Things I wish I’d Known About Blogging

Things I Wish I'd Known About Blogging

 

Next month I would have been blogging for a year and it has got me thinking about how far my blog has come since I first started and the things I wish I’d known back then.  I thought it will be good to share some of these things with you and hopefully you will find them helpful.

 

Photo’s

 

When I first started blogging I didn’t know a thing about photography.  I’m by no means an expert now but when I look back I can see how much my photography has improved I’m really pleased.  I now know to use a macro setting for close up shots, I know landscape photo’s suit my blog layout better than portrait and to use a white paper background to get a better finish.

 

Social Networking

 

I really wish I had joined twitter as soon as I started my blog because it’s a really great way to interact with other bloggers and find new blogs to read.  There are also chats held on certain days of the week which are really fun.  Initially I wondered how people managed to maintain their blog, You Tube, Twitter, Blog Lovin, Instagram and so on.. the list is endless but a lot of these are automatically updated for you and are really great to use when you’re on the go.  I wish I’d joined all of them a lot sooner.

 

Bulk Posts

 

When I first started my blog I tried to write my blog posts at the weekend or in the evening after work but I found it a real struggle to keep up because I work long hours and never know exactly what time I will leave.  I now regularly take my photo’s and write my blog posts in bulk which makes life a lot easier.  I really enjoy dedicating a whole day or weekend to blogging and it feels really rewarding to write up my posts.  I only ever write them in bulk if I’m finding it easy to write, though. If I ever have writers block or it doesn’t feel like the words are flowing I stop because I don’t want the quality of my posts to be affected.

 

Scheduling Posts

 

Being able to schedule posts is a God send. I remember the days when I used to struggle to try and publish my posts while I was on the train to work and blogger playing up and making things very difficult.  Now I can schedule my posts for any day or time I want.

 

Blog Layout

 

I’ve designed websites in the past so for me blog layout was always very important.  I knew I wanted a pink in my theme as this is my favourite colour and made my blog feel much more personal to me.  Being completely new to blogger I didn’t know what it was capable of and it turns out there is a lot you can do.  With a little html knowledge, google search, friends and software for graphic design you can completely transform your blog and make it into anything you want it to be.

 

Business Cards

 

It may seem a bit odd to some people but having business cards to hand out when you go to meet ups and events are brilliant.  It is such a simple way to let people know about your blog and I love looking back through the cards I have collected when I get in. It makes the whole process more memorable and it is much easier to remember someone when you have a card to associate with them.

 

What do you wish you knew about blogging when you first started?

 

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16 Comments

  1. Louise Hoad
    October 10, 2013 / 6:54 am

    Great post Hun, I've been blogging 10 months and like you wish I'd known about these things before. I have just started to take more care and thought over my photo, realising they are a massive part of the blog post! 🙂
    LouLovesbeauty
    xXx

  2. Jodie Marie
    October 10, 2013 / 8:09 am

    This is such a great post! Completely agree with all of them. It's so nice to look back and see how far you've come too.

    Jodie Marie
    à la Jode

  3. Jamie-Lyn Main
    October 10, 2013 / 12:14 pm

    Thank you so much for this – I started about a month ago and feel completely clueless – I just keep writing in the hope that someone will read. This post gives far more focus.

    imaginarycocktails.blogspot.co.uk xx

  4. Katie
    October 10, 2013 / 1:59 pm

    Thanks for this post. I started a blog a few months ago and these are some great points.

    katespitz.blogspot.com

  5. beautyqueenuk
    October 10, 2013 / 6:43 pm

    Great post, I need to get some business cards xx

    Beautyqueenuk xx

  6. Mandy P.
    October 10, 2013 / 9:58 pm

    Hey there, loved your blog, just followed you on GFC (736), would you mind to follow back?

    mandyshareslife.blogspot.com

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  7. Kimberley Johnson
    October 12, 2013 / 10:12 am

    Thanks Jodie! Yep it's really nice to look back although sometime I do cringe haha x

  8. Kimberley Johnson
    October 12, 2013 / 10:13 am

    Definitely, they are great! x

  9. Kimberley Johnson
    October 12, 2013 / 10:13 am

    Thank you! I checked out your blog and it's great, I'm now following 🙂
    x

  10. Kimberley Johnson
    October 12, 2013 / 10:16 am

    No problem 🙂 I'm really glad you found it useful! Good luck with your blog 🙂 x

  11. Kimberley Johnson
    October 12, 2013 / 10:17 am

    Awww bless you, I'm glad you found the post helpful.

    I will check out your blog 🙂 x

  12. Kimberley Johnson
    October 12, 2013 / 10:27 am

    Thanks hun! It's really hard when you start out because everything is so new. I bet there is still loads of stuff to learn.

    x

  13. danniannie
    October 14, 2013 / 6:07 pm

    Great post Kimberly! Good idea with the white paper!

    I need to get some business cards! 🙂

    I'm running a giveaway if you'd like to enter! www.gingerbreadsmiles.blogspot.co.uk
    x

  14. Cittie-Cat
    March 7, 2014 / 1:53 am

    I just went through this whole series, but in reverse 😀 thank you so much for sharing what you've learned.

  15. Hellies Corner
    April 8, 2014 / 10:14 am

    Happy blog birthday for next month, I've been blogging since for 7 months now and it's amazing the thing I've learnt.

  16. Claire Toplis
    April 8, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    What a great informative blog post.

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