Why I Started Blogging and 12 Lessons I Learned in the First Month

Blogging seems like a pretty straightforward thing, right? Well, it is. And there's probably a ton of things that you already know are required to put into it for beginners. But how to blog successfully might be different. What you might not know is how much those seemingly simple things actually matter + how much harder they hit you once you start a blog. tiptoeandtidy.com

Blogging seems like a pretty straightforward thing, right? Well, it is. And there's probably a ton of things that you already know are required to put into it for beginners. But how to blog successfully might be different. What you might not know is how much those seemingly simple things actually matter + how much harder they hit you once you start a blog. tiptoeandtidy.com

Looking back on all of the careers that I THOUGHT I would have throughout my life, blogging (or anything of the sort) was never one of them. Never. Ever. I despised the thought of sitting at a desk all day and doing mundane work on a computer.

So, when I first thought of blogging as a career… it makes sense that it didn’t seem appealing to me whatsoever. I thought blogging was sitting around all day staring at a screen: writing and editing and routine. But, IT’S NOT.

Blogging is being creative, it’s writing about what you love, designing a brand and website, deciding your own schedule and life. It’s being free to do you, and to (quite literally) create your own happiness.

Starting a blog was seriously the best thing that I could have done for myself at this point in my life.

I have the time and resources to devote to making it the best it can be, I have the support from my amazing boyfriend and family, and I have the CONFIDENCE that I can do this. For the first time in my life, I actually feel like I’m putting my time and energy into something that I enjoy and something that can pay off.

Not only was starting a blog an amazing decision, but it was SO easy in the grand scheme of things. Really. What is a month of setting up a brand new website compared to (hopefully) a very long, free, and gratifying career?

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Thanks to Bluehost and WordPress I was able to have my blog up and running very easily. I highly recommend using Bluehost as a hosting site for beginner bloggers. They are cheap (starting at $3.95/month PLUS a free domain name when you purchase hosting through my link), easy to use, allow for WordPress installation, and they have amazing customer service.

Overall, my first month of setting up my WordPress blog with Bluehost was a lot of trial and error on the technological side of things. Check out my post about the 5 blog essentials that gave me the most trouble PLUS the solutions!

On the mental side of things, I definitely had some ideas of what blogging would entail going into it. But there were also things that hit me harder than I thought they would once I actually got started. I’m going to share with you the 12 blogging truths that I learned within the first month of creating my blog. The 12 things that seem like common sense, but that you actually might not think of until it hits you…

1. This is WORK.

Blogging is work. And it’s hard work. And there is a lot of it. So, you must have the time and attitude to commit… because blogging professionally is a much larger commitment than blogging for a hobby. You have to go into it treating it like a job.

Blogging seems like a pretty straightforward thing, right? Well, it is. And there's probably a ton of things that you already know are required to put into it for beginners. But how to blog successfully might be different. What you might not know is how much those seemingly simple things actually matter + how much harder they hit you once you start a blog. tiptoeandtidy.com

2. You must WANT to do this.

You have to really want to be a professional blogger. If you don’t really want it, then you’re going to burn out before you even start to see results from all your hard work. You won’t be able to create goals for yourself or push yourself to stick to them.

You must want it in order to have that push to keep you going through those first few months of learning. And you’re going to continue to need that in order to keep you going when the work gets overwhelming.

3. Being PASSIONATE is everything.

You must have a passion for improving your life and establishing your own career. You also need to be passionate about an idea, topic, or hobby that you want to share with others (or even a combination of all of the above!) All in all, you just need to be passionate about whatever content you’re going to be putting on your blog.

This will ensure that you have a plethora of ideas when it comes to content before you even start. If you can’t come up with ideas easily, you might need to consider a different route.

Because, remember, you want to do this for a living. This is something that you must be able to come up with hundreds of topics a year for.

4. ORGANIZATION is essential.

Organization is key. Luckily, I’m a master at this already.

But for those of you who have trouble staying organized — consider getting a planner, keeping an updated calendar, scheduling all of your posts for the month, keeping a few small notebooks on hand for blog post ideas or goals, a storage system for all paperwork, and a way to track your income and expenses. (You can also check out my post on how I stay organized with my blog.)

5. CONFIDENCE is key.

Confidence. Need I say more? Your readers can see it, other bloggers can see it, your supporters and criticizers can see it.

You need to be confident in yourself and in your blog. Because if you believe that you can succeed in blogging professionally, then you can succeed.

Blogging seems like a pretty straightforward thing, right? Well, it is. And there's probably a ton of things that you already know are required to put into it for beginners. But how to blog successfully might be different. What you might not know is how much those seemingly simple things actually matter + how much harder they hit you once you start a blog. tiptoeandtidy.com

6. YOU are every worker rolled into one.

As a blogger, you must be willing to take on different roles + learn them well. You are your own boss, writer, editor, designer, photographer, marketer, and social media manager. You are everything

I’m still learning a lot when it comes this one. Simply because there is so much to learn. It’s going to be never-ending process… But you just have to embrace the roles, the uncertainty, and take it all in as you go. Because you’re it. As a blogger, you’re everything to your business.

7. You must be able to work INDEPENDENTLY.

As a blogger, you do everything yourself. You create and maintain your blog, you write content, you edit, you market. Because you are faced with so many different tasks, you must be able to work independently, while staying on focus and being productive.

This is absolutely ESSENTIAL for success.

8. You must be a GREAT writer.

You need to be a good writer because that is the main part of a blog.

Depending on what type of blog you have, people aren’t going to come to your site just to see the pretty theme you spent forever customizing or the photography that you carefully planned out (although it is a huge bonus). People come to your site to see what you have to say. So, you must be able to write and write well.

9. You need to be comfortable with TECHNOLOGY.

Technology and social media marketing. These are the other two main aspects of blogging, behind writing. They are the bones of blogging, if you will.

You need to be comfortable creating and maintaining the bones of your blog in order to be able to show off the content that you worked so hard on. Therefore, being at least somewhat tech-savvy is important.

10. Realize that INVESTMENTS are worth it.

As hard of a concept as this was for me to grasp, you need to invest in yourself and your blog.

Your blog is a business, or at least that is the goal. So, invest in your business whether it be money or time, really. Take courses and read books, purchase a good hosting site with security and an appealing theme, find sites or services that will free up your time and help with productivity.

However, I find that the most effective way to invest in your business is to invest in knowledge and learning before you invest in things or appearance.

11. Embrace the LEARNING CURVE.

Starting a blog requires a lot of learning. There will be many times where you get stuck and want to pull your hair out.

Embrace it, stick it out, do some research, teach yourself, and feel the rush of excitement when you finally figure out a solution to the problem that has had you stumped for over 3 hours.

12. Be PATIENT.

Time and patience, my friends. Time and patience.

Blogging professionally is a career that will not give you results or money overnight. You must be patient and keep putting in the time in order to yield results.

This is not a business for someone who needs a predictable salaried amount into their bank account at the same time every 2 weeks. This is a business for someone who is patient and likes to get paid based on seeing the results of their hard work.

Whether you’re contemplating creating a blog, or if you’re just now starting out, or even if you’re a seasoned blogger… I know you’ve all already learned SOMETHING about what it takes to choose to do this.

I’ve shared with you all of the truths that I learned during the process of starting my blog. Yes, some of the things that I learned might be completely obvious to you, but some might catch you by surprise once you realize how important they truly are.

So, I hope that you’re able to take something away from these tips to utilize. And if theres one piece of advice that I can leave you all with… START THAT BLOG AND JUST GO FOR IT.

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