22 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Blog.

It is super easy to start a blog here on WordPress. It takes under 30minutes and you are proudly a blog owner and excitedly typing your first blog post. Except you are like me then it will take you a week to come up with one.
After publishing your first post, you’ll feel a sense of purpose and 100 ideas will pop up in your head. You’ll see all the possibilities of blogging and may even envision yourself by the pool in Linda Ikeji’s mansion with an umbrella in your drink. However, I’ll like to share my experience with you so you know what to expect and what to do to avoid making the mistakes I made.

1.) Nobody Is Waiting To Read Your ‘Brilliant Post’.

This is one is pretty serious. No one is looking out for your work because let’s face it, no one knows you. Here in the blogosphere, most people won’t see you untill you get off your high horse and read someone’s post, like it, drop a thoughtful comment or follow. You can even leave your link underneath your comment and ask the blogger to check out your blog. Recognise that you are a freshman and embrace it.

2.) Social Media Is The Shit.

You’ll be making a huge mistake if you feel everyone knows you are blogging. Always assume they do not know and never get tired of posting your link– this is where publicise comes in; publicise automatically posts for you on social media when ever you publish a post on your blog while you chill and do other important things like not doing anything.

Understand that people may have to see you talking about your blog on social media for months before they actually click through to read a post–I know because before I started my blog I always procrastinated checking those blog links even when I saw them all the time-I finally did.

For Instagram and especially twitter, I recommend using hash tags relevant to the particular post you published. It puts your post more out there. I found this one only recently.

I did not start a Facebook page for my blog untill recently . I have almost 5,000 friends on my private facebook account and a little over 100 likes on my blog’s facebook page. I noticed that my posts that I share from my page to my private account get atleast 200 more views.

So if you have a large friends list you might want to share your page more often. Boosting your post on Facebook is another way of getting more people to see it as you can see from the stats of the last post I boosted. And I did that with less than #500 (less than $2)

3.) Choose quality over quantity – ALWAYS.

Putting up one or two quality posts a week or in a month is so much better than putting up a crappy post everyday. Publishing a post everyday has it’s merits and demerits. Merits are; it gets you more views, visits etc. But, you don’t want people cancelling their subscription because you have crowded their emails with your notifications.

That said.

When making a blog post, understand that Google ranks a post with more content higher. It ranks it lower if it appears shallow. So never feel like your post is too lengthy.

Most people myself included, skim a blog’s content before reading and pass a quick judgement as to whether is is worth reading or not. I know that it is not a nice thing to do because the judgement might be wrong.

Regardless, I reckon you take this advice from a skimmer–Use subheads, many paragraphs, bullets and whatever extra thing you think can make your post easy to read and grasps.

Finally, a call to action is important. If you want an active comment section, you should make room for your readers to share their thoughts–Even if you are only asking if they’ll like to read more posts in that category in future.

4.) You can’t please everyone so don’t even bother trying.

Writing may or may not be your salvation; it might or might not be your destiny. But that does not matter. What matters right now are the words, one after another. Find the next word. Write it down.

Neil Gaiman

Let’s face it, there’s nothing new under the sun so whatever you think about writing is already out there. On that note, I advice you bring your own unique voice and perspective to whatever topic you choose.

Bear in mind that some people are never going to like your writing style. Your diction might not be up to standard or your diction might be too serious for what you are writing about. Regardless, do whatever works for you. If swear words are your thing, then you should fucking use them. Some people will love reading your blog just because of that.

5.) Don’t sweat the typos- Everyone makes them.

Have you read my post titled: “Oh flawed blogger, I know how you feel? Well, get to it. You should also read the comments on that post just so you know you are not alone. Everyone makes typographical errors so don’t let that stop you. It is not a press release. However, if it will make you feel better, grammarly can do the job for you.

6.) Blogging Is Hard

Blogging is not something you should be dragged into, screaming and kicking. You have to voluntarily want to do it and put in the hard work.

