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Confessions Of A Newbie Blogger

Time for some real talk, peeps.

I’ve been making ‘websites’ since I was in middle school, and by that I mean writing out a list of my interests on a GeoCities page and sprinkling it with sparkly gifs and sassy quotes. I wish I had some sort of screenshot as evidence because I’m sure my pages were beyond embarrassing.

5 things I've learned as a new blogger, what new bloggers can expect, and why it's okay to break some of the rules! Can you relate?

The fact of the matter is that I’ve been wanting to start a blog for years, and though I’ve created multiple sites with cringe-worthy titles, I’ve never fully committed myself to the whole blog thing.

I used to focus so much on aesthetics that I wouldn’t put any effort into producing worthwhile content. Turns out, you do actually have to write once in a while if you have a blog. And on top of that, there seem to be so many ‘rules’ to blogging, which is pretty overwhelming for someone getting started in this industry.

I thought I would share with you some of my confessions as a new blogger, things I am probably not ‘supposed’ to do, but that I think are okay and you should be okay with too. It’s just one big learning process right now.

Five Confessions of a Newbie Blogger
1. I go back and edit posts.

I’m a perfectionist and I change my mind all the time – a lethal combination. I feel like I’m never truly done with a post because I have the option of editing it. There’s no such thing as perfect, so I am just going to let things be.

2. I spend way too long looking for images.

Since I am not handy with a camera, I spend ages looking for images in the creative commons section of flickr. It’s enjoyable because I love looking at pictures, but it’s also a huge time suck.

3. I’m never not thinking about blogging.

I have so many ideas floating around in my head which means I’m always trying to decide which one to focus on for my blog. Now that I have an outlet, I feel like I need to actually get these ideas onto paper, and sometimes it’s just so freakin’ overwhelming.

4. I don’t know what my niche is.

My interests change on a daily basis, so sometimes I’m really into fitness and the next all I want to talk about is beauty products. It’s something that I know will evolve over time, so I’m just going to write about what feels good at the time.

5. I get embarrassed that people I know in real life are reading this.

It’s weird when your stepdad retweets a link to your blog post and you’re like, oh shit he knows I have a blog. Basically, I’m worried what others will think about my ideas, but I’m trying to get over it. I’ve realized that if they’re interested, they’ll read, but if they’re not, they’ll just ignore. It’s scary putting your ideas out into the world, but it’s also incredibly liberating.

I hope some of you can relate to my experience as a blogger so far, and I would love to know what your confessions are or if you have any advice for us newbies!

Photo: Gabrielle Assaf

 

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Catherine Beard
Hi, I'm Catherine! I'm the mindset coach and writer behind The Blissful Mind. Whether you're trying to reduce stress, slow down, or feel more content, I’m here to help make life a little calmer.

45 Comments

  1. I started blogging last summer and I completely relate to all of these. I’m always checking my stats and I have the same perfectionist tendencies as well! The niche part is interesting because there are so many things that I love (from style to health), but I’m still trying to find my ‘place’…It’s funny because I’ve looked through your blog posts and the topics are things that I think about, love, and want to blog about (its almost like you read my mind – scary! :P) Simplicity, productivity, health (tea!) and Mindy Kaling to name a few! Sorry for the long comment -just want to say that your blog fits into my ‘niche’ and will be added to my blog roll because I absolutely love it :) Keep being amazing <3

    1. Haha well I’m so glad that another person likes the same things I do! I actually found your blog a while ago because of your interview with Coco – I love her videos and the whole minimalism thing! But now I’m officially following you haha. Thank you for your comment and kind words, it means a lot!

  2. JUST started a blog, and i know that if i want followers, i need to tell people i know to go read it but.. i’m too scared haha! So yeah, completely relate to the fifth confession ! x

  3. OMG I can relate! I don’t think editing a post after you’ve posted it, is a bad thing. When I forget to add a link or something, I add it after. I personally, don’t think you need a niche either. A lot of people are interested in a lot of things! So I think it’s alright to blog about different things ;) & yes, it freaks me out a little when I know my family members are reading my blog. Haha. My aunt left a comment on one of my blog posts, & I shocked that she even reads my blog! Haha. Anyway, love your blog. I’m following on Bloglovin’!

    Christina
    http://www.cityloveee.blogspot.com

    1. Haha well sometimes I go back and change a main image or something and I feel like I’m being so sneaky! And I think I just need to get over the whole niche thing lol. I’m glad so many other people relate to these confessions and it’s not just me!

  4. Completely on the same wavelength as you, I really don’t know what my niche is, I just know I love writing about the things I enjoy and things I think about! Also definitely worry way too much that people I know will read my blog and judge me…! I’m hoping to get over it soon and just embrace it!

