Even though this blog is only one and a half years old, I am not a newbie in the blogging world. I started my first blog in 2008. Back then, there weren’t many websites teaching how to blog.
I kind of just started because I was bored. From time to time, I go back and read my old posts and see how far I have come. Today, I wanted to do a little heart to heart with you about a few things I wish I knew before I started blogging.
Engagement is more important than the # of followers:
Am not going to lie, I smile everytime I get a new follower whether it’s on twitter, Instagram or bloglovin. It’s nice to know that there are some people out there that care about what I do.Your number of followers really means nothing if you do not interact with your readers. I have stopped reading many blogs because they hardly answer any questions. If you have millions of followers chances are you cannot answers or interact with everyone, but you can try.
I know this blog is still very small, however I love interacting with my readers. When someone takes the time to leave a comment on my blog, the least I can do is to thank them for stopping by. I wish I knew that when I started my first blog.
By the time I started this blog I had learned a lot. I have landed some jobs in my early days on this blog not because of my number of followers, but thanks to my engagement with my readers. If you ever thought that sponsors do not care about engagement, think again.
Blogging takes an incredible amount of time:
Blogging takes an incredible amount of time. Seriously, by the time I finish taking pictures, editing them, writing the post and keeping up with my social media, I am exhausted. I get a little annoyed when people think that blogging is just for fun and not a job. It is fun but it, does take an incredible amount of time to put out good content.
Supporting other bloggers is a must:
I really love the blogging community because of the kind of support we give each other. There is no reason to blog about anything if you want to stay in your little corner.
I am sad to say that there isn’t much support between Canadian bloggers (a story for another post). You can easily support other bloggers by featuring them on your blog, leaving genuine comments on their posts, link to their blogs, take each other’s picture if you live in the same city and much more…………
Brands will try to take advantage of you:
Yes, they will, especially when you first start your blog. When I first started blogging I did a lot of work for free, because I did not know any better, and I was just excited to be approached by a brand. Working for free is a topic that has been debated for years in the blogging community. I say use your own discretion as to the kind of work you want to do for free.
When a brand tells you “There is no budget for this project or “We are going to give you exposure”, you better run for your life. There is always a budget ,but they just do not want you to get your cut. Keep in my mind that there is nothing wrong about saying ‘No’ to a brand’s offer. Remember this is your blog, your voice. You are not obligated to do anything if you don’t want to. It’s never a good idea to compromise your voice for a shout-out or a few dollars.
It’s ok to take a break:
One thing I have learned over my years of blogging is that it is ok to take a break and not to blog when you have nothing to blog about. I used to be obsessed about my blog’s traffic. I really thought that taking a break meant losing readers and page views. I realized later on that when you have good content on your blog, there is nothing wrong about taking a few days off. The traffic will still come by.
You do not need a perfect life:
You may not know this about my blogging process, but my kids are usually next to me while I shoot my pictures. Unless stated otherwise my husband shoots all my pictures, and we are always with the kids. You may not see them, but they are there. Before I started this blog, I used to also think that I am nothing like all these perfect bloggers with perfect rooms and lives. The truth is what you see on this blog or any other blog is what we can call “an edited life“. You only see what I want you to see. I choose not to share my not so pinterest ready kitchen, or messy dining table right after dinner because honestly, I don’t think you are interested in that. My life is far from perfect.
These are only a few things I wish I knew before I started blogging. Do you have any ? Please share.