It is not a walk in the park. It is hard especially for a professor in procrastination like me. Leave your blog for a week without notice and when you come back, the world has moved on without you. Consistency is key.

Some accomplished bloggers today, started and failed atleast twice at blogging before getting it right. So if you fail, try again and again and again until you succeed.

7.) Chill out! The writer’s block is totally normal.

The writer’s block is what happens when you are unable to think of what to write or proceed with writing something even when the ideas may be in your head. Anticipate it and remember you are not the only one. Even great writers experience it too.

I did a post on how to stay relevant while having the writer’s block in three easy steps. You should check it out.

8.) Blogging is not a ‘get-rich-quick’ scheme.

I have been blogging for some months now and not made a single kobo out of it. I am still running the free plan and it works for me because this is a hobby for now. To make money out of this, the big guns say you have to self host or migrate to a paid plan and sign up for Ad sense, run adverts, do some paid posts etc. But before you can cash out any check, you would need to have a considerable loyal following.

Understand that these things take time and the money will not come like a mighty rushing wind. So if money is your sole motivation for blogging, you’ll have to think again or I will make fun of you.

9.) Choosing between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is a big decision for broke nigerian bloggers.

I already mentioned that I am still running the free plan but I am looking to monetize in the near future so I tried to find out about monetization and which plan works better. I researched a little and made my findings.

Two options appealed to me and I will mention them and briefly highlight their merits and demerits;

  1. Upgrade to the WordPress business plan
  2. Self-host

For the WordPress business plan, it runs at almost $300 per annum which may be ice cream money for a blogger in a dollar using country, but for a broke nigerian blogger with an exchange rate of #365 to $1 you know that means almost #110,000 every year. See why atleast 95% of nigerian WordPress bloggers self host?

I love love love the WordPress business plan for many reasons, too many to list out. (you may like the premium plan but only the business plan is a fit for me because I am crazy about plugins).

Apart from the fact that I feel more comfortable dealing directly with the people that run things, I also enjoy all the help support offers because I am a lazy person. But I am broke๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

My second choice is self hosting. To self host I need to pay for the hosting services and a domain name and it costs about #20,000 ($54.79) on the high side. Great news, right?

I am just a little bothered about all those tech stuff like the server is down, the system got hacked, this and that etc.

In all, self hosting is much cheaper than the WordPress business plan and the icing on the cake is that the payment is only for the first year. According to what I have gathered, you pay less from the second year.

To know more about what it takes financially READ THIS

10.) Make new friends in the comment section.

Only under 10% of your readers will engage you in the comment section on your blog, so when someone takes out time to read your blog and comments’, always reply– Even if it is just to thank them for their feedback or like the comment.

Do not ignore because it counts against you. There’ll be no need starting a blog and connecting with only people you know. You should have simply started a whatsapp group to tell your stories. Break out of your shell!

11.) Descriptive titles are lit!

Just from the title of your blog I know if I want to read through or if I’ll pass. So far, I have noticed that my posts with descriptive titles have higher views and visits than my posts with none descriptive titles.

Let your titles be specific, clear and point out the benefits of reading it to the reader. Everyone wants to know if your post is worth their time and most people always have the question- “what is in it for me” at the back of their minds. Tell them. I’m not talking about fake click bait. Let it be exactly what your title says it is.

You would agree with me that on social media platforms like twitter, only the post title shows up and sometimes the featured image. So just from the descriptive title and/or featured image, a reader may click to read.

12.) Support actually helps out a lot!

When I newly started my blog, I never asked support anything. I felt like they’ll be too busy to reply me so I had to figure out pretty much everything I know now by myself. Thankfully, I gave it a shot oneday and they promptly replied.

The FAQs on support covers every topic and you can always ask questions and receive timely answers as many times as you want.

13.) Maintaining Relationships Matters.

