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So, today I was going to write a great post about everything I learned from our visit with our Swedish friends….but I’m not.  I can’t get my pictures off my camera, and what’s the point of the post if you can’t even see pictures of them?  I’m devastated.  Not really.  But I’m not happy. So instead of a post about Swedes, I’m gonna post about blogging.  Get excited.

Edit: After years of working in a cubicle (as a social media and marketing manager), I’ve broken free and am now writing on a separate site. If you want tips for growing your blog and/or business. Head on over to Winn Creative Co.

As I’ve progressed from a newbie blogger to a I-don’t-know-what-to-call-me blogger, I’ve noticed the biggest thing I missed as a new blogger.  And as I work with helping other bloggers be awesome, I’ve noticed it’s something they miss too.  So what is it they miss?

The power of time. (Read that in the voice of Morgan Freeman to really make it sink it.)

The one thing every new blogger misses

Sounds so epic right?  It’s not really that epic though.  A large amount of bloggers want the same thing when they first start out (or maybe just me).  You want ALL the followers, ALL the views, ALL the sponsorships and most definitely ALL of the money.

Guess what?

You can’t. (Don’t hate me.)

The truth is, very few bloggers start out and are immediately successful.  And those that are, generally have some sort of advantage, usually a degree in something blogging related (design, writing, communications), or maybe even know a bigger blogger that gives them free shoutouts.

Feeling impatient? Here’s why you should give blogging time.

It allows you to suck with a smaller audience.

You’re not going to be good at blogging when you first start.  You are going to write about things either nobody cares about, or things you don’t care about.  Your pictures are going to be terrible.  You will settle for a cheap free design because you don’t want to pay for anything yet.  All those things are okay.  You learn how to do all that stuff and once you have it figured out, you’ll get lots of new readers who wont know you ever tried to be a fitness blogger when you never exercise.  (That was me in case you didn’t know me when I sucked.)

It allows you to find your voice.

When you start a blog you have to find yourself.  It’s a very long, deep spiritual process.  Okay, so maybe it’s not, but you still have to figure out how you want to talk to people.  I got my degree in public relations, that means I was forced to write as plain, unbiased and straight forward as possible.  So when I started blogging I didn’t know how to make a long post.  I still struggle writing longer posts.  Getting the point across in less words is great, but it didn’t show my personality.  Take time and keep writing.  Settle in to what feels right, not what sounds good or sounds like that other blog you love to read.

Helps you figure out what you want to write about.

There’s writing what you want to write and writing what you think will be popular.  Neither of those is necessarily a good thing.  I’ve already admitted there was a time I thought I was going to be a health and fitness blogger.  Please, take a good long moment and laugh at me.  While I am on a journey to be healthy, I sure as heck am not going to write about my workouts (because there are none).  Don’t write about who you want to be, write about who you are.  If you hate cooking, don’t post recipes.  If doing a craft would kill you, don’t do it.  Just because everyone writes about it doesn’t mean you should too.  Write about your life in a way that will help people.  Just write in general.  Over time you will learn what you love writing about and what you absolutely hate.

Gives you time to figure out the whole photography thing.

Taking photos for your blog is HARD.  I can’t emphasize enough how important photos are and how difficult they are.  I hate it.  On top of that, not only do you need to learn how to take a non sucky photo, but how to make that photo “Pinterest friendly” and branded.  Learning how to take a great photo (or find great free photos) takes time, and then you have to figure out how to edit that photo for Pinterest and match your brand.  (I’m not even going to mention how important time is in figuring out your brand.)  For me, this is what has taken the longest time and is still something I struggle with.

Helps you make friends.

Making friends is hard.  Especially when you don’t actually see or talk to each other.  But making friends in the blogging world is incredibly important.  I mean, what’s the point of sharing your words with people if you don’t ever get any back?  You can’t just comment on a blog and be instant BFFs.  It takes time.  Keep writing and interacting with other bloggers.  Over time you’ll meet great people and have other bloggers to relate to.

Being patient is hard, but there are so many things in blogging that take time.  It’s more of a journey anyways and teaches whether or not blogging is something you truly want to do.  If you never made a dime from blogging and never cracked 100 followers, would you still want to do it? At the end of the day, blogging is about sharing information and meeting other people, all that fancy stuff will come in time.

What has taken you the longest to figure out with blogging?

