I started blogging over here in 2007 and whilst it doesnt have the same publishing rates or followers as my book related site, which I started in earnest in 2012. I thought I’d put down my thoughts on what I wish I’d known when I started blogging
- That inspiration can and will be finite – that post wont come, fully formed, and ready to go in plenty of time
- That just because you build it, doesnt mean they will come. Not without a LOT of prompting and active marketing over social media.
- You don’t live in a vacuum especially if you want to succeed.
- That Stats aren’t everything
- That other bloggers can be fibbing (just a little) about their stats (moi? jealous? :))
- That if you’re not that into what you’re blogging about, your readers are going to know and the posts are going to get harder to write
- Only the few manage to quit their day job purely because of the revenue their blog pulls in – don’t expect to be one of them
- Be prepared to change
- Be prepared to take advice, or at least see what others are doing and go “there’s a good idea, I’ll try that one…..”
- I found this post over on Book Bloggers International, about getting burnout on blogging – which includes some things NOT to do when you feel like giving up. (Spoiler Alert: Yes, you can give yourself permission to walk away…..)
So for the bloggers out there, no matter how long or short you’ve been blogging – let us know what you wished you’d known when you started – do you have anything to add?