Discussion Post | 5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging ðŸ“

⚡️ Hi guys, I hope you’re having an AMAZING day, full of good readings!  ðŸ’ž  Today I bring you another discussion post! (super excited), It’s something that really makes me happy to have started doing this year and I don’t want to start without thanking you for the support you have given me in my previous posts, it means the world to me. So, I love checking out this type of posts around the blogosphere, so I think it could be fun to start writing them myself and share with you so we can all talk about different topics related to the literary world, books & blogging. 

Today I wanted to come up with an idea for a discussion that I’ve had for some time, but I couldn’t find a way to develop it correctly until now, so I simply decided to go for it and pour all my thoughts in the way I know how to do it, which maybe isn’t the exact right one or more organized, but I hope it can leave you something, be of help and that you understand each of my points. ðŸ˜Š So today I bring you the 5 things that I would have liked to know when I first started blogging almost 4 years ago, which is crazy! With this discussion I hope to be able to share with you each of these 5 points that I think are essential and very important to keep in mind when deciding to have a blog, also to be able to give you something that may be of help to you if you’re just beginning or even if you’ve been blogging for a while, it’s never bad to remember the things that really matter again. So you can take each point that we’ll discuss today as a tip since I think they’re the basis for blogging to be the best experience for you and not become stressful, you know? I’ll tell you a little more about my approach to this topic below and I hope you can enjoy it, I’m excited!! and you know, it’s always a pleasure to be able to share all my thoughts with you and exchange our ideas to grow and help each other.❤️ 

If you want to check more of my discussion posts, here they are: The first is all about Book Reviews, the second is all about The Meaning of being an International Book Blogger, the third one is all about Rating Systems, in the fourth one we talk about The Pressure of Blogging & las but not least we talked about the terrifying Reading Slumps
I LOVE you, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH, for the support ðŸ˜Š, I don’t want to stop saying it, I feel honored to you to be in my life and that you allow me to be in a piece of yours. So without further ado, let’s get started! & I hope you enjoy it âš¡ï¸ 

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Well, before starting fully into the post and each of the 5 points I want to touch today, I wanted to be clear about my intention with this post and my personal approach.
I’m not the owner of any absolute truth nor will I be, what I share here are things that I really know that would have helped me to know them before because I think they’re very good tips to remember in order to have the best possible experience as a blogger. So you know, I create it, I write it and I’ve been planning it with the best intentions and everything that I shared with you has been helpful for me before, so I think it could be useful and helpful for many of you now or at least I hope so & also, I know I have a lot to learn from each of you, so I invite you to let me know everything in the comments, so we can talk about it.
On the other hand, my approach on the subject of giving “advice” or Tips on this type of thing like blogging and others, is always from the mental rather than the technical aspect of the matter, with this I mean that I’ll not be talking about everything technical about blogs, or about technical tools to use or graphics, you know? My approach is more from the mental side, I want to share with you something that helps you when it comes to feeling somewhat overwhelmed or anxious and that you can handle yourself better knowing where you should put your energy on and where not.
I hope this has been clear and now you can go into the post having a base of my intentions first, which is super important for me.

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  ðŸ“ #1 – Be Yourself & Socialize

This may be, in my point of view, the key to having a successful blog and having fun in the process. I really would have loved to know when I started blogging that I needed to be myself in order to finally reach my highest potential with the blog. When I started and really committed to my blog, then when I realized that it was something that I loved to do, I start to have those feelings and thoughts that may be being myself wasn’t enough or there’s something I was doing wrong because I didn’t get my goals as fast as I wanted and today having passed all that, I have to tell you that the key is to be yourself and it doesn’t matter that this is different from the others because THAT is the key, that’s exactly what I’m talking about. Only you can express yourself as you, no one has your scene or your way of creating or your thoughts, so don’t be afraid to follow your intuition and be 100% you, because if you try to change, in the end, you’ll not feel comfortable with yourself and you’ll not know where to continue.
When I talk about socializing, I know it might sound silly, but in the beginning when you join the blogging world and are “the new girl” it can be intimidating to see so many people who have already make bonds sharing ideas and commenting on others blogs, and in the case of us book bloggers, buddy reading, you know? And you just came and it can be overwhelming, I totally get it. But I think that another very important thing is creating connections with people who love to do the same as you, not for convenience or because you have to do it, but to make the experience something much more didactic and fun. Over time you’ll see how something as simple as reading someone else’s content and showing your support will mean everything,
I think it amplifies the experience for the better, makes you wiser in many ways and maybe even achieve a stable audience that will be there for you because they want to do it not because they should. I don’t agree with socializing and comment on someone’s blog like “please, visit my post” or “if I comment here then you have to comment on my post” you know? I like it when is more organic and natural. Show your support from the most honest and sincere part of yourself, because who knows? Maybe those people later have to do with your own growth and help you in thousands of ways. Socialize, don’t be afraid of being 100% you, there are thousands of people in the world with your same insecurities and same fears, but who also share your same passions so jump into the world and get yourself out there, be visible, because you’re worth it.


