Monday, October 21, 2013

What I wish I knew about blogging before I started

This image is inspirational.

Yes, it's that time in my blogging career* when I start talking about blogging like I know anything. Which is to say I don't actually have any good advice, but there are things I wish I knew before I jumped right in with my very first post.

Namely this:

1. It doesn't matter how witty, brilliant, fabulous or adorable your blog is if no one knows it exists (i.e. it's not enough to just hit "publish" and hope the masses will come).

2. You're not going to get comments/feedback right away. It's okay. It doesn't mean you suck.

3. You have to work it on social media. At first I thought maybe I'd just get a Twitter account, but nope! Look at me on Pinterest and Facebook too. (Confession: there are some days/weeks I just do.not.care about pimping my posts out on my various social media accounts. Like I just can't bring myself to do it. Should probably work on that.)
 
4. There are these little things called sponsorships that I somehow didn't realize existed even though I read blogs like Sterling Style and Making Magique regularly. Basically you just pay someone cooler than you to be your friend and put your ad up on their site and maybe say nice things about you.

5. Wondering how someone got 700 new followers seemingly overnight? They're called giveaways and you want to be a part of them. Attaching yourself to one is usually easiest through sponsorships. Bribing people to like you? Yep, that's blogging.
 
6. You can't just put out your stuff without interacting with any other bloggers and expect some big break. Network, bitch! (yes I just did that)

7. It's impossible not to compare yourself to established bloggers. You can try not to, but you won't succeed. Just be conscious of it and don't get down on yourself.

8. Blogging takes so much time. SO MUCH TIME.
 
Other than that, I don't really have it figured out.

Is there anything you wish you knew or still don't understand?

*Career is being used very lightly here. 

 
 
 

14 comments:

  1. Haha, I like #4 and #5. And together they equal: it costs some real money! At least until you're big enough to start getting sponsors of your own. Also working it on social media means your FB and Twitter feeds are just filled with links even you don't feel like following some days. But hey, meeting other cool chicks who also love their computers too much has been great fun.

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  2. One thing I wish I had done more is sponsorships right away. I guess I was a little skeptical about shelling out cash to be a blogger, but I realize now that making an investment in your blog is the only way to expect a return from it!

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  3. I'm reaching this point in my blogging "career," too. I actually started an advice post and everything! It goes, "I don't know shit about networking and stuff, but I have eyes! You are hurting them. Here's how." It amounts to that anyway. ;)


    8 is SO TRUE. 7 is completely false for me but I've always been self-centered. :p

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  4. Agreed--it's definitely all worth it! And the cost of sponsorships has made me pretty picky about who to sponsor, but it means I've been so happy with my choices.

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  5. Haha, me too. But I still barely understood sponsorships even a few months into blogging. I've had to be pretty picky about sponsors since I don't have an income at the moment, but it's definitely paid off.

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  6. Haha, not that giveaways are the only way people get followers--but I think we all know it's such a help!

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  7. Haha, I wish I was like that--I'm constantly comparing. And it probably wouldn't take so much damn time if I didn't take FOREVER to write, but I've always been like that.



    I look forward to reading your advice post!

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  8. I love this! I've only been blogging for a few months, and although I've really learned a lot, these are soo true!! When you're not a blogger, you don't realize how much effort it takes to run a blog.

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  9. Exactly. I thought it was just a matter of writing something and then posting it. Hah!

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  10. Those are some really good points. I think I am going through all that right now. Trying to get started with blogging is hard. This post has helped me to realize so many things. Love it :)

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  11. i don't pimp my posts on twitter/facebook anymore...too much work!! and blogging does take a lot of time; it's like my second job. i have a few followers and we interact like crazy which is awesome. the trick: lurk like crazy, add those you like and comment/interact with them. the bonds you create are amazing!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  12. Haha--I love that: lurk like crazy. It really has been awesome the people I've met through this blog. (also, I'm still deciding if I want to get rid of Facebook entirely!)

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  13. I'm only 2-3 months into blogging & I'm realizing / running into just about everything you mentioned in this post! Very relatable!

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