5 Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before I Started Blogging

I received so much support from family and friends when I initially started blogging. My first blog went live September 18, 2018, and it was shared almost 50 times.  I am sure my family and friends wanted to share my new adventure, even if they did not quite know what “blogging” meant (I am forever thankful for their support). To be honest, I did not quite understand what blogging meant.  After sitting on the thought of blogging for many months, I just jumped right in.  Yep, I had the slightest idea on anything.  For some reason, I thought I would just write and people will automatically find my website. Not true! In this blog, I share what I wish I would have known before I started blogging.  If you are new to blogging or interested in becoming a blogger, this is for you.
5 things to know before starting a blog
1. Learn about website hosting before becoming a blogger.  Website hosting is where your blog will live.  I went with Bluehost.  Although I have only been blogging for a few months, I have not had any issues.
2. Learn the difference between the WordPress platforms before becoming a blogger.  I use WordPress.com to design and publish my content.  However, I think in the near future I will transfer both my host and platform.
3. Understand, your content is your blog and it needs to get published and promoted consistently.  Which means you need a content plan, a weekly schedule, and an audience/population, before becoming a blogger.
4. Learn different strategies to marketing and promoting your blog, such as blogging support groups, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, etc… It took me several weeks, months even to have all of the above platforms.  I am still learning Instagram and Pinterest.
5. What you put in, is what you get out.  Before becoming a blogger, research, learn and grow.  But most importantly, have fun!
 
Although there is indeed a lot to learn about blogging, I believe these 5 Things to blogging would have given me some guidance if I would have completed a little research beforehand.  Nevertheless, I actually enjoy blogging (never imagined that) and I have met some amazing people in the blogging world.
Do you have anything you can add to this list of “Things To Know Before Becoming A Blogger?”  If you are interested in blogging, do you feel as though this was helpful?
Do not forget to like, share and comment.  You can also click the image above to save it to your Pinterest for reference. I am grateful for your support!
~Tren

39 Comments

  1. Zena T.

    February 1, 2019 at 11:26 PM

    I wish I had known everything you discussed and a plethora of the other things associated with blogging. I started my blog very spontaneously simply because I enjoy expressing myself in writing. I wish that I had done a lot of research beforehand. Although there is so much that I wish I had known before starting my blog I must say blogging has been mentally and spiritually rewarding for me and I am learning a lot about myself traveling along my blogging journey.💜

    1. Tren B.

      February 10, 2019 at 2:04 PM

      I’m with you. Thankful for just jumping in as I feel as though I never would’ve been ready.

    2. Anonymous

      February 25, 2019 at 9:21 PM

      So I found you in a blogging support group. Great blog and great content! So what are you using for this blog? WordPress? Bluehost? I would love to know. Currently my blog doesn’t have a place for subscribers which is so important. I’m thinking about switching to something new. What advice would you give as of 2/25?

      1. Tren B.

        March 2, 2019 at 1:26 PM

        Hey!! I use Bluehost and WordPress .com. I think the most important aspect before jumping into blogging or when revising…research platforms and know your targeted audience.

  2. rday28

    February 2, 2019 at 9:14 AM

    This is great info – thank you! I think a lot of new bloggers are fearful to share their blogs with friends and family for fear of failure. I also struggle with maintaining FB, instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest!

    1. Tren B.

      February 10, 2019 at 2:05 PM

      Thanks for visiting. I’m working hard on my Pinterest. I haven’t even opened the doer to Twitter. Maybe next year 😝

  3. Macy Coots

    February 2, 2019 at 9:15 AM

    I wish I would have researched more on self hosting before I started my blog and just signed up with what I thought was what I was wanting. Im teaching myself everything so it’s nice reading others input on what they wished they would have done differently.

    1. Tren B.

      February 10, 2019 at 2:06 PM

      Same here. Thanks for visiting.

  4. Jess

    February 2, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    These are awesome tips and I can agree because I didnt know anything about hosting or how to use social media to increase audience. I have to share this!

    1. Tren B.

      February 10, 2019 at 2:09 PM

      Thanks for visiting. I still have so much to learn. But I truly love this journey!

  5. Looking for the Light

    February 2, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Jump in and learn as you go, the followers will let you know with their comments. One huge piece of success is writing headline, names of post. You can write a crappy post but a good header will get them to check you out and hopefully read more. 🙂

    1. Tren B.

      February 10, 2019 at 2:09 PM

      This is so true. Thanks for reminding me of this 💛

      1. Looking for the Light

        February 10, 2019 at 2:11 PM

        Have a great day. We all need reminders. 🙂

  6. Elfriede and Mike

    February 2, 2019 at 7:26 PM

    These tips are great and essential! Thank you for sharing.
    We started our blogging journey because we published a book and our marketing adviser suggested that blogging would not only be a great tool but almost an essential tool to get your name out there. I, Elfriede (my husband writes the books and I handle everything else) did a lot of research on how to write a blog and what to write about. To tell the truth blogging sounded scary. I am okay now but still like to educate myself on it and improve.

    1. Tren B.

      February 10, 2019 at 2:13 PM

      That sounds like a great plan. Since you’re a writer, do you feel as though writing a blog comes natural to you? I’m a PhD student and sometimes have a Hard time writing “conversational” pieces.