  ðŸ“ #2 – Have an Action Plan & Be Organized

Oh, this point is SUPER IMPORTANT, but one that I found difficult at the begging. When I started blogging it was a bit disastrous, especially since I always created my posts the same day I was going to upload them, I really had no prior idea and I also think that I partly lacked ambition, I mean the desire to create something new and be proud of it, so I chose to make tags or memes or things that were already created. But after time passes your blog begins to grow and start being a more important part of your life that you dedicate time to, so if you don’t have anything planned as an organized structure it can be quite overwhelming and cause some dramatic moments.
I really recommend that you have a type of organization that feels good to you, we all have different types of organization and system of creating ideas and all that, so your job will be to find what method or system feels best for you.
In my case, and maybe it serves you in some way, I have all my ideas written in Trello, I use the app for everything, from taking notes while I read, to creating new posts and organizing my ARCs and future readings. I’m still learning myself to be a little more organized every day, I think it’s something that you learn over time, but I still know some incredible cases of bloggers who only write what comes to them at the moment and it works wonderfully for them, which I admire and respect as well. So I think that you’ll have to try and find what’s best for you, which will always be what makes you feel good and safe.
I upload posts 3 to 4 times a week, but I don’t see it as an obligation, in fact, I upload more times somedays, but I do like to think that my blog is like a TV show, you know? lol, where episodes are broadcast every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. But, for you, it may work best once a week or twice a week, and
having that kind of schedule planned can give you a lot of security and your audience will know better what to expect and when to expect it.
So, what I mean here basically is that I recommend that you be organized about your blog and have an action plan for it, either in terms of content or ideas, it’s good to have a system that makes you feel safe so that you don’t have than despair at the last moment, something as simple as a notebook can be used to start, but always remember that the right thing is what makes you feel comfortable and that will always be different for each of us.


  ðŸ“ #3 – Don’t Limit Yourself & Dare to More

I think that sometimes as book bloggers especially, maybe it also happens in other blogs, but I’ll speak from my experience, as always, sometimes we have a structure already established with what it’s expected of us, you know? You become a book blogger and suddenly you know that you have to do reviews, book tags, book memes, blog tours, and all those things, which I really LOVE to do and there’s nothing wrong with them, my point is that people always expect that kind of content from us, and suddenly when we start wanting to create new things on our own we feel intimidated or insecure about it, which is super normal. When I started blogging I was super happy doing just that, in fact, in the beginning, my blog was 100% reviews, who will always be my first love and I still love writing them today, but my content was pure and just the same every time, and I was fine with doing the usual posts for several years because I enjoy them a lot, but I’d never thought that I could do more, you know? I thought, erroneously now I know, that I should only do things related to books because that’s expected of a book blogger, right? but one day I realized that much more can be done as well and that’s fine.
I really feel that I’ve been limiting myself for a long time, that’s why I want to share this with you because I really want you to know that you don’t have to limit yourself or lock yourself within the “stereotype” of what is expected of you for being a certain type of bloggers. Then I started doing original things, something I wanted to see in other blogs but it didn’t exist, so what do you do in that case? YOU CREAT IT. You have the power to create anything from scratch, and not because other people haven’t done it yet does it mean that it’s wrong or that it’s not the way because that’s not the case. It’s so AMAZING that we came to the blogging world and break the molds and mix things that we’re passionate about with other things that we’re also passionate about and create something new and fun to express ourselves on another level.
This year, as an example, I started to make my discussion posts, which I know are nothing new, but they are for me and I understood with them that I could openly express myself and talk about blogging about the meaning of being international and many other things. Things that are related to the bookish world, but at the same time are universal, to discuss with anyone. I also have a series that I must return to life soon, where I choose a reading nook and the recommend a book that I really liked and I love doing it, although I’ve never seen anyone do it before & also I do recommendation posts of anything comes to my mind, cause that’s just myself.
My point is, be daring, be creative, don’t limit yourself just because you’re afraid that it will not work, try, let’s be honest, what would be the worst that could happen … that no one sees it? well, in that case we start over. Give your 100%, everything that’s in your crazy creative mind put it on your blog, don’t be afraid, it’s your safe place and you do what you want with it, because that way you’ll also stand out from others, even doing crazy challenges, mixed posts about things you love, discuss about a topic that you’re passionate about,
the possibilities are unlimited and the limits are only set by you.


