Being a Newbie Blogger

When blogging, never forget how far you’ve come

Is it just me or do some of us have the tendency to be pretty hard on ourselves at times, especially when things aren’t going our way for a while? In times like these, I think it’s important to think less about the things that aren’t going our way and to instead take a moment to consider the things that have already gone our way during our blog journey and the wealth of knowledge that we have gained. When you begin to think about all of the things that you have learned – even in the relatively recent past – often times you will be amazed at just how far you have come and how much your knowledge of blogging has increased.

Clueless to Begin With

This all came to mind recently because a friend of mine decided that he wanted to start his own blog and he was looking for a few pointers. Now, you would think that with me having a few years of blogging experience under my belt that it would be easy for me to set him off down the right path, wouldn’t you? I thought that this would be the case but actually as I started talking to him, I found it a little difficult to know just where to start. After all, I really didn’t want to make him feel as though there is just too much to learn and too much to take in and that he’ll never be able to do it all. I also didn’t want to give him the false hope that he would publish his first post and the traffic would come a-rollin in, though. Sure, there are occasions where this has happened but if any of my fellow bloggers are reading this post then I’m sure that you’d agree that things don’t often tend to happen this way and that the process of learning to build and establish a blog has been a real learning curve for most of us.

Perhaps you started your blog with some sort of an online background and therefore you might have had a bit of a head start compared to others. For most of us though, the amount of knowledge that we’ve had to take in regarding things such as the principles of SEO, utilising social media, monetising your content, building a website, blog hosting and more has been truly staggering.

When I started talking to my friend about how to setup and start growing a blog, I quickly had to stop myself from talking about every single area of it and instead try to think back to how I felt right at the very beginning, when I was just starting out myself. What would I really NEED to know and what things would best be learned later on as you progressed. I also feel that some things are best discovered for yourself, as this is all part of the blog journey and the excitement of making your own way in the online world. Looking back, I don’t think I’d have wanted to know EVERYTHING from the beginning, as it would have taken away half of the fun of learning to blog and also the feeling of satisfaction you get when you start to make some progress with your blog.

At this point I’d actually like to take a moment to say a big thank you to all of my friendly fellow personal finance bloggers who have given me much needed help and advice along the way, you guys know who you are and I really do appreciate it.

We’ve Come a Long Way

So what is the point of this post? Really, it’s just to say that if you are ever feeling a little overwhelmed, take a moment to think about just how far you have come and how much you have learned. Then, just think about how much more knowledge you will have gained after a few more years of blogging. Many of us started out in this game with no prior knowledge of blogging or building an online presence whatsoever, just a few thoughts we’d hoped to share with anyone who might be interested enough to read them. When you think about that, it’s quite phenomenal that just a few years down the line some of these thoughts have now turned into a fairly decent side income for some of us and for others, even a full time income.

So never forget how far you’ve come, how much knowledge you’ve gained and how valuable that knowledge could prove to be in the years of your blog journey that are yet to come.

What advice would you give to a newbie blogger who is just starting out?

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