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Things I Wish I Knew As a New Blogger

When I first started blogging in February 2018, it was mainly to free up some space in my head. I was beginning to feel like it was getting a bit clogged up in there, so I figured blogging would be a good way to empty out some of my thoughts. Now, two years later, it’s become such a great way for me to relax and engage with other bloggers! However, I’ve been thinking, there were some things I wish I knew as a new blogger. So I’ve decided to list them below and I hope you find them helpful!

Social Media

This may seem quite obvious, but setting up social media accounts for my blog was the single best thing I done. Not only do they help you to promote your blog, they also open up the opportunities to interact with fellow bloggers and get plenty of ideas for future blog posts! I opened accounts Insta, Twitter and Pinterest. Twitter is by far the one that drives the most traffic to my blog, but I’m working on Pinterest so watch this space!

Interaction

Following on from my first point, interaction with other bloggers is a huge part of your blog becoming successful. Admittedly, I’ve been notoriously bad at this in the past, but I am working on it now. Basically, there’s like an unwritten rule in the Blogosphere, that if a blogger takes the time out to comment on one of your posts, you should try to return the favour. If someone tweets a question, don’t scroll past, try and help them out! If they have a call to action on their post/tweet/pin, if you can, do it! Anything is useful, and very much appreciated. Trust me!

Shoutouts

A great way to build relationships with bloggers are to do shoutouts and Follow Fridays! Whether you choose to do them on Insta, Twitter or both, it’s entirely up to you! Giving your favourites a shoutout and recommending others follow them doesn’t go unnoticed and it can easily make someone’s day! Imagine if someone was a few followers away from reaching a target, and your Follow Friday tweet helped them get there! How cool would that be!

You Do You

When I created my blog, I noticed that almost every other blogger had a niche. Whether it was lifestyle, beauty, interior design, healthy and fitness, whatever. I didn’t feel that what I wanted to write about fitted into any of those categories, so I’ve kept it open so I can write about whatever takes my fancy! I also found myself checking statistics far too often and I almost became obsessed with how many followers and views I was getting. I’ve managed to take a step back from all of that now as I simply don’t have the time to invest to make sure they continue to grow! I have noticed that the more time I spend interacting and promoting, the better the stats. But working full-time, being a mum of three, running a house, day-to-day life and being unwell all kinda get in the way of me doing this regularly.

Tips from Other Bloggers

A while ago (ok ages ago lol) I tweeted asking for tips other bloggers had for someone thinking of starting out. Here are the responses I had and who they’re from.

  • Karalee from talesofbelle.com said: “My one piece of advice for new bloggers is that it is not necessary to have a single niche. When I started my blog, I only had a beauty niche. But that eventually got boring and I lost the motivation to blog. After I took a break from blogging I realized that I should blog about whatever I want. It is perfectly fine to have multiple niches or to be nicheless. It is your blog and you can write about whatever you want!”
  • Emma from lifeofemmax said : “I wish I’d known what a DA was! It was floating around twitter as soon as I made my blog and had no idea what it meant. I also wish I’d of known that not every blogger is friendly and nice!! Most are but there’s the odd ones to avoid like the plague!”
  • Chris from goldenbloggerz said: “The key to success as a blogger is consistency. The most common reason bloggers fail to achieve their targets is because they’re not consistent enough. They aren’t active every day on Social Media or they don’t publish posts regularly.”
  • Michael from yourmoneygeek said: “You can’t be afraid! When I was a new blogger I worried about everything, and I mean everything. I didn’t collect emails or send newsletters for over a year because I was worried it would upset people or they might think is “spammy. Today my email newsletter is one of my largest sources of traffic (take that Google) and I send an email every day.”

So, there you are! These are the things I wish I knew as a new blogger. I really hope they have been helpful to you! Is there anything in particular you wish you had known? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, Steff xx

69 thoughts on “Things I Wish I Knew As a New Blogger

  1. These are great tips! I’ve been blogging on and off for several years now, and you’re right about all these things especially building relationship with other bloggers! I’m so thankful for Instagram and Twitter for letting me connect with other likeminded individuals! 🙂

    – Hazel
    http://hazywanders.com/

    1. Thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed reading! Building relationships with other bloggers has to be one of the most important aspects in building your blog up! xx

  2. Some great advice here, I’m trying to make sure I up my engagement especially on other blogs and Twitter as like you said, that’s where most of my traffic comes from too! After that I need to master Pinterest!

