Things I Wish I Had Known About Blogging

Unlike most bloggers who experiment during their first few months to see if blogging is right for them, I had to gain traction as fast as possible.

I HAD to build a platform for my writing, to earn an income. Yes, I wanted to inspire people, to change the world, but I was also extremely passionate (and motivated) to not starve to death.

To be honest, because English was not my native language, I wasn’t sure I could express my thoughts and emotions in a way others could relate to.

Also, I wasn’t sure what to blog about, so I kept writing reviews. I then switched to writing about the creative process, about art, inspiration, writing, and self-publishing.

Fast forward seven years, and I know blog about life, motivation, self-help, and personal development. I also blog about art, the creative process, and, of course, about blogging on this neat blog called The Art of Blogging.

Of course, during this long, long journey I realized there were a lot of factors that contributed to my success.

And I only wished that I did these things early on to speed up my success on blogging.

So if you’re serious about blogging, here’s what you have to do:

1. Feedback is essential

And, yes, I know that a great deal of you are having trouble with that, but let me tell you: no feedback is also feedback. Possibly the worst kind of feedback.

And, yes, most bloggers have such fragile egos that they do not want feedback. The rationalize the negative feedback they receive by lying to themselves that they only blog for their own self-gratification (which defeats the purpose of having a blog on a public platform to begin with).

But the thing is, if you always shield your ears from people’s feedback, you will never know what you can do to get better.

So appreciate the feedback, good or bad. Realize your shortcomings and correct them.

2. Network with like-minded bloggers

Unfortunately, it took me a while to figure this out.

No matter how good you are, if you do not engage with other bloggers, it will be like writing into a void.

After dropping comments on other bloggers’ articles (usually similar to mine), I gained a lot of new readers — not only the bloggers themselves, but also some of their readers as well.

As a result, I got even more feedback that helped me improve my writing.

3. Learn, learn, learn

It’s not only crucial that you learn as much as you can about blogging as a craft, but also about your niche of choice, because it allows you to become an expert in your field, but also because it feeds your passion.

If you grow complacent, blogging will start to feel like a chore.

Never stop learning, never stop trying out new ways to improve your blogging experience.

4. Use social media

Yes, I had created social media profiles from the very beginning, but I did not take full advantage of the opportunity of social media.

This is something I struggle with to this day.

It’s not enough to simply share your content. You must interact with potential readers, to share content that is different from what you share on your blog (but still related to your niche)

5. Feed your brain

When you read, you have more to say.

You connect seemingly unrelated dots.

Never, ever, ever underestimate the importance of feeding your brain.

I read, I listen to podcasts and such, and also watch seminars, speeches, or documentaries. I try to absorb as much information as possible.

That’s my list. What about you?

What are some things you wished you’d done to speed up your success on blogging?

63 thoughts on “Things I Wish I Had Known About Blogging

  1. I started out posting extracts from my novel, but now that’s done, will post about craft, courses that have helped me and I want to do a monthly blog about pitching. Following some technical difficulties, I will be getting back on the blogging wagon after a short hiatus.

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  2. Great post. I am just starting out (a few months in) and learning all the time. You are right about feedback. I have started to engage more with other bloggers as I think comments can help feed ideas, create discussion and make blogs more interactive. Hopefully this helps with my own one. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. It amazes me how you always post something and my brain literally goes “Damn it I wish I paid more attention to that!”. Your posts are always insightful and sometimes I’ll see things from very different perspectives to the ones I normally use.

    The one thing I wish I’d prepared myself for before starting a blog is the constant need for consistency. Posting regularly, posting things that matter, posting to the audience that views the work all the while trying to stay in tip-top shape for any and everything life might throw at me. Trying to finish my degree, get a job and follow my dreams while blogging as much as possible… It’s hard. But it’s doable as well so…

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    1. The issue with consistency is the following: we often try to post at 100% capacity. Try posting less than your maximum output. A lot less. In other words, choose consistency over frequency, quality over quantity.

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  4. Thanks for ypur advice. I’m still testing my niche and trying to build consistency. One thing i found out though is bu creating a series or a list you have to report on week in and week out helps build consistency because i dont have to think about what I’m going to write about. My audience knows some what what to expect.

    Always apreciate your insight.

    Ps you used the wrong “now” in your article. What is your first language btw.

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  5. I agree with this 100%. I will also add posting on consistent basis with quality content to be another essential component. However, I do believe that you can just blog because you want to and enjoy it as a form of self expression without having a goal to increase your following to thousands and thousands of persons.

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  6. It’s inspiring that you started a blog without a full command of the English language because it wasn’t your native tongue. It shows that you have strong self-belief AND determination/intent. I haven’t been engaging with others bloggers. Therefore, my work has been published into the “VOID.” Thanks for reminding me.

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