If you read my last post all the way to the end, you’re probably staring warily at the computer screen and shaking your head. I know I had “announced” that my next post would be a January favorites post but it did not work out. It’s saved in my drafts and it’s utter crap. I can never enjoy doing “favorites” posts and one of my resolutions was to put out only things I loved on my blog. So, change of plans, today I am doing 5 things I wish I knew when I started blogging. There are A LOT of things I wish I knew before I started this blog, and I am going to share it with you. Let me know what you would have changed on your blog when starting in the comments! Enjoy!
- Pick your blog name carefully!
I really wish I had thought well and long before sticking with “Professional Teenager,” in the beginning it was just a short time hobby so I didn’t think I would be doing it one or two years later. I would love to change it to my name so that it was unique and personal. After all, I am not going to be a teenager forever!
- Readers can smell BS.
When I was starting out, I took a lot of inspiration from other popular bloggers and pinterest. They were all chatting about makeup and the real leather Celine bag collection. I don’t own anything Celine let alone a collection. And I pretty much suck with makeup. I think that was what stopped a LOT of followers. People can tell when you aren’t being authentic. Ever since I’ve left in my petty ramblings (like the intro) people started following.
- Blogging isn’t about being famous.
I had a misconception that I was going to log onto this magical internet-verse and post a couple of posts and people were automatically fall in love with my posts and I would be famous and go to the red carpet and fall in love with Harry Styles and the rest would be history… right? WRONG! Blogging is a lifelong commitment, that is if you really want your community to grow, kinda like you’re getting married to your blog.
- Editing is a MUST!
Self editing, whether its with pictures or my posts, it is really important to re-evaluate what you are doing. I like to plan out posts on notebook and then type and then edit. It’s a process people!
- Make friends, keep friends.
We’re all trialing and learning, so making blogger friends is not a bad idea. I love finding people on WordPress who are interested in the same things as me. Speaking of this, I would love to collaborate with giveaways, posts (east meets west style book maybe?), One Day Blog take over, and I am open to new ideas (lets chat in the comments section over virtual tea and scones? My treat! Or we could DM on Twitter.)
I am pretty sure this is the biggest post I have ever written on my blog. I hope you guys liked it. And for realsies, if you would like to collab or chat, lets talk!
Have an amazing day!
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