Blogging has managed to become a massive part of my life, not a day goes by when I don’t work on it – whether I’m writing a post, replying to emails, taking photos or planning content.
Recently something got me thinking about the early days of blogging, I definitely made mistakes so I thought it may be good to share some of those.
1) Start promoting my content straight away/ use social media to my full advantage
I can’t believe how long I kept my blog a secret, I relied on people finding it through commenting on others peoples posts and search engines – that’s it. Looking back I should have just shared it, I was so worried about what other people would think (I started blogging in 2009, it wasn’t a thing people did back then), I came to realise only a few years ago that the most important people in my life will support me, and if someone has something bad to say it’s just a reflection of them. I should have shared my blog and promoted it from the get go.
2) Don’t post anything you’re not happy with
In the early days I remember I would post things for the sake of it, I would actually press publish even though I felt uneasy about a post. Now I just don’t see the point, if I’m not happy with my work how can anyone else be?
3) Think about SEO
I really wish I had purchased my domain name at the beginning, thought about keywords and posted consistently. I had massive gaps inbetween posting at the start and it’s something I really regret. I would get out of the swing of writing and then a whole month would pass by without a single post. SEO is really important and something I think about and put more time into way more now.
4) Pass the opportunities that don’t sit right
I still feel so lucky to have brands message me regardless of their size or who they are. If they genuinely like what I do it’s the best feeling ever… However, I’ve learnt that I really shouldn’t say yes to everything, and I shouldn’t feel sorry or bad about saying no either. I’ll be honest, at the beginning I definitely said yes for the sake of it and I was a little naive. Now I just accept any opportunities that really excite me or products that I would genuinely buy myself/ already own.
5) Feel proud that I’m doing something I enjoy
I wish I had just been proud to have found something I loved doing. I never grew up with a hobby I enjoyed, some of my friends loved dancing or sports and I just didn’t have anything, so realising I loved blogging was a huge thing for me. If I could go back I would stop feeling embarrassed about blogging and embrace it.