but guess what, I did it anyways. Once you find your target audience, then you will find your blog’s purpose. Although everyone may not support you, make sure you have a solid support team to lead on. Without my team of cheerleaders, I have no idea if I would still be blogging.
Be careful with who you work with- At first I wanted to work with anyone and everyone, but I quickly learned that it is not the smartest idea. Say yes to brands that represent your values and purpose. If Vineyard Vines reached out to me, that would be a huge deal, but I would not be able to say yes because they don’t fit my style and brand. I have had to say no to people because my viewers would be confused if I advertised for them.
Don’t force yourself to write- You will not always be in the mood to write, so don’t force it. Your viewers will be able to tell if the writing was rushed. With every piece of content you post, make sure you are putting in 110%.
Social media breaks are totally fine- Every once in a while, I have to take a break and not post for a while. Trying to keep up with social media is just plain exhausting. Putting my computer and phone away is therapeutic for me. Also, taking a break also gives me time to come up with more quality ideas.
Get organized- I am still continually learning how to do this but being organized is a MUST. To stay on top of things, I bought a planner specifically for blog things. I also make a posting schedule for my content so I can be more consistent. Google Drive is also an amazing organization tool. Take advantage of it! In my Google Drive, I store and organize all my content.
It’s okay to ask for help- If you’re like me, you try to do everything on your own. Every once in a while, it’s okay to ask for help. Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re weak, it just means that your are eager to get better. Look up books, podcasts, webinars, etc. that will teach you how to improve your blog. Also, reach out to people in the industry and other bloggers for advice. Most of the time they are more than willing to help!
Set goals for yourself- You will never become more successful if you don’t set goals for yourself. First set short term goals: goals for the week, month, and year. Next, set long term goals such as your dream job or dream place to live. Make sure you constantly review your goals for encouragement and to see your progress.
Just go for it- My final tip is to just go for it. If you really want it, you will find a way to get it. It’s normal to have some doubts but don’t let those stop you from pursuing your dreams. Be smart and strategic but also have a little faith. A year ago I never thought I would be where I am but with hard work and a little faith I have exceeded my wildest dreams.