    Perri | http://www.perrible.com

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! It’s definitely worth trying with Pinterest IMO… I’ve still not much of a clue what to do on there but I’ll figure it out before long xx

  3. This is a really helpful post, I definitely need to work on my interaction with fellow bloggers, and I’m only just finding my feet on Pinterest. I’ll definitely be taking some tips from your post, thanks for sharing! Hope you have a lovely day 🙂

    Take care,
    Sophie x | Love and Literature
    https://www.loveandliterature.co.uk/

    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you found it helpful… if you find anything useful on what to do on Pinterest, please let me know! I’m plodding along but don’t really get any traffic from it. xx

    1. Trust me I have absolutely no idea if what I’m doing is right but if I can start getting some blog traffic from it I’ll be happy! I pin posts daily to get my monthly views up but my personal pins of blog posts don’t get me anywhere! Tailwind can sod off lol, maybe I should master it and undercut their prices lmao! Thanks for reading Liv xx

  4. Great post! I am a new blogger and I have been learning a lot. I really appreciate receiving tips and helpful advice from other bloggers ♥️

  5. It’s actually so refreshing to hear that its OK to not have a niche. Literally 90% of websites say it’s important to have a niche to be a ‘good’ blogger. I got so overwhelmed with the whole niche thing that I stopped blogging, considering writing a blog post, when i’m ready and on my terms and talking about whatever I want to talk about! Thankyou for this post! x

    1. Thank you for reading!! I agree the niche thing can be overwhelming, and I also found it restricting too! If a niche works for you then great, but I don’t think it has to for everyone xx

  6. These are great! I’ve been blogging for a few months now and there are somethings on this list that I haven’t seen/done and i’m going to get started doing right away!

  7. I’m thankful for the insight about emails because I too was nervous about sending things that people would think was spam! I’ve since overcome that and hope to get on it in March

  8. Some good tips here. I still get lost on Pinterest and I wish I knew more about SEO when I started, now I’ll have to rewrite some stuff. Thanks for putting this advice together.

    Anda
    travelforawhile.com

  9. Such great and useful article! I can definitely agree. I am very new in blogging (over 3 months) and I started doing all from beginning, bit more lately. Not also for the sake of being successful in blogging, but also because I like to connect with other like minded people and to interact. Good luck in future and stay safe! 🙂

    1. Thank you for reading! I’m glad you found it useful… good luck with your new blog. I’ll be sure to check it out 🙂 x

  10. This is some great advice! When I first set up my blog I hesitated a little in setting up social media for it, and that’s something I wish I had done a lot earlier! It helps so much!

    1. I set up a Twitter account just after my blog but didn’t really know what I was doing – I’m so glad I figured it out in the end! Thank you for reading xx

  11. There’s so much to learn and figure out with blogging. It can be overwhelming. Thanks for sharing some of your tips for things to know upfront about blogging. Interaction and shout-outs are so helpful! And I completely agree with Chris from goldenbloggerz and Michael from yourmoneygeek. Consistency is key, and you can’t be afraid. You just have to go for it (#feelthefearanddoitanyway). You can figure it out as you go along. Done is better than perfect! – Briana @ https://www.nextdestinationunknown.

    1. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment! I’m glad you found it useful! Consistency is definitely a must in the blogging world, and sometimes you do have to just bite the bullet and got for it! X

  12. I love this post! I wish I’d known about social media sooner too, I get so much traffic from Twitter and now Pinterest! I only started Pinterest last month and it’s helped my traffic loads x

    – charlotte / charlottesspace.com

    1. I was so out of the loop when I started my blog, I was fascinated how many bloggers there were when I joined Twitter! Well done on getting traffic from Pinterest after a month! That’s good going! X

  13. As a new blogger, there’s so much that I was clueless of, even after doing an entire month of research. The most important thing I’ve learned is that everyone’s experience is different and can be learned from. Great post!

    1. That is very true! Although we’re all bloggers, even those in the same niche are unique to one another. It’s a great community and everyone is so helpful! Thank you for reading x

  14. As a new blogger, I’m so grateful to read your advice. I know I’ve been obsessing over my views and followers (or my perceived lack thereof) and whether people will like my content. Gonna take a deep breath and relax a bit more while in figure it all out.

    1. Thank you for reading and welcome to the world of blogging! I used to obsess over the stats at the beginning too, you do snap of out of it eventually! Just try to write your best posts and promote as much as you can. The numbers will come with time. Make it fun! 🙂 x

  15. I definitely learned a lot from your experiences and from the experiences of other people that you listed. And I also agree that consistency and interaction are very important.

    1. Thank you for reading! I think those two are probably the most important parts of blogging!

  16. Some very helpful tips here! I’ve definitely learnt recently how important it is to engage with other bloggers, it’s so great as well that everyone wants to help each other out 😊

    1. Thanks for reading! The blogging community is probably the nicest one I’ve ever been a part of! x

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