4 Things No One Told Me About Blogging

Starting a blog comes with its share of personal assumptions (some of which I’ve previously shared), realities and surprises. In the short time I’ve been a blogger I’ve managed to gather a wealth of knowledge that will help me on my journey for years to come.

Here are four things no one told me about blogging that I’ve discovered along the way:

You don’t need ads to generate revenue.

It’s common to see advertisements on many blogs with huge followings but there are other ways to make money. I’ve noticed that several of the bloggers I follow offer some sort of consulting service, have an online shop, write sponsored posts or a combination of the three.

Social media is a necessary evil.

Sometimes I get exhausted just thinking about the amount of effort I know I should be putting into my social media strategy but just haven’t gotten around to. Twitter works well for me but – as I have observed from other bloggers – I have to make use of some of the other social platforms at my disposal if I want to achieve my goal of extending my blog’s reach.

People you don’t know are often among your biggest supporters.

Discovering this gem makes me smile every time I think about it. Knowing that my words are touching people that I’ve never met and they are choosing to interact with me and share my content really warms my heart. It gives me that extra boost to keep going even when I’m not very motivated to do so.

Participating in link-ups is a win-win.

I think link-ups are a wonderful resource for bloggers. They provide a way for you to connect with fellow bloggers that may not be on your radar, and can be a means to get some new eyes on your blog, at least in my experience!

What are some of the things no one told you about blogging? Share in the comments below.

Crissi is the author and creator of Crissi Untangled, a personal blog chronicling her thoughts on life, culture and curls. She is also the founder, editor-in-chief and publisher of The Release, a digital literary magazine that recognizes the importance of self-expression through creative writing. Follow her on Twitter @CrissiUntangled.