Inspiration, lists, writing

13 things I wish I knew before I started a blog.

1. That I could reach an audience in all of the world wherever there is internet. For some reason I thought I was still speaking to my immediate friends.

Six Simple Rules to live by: Be happy, be nice, be a leader, be organized, be a lifelong learner and be healthy.
Have a blessed day.

2. That people could laugh at me if they wanted. Sometimes they do but I mostly get compliments, thank goodness.

3. That everyone uses their blogs however they want in different ways to represent their own style. Some blogs have comments, some have books, some have lists, some have videos. Each person can make their blog completely personalized.

4. That the blogger community is extremely supportive. If you need help with anything there are endless forums to help you answer your questions. Or, you can post a new one. I did and got tons of quick answers.

5. That words are important. And can save lives. Take for example:

Let’s eat Grandma! versus Let’s eat, Grandma!

Believe it or not, a lot of people find my blog by typing those words into google.

6. That some people make money with their blogs,

Hi Mom!
Smile. You’re beautiful.

7. That it takes more time and dedication than I thought. But like most projects the more you put into it the more you get out of it.

8. That I ♥ blogging.

9. That 97 percent of people want to write a book.

10. What’s a widget. I thought a widget was that wooden triangle piece you slip under a door to hold it open. Boy was a surprised. I have since discovered that widgets are the spice of life. You can see all my widgets on my right column. They are things like being able to see your categories, most popular posts and facebook links.

Bike today. Yes please.

11. What’s a theme? Believe it or not, you get FREE themes. Themes are the overall looks of your site and you can choose whichever one suits you, just like a jacket.

You can even change as often as you want. I like mine for now but you never know. People love new looks. And it’s free.

12. That blogging would bring me increased confidence just like overcoming a fear.

14. That you would be reading this.

and just for fun, I’ll add another one. What would you add? What’s your number 14?

14. I wish I knew what social media was and how incredibly far reaching it is. I had seriously only heard the term social media at a garage sale buying a book.  Things you should look into are twitter, facebook and now pinterest.

I’m seriously in awe of the amount of times I see people in real life who have read my latest posts.

What about you? What are your favorite widgets? Why do you blog? Why don’t you blog? What are your favorite blogs and why?

As always, thanks for visiting and commenting. Nice to see you.

  1. Write down my goal in very specific terms.
  2. Practise visualisations daily.
  3. Stay positive and have an attitude of gratitude.
  4. Tell people about my goal repeatedly and publicly.
  5. Act as if I had already achieved it.
  6. Take massive action to make it happen.

What am I reading? I loved this book because the writer wrote it in edit including tiny typos and everything. I really felt like I was at the White House reading it.
My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House

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27 thoughts on “13 things I wish I knew before I started a blog.”

  1. When I started to blog I didn’t know a blogroll from an eggroll. I’m still not very tech savvy, but I’m learning.

    I blog to find all the cool people, and it’s working.

    Dr. B

    drtombibey.wordpress.com

    1. lol Dr. B. I see you not only figured out a widget, a whatsnot, but also your name is linked to your site. Well done my friend.

      Julie

  2. Strangely, the attraction in your writing is because you’re writing to your intimate and well-known friends and acquaintances.

    Working on your material right now, will start appearing the Monday after next.

  3. Thanks Dave,

    Thanks for stopping by here and the compliments. I checked out your facebook profile and it looks like you are very well loved. I’m so looking forward to working with you.

    Julie

  4. Had I not seen your blog start day up there I would have never believed you to be a beginner. Then again, 15 diaries in less than 15 years is no small feat. I never could keep a diary thinking my life was too boring. Looking back it would seem there is something to be gained regardless.

    I have met some wonderful and inspiring, and some wonderfully inspiring, people through blogging. There are just not enough hours in the day. I will be back to read more, promise!

  5. Hi Julie,

    I agree. When we first start blogging, no one tells us we need to also learn the blogging language. Talk about confusing. I remember learning about widgets, plugins, SEO, HTML, CSS and all that other good stuff. Here I am almost three years later and I still bang my head against the wall from time to time as I struggle to “get it”.

    But, like you, I also love blogging. My only regret is I didn’t start it sooner.

    As for writing a book, I’m in the 3% bracket. That’s not something I aspire to although I have been asked to put some of my blogging lessons into ebook form – which someday I may.

    Happy Blogging!

  6. I started a blog because I enjoy cooking and was visiting blog after blog of some very talented people cooking in their own homes. I had found myself in a rut and regretted making dinner for my family each night. I was cooking the same thing over and over and it was frustrating. I figured the best way to motivate myself to get my family to try something different, and to spice things up in my own kitchen, was to start a blog and post about my daily makings. It worked.