I make time to check out blog posts of those that comment regularly on my blog as often as possible, even when I don’t see their new post on my reader. I search to see any new posts I might have missed because reciprocating matters. You have to give too.

14.) You don’t need to own a dope camera to get dope pictures.

When I staterted blogging initially, getting good photos was always a struggle. I settled for googled pictures, and edited them with Cymera and most of the good ones weren’t free. Untill I found Canva, Unsplash and Visual hunt. So now I just worry about taking good photos of myself. Airbrush and VSCO are great for editing too.

  • Canva has some free pictures for broke bloggers like me and some for a very little fee.
  • Unsplash gives every single high quality photo for free from the world’s most generous community of photographers!
  • I recently found Visualhunt
  • I use Giphy for all my gifs.

All the apps are available for download on play store.

15.) You don’t need to have a niche before you start your blog.

The big guns say you need a niche to be more professional but I do not agree. You may have a niche from the beginning and you might not have a niche. Not having a niche doesn’t make you any less of a good blogger so I advice you give yourself permission to be your own kind of blogger. You are just a newborn in the blogosphere and you’ll need time to grow and choose your occupation niche or not. Test the waters and continue to reinvent yourself until you are your best version.

16.) Using your personal email as your blog email is a very wrong move!

Don’t do it! I did and I regretted it every day. I got so many emails that I couldn’t keep up with reading. My main heartache was it was the same email on my CV so I was worried about getting an interview invite and never seeing it or readers contacting me and me not getting to read it untill 3018. Thankfully, with directions from support, I changed it. Phew.

Note: Try to check your email more often it pilled up this much because it takes weeks before I look at my mail box which is notva nice thing to do. I have repented. I promise.โ˜บ

17.) Celebrate your little wins because growing your audience will take time.

An occassional pat on the back is healthy for you. Like my mum would say;

The agama lizard doesn’t wait for you to praise it after falling down from the top of an iroko tree, it raises it’s shoulders in pride and nods.

Okay. Maybe this was a wrong proverb to use because my mum has never seen an agama lizard descending an iroko tree and all lizards nod every chance they get.

However, tooting your horn every once in a while isn’t a bad thing. It takes a lot of hardwork, patience and consistency to get to be the blogger of your dreams.

18.) Google is your friend.

In other not to be called out for passing wrong information, you’ll have to do a lot of research to get your facts right. Your relationship with Google will wax stronger and you may sometimes need to link your google source so they take all the blame๐Ÿ˜‰

19.) Mentioning other blogs actually helps you too.

I noticed that whenever I search a blog on my reader, the blog and all other blogs that have mentioned it, pop up. Most times, after achieving my aim on the blog, I check out the other blogs.

If you can bring yourself to do this, it is a three-way win; for your readers, for yourself and for the blogs you send traffic to.

20.) Grab ALL opportunities to share your link.

I’ll recommend 3 ways for you to do this:

A.) The outright share your link here blogs like the one Trina at itsgoodtobecrazysometimes does most weekends and Dream big, dream often.

B.) The daily post has provided 2 avenues for bloggers to grow their audiences(the friday / community pool). The first friday is for first time bloggers held every first friday of a month, while the community pool which holds on most mondays is for all bloggers to connect with each other and learn from each other. The daily post also puts up word prompts to help bloggers get inspired and create content on a daily basis-ALL bloggers can participate in the community pool and daily word prompt by looking up and helping out new bloggers in the first friday post. And in the process make new friends.

C.) The blogger award nomination: Some blogs are awards free and you can choose to tread that path too. However, in my experience, participating in the blogger award nominations puts your blog out there. You’ll be doing number 19 with very little effort and it is a great way to connect with your readers. You’ll be surprised the nice things people have to say about your blog.

21.) Do not follow too many people at once.

When I started newly, I set out one day to search, read and follow blogs I liked. I followed God-knows-how-many blogs within a couple of hours and faced some consequences. My reader got suffocated I was banned from following more people and had to write to support to lift the ban.

