7 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started My Blog
I started my blog, INFJ Woman, in December of 2018, and I am happy to say that it has been a great success. One thing I wish I had known before starting was the sheer amount of work involved. Not only is there writing content every week, but you have to do everything else related to running your own business from SEO research and analytics, marketing for traffic generation, web design and development - not to mention customer relations! There are a few things that I wish I’d known before I got started. So, let’s talk about a few of them here.
1. Blogging is not easy - it takes patience and hard work
It's no secret that blogging is not easy. If you're an introvert like me, it can be downright exhausting! It takes patience and hard work to build a successful blog. It also takes dedication. There have been many times when I wanted to give up, when I was overwhelmed or so unsure of what to do next that I felt frozen, unable to do anything. It’s a real test of how much do you want to learn and how much do you want to keep going. But I’ve found that the rewards are just as sweet as the challenges are difficult.
2. It's okay if you're not the best writer in the world; just write like yourself!
I'm going to be upfront with you, I am not a great writer. In fact, I'm probably one of the worst writers who has a blog. I was terrified that I wouldn’t be able to write or that no one would want to read what I wrote. I ended up just writing like I talk to my friends. But that's okay because it doesn't matter how good of a writer you are as long as you are yourself.
How do we write like ourselves then? Simple! Just tell people what they want or need to know and don't worry about sounding eloquent. It's all about getting your point across in as few words as possible so readers can get back to living their lives instead of reading yours (unless that's what they want).
3. You'll need to get used to being judged by people who don't know you
Be prepared for some haters - they're inevitable no matter how good your content is. There’s always someone out there who feels like they need to correct you or who thinks they know more than you do. They’ll pick apart what you write and the intent behind it. Sometimes they are just downright vicious for no reason at all. It helps me a lot to remember that normal people get really mean when they’re behind a computer screen. And that’s all that it is. You can delete their comments and move on. You don’t have to take them to heart or change anything you’re doing.
4. Your blog will grow at its own pace
Your blog will grow how it grows. It may be similar to how mine grew or it might be faster or slower. The important thing is to keep going. Don't compare yourself to others or try too hard to "keep up" with trends or new developments that come out every day. Stay focused on sharing your story and helping people in your own way. If you do that, you’ll attract an audience before you know it.
5. You need to be willing to put in the time and effort if you want it to succeed
I started my blog as a hobby, but I also wanted to stick to it. For me, this meant creating a schedule and being dedicated to sticking to that schedule every week. It wasn’t a lot of work, but I did have to push myself to keep going. There were times when it wasn’t fun, but it was really rewarding to see what it’s become. It’s worth it if you can stick to it.
6. Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme
A lot of people market blogging as a way to make $10,000 in your first month! That’s not true, or at least it hasn’t been my experience. I have made quite a bit of money, but it certainly didn’t come in the first month that I started my blog.
It certainly is possible for your blog to be profitable, but it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make it happen.
7. Don't give up because blogging can be really rewarding
As I mentioned before, there have been plenty of times that I really wanted to give up. I have taken a few breaks and stepped back a few times. But the rewards far outweigh the struggles for me. It’s so nice to get messages that stay that my blog changed someone’s life. Just by me sharing my story, someone else has it a little bit easier in this world. That’s really all that I wanted.
There is a lot that I wish I had known before I started my blog. Mostly it’s that writing is a lot more difficult than you think, but it’s also a lot of fun too.
If you’re thinking of starting a blog, I really hope you do. It’s been one of the best things I’ve ever done! I’ve also created this blog as a resource just for you, so you can learn all about blogging before you jump in.
When you are ready to get started, make sure you check out my Blog School 101 course that has everything you need to know about starting a blog, from picking out a name to launching your website! Check it out here.