What They Don’t Tell You About Blogging

I’ve been blogging since 2008, so that would be almost 10 years now, which is kinda crazy. I’ve had my WordPress since 2010, I’ve learned a lot of stuff over the years, but more over the last few years. It seems like these days, that everyone and their mama has a blog.  Everyone and their mama has a blog post titled, “How to Start a Blog..” “5 Easy Ways to Start a Blog…” We all have seen them, they’re everywhere. I told myself this wouldn’t turn into a rant, I promise it wont be. More of a by the way.. It’s not a lie but it’s not the full truth.

It’s like the diet pills, videos and mean plans that promise you abs in 5 weeks. There’s more to it then just what’s in bold font. You have to get into the details before you just jump in feet first. You can’t start a blog on Monday and have 100,000 monthly views by Friday and companies just throwing themselves at you. There’s a lot of sweat and tears that goes into blogging. Here’s what I’ve learned over the years, I am going to share it with you, because no one else will.

What They Don't Tell You About Blogging

What They Don’t Tell You About Blogging

Blogging isn’t for everyone

I’ve been blogging here and there for over 10 years, so I’ve seen my share of bloggers big and small. Now if I just stuck with it, that’s my only regret. Bloggers also come in all sizes, from different backgrounds and different niches. Some are successful and some well aren’t as much. It’s more of a trial and error type of thing.

Followers & Monthly Views Growth

I can’t begin to tell you the amount of posts I see that say, “I just made a blog, when do I get followers and views?” If I had $ for every time I saw that, I would be rich and wouldn’t have to slave away to this blog. I started this blog (even though the name has changed 3 times, I know that’s another blog post) and I have roughly 50,000 followers across all social media platforms. It didn’t happen over night, it takes time.

It’s not as EASY as they say

Nope, it’s not easy, but if you stay dedicated it will be worth it. Everyone wants to make a “How To Start A Blog” post screenshots of how to host a site, throw out their affiliate link and tell you where you can get a layout design that will cost you an arm and leg. Then you basically just get thrown out into the wolves and you have to figure it out for yourself.

Find A Blog Support Group

Luckily there’s quite a lot Facebook support groups to help you along the way. You really have to look for what groups fit for what you’re looking for. They honestly have groups for each social platforms and your actual blog. Do you have a favorite group? link it below, I’ll love to check it out.

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What is a blogging tip you wish someone shared with you before you became a blogger? What’s something you want others to know about being a blogger?

About Natalie

Natalie is a North Carolina single mom who enjoys the simple things in life such as live music, great food, travel. When she’s not blogging, you can probably find her making graphics, binging netflix or spending time with friends.

Comments

  1. Tamra Phelps says:

    I’ve never thought about blogging. It seems like a lot of work only to have to deal with crazy or mean commenters on Facebook or the blog, lol. You have more gumption than I do!

  2. This is very good information to know. Thank you for your honesty.

  3. Wow, ten years. That’s a long time for any blog. I’m curious what your blog names were before? I wonder if I’ve bumped into them before. Thanks for sharing!

    • I’ve had a few.. Sweetie’s Studio, Natalie Made It, The Layout Site.. lol I would never think of myself as a popular blog though, nor do I really try. I’m a no name blogger, lol

  4. A bloggers support group sounds like it’d be very helpful. I’ve mulled around for a few years to start a blog but decided I didn’t have the time and energy for it. I’m happy with being a blog reader 🙂

  5. I have been blogging just as long as you! I took a break for about a year because we moved twice last year and I’m now settled and wanting to dive back in again…but really I’m kind of scared. Like you said, everyone has a blog so finding something unique to say that everyone else isn’t saying is hard. I’m hoping 2018 is my year, but I know I HAVE to put in the hard work!!

  6. Yes, yes, and yes! A real post!
    I’ve been blogging for eight years. I always have people asking me to help with starting a blog or thinking it’s the funnest and easiest thing in the world to do. A lot of people don’t understand that it takes a TON of work and dedication. Even after eight years, I’m just an average blogger (no big name here).

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