  ðŸ“ #4 – Self-promo is your Best Friend

This is one that makes me laugh right now because I’ve been failing a bit myself, but hey, I think it’s pretty self-explanatory, I think no one else is going to promote your content as amazingly as you can do it yourself. And I’ll tell you one thing: don’t be sorry for promoting your content in any social network because it’s like showing your baby, because it’s your creation and you put all your love on it, so it’s INCREDIBLE that you want to show it and share it, so, obviously, more people visit you and thus make your content known.
I know that there are some people who don’t agree about self-promotion or get annoying about that sometimes it’s done in an excessive way, which may be true, but promoting your post a few times over a week, for example, is great, I don’t think there’s anything bad at it and even more so when you’re proud of your content and want to share it with others. I think sometimes people get a little defensive about self-promotion, but I honestly don’t see the harm in wanting to share your content, which you worked so hard on, with the world, so don’t listen to them, sometimes there also some envious people who may want to be hurtful, but I’m sure they’re the minority, so you’ll be fine.
Don’t be ashamed to put all your amazing content out there because it deserves to be recognized, loved, and respected.


  ðŸ“ #5 – Don’t let Statistics Define you

This is such an easy mistake to make, especially when you’re just starting out and want to grow, maybe you focus too much on your blog statistics and end up feeling depressed or disappointed, and that could make you give up something that you really love to do and that’s not worth it. When you just start blogging you may not even think about this, but there will be a moment when someone or something makes you focus on it, it will happen, it’s absolutely human to want to improve and want to be successful and recognized, there’s nothing wrong with that, but don’t let it the power of a number takes away your own power because it doesn’t make any sense.
When you learn to focus on the quality of your content and enjoy sharing your own voice and style then the stats will improve on their own, but if you get obsessed with them, then you’ll surely start to neglect how important your blog content actually is.
I’m not here like thinking I’m a superior being and that I don’t care about my statistics because I do care, and I think they’re a great tool if you know how to use them to your advantage, but don’t let the numbers define you and make you feel less, or make you feel that your content isn’t good enough, because you’re fooling yourself, that isn’t real and I could swear it to you. I myself have seen, follow and love many blogs that don’t have even the number of visits or subscribers or simply the recognition that they really deserve, however they have INCREDIBLE quality content, beautiful graphics, and a wonderful personality. So the numbers, at the end of the day, are just that, what matters is that you know what to focus on, that you give your energy to what really matters and when you feel lost, go back to your roots, why did you start blogging? what made you feel? evaluate your mind, be aware, but don’t lose your head with this kind of thing, I’ve been there and I know it’s not worth it. In my experience, I think that the months when I don’t care how I’m doing when I’m focused on my content and my relationship with my reading family and bloggers that I love is when… OMG, my stats blow up, it’s just incredible for me. So focus on what matters and don’t get defeated by things as trivial as statistics are.

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Thank you SO much in advance for reading this and I hope you liked it & thank you, as well, for all the support and love! â¤ï¸ 

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 ðŸŒ¿ Now, is the time to Chat!: What is that SUPER important thing that you would have liked to know when starting your journey as a blogger? Let me know all your Experiences & Tips, I’m sure they’ll be of great help to all who read it, and for myself as well 🌿 

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61 thoughts on “Discussion Post | 5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging ðŸ“

  1. We’ve only been blogging for about a month, and #5 is one I’m really struggling with right now. I definitely need to put more thought into #3. When we started I thought I’d only be writing book reviews, but you have some sound logic here. Thank you for the advice!

