33 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging

I have been blogging for over 7 years and writing on Rosalilium for over 5 years of that. I have learned a few things a long the way that I thought you might like to know about.

33 things I wish I knew when I started blogging

33 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging

  1. all of the options available for choosing a publishing platform
  2. understood the benefits of being self-hosted
  3. the transformative benefits good photography can make to a blog post
  4. the benefits of planning – whether it is planning content, projects, social media or future business plans
  5. that the posts I wrote in the early days would still generate traffic today (hello natural SEO!)
  6. the power of blogging pals to support and inspire me
  7. how many hats I would have to wear as a blogger
  8. that blogging is not free
  9. that almost every activity in my life could potentially be blog-worthy
  10. that staring at my stats would not make more people read my blog
  11. that meeting other bloggers in real life would make a huge difference to my blog journey
  12. to learn quickly about SEO, marketing, PR and blogger outreach, including understanding how companies would approach me as a blogger
  13. keywords and SEO are a thing, it’s worth understanding but not getting bogged down by it
  14. to say no to emails and opportunities that don’t suit my blog or benefit me as a blogger
  15. to think like a business alongside being a creative
  16. that some of your real-life friends might not ‘get’ what you do
  17. that design matters
  18. to focus on carving my own niche and not getting distracted by how well others are doing
  19. that somebody telling you they love your blog will make you feel like a proud parent
  20. sometimes you’ll get blog overwhelm but that’s ok. just take some time out and you’ll come back refreshed
  21. leaving comments and pimping out blog posts by the bloggers you admire builds your blogging karma
  22. don’t be scared to reach out to the bloggers you admire, most of them are really lovely
  23. that blogging would change my life and that would be a good thing
  24. that there will always be unscrupulous folks wanting to take the p**s
  25. the power of negotiating
  26. investing in skills and equipment is key to upping the quality on my blog
  27. there are so many different ways to do blogging, I need to find my own
  28. to believe in myself and just how valuable my knowledge is
  29. to not be scared of video and just start making them earlier
  30. the great value in face-to-face contact with potential collaborators, business leads and blogging peers
  31. that if something doesn’t take off straight away to not give up, it could just be a slow burner
  32. that confidence is a powerful thing
  33. that it won’t be easy, it’s a challenging thing this blogging malarky, but it’s incredibly rewarding.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing isn’t it?

If you’re a blogger what would you add to the list?


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  1. Great list, Elizabeth! I was definitely surprised at how much TIME “serious” blogging takes, and how much there is to do in a day when you’re trying to build your own brand. But I love what I do and wouldn’t have it any other way – your blog really does become your baby!


  2. Elizabeth, Thank you for sharing. You make so many great points. Like Tami said, I would definitely add the amount of time it takes to do it right, especially in the learning phases. However, there is something to be said for the quality material that is produced when someone takes the time to do it right. Another thing I would add to this list is that there will be a point when you have to stop planning and start publishing. This point is probably early than you expect.

  3. Great tips. It’s surprising how many hats you have to wear as a blogger when your first come into it, from content writing & social media to website design & photographer! It’s so easy to under estimate the time it tames to run a blog.

  4. well I am a blogger, and I think your list is pretty full, but then again, I’m pretty new so I might not have gone through everything yet to know more… hehehehe

  5. I think you have it pretty much covered! I wish I would have known to do long pins with titles for Pinterest before starting. I also wish I would have worked on my food photography more before starting, but I also believe everything has a reason. So even though I have been learning as I go, I can’t regret not learning some things before I started.

  6. Totally agree with all of these! #8, #12, & #14 are the things I wasn’t expecting to have to deal with often when I started blogging, and now it’s probably the biggest time suck!

  7. A great list Elizabeth!

    I would also add – This is currently how I’m feeling, so at the forefront of my mind:

    Don’t be too hard on yourself if life takes over and you can’t commit to your ‘self imposed’ blogging schedule

    Every blogger will get writers block and that’s ok

    You might fall out of live with your blog but don’t give up as it’s probably just a blip

  8. A great list Elizabeth!

    I would also add – This is currently how I’m feeling, so at the forefront of my mind:

    Don’t be too hard on yourself if life takes over and you can’t commit to your ‘self imposed’ blogging schedule

    Every blogger will get writers block and that’s ok

    You might fall out of love with your blog but don’t give up as it’s probably just a blip

  9. Love loved loved these tips! It made me feel gr at reading a few like I wasn’t going mad ? Some people ‘ friends ‘ just DO NOT get it! And also the point about getting distracted by other people’s blogs and wanting there’s ?

    Loved them all and love every your blog

    Gracie xo

  10. Great list and I am constantly learning more and more! And I have learned not to compare myself with other bloggers and try to be as consistent as possible. I am glad I am not alone, it’s such a learning process – and trust me- I have so, so much to learn! Thanks!

  11. I am quickly learning that being consistent is key however that ends up taking up a LOT of your time so you must stay organized! Great list. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. Brilliant post, incredible how much we learn and the journey blogging takes us on, we never stop learning do we, I’ve been doing consultancy for a major PR firm and I’ve learnt so much in such a short space of time recently. Such a dynamic, exciting field x

  13. This is such a fab list. For me, the buzz of publishing a new post never ever gets old and I’m surprised at how some of my random musings have helped people xx

    I love your blog and it’s always a bonus when the blogger is absolutely lovely in real life xo

  14. This is fantastic Elizabeth – you’ve worked so hard to build your brand. I think it’s also good karma that you share this kbowledge rather than keeping it to yourself. The thing that was a big eye opener for me was the amount of time blogging takes.

  15. First off I want to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to
    ask if you don’t mind. I was curious to find out how you center
    yourself and clear your head before writing. I have had
    trouble clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out.
    I do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost simply just trying
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