5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Blog

Blogging has been a hobby of mine since the end of 2018, so to celebrate (somewhat), I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the things I wish I’d known before starting this writing journey. Starting Emily Gabriella has been once of the best things I’ve ever done. It took a lot of courage to start writing, let alone posting that writing for actual people to read.

I’m not an expert at all when it comes to blogging and I’m genuinely learning every day. SEO still confuses me, broken links are a mystery and DA is still confusing. But I enjoy posting what I like, when I feel like it. There are endless possibilities with blogging, and if you’re unsure whether to start one – PLEASE do! Without further ado, here are the 5 things I wish I’d known before starting a blog.

It can cost quite a lot of money.

But it doesn’t have to. Most people couldn’t care less if you don’t own your own domain or have the most aesthetically pleasing blog. Content really does matter, but the extras are going to cost. Due to personal choices, I’ve spent a few hundred on my blog so far (including buying my iPad to help with graphics etc), and I think it’s key to be honest about these things. The price racks up really quickly, and you often have to renew annually, so it’s not always a one-off payment. It really does depend on the blog you’re looking for and how much you want to put into it.

There’s quite a heavy technical element.

My poor little brain can’t keep up sometimes. I wish I could put so much more time into my blog, but I work 40 hours a week and have housework to do – but learning about all the technical terms and procedures is absolutely on my list of things to do. I have a rough understanding of some key terms, but at the end of the day I’m not a whizz at running a website. So props to all you self-taught bloggers out there, it’s tough work!

It’s time consuming

The thought of writing a blog post seems like a walk in the park. Which it is sometimes, but then there’s the planning, writing, creating your imagery, writing posts and hashtags for social media, taking photos to keep a stock of, promoting and more. I find it can take me at least an hour or two to write a relatively “simple” post, but there’s more that goes on behind the scenes. If you enjoy it, it’s not a problem at all – but if there’s a week that your heart just isn’t in it, it can seem like a chore.

The community is not number hungry

At least this is what I’ve noticed so far. I’m on Twitter a lot and the only thing I see people talking about that is stats-based is blog views. It doesn’t strike me as a cliquey community (you’ll get a bit of that everywhere, though) and it’s so refreshing! Unlike platforms like YouTube and Instagram, it doesn’t matter if you’re a “big blogger” who gets 1000 views a day, or someone with a couple of regular readers – everyone is here to be your friend and support you. There is very little competition. You see interactions between people of all different walks of like and with all levels of social following, blogging has a deeper side to it.

You don’t have to approach brands to be able to work with them/be sent products

I didn’t start a blog with the intention of working with brands or receiving products, but that has happened without me having to approach anyone! I’m in no means mentioning this to brag, I just think it’s important to know that you don’t have to have thousands of followers for brands and agents to see the potential in you. The first product a company wanted to send me was a face mask and I was so excited! Since then I’ve been sent eyelashes, a box of newly launched snacks and been paid for a post amongst a few other things. It feels like a big achievement, and it comes about all just because you’re doing what you love.

So there are just 5 of the things I’ve learnt on this journey so far. It’s nice to have a hobby where I can really immerse myself and always be learning. Blogging is actually quite different to what I expected, but I’m proud to have my blog.

What has blogging taught you? I’d love to know down below!

Until next time,

Emily x

21 thoughts on “5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Blog

  1. Millie says:

    YAY A NEW POST! I’m super glad that you started too cause we wouldn’t have ever met! (I can’t actually remember how we properly crossed paths – can you?) I’m not looking forward to the new year when the bills all come around again but I’m still way to happy to own a bit of the internet to worry too much haha!


  2. Alice says:

    Amen to the time consuming and technical points! I know waaaayy too much about Blogger theme design now, I wonder if that’s a resume booster?
    Wonderful points, I honestly agree with all of them! I didn’t start a blog for products either but just like you said people tend to approach you if they like your stuff! x


    • emilygabriellax says:

      It definitely sounds like a skill you’ve learnt so I’d definitely put it on your resume! Exactly right! Thank you so much alice x


  3. Alison Kelly says:

    I am absolutely loving blogging too. While I want a bigger audience, I want to grow more organically and on my own terms. So I’m willing to wait and make changes slowly. I could be wrong, but I think our philosophies are similar. Thanks for the post!


    • emilygabriellax says:

      Thank you for your comment Alison! I couldn’t agree with you more there, I’d much rather have 10 genuine readers/followers, than 100 that don’t interact!


  4. Karina says:

    Congratulations to your first year of blogging! I’ve celebrated mine this month as well and the same as you have written post about it and had to smile all the way through because you summarized it similar to me!! Well done for brands to approach you as well and keep up with your blog posts! 🙂
    Also agreed, Twitter, in my opinion, is so much better for creating communities!


    • emilygabriellax says:

      It sounds like we have had very similar experiences with blogging which is really interesting! Thank you so much for reading and commenting, congrats on 1 year x


  5. Adedoyin (@atlantainsights) says:

    Here! Here! All points well explained and I can totally relate! I’m still new at this and always learning. I feel people are in a hurry to monetize instead of learning the craft first. I’m willing to sit and grow organically.
    Thanks on the insight!


  6. EmsTells says:

    This is such an interesting post! I hadn’t really thought about the money element too much – I’ve got a full time job and blog as a hobby so at the moment I’m staying hosted on WordPress and not in a position to invest financially. You make such a good point about the Twitter community as well! I follow some people who get 1000s of views and other people who are happy to get 100 views… everyone is just as valid!

    Ems | emstells.home.blog


  7. Constance says:

    This is a great posts, I totally agree with you on costs lots of money and time consuming, I do have a full time job, so I have to create extra time for my blog in the night. But its worth the sacrifice, thanks for sharing.


    • emilygabriellax says:

      I completely relate to that, I’ve been working full time alongside my blog too. It’s totally doable. Thank you for reading!


  8. Michelle says:

    As a new blogger, I agree with your comments. The thing that has surprised me the most is the community. I have connected with so many cool people and I love reading other bloggers’ posts.


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