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  2. Yes this is such a great and important post! I completely agree with all of your points- especially about creating an action plan & not limiting yourself! When I first started blogging I was really inconsistent because I wasn’t coming up with any post ideas and I didn’t have designated posting days. But giving myself some structure really helped. I also think not limiting yourself to just the “status quo” of the book blogging world is so important! Coming up with new ideas or writing about other things your passionate about will make it so much more enjoyable. Amazing post as always 🥰🤍

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    • Aw, honey, I’m SO glad you like it and that we agree! 🥺✨
      Absolutely, organization is SO important when it comes to blogging, also having some kind of structure always makes everything easier and more practical! YES, having freedom on our blogs is wonderful and writing about things we love, without rules, can give a whole new meaning and a new special emotion to everything. Thanks again, it means a lot that you liked it ❤️🌻✨

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  3. This was such a great post, Sofi! ❤️
    I DO THAT TOO! I think of my blogs going up like a TV show… here I was thinking I was the only one who did that! 😂
    But I totally agree with your point on being organized and scheduling your posts. In the beginning I used to write and post the same day… oooh boy if I did that now… there would be NO posts going up! 😅 It’s definitely super important to schedule!

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  4. I definitely agree with all of these points but *especially* the first one–being yourself and letting your personality shine through is so important and it’s what makes each of us stand out and be unique in the huge sea of bloggers. 🙂 Great post!

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  5. Amazing discussion, Sofii! The best piece of advice you can give to a new book blogger is to be yourself, so I think you are completely right with that point. I am still slightly hesitant about how much I should self-promote, but have become much better at not limiting myself. I feel like I am coming up with more new and exciting post ideas as I continue blogging. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! 🙂 🙂

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    • Thanks, Steph!! ❤️ It makes me happy that you agree and think the same & I feel you about the self-promotion thing, I had my reservations about it too and I think that if you do it with a good intention and for the best reasons it will never be too much.😊✨
      YAY!! that’s great, I LOVE your content and no doubt, I think it’s getting better and better. NEVER LIMIT YOURSELF, it’s wonderful to try new posts, there’s a special emotion about it 🥰

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  6. First I just want to thank you for being so open and honest and willing to share from you personal blogging experience. I relate so hard to wanting to create content outside the norm. I honestly just have to do it because as I’ve grown, my blog has to reflect that as well. I’m def going to start including other things as well that I enjoy like movies & work my way towards discussion posts 🤞🏾💕phenomenal post luv!😃

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    • Aww, honey, it’s a pleasure, I love sharing with all of you, this is such a caring and understandable community it makes me feel super comfortable sharing here.🥺✨
      Totally, love!! your blog is a part of you so while you grow your blog should do it too, I love those thoughts.🥰
      I can’t wait to see more and more of your new posts, they’ll be amazing, I’m sure ❤️🌻

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  7. amazing discussion post as always, sofi!! i agree with all of your points, but the last one really resonated with me. last year i struggled a lot with my stats, and i’d get so sad when a post i thought would do well/i worked really hard on didn’t do as well as i hoped. however, i think it’s really important to focus on the quality of your posts instead of the stats themselves. if you make sure that the quality of your posts is high, high stats are almost guaranteed to follow! it took me a long time to figure out how to make my posts the best quality that they can be, but i think i’ve nailed it down, and i’m so happy that my stats seem to be reflecting that 🥺 i don’t really struggle with stats anymore actually, now i struggle with finding the time and motivation to write a post 😅 i’m one of those people who drafts a post the same day it’s supposed to go up :((( i’d love to write more posts in advance, but i struggle with finding a post idea i want to expand, finding time, and most importantly, finding the energy to draft a post, because i take SO long to write a post. i edit extensively, and it takes me a while to figure out how exactly i want to structure the post :((

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    • Thanks SO much, gorgeous! ❤️✨ And I totally understand you, those insecurities and thoughts are always there, but the key is to remember where we should focus, and no doubt, as you say, is in the quality of our content and your content is wonderful so it makes me happy that you’re doing well, you deserve all the success, love. 🥺🌻
      I feel you about the time it takes to write and edit posts!! Sometimes it can be a challenge. I also like to edit a lot and put my special touch on it, I think the important thing is that you enjoy it, love, so only do it when you feel it and that will be perfect! 🥰

