When I started blogging, I just wanted to share 30 things I wanted to do before I turned 30. I had no idea I’d later change the name of this blog, start running like a crazy woman and have a blog that people would actually read! I have always loved blogging and it’s one of the things that I’m constantly amazed by. There is always so much to learn and so it’s just so much fun. That being, said, I definitely wish I would’ve done a bit of research before I got started.
- Self hosting is the way to go. I’ve written a lot about self hosting but honestly, I just I had just followed my advice on starting a blog when I first started out! You don’t HAVE to self host you’re blog but if you are just starting out, why not start with the choice that gives you total control, let’s you monitize if you choose and allows you to actually own your content. Yes, it’s not free. But it’s worth it!
- Build your community. This is so important. Having other bloggers who you can ask questions, trust with your fears, and just vent to is key. Blogging is awesome, but like most things, there are some challenging aspects and having a tribe you can count on is priceless. For example, I’m part of a few blogging groups on Facebook and one in particular has really turned into a great resource filled with people answering questions, sharing information and really supporting each other. That group is a huge resource and if you can find a great community like that, it will be worth your while.
- Share what you do know. There is a lot I don’t know about blogging (among other things). One of my favorite things to do is to share what I do know. That’s really how Blogger Tip Tuesday started: I had a desire to share something new I’d just figured out related to blogging. As I keep learning new things, I keep sharing, because I figure that if I didn’t know something, then there is someone else out there who will also benefit from the information.
What do YOU wish you would have known before you started blogging?