It was a very wrong move- Rome wasnt built in a day.

22.) Don’t expect a follow back or a like just because you followed a blog or liked a post.

I recently noticed that I do not follow some bloggers who follow me and like my posts religiously. Likes are great but comments are way better and get all my attention.

Albeit, once in a while, I visit the blogs of people who recently liked my post and more often than not, I find a couple of really nice blogs, I ask myself how on earth I am not following such awesome blogs and literally spend hours on those blogs going back to read posts from early 2017 and sometimes 2016.

Imagine if those bloggers had unfollowed me because I did not follow back. It is like that for many bloggers. Blogging isn’t a #follow4follow #like4like #shoutoutforshoutout zone.

Try not to bombard a blog with 20 likes in 10seconds because it is already obvious you want attention and did not bother reading anything. Most bloggers will not give you that attention and will see you as a spammer. Liking a post or two (that you actually read and enjoyed) and maybe leaving a comment is way more effective.

Bonus info: I WILL BE SELF-HOSTING THE BLOG SOON.

Soon is next month๐Ÿ˜‰


Please let me know in the comment section if you:

  • Use any of these blogging tips.
  • Found this post helpful
  • Have any other blogging tips you can share in the comment section.

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3.) The Red Confidential’s “18 Things They Don’t Tell You About Blogging”

4.) Kaylann’s “Blogging Tip: Responding to followers”.

Happy Blogging!

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111 Comments Add yours

  1. Bella says:

    Now, this is very very detailed and true. I think I agree with everything stated here and learnt some cool stuff. Good job.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Sim says:

      ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡
      Thank you very much for reading dear.
      I am happy you found this helpful.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Funny long post from somebody who is advising rookies to write short posts ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ so much truth here. Thank you Sim. Plus where is the 20k domain from?

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sim says:

      I said lengthy posts are cool o!
      Not just domain. Domain, hosting and some small small things.
      I believe only a domain name is way cheaper.
      Thank you for reading Deshi๐Ÿ˜Š.

      Like

      1. Where dyu plan to get the domain?

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      2. Sim says:

        Erm. I’m not sure.
        I am not making the changes by myself, but the ones I’ve been hearing about lately are blue host and host gator.
        Any suggestions?

        Like

  3. dronstadblog says:

    Haa, not a ‘get rich quick’ scheme? It’s not get rich at all sort of a deal. ๐Ÿ˜€ But everything else is true to the core. This comes from also broke blogger, just on the other side of the globe. ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun post, indeed. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Sim says:

      Hahaha!
      Let us dream.
      I believe I am an upcoming wealthy person so one way or the other, this blogging thing will fall in place in time.
      I am glad you had fun reading this.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. dronstadblog says:

        Always a pleasure. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. bwaynemike says:

    This post says everything, I’ve learned since I started out (well, almost everything ๐Ÿ˜‰) cos I’ve learned a few things I didn’t know.. thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ’š

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    1. Sim says:

      I am glad you found this helpful.
      My pleasure.๐Ÿ˜Š

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  5. Another tip I would give it to Be Thoughtful. Don’t just follow a bunch of random blogs. Check out the content and make sure you ACTUALLY enjoy it first! You’ll regret it later when you’re going through a whole bunch of posts every day to keep up on socializing and you’re not enjoying what you’re reading! Don’t just follow for the sake of numbers, follow people you ACTUALLY want to follow and it’ll be a lot easier, more natural and a lot more fun!

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    1. Sim says:

      Well said.
      Nothing beats good content. Socialising will not feel like a chore when you enjoy what you are reading.
      Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts Nicole๐Ÿ˜Š.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. ihuomasylva says:

    I had a very nice read. For a skimmer like me, I loved every part of the post.. I don’t understand the whole self host thing but we still see your post on the reader?

