Four (more) things I wish I had known when I started blogging

Hey! Before you read my tips you should follow me on Bloglovin’ – the follow button is on my blog homepage 🙂

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about tips and tricks that I wish I had known when I started blogging. I have received a lot of positive feedback about that post being helpful; and of course, there aren’t just four things that I wish I hadn’t known when I started blogging! I have decided to make this a somewhat regular blog feature. Here is my second installment!

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  1. Do not give up. This is the most important piece of blogging-related advice I can give. Many of my friends have started their own blogs, and some get discouraged when they post something and don’t receive any likes or comments. First of all, blogging isn’t about the numbers. It’s tempting to base the worth of your blog on the number of views or followers you have, but bear in mind that you are blogging because you have something to say – whether it is listened to, or not.

This discouragement can cause people to give up on their blogs, leading me to the point of this piece of advice. When I first started this blog, I think the only people who read it were my parents, sister, and my English teacher. However, I didn’t stop posting new things; and eventually it was worth it. My blog is what it is today because I stuck it out through days of no views and wondering how to get followers.

  1. Don’t be a one-sided blogger. If people comment on your posts, don’t leave their words hanging in the air – reply to them! If someone follows you, take a moment to check out their blog. I’m not saying you have to follow back every single person who follows you, but don’t ignore everyone either.

Every person who likes your posts or comments on them is an opportunity for you to engage with another blogger and for you to learn new things from their blog. A huge part of growing your blog consists of creating a community around it – and that can’t happen if you ignore every opportunity that comes your way.

  1. Include images in your posts. I’m still figuring this one out, but I do have a few good tips for images. Personally I strive to use royalty free photos. There are some great websites that have beautiful photos that look nothing like typical stock images – and best of all, they are free and can be used for anything, no complications with anything legal!

My favourite website for this is Unsplash, and I also use Gratisography. There is also an option in Google Advanced Image Search to set a filter for royalty free and find pictures that way. After I find a picture I like, I edit it either using Fotor or PicMonkey. Usually this just means adding text – a quote from my post, most of the time – and my blog URL at the bottom. Sometimes if I’m feeling fancy I add a filter.

4. Social media is your friend. I have my blog connected to a Twitter account (@sherinaspeaks) and Google+ as well. Besides joining a few blogging communities I haven’t really used Google+ that much, but Twitter has been a goldmine. On Sundays I tweet with #SundayBlogShare (a great initiative started by the lovely Suzie of suzie81speaks), and on Mondays I use #MondayBlogs. I have also discovered that there are accounts you can Tweet at who will automatically retweet you, one of them being @TheBlogGuideRT.

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When I started my blog, I was scared of connecting it to social media; however now I can confidently say that it has been instrumental in building up my blog community both in directing traffic to my blog and also finding new blogs to follow. I have also joined Bloglovin’, and I’ll admit that I have no clue how to use it… but I think it will be beneficial, once I figure it out. In the meantime, follow me there!

What do you wish you had known when you started blogging?

31 thoughts on “Four (more) things I wish I had known when I started blogging

    1. Awesome, thanks! I actually procrastinated making my account for the longest time because I wasn’t sure what Bloglovin’ is… now, I’m still not exactly sure but at least I have the account! Thanks for reading 😀

  1. The trickiest thing for me at the beginning was resisting the urge to post as soon as I finished an article, rather than spacing things out and having a more consistent schedule.

  2. These are great tips, Sherina! Thanks for sharing. I have no idea how to use Bloglovin’ either haha 🙂 I’ve been meaning to try to figure it out, but maybe you’ll beat me to it and that will be the subject of one of your next installments.

    Also, thanks for the photography resources – this will be super helpful!

  3. Great post. I wish I had known the power consistency and having a schedule of posts that readers could expect…. Oh, and pics with short but poignant posts worked waaaaay better the “War and Peace.” Thanks for this!

  4. I’m slowly learning to accept point number one. I’ve had a few times where my numbers went up, and the feeling was amazing. Sometimes it can get discouraging when it seems like you’re talking to empty space, especially when you’re quite fond of a post. So when people do comment, my responses are usually pretty enthusiastic because I want to make friends with everyone!

    I keep saying I need to incorporate pictures into my posts, and in all honesty, I don’t know what’s actually stopping me. I just haven’t put any in yet.

    Really enjoyed this post. Thanks!

    1. You’re totally right; it can be discouraging when you’re really excited about a post and your number of readers doesn’t reflect that. I try to remind myself that I’m not writing for people to read it per say, I’m writing because I have something to say.
      I’m glad I could help, thanks for reading! 🙂

  5. Very helpful stuff. I’m just starting blogging, so any bit of advice like this is duly noted in my memory banks and will be put into practice as best I can. I like the content on this blog, I decided to follow. Would really appreciate it if you checked my blog out too and provided some feedback! And a follow would definitely be deeply appreciated! I don’t have a lot of posts yet, but I believe my blog might be all over the place for a while before it takes form. Thanks for the inspiration to keep persisting! Keep up the awesome blog! 🙂

    1. I’m glad I could help!! I will definitely check out your blog. Don’t worry about the “all of the place” thing – it does take some time to form your vision for your blog! 🙂

  6. Hey Sherina. I never heard of Blog Loving before you mentioned it. I totally sympathise with you on the first point in terms of likes or comments. Even though I have two followers, it doesn’t concern me in the slightest because you probably know it takes hard work.

    I’m going to publish a post about blogging tips for beginners soon. To get that blog, follow me on realjoephill25.wordpress.com

  7. I’ve just read a few of your blogs, the two best treasures so far being “Four Things” and “Four (more) Things” because you explain so clearly and so well. Plus, I feel a little extra creatively inspired armed with these new tips and tricks.

    One thing I wish I knew before (and now during) blogging, is how to navigate the very confusing world that is the backend of WordPress 😦 I just can’t seem to figure out how to get my themes and widgets to play nice! Ahhhh, learning curves and all!

    1. I’m so glad I could inspire you! I agree that themes and widgets can be difficult! I’ve been thinking of playing around with my theme but have put it off because of how time consuming it ends up being!!

  8. The picture thing is definitely one I realized after – it makes the posts look SO much better and more legit. Thanks so much for the picture websites I’m excited to check them out! And also I love Twitter so those hashtags and the account are super exciting. Thank you thank you!

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