Things I wish I had known about starting a blog

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  1. You can spend a lot of time researching the differences between blogging platforms but really, at this point it doesn't matter.  Just pick one and get started. Otherwise you will emerge from the depths of the internet a year from now, still without a blog and still confused.  It is the same with a name.  Just pick one, don't over analyze.  Or is that just me?
  2. Photographs are hard.  All those effortless looking photos of a coffee mug, a flower, and plate of food, a book, a purse, whatever?  Not so effortless.
  3. "If you build it they will come" is not necessarily true.  You can create a blog and write some posts but there is no guarantee anyone will read it. It is a bit of a shock when you publish your first post and no one reads it.  Plus, all the information about getting traffic for your blog assumes you have at least some traffic already.  What if you are really completely new at this?
  4. Which brings me to social media.  Apparently you need social media to get readers.  I am going to have to figure that one out.  I am a bit scared of social media.  I know. Yes, I am from the dark ages.
  5. Also, you are supposed to connect with other bloggers in order to promote your blog.  What?! But I started a blog because I am not good at connecting with people!
  6. Once you start a blog, no matter how new it is, your brain will start analyzing everything in order to determine if it can be turned into a blog post. And then you will lie in bed at night writing the post in your head, but you will be too lazy to get up and write it down.  So when you get up in the morning it will be gone.  The post you come up with will never be as good as the one you wrote in your head at one in the morning. Maybe a notebook on my bedside table would be a good idea.
  7. One of the best pieces of advice I read was to go back into the archives of your favorite blogs and read their first posts. It is very reassuring.  They didn't magically appear as a polished blogger so don't compare yourself to the polished blogger.
  8. It is strangely satisfying to publish blog posts, even if you don't have many readers.  Maybe it is because you are creating something?  I am not sure, but I think it could get addictive.
  9. People are very opinionated.  Don't believe every article you read about how to blog.  For example, take everything I have just said with a grain of salt.
  10. Blogging is surprisingly fun.  Go with it.

5 comments

  1. 1. So true. I've been using Blogger since 2002, and I've seen so many bloggers hop from Blogger to Wordpress to random other things, and there seems to be no point to that, because they're all about the same.

    2. Yes. I tend to pick a background and stick with it forever. My <a href="http://hamlette.blogspot.com</a> movies/writing/life blog has had the same background for 4 or 5 years now. I do switch up the header now and then, but the background is the same because choosing a new one is so blasted complicated!

    3. Very true. For the first 8 or so years I was blogging, I had about 6 readers. One of them was my husband.

    4. Not true. You only need social media to promote your blog if you want to win a popularity contest or make money with your blog. More is not always better.

    5. Yes, this is true, if you want to have people commenting on your blog. You just joined the Classics Club, which is a good way to meet like-minded bloggers. Start reading reviews people have contributed and commenting on them, it's pretty simple.

    6. Yeah, this totally happens all the time.

    7. Yes! Good advice. My early posts are quite lame.

    8. I agree.

    9. Hee! Yes, very true.

    10. Good plan!

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    1. Oh good, maybe I don't need to conquer social media after all! I am trying to comment more. I figure if I am so pleased when people comment on my blog then I should return the favor.

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  2. I love everything, especially #4 and #5!

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