    One of the things I love most about blogging is that it is something that I can truly call “My Own.” Being a wife and a mother makes it hard sometimes to have some time for yourself. It’s content is something I can control and I can have fun with it.

    I’m far from a “techie” at anything. It took me too many embarassing hours to figure out how to add a link in my post. But I figured it out all by myself, lots of trial and error, and now I can do it in mere seconds. As for the rest of the stuff, I pretty much just pray daily that I don’t screw up something major on my own blog because chances are I won’t be able to fix it. And as for HTML (Which I personally named “Help This Mindless Loser”) I can’t even go there. It gives me a headache just thinking about it.

  7. Found you this morning thanks to Michelle and Facebook.

    What a brilliant blog which I have enjoyed reading.

    Mine simply was originally a Newsletter that I dragged into the 21st century to keep in touch with family and friends.

    1. Thanks LindaLouMac,

      I’m happy to have you here and I hope you come back for more. I’ve JUST finished my ebook Zero to Blog and I must admit it looks great. I have to get it up and available. Michelle and her goats are pretty amazing. I feel like the sun is shining on me.

      Julie

  8. I quit facebook but I still love the blogging community (world’s apart)…it just feels more real and sincere…i think the blogging community is made up of similar folk who are writers and yearn to share and learn from theirs and other life experiences 🙂 I am glad to learn from you Julie 🙂

  9. Hi Julie,

    This my second full week of blogging and I have to agree with you that I love it.

    I’m still in the honeymoon phase, where I live to post. I’m sure there will soon be times when it’ll seem more like a chore to put something together to post twice a week but for now I’m basking in the glow…

    I’ve sent out mass e-mails to friends and Facebook contacts to share stories and thoughts for years and I finally listened to what some of them were telling me to do…and I started a blog.

    I have a friend who is hosting my blog on his site and helping me out with some of the stuff I should know. I don’t feel old enough to be THIS intimidated by it all, but I am learning it quickly enough, I guess.

  10. How odd – have you reposted this, Julie?? It says todays date at the top but the comments are from last year…

    Anyway, I also blog because I love it, although my initial aim was to make some money.

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy

    1. Just reposting Mandy! I liked the post so I reposted it. I think that is fair in blogging, right. 🙂

  11. I am not very brave about being visible so I am hiding in the blogging closet right now. Loved your list Julie 🙂

  12. Cute list! When I started blogging, I just jumped on the bandwagon. A few years on, I’m now hooked on blogging. BTW, I’m still trying to figure out the use of the countless of widgets available in cyber-space. One thing I wished I had done right is to choose a cooler URL for my blog.. ;p

  13. Haha. I guess I’m part of the 3% not trying to write a book. This is a great list, Julie! I always love stopping by your blog. 🙂

  14. I started blogging so that despair wouldn’t eat me up, and found out just how much support I got from it too. Nice perk. Think I will eventually stop blogging though when I’vegotten to where I want to be… 🙂

  15. Beautiful insights.

    I’ve been keeping a list of things I’ve learned from blogging. I haven’t put it together yet … it’s a lot of tidbits and a work in progress.

    The most important choice I made up front was to do what I would do for free. The second most important choice I made was to anchor around a compelling goal — “to empower you with skill.”

    I love the idea that I can help people be more effective in work and life by sharing proven practices for personal effectiveness. I love the fact that I can draw from the wisdom of the ages and modern sages to lift people up in life. I love the fact that I can draw from books, people, and quotes to help people lead a life of action and live their best life with skill.

    1. Thanks J.D.

      You certainly are a wise man at that. If you can inspire through your words, you are lucky as well.

      Well done.

  16. I’m behind in my blog-reading and trying to catch up! But, as always, I’m really glad that I read this one. #1 is my biggie right now. My readers mostly consist of my friends on facebook, but it just tickles the heck out of me when that little Italy flag (Thankyou) shows up in my stats – and yesterday, I even got one from Romania. #7 has also been prominent for me lately. Trying to find the time and quiet to write has proved to be challenge, but what’s worse is when I do finally get some peace & quiet and then… nothing comes out, I just stare at the screen. Gah! That’s awful. Oh, and #10? Yeah, I haven’t figured those yet!

  17. I like this list you made…as a fairly new blogger (in my dreams a writer LOL) it makes so much sense to me! So glad I found your blog!!
    The time thing s a bit of an issue for me. It takes time to write, well for me it does…but I suppose it’s like riding a bike…eventually it becomes more natural….right?

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