Blogging can lead the way to success, but there are things you won’t know until you’ve blogged for a while. Here are 3 things I wish I knew when I started my blog.

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What I wish I knew a year ago when I started blogging.
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Blogging may take a lot of time and effort, but it’s not as hard as you think. You can blog about whatever you’re passionate about. It could be health, food, beauty, travel, TV and film reviews, or something else entirely! You can share your blog with your family, friends, colleagues, and even strangers. Here are some key points about blogging that I wish I knew a year ago!

Promote Your Content (By All Means Necessary!)

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Promote your blog content to gain readers.
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Social media is a great way to promote your content, grow your following, and give your audience insight into who you are. If you’re passionate about a subject, it’s easy to be creative. Make sure you write about what interests you so that your blog posts are more authentic. Your audience will see that your enthusiasm translates into quality content, and they will associate you with your blog’s topic.

One day, social media may disappear or go out of fashion, but you can always return to your blog. So put most of your energy into a well-thought-out blog post foremost. Use your authentic content to entice your readers to click links posted on your social media. Social media is essential to promote your blog, and keeping up with trends will help you come up with fresh content.

Trust your friends and family to help you, especially early on, when you can’t hire a “wizard.” Whether it’s taking photos, proofreading your blog posts, or scheduling social media posts, it’s helpful to have an extra eye on your work. It can be difficult at first not to get involved in every detail, but when you get to a place where you can ask for help, you should. Getting help is a way of self-promotion and will lead to more readers down the road.

Learn From (And Network With!) Other Bloggers

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Learn from other blogs!
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Research and study other blogs to get ideas and ways to help your blog. Even if your niche is different, it’s essential to pay attention to what’s working for other blogs. Use other blogs and websites to spark your creativity to help you create the content you’re looking for.

If I find a photo or page that inspires me, I save it and reflect on it to bring up ideas that I can use. Being a blogger means managing time and opportunities to put yourself (and your passion) out there. As you blog, you’ll realize writing about what you enjoy will let your audience see how genuine you are.

I have met so many fantastic people through blogging, and I love to let my audience know about them. Collaboration with other bloggers is good – partnership is mutually beneficial, helping you reach new audiences, increasing your following, and having fun. You can become popular quickly with collaboration, and it will attract a bigger audience.

Have an Active Relationship With Your Audience

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Keep a schedule to maintain proper work/life balance.
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Maintaining a working relationship with your audience, no matter how large or small, is critical. You can continue this relationship by continually generating new content to keep it going. Even when I’m on vacation, I need to share these moments with my audience. You can use a program like Later or CoSchedule to plan your posts and manage your time when you’re working or on vacation.

Don’t forget to like comments, respond to as many DM’s as possible, and be aware of who is interacting with your blog. This means a lot for your readers and can also help you better understand your blog demographic and adjust accordingly. It’s great to bounce ideas off family, friends, and other bloggers, but don’t lose what you like writing about. If you read your posts and don’t like them, it’s up to you to change your content.

Sponsorship can be a great way to make money and grow your audience. However, it is important to pay attention to the products you advocate for – if you don’t believe in what you sponsor, what you write won’t appear genuine. Find a paid partnership that makes you feel good and works for you. However, you need to strike the right balance between your original content and promoting partnered products. Too many sponsored products can turn your audience away!

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Take notes to improve your blog skills!
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Blogging takes time, so don’t let a lack of immediate growth deter you from pursuing your blog. Don’t let nasty comments left belittle or stop you, either. Learn from them instead. Take the key points I’ve discussed to become a better blogger now, not after a year!