When I first “launched” this blog 2 years ago, I was pretty lost. I had never blogged before and honestly, I didn’t do enough research before I started this one. I just knew I wanted to write for women and that was pretty much it.
So if you just started a blog, you’re thinking about starting one, or maybe you’ve had one for awhile and you’re lost – you’re not alone! A lot of people have been there.
That’s why today I thought I’d share 5 things I wish I had done sooner after starting this blog so maybe I can save you some time!
1- Starting my email list.
This is something that I waited for way too long to do after starting The Inspiration Lady. I didn’t know what the point was but once I figured it out, I created my email list right away. And after I started it, I honestly neglected it for way too long and didn’t try to grow it. I didn’t know what to do with it, but if I had created it and started promoting it right away, I’d probably have more subscribers by now. So learn from my mistake and start (+ grow) your email list as soon as possible!
Action step: Check out this post on why you need an email list, how to start one, how to get subscribers, and more.
2- Writing out goals for my blog.
I’ve said it before, but when I first started this blog I didn’t really have any plans or goals for it. I was just stumbling along with no real game plan. But if you’re planning to turn your blog into anything more than just a hobby, you should set goals right from the start so you know where you want to go and how you’re going to get there. Are you trying to help people with a certain problem? Sell a product? Promote your business? Goals help keep you on track towards your dreams and stay motivated to follow through.
3- Creating an editorial calendar.
It sucks when you’re a blogger who needs to publish a post but you don’t know what to write about. I have a HUGE list of backup posts for when I can’t think of anything to post. It’s a good idea to keep a notebook or a note app on your phone dedicated to the moments when inspiration strikes and you have an awesome idea for a post. Also, it’s a good idea to have an editorial calendar with which posts you want to publish on which dates.
Action step: Print out the free editorial calendar in this post and find out the super simple way I plan out my blog posts.
4- Collaborating and connecting with other bloggers.
This was one of the most helpful things I’ve done for my blog and it also took me a while to do! Connecting with other bloggers can do a lot to help your blog. You can collaborate together on projects, guest post on each other’s sites, and just generally help each other out. There are many different ways that you can do this including commenting on their blog posts, following them on social media, guest posting for them or asking them to guest post for you, emailing them and starting a conversation, or joining blogging Facebook groups.
Action step: Join a few of my favorite Facebook groups for bloggers:
5- Figuring out my social media.
Don’t ask me why I didn’t do this one sooner. I would pretty much just share my posts on Twitter and Pinterest after I published them, but that was about it. I didn’t pay enough attention to it, and it’s still something I’m figuring out. You totally don’t have to be on every form of social media, but you should at least be on a few. My advice is to focus on one account at a time. Like spend a month focusing more on Pinterest, then a month focusing more on Twitter, etc. – to help you really build up your presence and figure out which platforms are best for you. Do whatever works for you, but at least put an effort into social media because it can do wonders for your blog!
Action step: Try to do everything I outlined in this post about how I took my Pinterest followers from 20 to nearly 3,000 in a little over a month.