5 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started

I started blogging in 2012 because it looked like fun. Back then I didn’t have a goal and I blogged about my fitness journey. You can see my really embarrassing first blog here. Since then I’ve evolved and really started thinking about my blog and how it can help me create a life that allows me to travel and work a schedule that I choose. Here’s what I wish I knew back when I created my first blog.

Find Your Passion

This is so cheesy but it’s true. If you don’t blog about something you’re passionate about you will quit. Your blog will be one of the hundreds… maybe thousands, that hasn’t been updated in years. I used to blog about fitness but when I stopped working out regularly (blame my husband, grrr) I stopped blogging about it because it wasn’t a part of my life anymore. If you can’t find inspiration to post when you don’t want to or inspiration from your everyday life you’ll fail. The only way to really succeed is to blog about something you care about.

For instance, this blog is a passion of mine. I love finding and connecting women of color who blog. I love offering blogging tips and growing this platform where you ladies can help each other as well. I love the friendships that have started as a direct result of this blog. I can’t see myself quitting because I don’t want to let y’all down and I don’t want to destroy this beautiful community I’ve created. It’s all the motivation I need to write even if I don’t want to.

Believe In Your Work 

If you don’t believe in what you create why should anyone else? I have this problem sometimes. Sometimes I’ll write a post that came to me and then hover over the publish button. Why? Because I wonder if it’s stupid or if people will relate. I have to tell myself that it’s great because I think it’s great. My opinion matters more than anyone else’s. The same can be said for you. If you read back over a post and it really feels like your best work then publish it.

Surround Yourself With People Who Support You

Blogging can be lonely sometimes. Especially if you’re just starting out and you aren’t sure what you’re doing. That’s why it’s important to surround yourself with people who support you. Not only should you surround yourself with family and friends but other people in your field as well. That’s one of the main reasons I created this site.

Work Hard

I’ll tell you a secret. Last year I went through a period where I did not work hard and my blog and business suffered. Working hard means you have to get up every single day and write. Working hard means you need to connect with people on social media and in real life. Working hard means you should be happy with what you accomplished that day when you go to sleep at night.

If you find that you’re routinely unhappy with what you’ve accomplished at the end of the day then it might be time for you to change some things.

Screw The Negativity 

Everyone isn’t going to like you. Once you hit a certain level of success some people are going to tell you that you suck and that you should quit. People will also leave comments or think you’re “doing too much.”

Screw that.

Do what you want to anyway. Take that negativity and let it fuel you but don’t let it get into your head. When you let negativity invade one part of your life like that then it will invade everything.

That’s just how it is.

What do you wish you’d known about blogging?

Author: Candice VanWye

I’m the founder of this community and a creative millennial. In my spare time I write on my my personal blog and make youtube videos. I also have a podcast called The Creative Millennial where I interview cool people. I love to eat, hate to cook, and shop too much. Click the buttons below to follow my socials and follow me on snapchat: @candicevanwye

  • I’m glad it’s helping. Thanks for reading :)

  • nikkia

    This was much needed advice ! Im currently a new fresh blogger @ simplybeautifulwithin.wordpress.com and im having difficulty finding my niche and writing each day. You gave me something to think about. Thank you. Very helpful.

  • Exactly!

  • Thanks for reading! I’m glad it resonated with you. It helps to have the reminders from time to time.

  • One of the greatest things about the BGB community is that we can learn from each other. Like Leanne mention sometimes you are thinking about what to write about but even if the topic is similar to other posts out there, with your voice and passion it becomes unique when you put YOUR twist on it.

    Zena | http://www.hersavvycareer.com

  • Posts like this are so important, and actually have reminded me why not to stress about whether or not something I want to write about has already been written. I am well aware of all the things you have written about, yet I still struggle with some or all from time to time, so it was important for me to read this reminder. I often find myself falling into the “what SHOULD I write about?” trap, rather than focusing on what I WANT to write about that would benefit others. Also, believing in myself, sometimes enough to write at all, let alone hit the publish button! Thanks for the post. :)

  • It depends. You should check out the teacher’s credentials and their work because that’s what matters the most. I’m not sure where you live but here in San Diego they have free college courses. It’s like going to school but free. You should see if your city does that and just look into different courses available. I’m working on some education opportunities for the members of BGB but it will be a few months.

  • Thanks!

    I’m not in school at the moment, and I don’t see myself enrolling in school just for a few courses. Do you think that courses/classes offered outside of universities are just as good?

  • I have a degree in Communication so I took plenty of them in college. I think they taught me how to write succinctly and only include the important information. If you’re already in college they will definitely help more than waste your time.

  • Very insightful! My blog is relatively new, and I’ve done all of the above. My biggest hurdle is increasing readership.

    What’s your take on journalism courses?

  • Aleigha

    I know I am. I’m slaying HARD with leeleespeaks.com! *hair flips*