7 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging // ft. me being sentimental, my real thoughts + lessons I’ve learnt

Blogging has impacted and taught me so much.

From improving my writing, introducing me to reading (aka my love), to of course, the wonderful, amazing friendships I’ve made, there’s so much I owe to this blog or my first child. The past 2 years, a lot has changed for this blog and I as a blogger, and upon reflection, I wondered how much it was comparing to when I had first started.

Today, I’ll be talking about some things I wish I have known when I first started out blogging! I thought that it may be a fun and sentimental post to write about, and I hope that you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I had reminiscing :)) Before I start, I’d just like to note that the following are just what I wish I had known for my own blog, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the same for yours! Everyone’s blog and style is different; let’s cherish that and celebrate our differences 🙂

Let’s dive right in, shall we?

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I wish… I knew why I wanted to blog before I started

To be fair, at that time I wasn’t at the best time of my life, so for some reason, one day I just decided to start blogging. Even though I am SO happy that I did, sometimes when I read about how others started blogging, I wonder what it would have been like if I had a reason as to why I did.

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I wish… I knew that stats don’t define me as a blogger

This is something that I dealt a lot awhile back, which actually, almost led me to completely stop blogging. I used to be somewhat ashamed to admit, but now I don’t when I say that I am a slower blogger. For some, their first post may get dozens of ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ and reach 200+ follows within their first month. While for others (like me), it takes a longer time.

And that’s completely okay.

There is no “right” way to blog, and there definitely isn’t any “checklist” to being a “perfect” blogger. Stats shouldn’t be used as a validation point for ourselves and that it doesn’t brand us as a “successful” or “slow” blogger. The fact that there is never two of the same domain names says it all: every blog is different, and that’s what makes the blogosphere so special.

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I wish… I knew that finding a niche was important for me

Again, because I didn’t exactly had a reason I started blogging at that time due to personal reasons, this was of course, something I had not thought about. To be honest, I wasn’t even posting anything I really loved. When I started to get to know what a niche was, I basically began to doubt myself (!!).

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Finding my passion and what I want to blog about ultimately was one of the main points that turned my blog around. Not in a statistical way, but more of as the turning point for me to actually enjoy blogging because I had a purpose for it.

Most of the things I find online say that it’s important to stick to one specific niche. About a few months ago when I started to post bookish content, I seriously thought about if having three (lifestyle, bookish, motivation) was okay. *cue self doubt* Even though this is something that apparently not a lot of people suggest, I find that finding my niche(s) has helped me to shape my blog into what it is now.

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I wish… I knew that I don’t have to feel bad for taking a hiatus

Ahh, overworking. Something I am extremely prone to, and also something that I must change. Well, I guess this also applies to blogging?? I wouldn’t say that I overworked on my blog, but I was strict to myself to committing to a posting schedule. Of course, if I could stick to one, it would be great, but I’ve tried countless times and it has never been successful. As a student, it was SO much more difficult that I had thought about balancing school, life, and blogging. Yes, even though I do think that I have a commitment as a blogger to my blog, but I still stand firm that it should never feel like a burden.

Sometimes we need a break. And that’s okay!! There’s nothing to be sorry about or wrong about it. If you feel like you need a breather and go on hiatus, please allow yourself to, no matter how long you need.

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I wish… I knew that quantity doesn’t always equal quantity

Ugh, if I could go back in time to smol Kimberly, I’d tell myself to stop! Don’t post just for the sake of it; publish something I am genuinely proud of and want to share! It took me a long time to figure that out, and I think after that, I have enjoyed blogging so much more, and that each post I write is equal to my child I love dearly.

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I wish… I knew that some of the best ideas are born from the most unusual places/times

Aka when I’m reading! Or watching TV! Or walking to school! Ahhh I wish I didn’t spend time actually trying to come up with blog post ideas 😭 Even though yes, some were stirred up from those brainstorm sessions, but I got to tell you – some of the most viewed posts on my blog weren’t from them, believe it or not. I honestly don’t know why… maybe my brain loves being creative at the most random times??

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I wish… I knew that even though blogging takes up so much time, it would be all worth it in the end

I have so much to thank this blog for. Free Perspectives has given me literally: love, patience, and (emotional) pain.

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this literally represents the past 2 years of me blogging 😅

Even there were several times I was so so close to stopping, looking back thank goodness I didn’t. I have gotten so much from blogging, learnt some important life lessons, and like I said, made some amazing friends I don’t know what I’d do without. Y’all know I hate being cheesy, but it’s true: blogging has changed me in the best ways possible, and I’ll forever be thank u next ful for it.

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** the patience was eventually learnt

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how long have you been blogging? how has it changed for you, if any? your thoughts on being a blogger? let’s chat in the comments 💕

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5 thoughts on “7 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging // ft. me being sentimental, my real thoughts + lessons I’ve learnt

  1. This was a good post! When I started my blog, I thought I had clear themes that I would write about (All things North of Dallas). But to my surprise, the blog posts that have the most engagement are the posts regarding productivity and organization. I am starting to think that maybe I should hyper focus on these subjects….Anyway, that was probably more than you wanted to know. Thank you for posting. This was a great one!

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  2. Oh gosh, I relate to you on how hard it is to balance blogging as a student. I feel like no-one really talks about how difficult it is to find time to blog but it’s genuinely something that I need more advice on aha. Also yes, same. I started on a different blog a few years back and I had NO idea why I wanted to start. Now I’ve found my niche (books) and I feel much happier. The point I relate to the most is producing content I love. I was so obsessed with just fitting and putting out lots of posts, the quality of what I was writing was not something I was satisfied in. Even if I miss a week of posting, I won’t just rush a post just so I can have it out there. My biggest priority is putting out content I love. This was such a well-written post and I genuinely enjoyed myself reading it!

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  3. This is a really great post, Kimberly!! ❤ I agree with all of these points, oh my gosh. For me, stats has been one of the big things as well. When I first start blogging (almost 5 years ago, on a different site than my current blog) I blogged consistently for almost 3 years and basically only my best friend commented and I remember thinking how happy I would be with even just two or three comments. Now looking back, I wish I could have told myself to never let that worry me, because that's not what it's about! I also agree that finding a niche is so important, of course things can be different for every blogger, but I don't think I've ever come across anyone who didn't have a niche that helped them focus in on what content to put out there. Again, lovely post!☺️

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  4. oh my god i love this 💘 blogging has really taught all of us things that we never knew we needed from the moment we first clicked the publish button – ever. so yeah here i am, i’m REALLY late but here i am, still binge-reading your blog regardless of the fact that you have a new one. Love this!! anyways no one can stop me im still gonna rant as long as i find words to rant about… and i’m not sorry 😂 xx

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