Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Things no one tells you when you start blogging

There are so many things that I was blissfully ignorant of the very first time I hit that orange "Publish" button on my blog (then known as Life as I pretend to Know It) (sometimes I miss that blog name, sometimes I wonder what the hell I was thinking). But along the way, I have learned a few things about this here world of blogging.


You're going to feel left out. Like I've mentioned before, blog land is a lot like high school. And when you start your blog, you're the new kid. It's not like the other bloggers are being mean and trying to make you feel left out, but it happens. It sucks, but it will get better. Eventually you'll have your own circle of blogging friends, that may have started off as just one friend, but to your surprise and delight, grew to quite a few. 

You're going to hate this place sometimes. I'm sure there comes a point in every bloggers life where they question what they are doing writing a blog. The writing of posts, combined with scheduling of said posts, scheduling tweets (if you do that) (I don't), promoting your sponsors, answering emails, commenting on other blogs, it can all get overwhelming and feel like a big ole responsibility instead of this fun hobby you decided to start one day. Usually one of two things happen after this: (1) you take a break, get your bearings, and come back so fiercely and passionately that you wonder why you ever doubted yourself, or (2) you quit. 

There are "rules" to being a blogger. Not that you have to follow all of them. However, many of the "rules" posts I've read are pretty helpful and I have taken into account what they've said and (usually) put my own spin on them. Some rules are silly, like the one that says you have to have a picture in every post; or the one that says you have to apologize for an absence in blogging. It's your blog do what you want. But be courteous, be somewhat consistent, and (for Gods sake) reply to your comments. 

Social media is helpful, but not necessary. If you are serious about growing and promoting your blog, I would recommend getting a twitter account. But it's not necessary. I didn't have a twitter for the first several months of blogging, but I will say that after I made an account (and stalked/added all of my favorite bloggers) I did see an increase in traffic to my blog. Do I shout out my post every day or schedule tweets every other hour? Hell no. But I do use it as a communication tool to keep in touch with other bloggers. And some days, I'll mention my blog post.

People can be mean. They say that when people start leaving mean comments on your blog, then you've really made it to the big leagues. I guess I'm still near the bottom of the totem pole because no one has ever said anything mean to me. But it doesn't change the fact that there are still people out there, trolling the internet with nothing but time on their hands and hate in their heart.

You have to spend money to make money. This pretty much goes for everything in life. Want to make a lot of money? Gotta pay for college. Want to make money blogging? Gotta grow your blog. I'm not saying that it can't be done without spending any money, but it helps. There are literally a billion (okay not literally) blogs out there, so you have a pretty slim chance of getting noticed on your own. This is where sponsorships come in. Swap buttons, sponsor bloggers you love, do guest posts. Any and all of these things will help to grow your blog and (maybe) get you a little recognition.

What are some things you've learned since you started blogging?

43 comments:

Kendra Loisel said...

I've been blogging for years now but just recently started a brand new blog, I agree with all of these. The unwritten rules of blogging are so important, especially if you want your blog to shine. Loved this post!

Lauren said...

It's all very true. Sometimes I do felt left out in this blog world, but then I try to remember why I started my blog in the first place. When I come back to remembering it's for ME and my friends and family, I feel much better.

Rachel said...

Great post! I guess I wasn't prepared for how mean people can be- yikes!

soldoutarenas said...

Excellent read! For awhile I thought your name was Louise. haha! As a new blogger I found these tips very helpful. I'm still trying to get the hang of things; always good to get support :)

Hayley Hendrickson said...

Thanks for the advice!

Lisa D said...

I so needed to read this today! I'm newer to blogging and a lot of what you wrote is exactly how I'm feeling right now.

Jay T said...

This is SO accurate!!!! I agree with all of them, especially Twitter. I love twitter.

Girl Brooks said...

So, so true - to all of these! I've realized you're going to lose inspiration, and it sucks, but you can either write through it or don't.

brooke lyn said...

I am going to start leaving mean comments to make you feel like you 'made it' ;)

Helene in Between said...

all so true! it's crazy how much I was shocked by- especially that people are clicky. but it is so rewarding!

Fairy Princess Jord said...

These are so true...I don't even want to think about how much money I have spent on things blog related...eek!

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

No one has said anything mean to me yet either... just waiting for it! haha

The Rachael Way said...

Amazing post!!! I love everything you said here- right on girl!

Plucky said...

Great advice! I forget sometimes, but I think blogland is the classic example of "do unto others..." I love getting comments, so I comment. I love being tweeted, so I tweet others. I love great content and good pictures, so I try to share those things in my own space. Glad that the "blogging equation" doesn't seem to be as firmly set as felt a year or so ago. :)

Klutz in High Heels said...
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Klutz in High Heels said...

this was seriously the dumbest post ever.




HAHA OH MY GOSH, NEVER! I'M SO Joking! :) i love your posts! and i agree with all your points

ps i totally didn't write your real name when I commented before. so i had to delete it (idiot me!!)

Kay said...

This is almost TOO accurate! Why didn't I read this BEFORE I started blogging? Because now I'm sucked in and I can't get out.

Kay said...

This is almost TOO accurate! Why didn't I read this BEFORE I started blogging? Because now I'm sucked in and I can't get out.

scrapperjen said...

All so, so true!
I love your blog, keep it up my dear.
HUGS!

Food, Booze, & Baggage said...

Good post! I still a newbie blogger...no mean comments yet :) I think Twitter has really helped with connections and traffic but I'm not that organized with it. One article said 22 tweets a day is the norm...not for me.

Madison @ Wetherills Say I Do said...

Spending money to make money is definitely something I don't think new bloggers realize and I didn't either. You'll spend a lot before you even see a penny!

The Jessa Olson Blog said...

I love this! I must not have made it because I haven't gotten any mean comments or on GOMI.. I don't know if this is good or bad so I am going with good.

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LA said...

Hi Kalyn! I'm a new nurse as of august and just started a blog (a longtime desire of mine, just finally had the time after nursing school) and i was actually looking for nurses to follow who didn't just blog about nursing! I'm so glad to have stumbled upon your blog through bloglovin' and i'm so happy that you have a post such as this one! Can't wait to read more! :)

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