6 things I wish I knew before starting a blog

There is a lot of things I wish I knew before I started this blog. Before I started, I thought that blogging means that I just need to sit down and write a blog post.

Surprisingly enough, it wasn’t all that I had to do. Yeah, this is still surprising for me…

So after writing about 5 reasons blogging is still relevant in 2020, it’s time to share six things I wish I knew before I got into this blog!

A Backstory ?

At the begging of 2019, I decided to get back to blogging. I moved entirely from Blogger and started from scratch.

It took me over a month to complete the layout and setup of this website. Yeah, it wasn’t as easy as I was thinking at the beginning… ?

And unfortunately, we aren’t living in a vacuum, and there is a lot of things to consider starting with your website.

Sometimes blogging looks like that.

So let’s get to the things I wish someone told me!

6 things I wish I knew ?‍♂️

1. Website setting and management

Picking the right solution for you is really important. I’m fine with technology, as you can tell from the content of my blog posts. But even if you are cool with tech, it doesn’t mean you can handle it.

Don’t overpromise yourself with things you wish your website has.

2. Privacy, terms, GDPR…

There is a lot of laws in Europe, considering privacy. I wanted to make everything right on my site from the beginning, so I knew I have to have a privacy policy. I also knew that it has to be compliant with the EU’s GDPR as I’m an EU resident.

And believe me, writing this whole thing for someone without prior experience with it was a huge pain. It was also a huge accomplishment. ?

But I’m never going to do that again…

3. You have to run after blog post ideas

When you start writing a blog, you often have ideas for a few posts. Unfortunately, these quickly runs out, and you have to find new ideas.

Depending on your publishing frequency, you have to look for new and fresh inspirations continually!

This is a vicious cycle… ?

4. There is more than just writing!

In case you missed that point, having a blog is more than just writing. You have to do research and explore ideas, manage your website, look up for the traffic.

Some subjects are interesting, and you wish you could explore them a little bit more, but sometimes you have to do these painful tasks to make the whole thing going.

5. SEO is what?

Did I mention traffic on your website? Of course, you have to promote your content! Sharing your posts on social media is important, but so is making sure people can find your content via search engines.

This means that you have to get some guidance on how to write and structure your content.

6. It’s a lot of work!

And yes, there is a lot of work involved to make it a reality. In the beginning, I was making two blog posts a week, but preparing one post can take you even a day or two! So it’s great to start with some speed, but with the beginning of this year, I decided to slow a little bit down.

You have to make room to get some rest! I wrote about my struggle of 2019 and my plans for this year, so if you are interested, you can check it out!

When done right, blogging is satisfying.

The summary ?

Even that, blogging can be really painful, stressful, and it will make sure you won’t have any free time, it’s still worth it to give it a try!

So don’t get discouraged because of that. There are people that will make your day better, like this great person who left me a comment

Love to read that ❤️

If you want to leave another one, you can do it too! Or you can share my blog with your friends, who are into game development! ?

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See you next time! ?

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