3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Creating A Blog

I’m not a blogging expert. I’m still in my first year of blogging, and I wouldn’t dream of giving professional blogging advice. But, there are 3 things I wish I knew before creating a blog.

So, if you’re thinking about creating a blog, read this.

3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Creating a Blog | Unwed Housewife

#1: Self-Host

When I first created a blog, I had no clue what self-hosting was. If you’re new to blogging, you probably don’t either.

So, let’s take a step back. Simply ask yourself the following: how serious am I about blogging? Do I want to build a successful blog or blog for fun?

If you’re in the second category- and want to blog purely for fun- great! Create a blog with wordpress.com. It’s free, easy to use, and everything you need. However, if you answered yes and plan on blogging long-term: SELF-HOST.

I stumbled into blogging. My sister encouraged me to create a blog as a way for us to stay in touch after I moved to the Midwest. I created a free blog through wordpress.com and posted my thoughts…it was read by practically no one. A few months in, I discovered food blogging. I realized- oh my gosh, I want to do THAT! I stopped dabbling, and got serious about food blogging.

Since I didn’t start out self-hosting, I now have to switch over. I’m in the middle of the process and it’s a nightmare. Theoretically, it can be done without much fuss, but for me it’s been a total headache. A month’s gone by and my new site still isn’t up.

The best thing is to decide how serious you are about blogging before creating a blog. If you’re serious, self-host. It’s the number one thing I wish I knew before creating my blog. (You can learn more about self-hosting here).

#2: Expect Nothing

Oh my gosh, I need to say it again: expect nothing. I still haven’t fully come to terms with this aspect of blogging.

Here’s the reality: you cannot predict which posts will be popular and which won’t. In fact, your most popular posts are never what you expect. And, posts you’re confident will be well-received, won’t be.

Dense, moist, bakery style rhubarb muffin recipe. THE BEST rhubarb muffins out there.These rhubarb muffins are my most popular post. Now, don’t get me wrong, these muffins are fantastic, and I’m really proud of them. But, could I have predicted they’d be my most popular post of all time?! No way.

They took off on Pinterest (they’ve been re-pinned over 3,000 times!). It’s surprising, because I have other, better pins (like Best Ever Tuna Noodle Casserole and Chamomile Shortbread Cookies), but they aren’t nearly as popular.

Why?

Because, you can’t predict which posts will be hits and which will be duds. All you can do is publish content and expect nothing in the process.

While we all wish we could predict the future, we can’t.

#3: The Secret to Success

If you’re thinking about creating a blog, you probably want to know how other bloggers got good. What’s the secret to their success?

You can read a million posts on blogging, photography, utilizing social media, etc. While being informed is always a good thing, the number one way to get better at blogging (or anything) is by doing it.

Every veteran blogger will tell you they stunk at first but improved overtime through practice. So, as appealing as it is to sit on the sidelines and wait to post content when you’re great at photography, found your writing style, and so on, the thing is: the way you get those skills is through practice.

If you look at Unwed Housewife, there is an undeniable pattern of improvement, my new posts are much better than my old ones. My old posts are total crap. Seriously, look at this poor Tex-Mex pasta salad. (It’s such a great recipe, it deserves better!).

32So, before you create your blog, know the secret to success is practice, not some magic bullet or piece of information. It’s just practice.

In conclusion,

  1. If you’re serious about blogging, self-host.
  2. Expect nothing.
  3. Success comes from practice.

I wish I knew these 3 things before creating Unwed Housewife, and I hope you have an easier time creating your blog now that you know this stuff.

Best of luck on your blogging journey! You never know where it’ll take you.

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14 thoughts on “3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Creating A Blog

  1. Great post! I am also in my 1st year of blogging and have learned a lot along the way and am still learning! Best advice for me is to enjoy what you do and like you said, expect nothing and if you get something, it’s a bonus 🙂

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  2. I am afraid of self hosting, I’m not really terribly tech savvy and have heard nightmarish stories about the switch over so I have stuck with Word Press. I know that at some point soon I will start having problems with storage and need to start weeding things out. Your blog is terrific and can’t wait to see the new blog when you get it all done. Hope all goes well for you. Your muffins are wonderful.

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    1. How very kind of you to say! 🙂 I love your blog as well, and I love seeing pictures of your sweet little pugs on Instagram! When you do make the switch to self-hosting, feel free to reach out to me. I’ll tell you anything that may help you out. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Hi Unwed Housewife,
    Nice to meet you. I agree with two of your tips. As far as the unpredictability of the success of our posts, I feel there are certain criteria which will help a post be successful.
    I found you on WordPress. I also have a blogging tips site. You said your site is relatively new. I’d be happy to help if you need. Perhaps you can check out my site. Here is the link to my About page
    http://mostlyblogging.com/about/
    Janice

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  4. I’ve been dreading the switch to self-hosting, knowing that it’s going to be a migraine-inducing process that I’ll always regret not having done sooner. But, here I am… not doing it.

    Procrastination is me.

    Also, right now I’m all about the pasta salad; I got this weird craving about 90 seconds ago, and pasta salad is my new passion. I can tell, this time it’s real.

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  5. Nice post! Self hosting is really not as scarey as it sounds and there’s plenty of articles on the web that will walk you through it. Most of the popular webhosts (I use Host Gator) have 1 click installs for popular blogging platforms like WordPress, which is really easy to use and cuts down a lot on how much knowledge you need about making websites (though having a bit certainly doesn’t hurt.)

    I started with self hosting, because I initially intended to work on my web design skills and I started blogging mostly on a whim, so I haven’t had to try and move stuff from one platform to another, though I have had to move from one host to another.

    That reminds me that I really need to add actually working on those design skills to my todo list though 🙂 Good luck all.

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  6. I am totally relating to your num one tip, self-host! I really want to self-host now and looking at my options. Can I ask what self hosting site are you thinking of doing and whats the process like? I have heard good things about bluehost but I’m afraid it may be an inconvenience to my existing followers if I switch over.. not sure! Great blog btw 🙂

    https://alifyalifestyle.com/

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