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.
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.”
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?