8 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Started Blogging

Hi everyone! So Pores for Thought is over 6 months old now *whaaat?*. I’ve so loved writing it and just generally being a part of the blogging community, even if it’s meant my bank account has severely suffered thanks to my ever increasing makeup collection. I feel like now my blog is really looking and reading how I want it to. I’ve got quite a few followers (thanks peeps!) and I’m starting to get a bit more traffic. However, this definitely did not happen overnight.

When I look back at my first three months of blogging, my general thought is “what was I thinking???” I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing at that point and I think it would have been really helpful to read a post with a few tips and hints to push me in the right direction.

So that’s what I’ve decided to do today with my 8 Things I Wish I’d known before I Started Blogging. Of course, I think it’s important not to regret anything because everything I’ve done in the last 6 months has been a learning process and nothing is ever pointless. But if you’re thinking of starting a blog or still not sure what you’re doing is right (hell I’m still not sure!), here are my tips to take into consideration:

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1.) Do your research: I decided to start a blog very much on a whim. My friend and I had been for a day out in London and she convinced me it would be a good idea. I went home, decided on a name, and 2 days later wrote my first post. Looking back, I wish I’d just taken a bit more time to really look into the blogging world as a whole. I should have read some blogs, seen what I liked and what I didn’t, decided what my niche could be, and made a list of the most important things I noticed in successful blogs. Sometimes when you get a great idea you just want to go for it right there and then, but it never hurts to take a little time to reflect.

2.) Take your time: On a similar note, really take your time when deciding what the name, theme and overall look of your blog should be. When it comes to a name, once you’ve chosen it, it’s very difficult to change so don’t pick something you might regret in 5 years’ time. . It’s a bit like emails. I set up my first Hotmail account when I was about 13 and obviously had to change it once joannasparkles@hotmail.co.uk became socially unacceptable to give out. Although I love Pores for Thought, there are times when I regret not putting Joanna into my url, just to give it that personal touch so really think about these things. In terms of a theme, of course you can change it as much as you’d like, but I always think a blog should have a very distinctive style and if you’re changing it every couple of months (like I did) that style isn’t going to stick and people might not remember you.

3.) Get on Social Media: One of the things I really regret is not utilising social media from the beginning. I only got Twitter a few months ago, and even then I’ve only really started using it daily in the last month, and I only recently got Instagram and Pinterest (still figuring out this last one!). My advice would be to get a Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest account about a month before you start up your blog. Start following other people, forming an active online presence, and that way, you’ve got a head start when your blog finally launches!

4.) Get involved: I can’t stress enough how important it is to get involved with the blogging community if you want to get your blog out there. Again, for the first 3 months of blogging, I very rarely interacted with other bloggers. I think I was a bit shy to start commenting on other people’s posts! But once I started following people, taking the time to read their posts and commenting with my thoughts and feedback, lots more people started doing the same for me! No matter how well written, beautiful and amazing your blog is, no one’s going to read it if they don’t know it exists, so get out there and let them know! Also, I’ve found that blogging is so much more fun now I’ve got to know other people and you’ll get a lot more inspiration if you do!

5.) Show your personality: One of the things that held me back in the beginning was being afraid to really show off my personality in a post. My initial posts were all, frankly, quite dull. Don’t be shy to make jokes, write your true thoughts and generally just be yourself. If someone wanted a standard review of a beauty product, they would simply go on the website. People read and follow blogs because of the person behind them.

6.) Image is everything: Photos and visual aids are just as, if not more, important than the words on your blog, especially if you’re writing travel, food, fashion or beauty themed posts. I used to just take photos in the evening when it was dark so the quality was very poor and unappealing but then I realised that when I read a blog, the first thing I notice are the images. Now I make time each weekend to do all my photos in the morning, when the daylight really makes them stand out. Take the opportunity to learn about photography and how you can create the best visuals possible for your blog.

7.) Set a timetable: I used to just write posts willy-nilly, whenever the mood struck me. Once I set a timetable of blogging three times a week, on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, not only did I become a lot more organised but it also means followers can expect when to look out for a new post. Think about how many posts you would like to publish each week, and then think about how much time you actually have. Figure out a number which is realistic but still ambitious.

8.) Do it sooner!!: You want to know what my biggest regret is? Not starting a blog sooner. I’d been thinking about it for a long time but maybe was just too nervous to actually put myself out there on the internet, which can be a very scary thing. Now I really wish I could have written it a year before when I was living in France, had a lot more spare time and was travelling to loads of exciting new places. My biggest advice would be not to be scared, and if you feel like you want to write a blog, do it!! What’s the worst that could happen?

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I really hope that these tips have been helpful, whether you’ve just started a blog, have been doing it for a while, or are considering the idea! Obviously, I’m no expert, but these are just things which I think would have been helpful to me 6 months ago.

What have you learned since blogging? Do you have any tips which you have learned along the way or which you wish you’d known before?

Thanks for reading!

Joanna xxxxx

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90 thoughts on “8 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Started Blogging

  1. Thanks for sharing Joanna. I started only at the beginning of the year and agree with so much of what you have said.
    I wish I had also put more thought into some of my initial posts.
    There is always so much to learn from our fellow bloggers .