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  • This post is dead on! You are absolutely correct on all of it. Everyone wants to get past the new blogger stage as fast as they can but as you point out we should enjoy everything that stage has to offer and learn from it and grow from there. Great post!

    • SomethingWinnderful

      Thank you!! I totally wanted to get past the new blogger stage as fast as I could. There’s just no rushing it. It took me forever to figure out photos. It’s still a struggle but my VSCO Cam app on my phone has been a lifesaver. I’m glad you enjoyed this!

  • I truly enjoy your blog. I especially love the design! If you get the inspiration to read any of my blogs I would be more than flattered.
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    • SomethingWinnderful

      I’m glad you enjoyed my blog! I looked through the ones you linked and saw you had others as well, I couldn’t keep up with multiple blogs! I’d love to take credit for the design of my blog but I totally bought a premade design from Esty, I love it though!

  • Erica

    I really liked this post! It’s something that I definitely needed to read, even though I already knew I need to be patient, haha. And I totally agree with the bit about photography!!! Taking good pictures of food, dear god it’s hard! And I definitely need to work harder at making all of my pictures branded. Thanks for this post!

    • SomethingWinnderful

      I’m glad you enjoyed this! Patience is so hard! Food pictures, ugh, I hate them. I just, I just can’t even. I also still can’t decide on how to brand my photos. I haven’t found a style I liked enough to go to the trouble of redoing photos in old post. #bloggerproblems

  • This is really great info! Thanks for sharing! It’s encouraging for sure in my walk as a blogger 🙂

    • SomethingWinnderful

      I’m so glad you found this encouraging! Being patient in blogging can be so hard, I hope you continue to feel supported and encouraged. Let me know if you need any help with anything!

  • YES! I think this is exactly what we talked about on video chat. It really does take time to cultivate an authentic voice as well as to develop some comfortable writing habits. It can reassuring to go waaay back in the archives of a favorite blogger and see how their voice has evolved and changed over time. Granted, some people started out as regular writers so their writing may have already been awesome, but when I look at my own archives from my first blog, I see a ton of growth and can pinpoint areas for continued improvement.

  • I love this and yes, reading that in Morgan Freeman’s voice made it totally epic. You are right that things take time, but it’s hard when we are so used to getting things at the click of a button. I was just telling another blogging buddy that I’ve made that it’s all about patience and that it sucks because I had next to none when I started blogging. Blogging has been pretty zen for my patience now that I think about it. I love your last point about making friend, because that is the MOST IMPORTANT part of it. Who cares if you are word vomiting all over the internet if people that you actually care about aren’t there to share in it? The relationships that I’ve made in the blogging community have been so incredibly rewarding and by far the one thing that makes blogging remotely interesting or valuable to me. Great post, lady!

  • Amen! You nailed that one! Being a small blogger, I recognize a lot (all) of those points. I started a new blog a few months ago because my first one was a travel blog. (Hint: I don’t travel). It’s so frustrating starting out, especially being someone who likes immediate results (cough me cough). So for the meantime, I’ll just keep writing, posting, tweeting and readjusting the settings on the DSLR that I am in no way qualified to use. I’m enjoying the journey though and it’s been a lot of fun discovering the whole blogging community.

    • SomethingWinnderful

      I always want immediate results too! I’m so envious of your DSLR, I desperately want a fancy camera, but I don’t take enough photos with my current camera to justify such a big purchase. Props to you for working to figure it out. Blogging is such a fun journey and I’m glad you’re enjoying it. Patience is definitely hard though haha. Thank you for stopping by!

  • This is probably the best post I’ve ever read regarding how to be a good/better blogger. I just want to grab people by the shoulders and shake them around a little when they straight up say things like “I started a blog because I want it to be my dayjob.” They don’t say it exactly like that, but you know what I mean. It’s always about the hope of making a living off of it, not actually because they want to blog. Personally, I’d just like to build up a bigger fanbase, not like 30k+ readers, just a few dozen return visitors. But even with years of blogging under my belt, I’m still trying to find myself, so I’m not stressing. I think I’d genuinely freak if my current blog actually became popular, I just can’t pop out daily posts on there that are actually worth reading. Eventually I’d love to run a travel photo blog or something with more of a theme beyond “Come read about me,” but for now, that’s what I’ve got.

  • Thank you for a GREAT post, Katie! i just started my blog (literally!) I am SO glad I found your blog. I have been all over and am slowly making my way down your ‘Blogging’ page (which STILL confuses me – page vs. post). Again, thank you, T