    Liked by 2 people

    1. ihuomasylva says:

      Will we still see ur post on reader *

      Liked by 1 person

    2. Sim says:

      Awwn…you flatter me๐Ÿ˜„.
      I am still figuring it out but I don’t think you’ll see it via this site.
      Everything will be brand new but I’ll be migrating my content and followers to the new place.
      I hope to do a proper “I have moved” post here after the migration.

      Thankyou for your feedback dear.

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  7. jovita says:

    Extremely detailed write up. Thanks. Very informative

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sim says:

      I am glad you found this informative.
      I really appreciate your feedback. Many thanks!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. floatinggold says:

    Some really good stuff.
    I’m flattered that you included a link to my post. Thank you.
    CongratZ on going self-host. I hope your transition goes smoothly. Be sure to reach out once you do so, because WP doesn’t always keep people that go self-host in my Reader.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Sim says:

      My pleasure.
      I sure will!
      I noticed that about WP too. I intend to make a post and leave a link to the new site as soon as it is up and running.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. AdnamaMarais.wordpress.com says:

    My blog is a hobby for me too.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sim says:

      Mine will always be a hobby but I intend to make money while doing what I love soon so……
      Thank you for reading Adnama.

      Like

      1. AdnamaMarais.wordpress.com says:

        You are Welcome.

        Liked by 1 person

  10. winnieukpai says:

    This blog post was very helpful. Thanks ๐Ÿ’“

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sim says:

      Thank you for reading and letting me know you found it helpful.
      Feedback helps me know what works๐Ÿ˜Š

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Thank you for the reblog! You have gathered a fantastic list here!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sim says:

      It was my pleasure sharing yours.
      Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Reblogging to sister site Success Inspirers World

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  13. These are some great tips Sim! Thanks for sharing some helpful information. All new bloggers should read this….

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Sim says:

      My pleasure Terri.
      Thank you for reading and letting me know you found it informative.

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Thanks for sharing! Very useful indeed, especially for new kids on the block:)

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sim says:

      My pleasure.
      I really appreciate your feedback.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Leon Garber says:

    Thanks so much for posting this. The part about social media was particularly helpful as I never thought much about he significant of hashtags.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Sim says:

      Yes, hashtags are great and underused by bloggers.
      I recently tried it and got more interaction on my tweets.
      It is worth the recommendation.
      Using hashtags like #blogger #blogging #blog etc amongst more specific hashtags relevant to the particupar blog post you are tweeting about, also increases your chances of being seen.

      I am happy you found this helpful Leon and I really appreciate you taking time to leave a comment after reading.

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      1. Leon Garber says:

        Oh, wow; I didnโ€™t even consider using the blog hashtag. Thank you. Your list was more insightful than the standard ones Iโ€™ve been reading, saying things like write a lot, communicate with others, etc…

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Sim says:

        I’m glad I could help.๐Ÿ˜Š

        Like

  16. murisopsis says:

    Good stuff for the new blogger trying to get numbers.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sim says:

      Thankyou for reading.

      Like

  17. So true and on point! I’m super guilty of number 21, God help me. And Canva has really been a lifesaver, so much ease and great options. I’ll explore the others you mentioned because #no-money-to-buy-camera gang. Thanks a lot for this. You do have a beautiful blog. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Sim says:

      LOLed at “#no-money-buy-camera gang” ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„
      The Lord will do for us!
      Thank you very much for reading dear.

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  18. This is one of my many favourite posts you’ve written, Sim! It’s very detailed and insightful, and I’ve learnt a lot from it. More grace to you.

    Concerning your going self hosted next month, are you settling for the very popular Namecheap, our another hosting company?

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sim says:

      Awwwn. Thank you Obinna๐Ÿ˜Š.
      I’m not sure. But it would most likely be either namecheap, blue host, host gator or go daddy.
      Which one would you recommend?

