Hey guys! Welcome back. I started my blog a little over two years ago and I can proudly say that it is one of the best decisions that I have ever made. However, there are some things that I wish I done sooner in regards to my blog. So today I wanted to share with you what those things are. Hopefully this helps you and you can learn from this as well.
1. Starting my email list.
When I first started blogging I didn’t work on building my email list. I wasn’t really all that worried about it because I didn’t think anyone would ever read my blog. It was mostly just for me. However, when I started gaining followers I still didn’t start an email list because I didn’t really know the importance of it. And then I realized that everyone doesn’t visit my blog everyday and the emails help notify them of new content and it’s a great way for me to share information. So it is definitely something I wish I had started earlier in my blogging journey.
2. Writing out goals for my blog.
When I first started blogging I didn’t really have a direction or a plan. I was just going based on what I wanted to do. And that was great, but it didn’t really help me when I started getting serious about blogging. Because I hadn’t set any goals, I wasn’t sure what the future of my blog looked like. I didn’t have a vision or anything to help guide me in making decisions and figuring out my next steps. So I wish I had started having goals for myself earlier on than I did.
3. Creating a content calendar.
When I first started blogging I didn’t have any guidelines set in place. I didn’t plan ahead. I just wrote when I felt like it about whatever I felt like. But I think that really hurt me in the beginning because again, there was no structure. I was all over the place and just trying to find my voice. But once I found it I just kept going with whatever. I wish I had created a content calendar before because that really helped me set off on my blogging journey. It is a step that I can confidently say changed the game for me.
4. Collaborating and connecting with other bloggers.
I did connect with a few bloggers when I was first starting out, but I always thought blogging was more of an individualized activity. I didn’t know there was a blogging community and that I was actually a part of something bigger than myself. So when I figured that out I got to understand the value of building those relationships and connections. I really wish it was something I had known early on because it really does help you know that you are not alone and there is value in your work.
5. Figuring out my social media.
I didn’t use social media for my blog for a solid year after I started my blog. But once I saw what social media could do for my blog I picked it up. I started working on growing my social media and getting it going. This helped my blog grow substantially in the second year and I can’t even fathom where I would be if I had started on social media from the very beginning. I wish I had figured it all out before.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this. Please like it if you did. Let us know in the comments what you wish you have started sooner. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!