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  8. I took my time reading this post, since it is such a great post and I agree with everything you said.
    At the beginning I was so hooked on stats that I let myself feel bad and demotivated but soon I learnt that they don’t define me or my blog, even now sometimes they affect me but I always remind myself that I do this because I love to blog and not because of numbers
    I still struggle with Organization, I try really hard to write in advance and schedule the posts since doing it on the day off gives me unnecessary stress 😭 I am trying spreadsheets, calendar apps and an app like Trello to organise myself and hopefully it’ll work
    Thank you so much for sharing these tips

    Something that helped me grow was to be consistent, have a schedule for posting and engage, I was so damn shy at the beginning and I never commented (since I always thought my comments were dumb and no one would read them 😅) but I got over that and I started engaging and I am so glad that I did since it has helped me make some amazing connections and friends 💕

    Have a great days and happy reading 💕

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    • You’re an angel, it makes me SO happy you liked the post, your support means a lot! ❤️✨
      Absolutely, I understand that insecurity is always there, the important thing is that you always focus on what matters, which is to enjoy! 🌻😍
      Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll be able to organize yourself better over time, perhaps selecting a couple of days where you write down your ideas, that will surely make the process easier. 😊
      YAY! You’re amazing, so I’m glad you’ve encouraged to engage more with the community, that’s always a lot of fun.👏🏻 Thank you baby, have a beautiful day ❤️❤️

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  9. Wow, I LOVE this post so much Sofii. I love hearing about other’s blogging experiences and your list is so helpful. Especially about statistics because jeez can they mess you around. Truly love ALL of your points xx

    I’ve actually also been looking for an organisation method that works for me because I usually never stick to them nor can I have EVERYTHING in one place so maybe I should try Trello. It’s just so much WORK to set up new systems ah.

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    • Thanks, sweetie! ❤️ I’m glad from my heart to be able to help in some way by sharing my experience, it means a lot to me. 🥺✨ Trello is really helpful, since I heard about it and decided to give it a try, it has worked very well for me and it’s not difficult to use at all.
      I hope it can help you organize yourself better 🥰🥰

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  10. I started blogging only two months ago, and I know that I have a LOT to learn. True, it is really intimidating for me as I see hundreds of book blogs whose writers are elder to me and much more experienced (I am only 13 years by age).
    But I REALLY loved your post and I am going to keep all of that great advice in mind. 🤗

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    • Welcome to the blogging world!! 🤩 I’m so glad you’ve decided to create a book blog, the most important thing is that you enjoy the process and don’t worry too much yet, I’m sure with time each aspect of your blog will be perfected ❤️✨

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  11. This is such a beautiful post, as a new blogger myself, I found this especially intriguing and engaging. When I started out with my blog, I didn’t know I’d actually end up doing quite a few analysis posts (which have apparently been simmering in the back of my mind for quite some time, lol) or tags/memes/etc. (which are SO much fun to do)!!!! Trello sounds really nice, but to organize my possible post schedule, I literally just open up a draft email and type 😂 Blog hopping is a lot of fun, and I enjoy seeing other bloggers with the same interests as me…it makes me so happy to interact too!! Statistics definitely shouldn’t be a defining factor…this post was gorgeously written, thank you SO much for sharing your wonderful thoughts with us!!!!!!!!

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  12. Sofii!!! Yes, wholeheartedly agree with this. The natural and organic engagement part is SO important. I really dislike when people come visit my instagram or blog and are all “come visit me” or “follow for follow”. Like, no, thanks.
    Also, I am so desperately unorganised right now. I am taking a proper chunk of holidays later this month and I am so excited about it because I am hoping to really plan out some posts!! I am woefully behind on reviews and tags and I want to get organised!!!
    Also, hi, I’ve missed you!! 💕

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    • I know, right? and many people seem not to get it, when it’s one of the most important things to consider. 👏🏻👏🏻
      I always think that a sincere comment is worth more than that kind of “obligation” comment, you know? 😬 & YAY! I know you’ll can organize yourself amazily without problems, I love your content always, so super excited to see what will come. ❤️❤️❤️
      I missed you too, beautiful! 🥺✨

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