5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting A Blog

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Don’t get me wrong, I do not regret starting a blog one bit. However, there are a few things I wish I had known before I decided to start a blog. I originally started with affiliate marketing before I ever even considered starting a blog or actually knew anything about blogging.

Just like a lot of other people, I’m a Pinterest Junkie; big surprise I know lol. It seemed like every time I would get on Pinterest I would see something about how to make money on Pinterest, affiliate marketing, passive income or income reports from stay at home moms. Of course, I needed to know more; so I started digging and I found 5 Days to Profitable Affiliate Pinning Ecourse. It looked like something I could handle, it was full of information on how to get started and what I needed to do AND it was budget friendly.  Let me tell you, it took A LOT of my time and for what? 5 cents a click, no conversions…you know the feeling and hard work put in; right?

While it was working, it was just a lot of work even with Tailwind and Boardbooster because before my ecourse; I was just a regular pinner. I needed to fill my boards. After a month or so of strictly affiliate pinning, I started to think…I could really make some good money doing this if I had a blog. I’ll give you ladies/gentlemen who aren’t new to blogging, a minute to laugh. And for all you newbies, this is what I wish I had known before starting a blog.

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Blog

 

  1. You cannot do it all from your phone. This is why blogging was so attractive to me because I thought I could. Why not right? I had the WordPress app, I have a ton of time that I spend waiting on my kids that I could use for blogging, I have thousands of pictures on my phone. So hell yes, sign me up for a six-figure income! Yeah, that was me…please know you cannot run a blog from your phone.
  2. You cannot start a blog for free. Another very attractive aspect of blogging for me. And technically, yes you can start a blog for free; but what happens to all the hard work you’ve put in when all of your free trials end? What happens when you find out you need to be self-hosted to earn an affiliate income from blogging? It won’t cost you an arm and leg to get up and running, but it’s not just pocket change either.
  3. It’s very techy. I’m 39 years old and a veteran SAHM of 15 years. I don’t consider myself dumb since I have 3 teenagers that keep me in the loop of technology, but c’mon…this is no joke! Yes, I knew the basics of writing; header, body, and footer. But the coding and everything that came with it, I was completely lost. So lost that I crashed my own website, yes you read that correctly. Thank God for all the supportive customer service.

And MOST importantly!

 

It takes a TON of time. Since I cannot do it all from my phone and it’s so techy, I spend a lot of time on my laptop. Sitting around looking at my messy house and thinking of the things I need to be doing is not something I do well. But I’m getting the hang of it and so is my family. My kids are even doing a load of laundry here and there and that I can handle!

Blogging is a process. A learning process and a mental process. If any of the 100 articles I read had told me that I would be 2 months in before I was even close to launching my blog, I’d still do it because I’m hard-headed and I would take on the challenge. I’m not at all scared to launch my blog, I just don’t feel like it’s ready. I cannot wait to see how it does and what people think of it, but I’m a little OCD and I need it to be well put together before anyone sees it. I have asked a few well-known bloggers to check it out thus far and have gotten great feedback and I’m hoping to launch it this week, but in the meantime, I have more to learn!

 

Honesty is the Best Policy…Period

 

I can assure you these are 5 things I that I never read when researching how to start a blog, blogging basics, OR even blogging for beginners. OK…maybe the time thing, but I never imagined the time it truly takes. I literally have 14 eBooks stacked next to me that I printed for future references and that doesn’t include the ones I did not print. I’ve done 3 webinars and countless email video tutorials.  I don’t know that I will ever know everything about blogging, but I do know I’m well on my way and I’m not giving it up.

Below are some of the resources I used to get started blogging and all of the ladies were very helpful and never left me hanging. I encourage you to stick it out and keep reading, watching, and learning because you won’t regret it. The joy that comes from the success of “mastering” WordPress and the excitement of being invited to a group board or facebook group is truly indescribable. There are some great people in the blogging community and I cannot wait for you to join us!

 

Christina Root 5 Days to Profitable Affiliate Pinning Ecourse  

McKinzie Bean Pinterest Primer

 Suzi Start a Mom Blog

Amber Teremity at thethirftyguardian.com

 

Want to see what I’ve learned? Check out some of my other blog posts here or here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. IrieDiva | 20th Sep 17

    So true, blogging ain’t easy and I feel like the young hip bloggers are light years ahead of my in my 30s

  2. tickledscarlett | 21st Sep 17

    Great reminders, even after blogging for a few months now. It takes a ton of time, but the pay of is there!

  3. Lisa Wingerter @ https://meandmymomfriends.com | 17th Feb 18

    These are so accurate! I started my blog a little over a month ago, and while I never thought it would be easy, I certainly didn’t realize how time consuming it would be. And techy. Luckily I married an IT engineer because otherwise I’d be lost

    • amy malcolm | 17th Feb 18

      You’re lucky! I had to figure it out on my own. It’s definitely more than writing lol

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