Six Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Blog

Hindsight is a wonderful thing isn’t it? Looking back and thinking ‘why did I say that’, ‘why didn’t I do that’ or ‘why the fuck did I wear that?’. In my case, it’s normally the latter. For me, there are so many things which I wish I had done differently (not getting that no regrets vibe) and certainly a few things I wish I knew when I started my blog all those years ago.

things I wish I knew when I started my blog

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Value your own work

Not that there’s anything wrong with working for free but when I first started working with brands, I would never charge or ask for anything in return. Whilst I would still do the same for brands I absolutely loved, I wish I had valued my own work a bit more. Essentially your blog is your business and asking a company to pay for your content or at least gift you the item they want you to talk about is more than fair!

You need to focus on your social media too

When I first set up The Rawrdrobe six years ago, social media wasn’t really a thing. I had Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest but did I use any of them? Not really. I wish I had focused more of my energy on my Instagram as we all know how powerful it is now. My growth has been non-existent/slow, to say the least, so I think if I had invested more time and effort back then, I would already have a larger following now.

100 words don’t constitute a whole blog post

*Even though sometimes I wish it did*

When I look back at some of my early posts, I do chuckle at h

ow much I’ve written in some of them. A handful don’t even have any context, it’s just a picture and a list of what I’m wearing. Oh how things have changed! It’s actually surprising considering back in the day, your blog was more about the actual writing than the photos whereas I think it’s shifted in the opposite direction now so really, my posts should’ve been a lot longer and text-focused!

things I wish I knew when I started my blog

You’ll need to invest some money

I’m pretty sure Pipdig didn’t exist when I started blogging and neither did any other theme apart from the ones Blogger or WordPress gave you. I had no idea that one day I’d actually have to pay for my own layout, domain and hosting – I didn’t even know what the latter two were!

Blogging will be massive one day

Little old me only used to blog as a hobby and there’s a part of me which wishes I had made more of an effort. I always think “could blogging be my career now if I’d worked harder on my blog all those years ago?” It’s a dream job, let’s be honest, and one which I’d never say no to. The industry has exploded since the days of Essie’s Mint Candy Apple which none of us saw coming and I’ll always kick myself a little bit that I didn’t devote more love and attention to my blog in the early years.

It’s okay to take a break

Even though my blog has never been a big thing, I used to feel so guilty for taking a break. Even if I missed one blog post, I’d beat myself up about it and there was just no need at all. Firstly because there was next to no one actually reading it and secondly because there was no pressure to post. It’s your blog, you can do what you want with it! If you’re struggling to create engaging content or you just need a break for your own sanity then do it!

Despite all these things I wish I had known, I’m still chuffed with my blog and how far it’s come from the days of unedited iPhone 4 photos and cringe worthy captions!

Is there anything you wish you had known when you started blogging?

12 Comments

  1. 12/09/2018 / 14:21

    Love this post! I started my blog in 2012 and I think the same as you about how I could be Zoella level by now if I had been more consistent haha. Also the bit about 100 word posts reminds me of all the posts I did that were just collages of clothes I wanted to buy with the links underneath. Blogging was so different back then!

    http://www.theemeralddove.co.uk

    • Katy
      Author
      14/09/2018 / 10:08

      Haha I’m so glad it’s not only me who thinks like that then! Haha yes, I used to write.. well.. not write posts like that too! x

  2. Ariadna
    12/09/2018 / 20:46

    Love this! I started blogging in 2011 and I also wonder if this could now be my career if I had tried a bit harder, even though I guess it’s never too late! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

    • Katy
      Author
      14/09/2018 / 10:08

      That’s very true! x

  3. 15/09/2018 / 14:01

    Ah I love this post! I can relate to everything – I have so many 100 word posts and my SEO plugin keeps telling me to increase it haha. I wish I had focused more on social media too, especially when I first started blogging. Oh well, better late than never, right? x

    • Katy
      Author
      18/09/2018 / 07:56

      Thank God for the SEO plugins! Yes, that’s so true! x

  4. 16/09/2018 / 06:23

    This post is so relatable! I wish I knew more about self-hosting and using WordPress because I first started in Blogger and while Blogger is not that bad, I feel like I could’ve gained more progress if I started using wordpress first.

    nurulrasya.com

    • Katy
      Author
      18/09/2018 / 07:57

      I completely get what you mean! I started with Blogger too and didn’t realise how restrictive it was until I migrated to WordPress this year! x

  5. 16/09/2018 / 13:05

    I’ve just come back from a break and even though the blogging world has changed so much, it’s still fundamentally the same and people’s passions shine through. I think everyone wishes they knew how big Instagram would be. This was a lovely post to read, and every point you made would’ve been amazing to know before we started blogging!

    Jodie // jodieloue.com

    • Katy
      Author
      18/09/2018 / 07:59

      Sometimes a break can be the best thing and I’ve definitely had plenty of them in the last six years of blogging! Just to think back in the day we thought Instagram was just somewhere to post every other week and we had no clue what it would turn into! Thanks Jodie! x

    • Katy
      Author
      01/10/2018 / 09:28

      That’s my problem as well! It’s so difficult as well when everyone seems so far ahead! x

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