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.
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 how 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!
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?