      Liked by 1 person

    2. Sim says:

      I just asked now and gathered it is called ipage.
      I have never heard about it but I hope to gather as much information as possible soon.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sim says:

        Another update.
        The ipage is just for the domain name.
        The person will take care of hosting.

        Like

  19. BUF_Buoda says:

    Mummy! Your boys are loyal… We dey your back jejely

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sim says:

      ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
      *runs away*

      Liked by 1 person

      1. BUF_Buoda says:

        Are you climbing stairs as you are running?
        I still dey your back sha…

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Sim says:

        My days of climbing stairs in that manner are way behind me.
        I now climb normally.๐Ÿ˜Š

        Liked by 1 person

  20. Kris says:

    I laughed as I read this. You hit so many valid points on the head. IF the person who was blogging wanted numbers or followers or whatever.
    I have several blogs. Only one I pimp on FB. All the rest I just let live. (one I do need to update as it has been months! it is cooking related and I don’t have my own kitchen!) I am always surprised when I get followers–I can’t imagine why they’d want to read, but some have become great friends and I do appreciate them more than they might know.
    Weebly was a horrid place to blog from. You absolutely needed to pimp your blog and the few followers I had found it hard to follow. Blogspot is good, but I love WP. The address is something I’ve wondered about, if I ever get back to my kitchen, I might ‘buy’ that address. But, for now, I’ll stay free.
    Good post, my dear. Nice work!

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    1. Sim says:

      This is my first and only blog ever and I feel like I won’t comfortably manage more than one blog at a time.
      I have never heard of Weebly.
      True. A lot of people I know prefer WP to blogspot.

      Many thanks for reading.

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  21. iScriblr says:

    Superb post! Very informative! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sim says:

      Thank you for reading dear๐Ÿ˜Š

      Liked by 1 person

      1. iScriblr says:

        ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

  22. iScriblr says:

    Hey! Hope you are doing great! I’ve nominated you for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag. Would love for you to participate. (PS – No compulsion tho!) ๐Ÿ™‚
    http://iscriblr.com/3-days-3-quotes-tag-day-2-2/

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    1. Sim says:

      I happily accept๐Ÿ˜„.
      Thank you for the nomination!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. iScriblr says:

        Thank you so much!๐Ÿ’•

        Liked by 2 people

  23. Tamie says:

    Sound post as usual girl.
    I lost count of the tips I loved most.
    I also took some lessons especially about the email. Didn’t know it was possible to change the personal email I used for the blog. I need a tutorial in that area babe.

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    1. Sim says:

      Thank you very much babe๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š.

      Account settings > Select email > Enter your new email address.

      You’ll need to enter a unique email address that isn’t already linked to another WordPress.com account.

      A confirmation email will be sent to your new email address. You can follow the link in that email to complete the change.

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  24. GJ Stevens says:

    Great post with some sage advice!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sim says:

      Thank you very much!

      Liked by 1 person

  25. Thank you so much for the mention ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sim says:

      You’re welcome๐Ÿ˜Š

      Liked by 1 person

  26. Fritzie says:

    I’m new to blogging, and this post is really helpful – thanks๐Ÿ˜Š

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sim says:

      I’m glad you found it helpful.๐Ÿ˜Š

      Liked by 1 person

  27. SOMGOLIBE says:

    Oh my God, this post is Gold!! Thank you for sharing.

    I also made a similar post about the struggles of a newbie blogger
    https://thechicstreetlawyer.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/struggles-every-upcoming-blogger-relates-to-vol-1/

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    1. Sim says:

      My pleasure๐Ÿ˜Š.
      En route to your post.

      Like

  28. Darrell says:

    This is an awesome post Sim!! So many great pointers in here. I’ll be changing my email ASAP!!
    I’m definitely going to be coming back to this list to make sure I’m doing things right. Oh and congrats on your self hosting! We’ll get there someday. In all, thanks for this!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sim says:

      I’m glad you find this list helpful.๐Ÿ˜Š
      Many thanks for your feedback too๐Ÿ™Œ

      Liked by 1 person

  29. Christy B says:

    Great tips here – including making friends in the comments section as that’s one of my favorite parts ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sim says:

      Thankyou for reading๐Ÿ˜Š
      Yes. The comment section is a great place to find friends.

