Starting out the right way

Here I am two months into my journey and there are things that I wish I had know and had planned for better. As you know, I had an idea to start a blog and within about two days, I had a website, social media and had my first entry posted. As I look back there are some key things that I wish I would have done before pressing publish.

I love what I am trying to accomplish, but like jumping into the spirit pants, I jumped into blogging. If I had taken a little more time researching, I think it would have started off better. Research and learn.

Research, Research, Research

Much like looking for a house in the best location, I should have done a little more research. I like what my blog is about and I think it will get rolling a little better as I get used to the behind the scenes work, but here are some things that I should have looked at further.

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  1. Website hosting– there was a lot of talk of, setting it up via a hosting service and gaining the ability to monetize your website. I found that I could have a business account via which gave me that same functionality. I haven’t had any issues with this so far, but I worry that when I get to the end of my 1 year subscription, that it might be hard to switch out. When I was setting up my blog, it was very easy and it was one-stop to get my blog started and also set-up my business email. I have since found so many more blog templates than what I have available to me, but they come with an added cost. So I think I will keep what I have for now and save up for when my subscription ends.
  2. Legal Protection– Did you know that even if you aren’t selling anything that you need to have some sort of legal protection. With the changes in the laws world wide and if you aren’t a lawyer, like me, and you don’t have a lot of money to start with, again me, what do you do? I actually found via social ads and posts a woman who has legal templates to purchase that you customize with your information. Then you just post to your site. I purchased the legal bundle from A Self Guru. Take a look at my Terms and Conditions, Privacy, and Disclaimer pages for an example of what you get.
  3. Beginner Blogging Groups– Search Facebook! There are so many groups out there that cater to new bloggers. Most have daily activities that you can help other bloggers grow their visitors and they help you back. So many questions come up and when there are issues or changes to the way search works or social posts, you can usually hear about it on those sites.
  4. Things to Post: I found a great lady who has several great items to help you plan your posts. Angie Gensler has created some great templates with ideas to help make sure you have content everyday of the year. I recently downloaded the 2020 calendar and was able to get the 2019 Calendar also. So I am using it to create a better schedule. Obviously I don’t use everything everyday, but it helps fill in my schedule, especially on social media.

Fun Stuff

Key Learning

The number one thing that I have learned is to plan first. I wish I had looked into more information on how to start a blog and found some of those groups before starting. I think that I would have been able to have a much smoother start. But the great news is that there are a ton of resources out there. If you need help there are communities that you can work with, there are courses you can purchase and helpful items that you can get for free.

What things have you learned if you have just started your first blog? Are there resources that you have found to be helpful? Let me know by commenting below!


Please leave me your words of wisdom. I have a lot of learning to do.

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