PS: View this post in your browser to read the complete post and comment as well. Hey everyone. I started blogging 9 months ago and well, there are so many things I wish I knew before I started blogging. Took me a long time to figure it out and it turns out blogging isn’t just about writing whatever; and it isn’t just fun and games like I thought. These are some of the things I wish I knew before I started blogging.
1. The Platform: There are so many blogging platforms out there but the ones I know are Blogger, WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Blogger is kind of like a self hosted platform I think; it has so many opportunities and less restrictions. WordPress.com is a free version with so many restrictions and despite getting a domain from them, the restrictions are still there. In order to free yourself, you have to pay for hosting from an outside provider and move from .com to .org which is stressful. WordPress.org is a self hosted version with little/no restrictions and lots of freedom; so technically, you own your site with .org. I started with WP.com which later seemed to be a problem when I wanted to get my domain because I had to move from .com to .org; something I would’ve avoided if I had started with Blogger or .org.
2. Niche: Niche is like your area of specialisation in blogging for example beauty, fashion, lifestyle, poetry, travel, tech, news, and so on. When I started, I had little to no idea what I wanted to do; I just wanted to share my ideas and stuff; and it somehow became a hobby blog. Although, my blog grew really fast within a short amount of time, I wish I had thought about what I wanted to do instead of doing random things. At some point, I ended up doing lifestyle posts but after so much procrastination, I decided to venture into beauty and fashion which is something I like. Now, I wonder why I didn’t think things through because I ended up deleting so many posts and changing a lot of things.
3. The Drama: The blogosphere is filled with so much drama now; the amount of negativity is over the top! Although, I’ve met some really great and amazing bloggers, I’ve as well met some not so nice ones. I’ve seen bloggers being called out, insulted, among other terrible things and it made me wonder if I had been in a hole this whole time. When I started, there was barely any drama but now, the drama is well, really bad. If I had known about this earlier on, I would’ve kept my distance from most people; like a really huge gap. Most of them see blogging as a competition now which is so sad; while some want to trample on others just to get what they want and I think it’s best to just focus on what you do because competing with others is honestly a waste of time.
Despite the aforementioned., I’ve had quite a great time blogging; with some ups and downs, and, I’ve met so many amazing people as well. Plus, I can’t change the past so I’ll focus on the future instead and see how things go. Is there anything you wish you knew before you started blogging?
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