What I Wish I’d Known When I Started Blogging

There are lots of things you need to learn when you set up your own blog. I love blogging now, it’s part of my daily and weekly routine, however a year or so ago I found it exceptionally difficult and time-consuming. 

Most of the blogging world is pretty self-explanatory, however, there is a lot of time, effort and energy needed to be successful. 

Time and Research

My first bit of advice to new bloggers is to take your time, as success doesn’t happen overnight. It may also take a while to figure out your timescale and schedule for blog posts. I’d recommend doing some research into popular topics and put your own spin on them with your own experiences. Don’t be afraid to look to other bloggers for inspiration, there are some amazing bloggers out there who have blogged for years. Also try to make a plan for your blog, how often you want to post a blog etc. I’d recommend setting a schedule and creating your posts ahead of time, that way, you’re not overwhelmed.

Social Media

I wish I knew how friendly and supportive the blogging community was on Twitter. You can always count on the Twitter community to pick you up when you feel like you’re failing or to promote your work when no one’s reading it. It’s a brilliant place to market your blog on Twitter, plus I feel like it is the most active platform for bloggers. 

Seek Out Blogging Communities

There are so many niches and communities of bloggers, each with dozens of groups of supportive individuals who share ideas, do collaborations, and generally support each other. If you’re new to blogging, I’d recommend seeking out these groups and joining ones that match your niche, as these groups are very helpful when you are starting out. 



Keep an eye on your audience, because the truth is that people will read your blog because it touches them. Having your own experiences within the blog will help people to read further and engage more with you. That’s not to say you should constantly write about yourself in the first person, but portraying your experiences is a wonderful way to start your blog. 

Don’t Get Hung Up On Statistics

I’ve been blogging for roughly two years now! When I started blogging I realised after being on social media, that I was quite an opinionated person. I’ve now found that scheduling blog posts and tweets ahead of time are what works best for me and when I’ve got time to market my blogs I do so on Twitter. 


I would say my main advice to new bloggers would be to not expect your blog to grow overnight.

Eventually, you will get to where you want to be, but remember all the reasons you enjoy blogging.

I hope this puts new bloggers in a better place and bloggers who have been at it a while will agree with me. Please share anything about blogging that you’ve experienced in the comments below.

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  1. I wish I’d paid more attention to all the technical stuff that happens behind the scenes. Whenever I have a question about the WordPress platform, I have to ask programmer friends.

    All the best, Michelle (michellesclutterbox.com)

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  2. Hi Rachel.

    What I wish I’d know was just how time-consuming it can all be (but in a good way – I enjoy it all!).

    Estimate how long it will take to write a post on a particular topic – and then triple it!! Keyword research, finding relevant pictures and videos to include, editing and optimising said pictures, adding relevant links if they may be helpful to the reader, formatting your content to make it pleasant to read, and, of course, the actual writing itself. And then letting your newsletter readers know about the post. And social media promotion.

    In fact, thinking about it, perhaps tripling it may nit be enough … 🙂

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  3. Doing research and being good at time management really helps! I was so hung up on statistics the first two years that I blogged under a different name. I’m trying a more relaxed approach to it this time around. Great post x

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  4. These are great tips! Thanks for sharing! As a newish blogger the thing that bothers me the most is that I do want to grow fast but I know it takes time and hard work. And the blogging community on Twitter has been a great place to learn new things and stay motivated!

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  5. Even not as a new blogger, it was refreshing reading this. Sometimes it’s easier to get caught up in wanting to make the next step, worrying about numbers etc, when actually it just comes down to the fun of it.


  6. I also struggled to blog before and it’s only a few months ago that I discovered how amazingly supportive Twitter community is. Everytime I ger frustrated about blogging though, I try to remember all the reasons I started blogging in the first place.

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  7. I totally agree with all your points, Rachel! Blogging can take a long time before you get used to it, and before u see any good feedbacks but it’s worth it for me, I don’t rush things when it comes to blogging. I also agree that the twitter community has been amazing so far. I get to connect with other bloggers and writers. 😊 Thanks for sharing this post! xx

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  8. I love this post and I have to agree with all your points! Blogging can take such a long time before you see any return, also I have made so many new friends on social media and have found that sometimes my social media friends are more supportive of my blogging journey than my real-life friends and family

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  9. Simple and straightforward advice, but it’s easy to forget sometimes when you feel like you’re up against it! I think we all get a little hung up on numbers and interactions sometimes, which is natural, but as long as we all continue to enjoy what we do then great! Some good observations here that will really help people either new to blogging or in need of a gentle nudge in the right direction 🙂

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  10. I found a lot of comfort in this post. Just recently, I gave up on stressing about the analytics that was coming from the blog and now I am going with a more relaxed approach to it all. I started this blogging journey for it to be fun and a life of freedom, so i will continue to keep that in mind xxx

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  11. Hello, I loved this post! I’m a new blogger so I needed this read. Probably the hardest thing to me about blogging is to keep your head up. It takes time to get where you want to be. I have been working really hard and I know it will pay off one day. Thanks for the reminder!

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  12. I’ve also been blogging for about two years, and experiencing the ups and downs of it all! Ultimately, it has been an amazing growth experience and challenge, and I am so glad I din’t give up all those times I thougth about it!

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  13. I connect with so much of this: the blogging community on Twitter is amazing and I wish I had started right out with them. Research would have brought me closer, but I did not do enough of it . . .
    Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I can totally relate to this post! Especially the time and research that proper blogging takes, it’s not enough to just write about one’s day anymore. People want value from blogs! Also, if I had known about the power of social media and the wonderful blogging communities earlier I’m sure my blog could have grown faster. But better late than never! 😉

    Teresa Maria | Outlandish Blog

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  15. Truly essential advice. We all seem to be in a rush to realize our goals from blogging. Once you realize there are no shortcuts, your stress reduces a lot.

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  16. I agree so strongly with you. Someone who have constantly been on and off! And I know how important it is to be consistent when it comes to blogging. Joining some community does help a lot and inspire us to keep going… I loved each point here.

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  17. I’m fairly new to blogging so this is very helpful. I’m slowly becoming more confident to reach out to other bloggers and share my work 💜

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