      Like

  30. Very interesting!
    I learned alot reading this
    Thank you for posting this

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    1. Sim says:

      My pleasure๐Ÿ˜Š

      Liked by 1 person

  31. Hello,

    Iโ€™ve nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

    If you have an award free blog please accept the nomination as a compliment.
    Please check for more details :
    https://zestnzealblog.com/2018/04/22/my-sunshine-blogger-award/

    I will be obliged for your acception.

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    1. Sim says:

      Thankyou dear for the nomination.
      I accept๐Ÿ˜Š
      I’ll reply soon.

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  32. Also the tips you have provided are so useful for my blog http://zestnzealblog.com/.
    I read them so carefully and definitely you are going to my favorites. Thanks alot

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    1. Sim says:

      Yaay!๐Ÿ™Œ
      I’m happy they are useful for your blog. I’ll check out your blog ASAP.

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    1. Sim says:

      Thanks for the mention๐Ÿ˜Š

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  33. manyofus1980 says:

    I wish I knew some of these sooner! Thanks for ahring! xxx

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    1. Sim says:

      You’re welcomeโค

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  34. I have been blogging for about 6-8 months and I can relate to so many of these points and have learnt a couple of tips too!
    Thanks for your wonderful insights ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Sim says:

      That means we started blogging around the same time! Thankyou for taking time to read and for letting me know you found the tips helpful. Feedback means a lot to me๐Ÿ˜Š

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  35. dodeyesc says:

    You’ve been doing a lot of research and that is great… really helpful tips..

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    1. Sim says:

      Yeah right๐Ÿ˜„. Thanks for reading dearโค

      Like

  36. shiarrael says:

    Completely agree with your #15!

    I heard about the “niche”. too, and wondered if I wasn’t too “all over the place” with my posts, but those readers I have seem to like it just fine.
    In reverse, some of my favorite blogs I follow offer a variety of subjects – it’s rather the attraction for me ๐Ÿ˜

    Found you via Trina, so obviously 20 is working, too!

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    1. Sim says:

      They say variety is the spice of life. I’ll pick a one-stop-read blog any day.
      Yes. 20 works well. What Trina does is priceless.
      Just imagining reading all the blogs before reblogging every single one makes me sweat.
      She does all that hard work for free.
      I’ve gotten lots of readers and also found awesome blogs from simply participating in Trina’s weekend share.
      Thankyou for reading and leaving a comment Shiarrael. I hope you stick around.
      En route to your blog๐Ÿ’ƒ

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      1. shiarrael says:

        I’m in awe of Trina’s talent, too. I can barely keep up with my favorite bloggers sometimes, and she reads and writes little intros for so many!

        Definitely am sticking around, though I’m a sporadic commenter. I do leave little “Shia was here, I liked this!” trails of stars when I have time, though ๐Ÿ˜

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      2. Sim says:

        Haha๐Ÿ˜‚.

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    1. Sim says:

      Thanks for this๐Ÿ˜Š

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  37. Your blog has grown bigger since last i was here. Nice work Sim.

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    1. Sim says:

      Indeed๐Ÿ˜„.
      It makes me very happy.

      Like

      1. It couldn’t have been any other way. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  38. yuulye says:

    Very valuable sharing, thank you…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sim says:

      My pleasure๐Ÿ˜Š

      Liked by 1 person

      1. yuulye says:

        ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š

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  39. Found this so useful!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sim says:

      I’m glad you did!๐Ÿ˜Š

      Like

  40. This post is indeed helpful. Thank you

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sim says:

      You’re welcome๐Ÿ˜Š

      Like

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