    Great post :)

    Adele

  5. Your images are always perfect! I love the way you edit them and add graphics….time well spent ;) I can relate to the weird feeling when people in “real life” openly read your blog. Sometimes I’m still like “ohhhh…you know about that….hahhh….”

  6. Heh love these. I know what you mean, I never know if people in ‘real life’ read my blog, then someone mentions it and I’m like oh yeah, you know about that! I think it’s good to not have a niche, I don’t, I write about anything and everything and it keeps me loving blogging! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  7. Niches are overrated, and the truth is that the only niche you’ll eventually find is to have none but putting out what you love and Yourself.
    Also, true readers will and want to follow you on your journey and see you evolve. Even though a red thread is good to have, it’s nice to surprise readers with something new and fresh they’d never expect from you (but only if it gives them some value to use).

    After blogging for over five years I’m still embarrassed to mention that I have a blog to friends and family. It’s still such a new hobby, and I don’t think many (adults) understand. And even though the number of bloggers are growing, It may only be less than 1 in 100 that actually do blog, and do it regularly and professionally.

    Wishing you good luck with your blogging! <3

    1. It seems the general consensus is that niches are overrated! Which I’m very glad to hear haha. I kept coming across blog posts about why you need to find your niche, so I think I got a bit caught up in that.

      I totally agree that it’s a new hobby and people who don’t blog or read blogs tend to have that ‘anyone can do it’ mentality (aka they don’t think very highly of it). And it’s true, so many people may start a blog but whether they follow through with it regularly is another thing! Thanks so much for your words of wisdom, Isabel! :)

  8. I’m so guilty of the last one especially and it’s like “what am I so afraid of?” I’m sure there lots of other people that can understand and relate to me, but there’s always going to be some that don’t understand what you’re saying. I’m also guilty of the other ones, so I’m glad I’m not alone on that either.

  9. Actually, I think going back and editing old posts is a fine habit! In fact, I often hear (well, more like read) bloggers say that you should go back and edit old posts from time to time. I hear this most often when the New Year is approaching. It’s also great for if you want to drive traffic to old posts or make the most out of your blog archive! To be honest, I actually haven’t implemented these strategies myself as I’m just blogging as a hobby, but mostly because I haven’t been able to find the time. Sometimes it’s fun to go all the way back to your posts during the first few months and see how far you’ve come :) For me it’s a good laugh :P Anyways, I just found your blog via Joana, and you got yourself a new follower! Can’t wait to read some more of your posts :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  10. Going back and editing old posts is definitely not a bad habit, especially if you’re growing and getting better over time! And it’s totally find not to know what your niche is. Most people discover it after a while of blogging and seeing what works and what doesn’t, and what is fun to write about and what isn’t.

    1. It’s funny how things change! I feel like I’ve learned so much since I wrote this post haha. I’m always seeing tips about how you should go back and edit posts to make it more relevant or easy to read.

    1. Haha I STILL haven’t posted anything on Facebook. Some of my friends know about it, but others just aren’t really into the whole blog thing and that’s okay!

      BRB I’m going to watch all of your vlogs right now! Haha.

  11. This could be me! I had a Geocities site too (I thought I was the only one ha ha!)

    I understand 100% everything you wrote. I only just took the ‘big’ blog plunge a few weeks ago and finally announced it friends and family. I don’t feel 100% comfortable, but I’m just trying to keep moving forward and not thinking about it too much! Love this post, thanks for sharing and writing everything I’m too afraid to say! x

    1. Haha Geocities…those were the days! I’ve come to accept that I’m not writing for my family or friends, I’m writing for an audience who can relate to my posts. That definitely helped me get over that fear!

  12. YES. YES. YES! I agree with your entire post! I feel like your story is so similar to mine. I have started countless blogs and have deleted them because none of them felt right or I was worried and nervous about them. It seems so hard sometimes to find your niche or voice online.

    Reading your blog, I would have never guessed you were a “newbie” at it. Your site is beautifully done and your posts seem effortless and are wonderfully written. The entire website is gorgeous! Pat yourself on the back “newbie!”

    1. Aww thank you, Brittany! Although this post was written in February and I feel like I’ve come a long way since then! Now most of my friends and family know about my blog haha.

  13. Hi, I know this was written three years ago, but I CAN TOTALLY REALTE!!!! And thank you so much for posting this, now I won’t feel guilty when I go back to edit a post.

  14. While reading this post I was just checking off all of the things in my mind. I am trying so hard to push past my limiting beliefs for myself, so that I can successful. If I want to genuinely help others live a better life, then I have to get outside of myself.

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