      1. Elfriede and Mike

        February 10, 2019 at 5:41 PM

        My husband is the author of the books we publish. I am just the blogger and administrator of everything else. When I first started to think about blogging I didn’t think I had anything to say. With lots of prayer, writing a post now almost comes naturally. Not sure I am always staying on topic but I try my best. The one thing I am going to change though is how often I post. So far I have been posting twice a week but sometimes I get too busy and feel rushed. I am going to follow the advice of Anne R Allen in “THE AUTHOR BLOG: EASY BLOGGING FOR BUSY AUTHORS” to post once a week.

  7. everydaywithmadirae

    February 2, 2019 at 11:32 PM

    Great post Tren! I feel like so many people think blogging is easy, heck I did too, I had no idea how much work went into running a blog. I learned everything on my own & looking back it makes me so proud (I’ve only been blogging a little over a year) but there are definitely a handful of things that I wish I had known before, like implementing SEO a little earlier than I did…but I just didn’t know!
    -Madi xo | http://www.everydaywithmadirae.com

  8. Safana

    February 3, 2019 at 5:21 AM

    Great tips! I didn’t do much research when I started my blog like you I just jumped into it. But I really wish I had know few things beforehand nevertheless I am happy and grateful that I did it in the end. And It’s been a huge learning curve for me. Still struggling with Pinterest and fb ! But I am learning. Thanks for sharing this with us 😊

    1. Tren B.

      February 10, 2019 at 2:16 PM

      You and I are on the same page! Thanks for visiting.

  9. tcleland88

    February 3, 2019 at 5:51 PM

    This is all so true. I haven’t stopped learning since I started this blogging journey. I’ve “met” a lot of great people and read so many interesting and inspiring blogs.

    1. Tren B.

      February 10, 2019 at 2:18 PM

      I enjoy reading and interacting with others. I’m learning so much about others.

  10. Olayinka

    February 4, 2019 at 8:30 PM

    These are such good tips! Thank you for sharing these and I think every new or aspiring blogger should read this!

  11. amandawarfield

    February 5, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    This is all so good! I’m nearly a year in, and you are so right about reaping what you sow. Even with nearly 20 hours a week working on the blog (writing, promoting, marketing, etc.) I’m still very small time. I think it’s really important for anyone looking at this post and feeling discouraged about their own blog to realize that none of it happens over night. Those big bloggers you look up to? It took them YEARS and YEARS to get to where they are now. Patience, and good planning are key to running a successful blog!

    1. Tren B.

      February 10, 2019 at 2:22 PM

      Yesss! Blogging is so much work. I didn’t know all the “behind the scenes” work that bloggers put into it. You’re right, it takes time to build the foundation and even more time watching it grow.

  12. The Veteran Spouse

    February 10, 2019 at 4:21 AM

    I wish I would have known about all the support groups bloggers have the minute I started. They have provided me advice I didn’t even know I needed. I didn’t really understand why I needed hosting until someone explained it in a post. I wish I understood Instagram better as well. I’m good with Pinterest though, I’ve had a personal account since 2011 I think.

    1. Tren B.

      February 10, 2019 at 2:37 PM

      I didn’t utilize IG and Pinterest until last year. My twins actually started my IG page for me, lol. I need to find your Pinterest page ☺️

      1. The Veteran Spouse

        February 10, 2019 at 3:24 PM

        Kids are the best aren’t they?!?! My kids help me figure out so much now that I’m blogging. I just followed you on Pinterest. I should show up under your followers and you can take a look at my page. Let me know what you know what you think.

    1. Tren B.

      February 15, 2019 at 7:50 PM

      Thanks for visiting and commenting 💛

  13. windsofchange18

    February 12, 2019 at 7:59 PM

    Facebook may work for some on promoting your blog my friend did that . I do not share or promote it on fb . I find way too much judgement on fb and blogging is a private thing to me unless I share it with friends .. this is only my opinion.

    1. Tren B.

      February 15, 2019 at 7:50 PM

      That definitely makes sense to me. I use to share my blog on my personal fB acct. I’ve cut back on that a lot. Bc many of my family and friends know about it. If they’re interested, they know how to find me 😉

      1. windsofchange18

        February 15, 2019 at 8:24 PM

        Yes exactly lol . I hope I didn’t sound harsh I meant nothing against what you said . I just live in a really sm town where everyone knows everyone and talks and what I blog about is personal at times and fb is just so nosy where I am lol . I love your blog a respect it so once again I’m sorry if I came on harsh I’m didn’t mean to .🙂

  14. Tim Campsall

    March 3, 2019 at 11:50 PM

    Thanks for sharing. I just started this week and it’s a bit overwhelming thus far.

    1. Tren B.

      March 14, 2019 at 7:13 PM

      Yes, it can be. You’ll find out fast what works and doesn’t work for you. I’ve learned to go at my own pace and enjoy the learning process.

    1. Tren B.

      April 2, 2019 at 6:21 PM

      Amy, thanks for visiting 💛

  15. Amy Aylmer

    March 17, 2019 at 6:02 PM

    * I just tarted a week ago !This was really helpful, I had no idea what website hosting was

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