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    1. Thanks for reading! I agree I wish i had taken a bit more time to really think about my blog. I definitely got too excited and just went for it straight away! There is always still so much to learn. Thanks for commenting lovely 🙂 xx

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  2. This is a great post and very helpful thankyou 🙂 I’m less than a week into mine but iv been reading blogs and watching YouTube for year now 🙂 I thought it was about time to take the plunge and start my own x

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  3. I just started my second blog. And it is going really well because I have learnt many things from my first blog and all of those things are actually in your list. I think your post will be very helpful for bloggers starting from scratch or starting with a little bit of experience, like myself. I agree with all of your points. Especially nr. 5…don’t be shy to reveal some of your own personality. This is what I enjoy about reading blogs. I get genuine views and opinions from genuine people. And of course I am really glad that I am not the only one who’s kind of ashamed of his first email address 😉

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    1. Thanks so much for reading! I agree I reckon if I started a second blog now it would be completely different as I’ve learnt so much. And personality is so important, it’s what makes you want to continue reading someone’s blog if you feel you get to know them. That’s good to know I’m not the only one! Thanks again xx

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  4. Great tips Joanna! I completely agree with a lot of your tips 😃 I still need to get on Pintrest 😁 I have my personal one but not one for the blog. Thanks for sharing and have a great day ❤️❤️❤️ Janet

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  5. Love this! I looked at blogs for the longest time before I decided to start mine and waited even longer to get on social media. I wish I had done all of it sooner

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  6. Great tops, you’re right about organising yourself and having a plan. 😄 Whatever it is you blog about you’ll always look back and see what you could improve but I think it’s good to see a journey and an improvement. I think that with my design work and my blogging. I hope you’re having a good day xx

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    1. Thanks, i agree I always have to keep organised now to make sure I can fit it in with my uni work. I’m sure you’ll always want to improve somehow but it’s quite nice to see how a blogger has developed. I always like looking back on successful bloggers’ old posts to see how they started! Have a good day too! xxx

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      1. I always try and work in advance too, it really helps when I’m having a busy week or going on holiday. You’ve got a lovely blog, keep blogging about beautiful things.xx

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  7. I’ve started my blog for my family… So they can keep track of me now that I’ve moved to the other side of the world. I didn’t expect any traffic but theirs …and now I am realising how big the blogging community is! It’s pretty awesome! Great post 🙂

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  8. These are great tips! I just started a blog (mostly to motivate myself reach my goals and document things along the way), so I didn’t do any preparation! But since my blog is still really new I’m definitely going to incorporate some of these things before I gt too far along 🙂

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    1. Thank you! That’s good to know. Yes obviously you don’t have to do all these things at all but it’s good to know some if you want your blog to get bigger at any point. Thanks for reading I’ll check out your blog now 🙂 xx

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  9. Huge congrats on reaching 6 months Joanna… hope there is many more to come lovely 🙂 What a fab post & so helpful/insightful!!! You work so hard at creating such brill content, it’s always a joy to stop by & read!! *huge hugs* Karen xo

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  10. Great Post! I love the point you made about starting sooner. You couldnt be more right on that lol… I am band new to blogging but I have been talking about it for so long now that I am just so excited that it is actually finally happening.
    I love your blog! Thanks so much for your tips! I will 100% take them on board 🙂
    Cheers xoxo

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  11. Great post Joanna, that was very insightful! I agree with so many points you had there – I’m in the process of thinking up a simple blog name with my name in it for a personal touch, that I can use when I move to a .com 🙂 Images are so important and some people just don’t see that (sorry for the pun) it’s the very first thing we look at when we visit a blog page! Thanks for writing this up 🙂

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    1. Hi no problem, thanks so much for reading! I hope you find the perfect name for you 🙂 I agree I’ve definitely tried to improve the quality of my images after realising how important they are. Thanks again for stopping by!! Xxx

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  12. I started my blog in January and am still figuring things out 😉 My biggest problem is finding a good timetable! Some weeks I have the time to write 3 blogposts, other weeks I’m just too busy and put only one post out. I know I should make blogposts in advance 🙂 Organisation is my biggest working point! 🙂 Loved reading your 8 tips!

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  13. Great tips! I definitely agree on the image thing, photographs of good quality are so important!! It seems that most people in your comments agree with you so maybe we have to take the first couple of months as the time when we find these things out! I can’t believe how much I cringe when I look back over my older posts!

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  14. Great post! I have recently started my blog and have made one, or two, of those mistakes. I always forget to take pictures during the daytime and the lighting in my house is awful at night. It’s so hard to narrow down what I want to write about. 😊

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    1. Thanks for reading! I know it’s difficult sometimes especially in winter when it gets dark really early. I usually take one morning a week and just do all my photos then for all of the next weeks posts and that way I stay on top of things. It is hard to narrow it down sometimes definitely cus I get so many ideas and just want to write about everything! I feel I’ve got better as time’s gone on though. Thanks for stopping by 🙂 xx

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