These are thing’s I’ve learned the hard way. I didn’t want to make another generic list with stuff like “do what you like and you’re good at”. Duuh! That should be a no-brainer. These really are things that I did not expect, and I hope they help those of you which are thinking about becoming professional bloggers.
1. You need to learn to be tech savvy
Ok, well, I thought that you can just install WordPress, some plugins and you’re done! Oh, hell no! I need to learn some tech magic! Thank you Universe for the great team that makes all this shit work! I’d be lost without the tech side of the Coven!
“Tea, we need to do that and that for the blog to do that.” And I’m like “What? I have no idea what you’re saying.” Aaaand half an hour later of explanations all I understand is that we need that to make some changes so the blog can run faster. So, what I’m trying to say is, if you start a blog, you will find yourself spending more time optimizing it and reading about editing, than actually writing blog posts.
2. You are not the hottest shit out there
No! No matter how great you think your content is, you are not an exception. You will get a high bounce rate at the beginning. You can reinvent the wheel, but you still won’t go viral overnight. At the beginning I thought I would become famous over night, but I was wrong. I was really convinced that with good photos and good content, everybody will share my content and subscribe. Baby steps are the key.
3. Put money in it, if you wanna get money out of it
Starting a blog now is a lot harder than a few years ago. It was a time of experimentation, very few people had blogs and you could afford mistakes. Everybody started out with free templates and a wordpress.com or blogspot.com platform. Now, if your blog doesn’t catch the attention of the viewer in the first seconds, you’re doomed. People no longer care solely about the content, they want to see fancy ass looking blogs. If it doesn’t look professional and esthetically pleasing, they won’t care if you cured hemorrhoids on it.
4. People are impatient
The blog was a bit slow a couple of days ago and people were like: “Fuck this! I don’t have time!” So they left without even giving it a chance. In a world of speed, where we no longer have patience and time, a fast loading blog is everything! And make the first page uber-captivating! People (most of the times, like I’ve said before), if they don’t like how it looks, won’t even bother reading the content. Make sure your theme is simple and nice, so it will load faster and make your pictures stand out.
5. It take shitload of time
I was talking to a friend of mine who’s also a blogger, and she was complaining about how busy she is. In my mind I was thinking “Dang guurl, u such a drama queen!” but now I get her! This takes a lot more time than you’d think. When Youtubers and Bloggers say they are very busy, you better believe it. Scheduling, brainstorming, editing, it’s all very time and energy consuming. Even I, sometimes, I’m less tired from cleaning the entire house, than after spending a few hours working at the computer.