Bella Vida by Letty

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging

5 things i wish i knew when i started blogging

I’ve been blogging for many years and it doesn’t seem like I will get tired of writing anytime soon.  This May will be the one year anniversary of Bella Vida by Letty .com.  Thinking about that made me want to share some tips that sure could’ve helped me way back when I first began blogging. 

Self Host

If you plan on blogging seriously the main piece of advice I wish I would have taken was to begin with a self hosted WordPress site.  I was on blogger for years cultivating a steadily growing following but when I moved from Blogger to WordPress I lost all of my followers and subscribers.  I had to begin all over again.

Domain Name

When you decide on a name purchase the domain name. It shows professionalism and authority.  Here’s a previous post where I list several more reasons why it’s important to own your own domain name.


Set up Google analytics right from the start.  It is the most trusted and reliable.  You can learn all sorts of helpful information like what keywords bring in the most visitors and who your audience is.  That is exactly who you are writing for.

Quality Content

The quality of your content matters.  Everything you post lives online forever.  Take your time to write a proper thoroughly researched post with great photos.  It will receive much more traffic than a hurried one and it will likely get shared because of its useful information.  Don’t worry the more you write, the better you get.  That has been my experience.

Grow Organically

I’m happy to report the site has been steadily organically growing since day one.  I don’t believe in paying for followers, hits, likes, etc.  The main reason is a major factor to measure a blogs success is engagement.  You might not have a lot of subscribers but if you are steadily growing a community who replies and shares your content you are well on your way.  All it takes is time.


Build a Community

It’s easy to get caught up in wondering why another blog might have more traffic, ads or sponsors but you shouldn’t compare yourself to them.  You are your own unique voice and it’s up to you to cultivate your brand.  Connect with other bloggers you admire and build relationships with them.  I belong to several different communities which you will find on my sidebar.  Reach out, makes friends and build your community.

 Your turn.  What things have you learned from your years of blogging?  If you had to pick your greatest lesson what would it be?


 “We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.” Anaïs Nin

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”  C. JoyBell C.

“Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be.” Heath L. Buckmaster

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  • Great tips, Amiga. Blogging for me has been all about making connections with like minded people. Never in a million years did I think I’d ever meet any of you offline, let alone become friends. It’s been awesome. <3

    • Likewise. I’ve connected with so many amazing people like you. xo

  • Tips for blogging… Do not start.. LOL

  • Debbie Denny

    Great advice. Congrats on the anniversary!

  • Robin Rue

    Great advice. I think a lot of people find themselves in that same boat when they first start.

  • blm03

    Great post! I agree with your list. I wish I would have know all of that.

  • mommamellon

    I agree completely!

  • Francine Morrell

    Ahhh, to go back in time with the knowlege of today!

  • Shauna Torres

    I agree on the domain, ugh, I worked hard for two years to build my numbers then switched to a domain and lost my PR… ugh

    • Yes, that was a bit hard to deal with but I had to keep moving forward.

  • Rachael Ebner

    I’m still new to blogging. I agree with you on wishing to know these things before getting started.

  • Helene Bludman

    That is a great summary of what beginners should know before getting started. Good post!

  • Debbie Lamb

    Good tips….I agree with another reader! If we could only go back! LOL

  • Newlywed Survival

    I know that there are so many things I wish I had known when I started out – this is a great list!

  • A Dash of Sanity

    Loved this and agreed with all of it!

  • Karen Rodwill Solomon

    Great tips. I think we all probably feel like there are hundreds of things we would do differently if we could. I lost over a month of data because I wasn’t using analytics correctly, so bummed about that!

  • Amy Desrosiers

    I I love that you suggest bloggers should follow their own unique voice!! I notice so many follow trends…first they do coupons, then review, now everyone is a cook..I have been tooting my own horn, but see how the masses conform.

  • Pam W

    I agree that everyone should have their own voice. Thanks for sharing.

  • [email protected] Spring Mount 6 Pack

    I wish I has been self hosted from day one. But I did switch over pretty quick.

  • ckrusch

    Love your advice, will be sharing with friends who just started!

  • Dawn Calgaro

    Great advice! Some days though I miss blogger. I didn’t have to deal with hackers having me blocked out of my site. lol But seriously, I love having my freedom and not having to worry about google pulling my site. It’s mine. I own it. 🙂

  • Aly Mashrah

    Great advice! These are the things I wish I knew before I started blogging, too.

  • Taralyn @ Keep Moving Forward

    I love these tips! I can especially relate to the quotes at the end. I copied them down to read and ponder more!

  • Wendy Kaufman

    There definitely is SO much to learn, and there really is no way to do it but to learn as you go. Posts like this help a lot, though!

  • Elizabeth Towns

    I wish I had known, before I started blogging, that my voice is important but it should also be directed. People want to read what I want to say, but not in the ADHD way that I want to say it. Time management, an editorial calendar and planning ahead can allow me to write everything I want to on my blog, but in a way that my fans and followers can follow the flow. That is just some of what I would have like to have known up front! Plus every point you made!

  • Terin Aleah Garrett

    I have been blogging for three years and just finally purchased my domain name last week! 🙂

  • Mama to 5 Blessings

    yes, I agree, blogging is all about learning. I would have started at WP and purchased my domain from the beginning vs. waiting till years later.

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    Since I didn’t know blogging would really last, I can’t say that I’m mad at myself for how I started. It was all a learning curve. I do wish I had moved to wordpress sooner than I did though.

  • Lisa Jones acouponaddict

    Great Information I Will Definitely Keep In Mind!!

  • Craft Dictator

    I agree with every single one of these! I wish I had known to be self hosted from the start! Thanks for sharing!

  • Lexie Lane

    Agree 100% on every one of these points! They are all exactly what wrote and detailed in our book The Blogger’s Survival Guide. I love this post!

  • Laurie Floyd

    I agree with every one of these points!!! Patience is the key when beginning a blog….hard work and dedication, too!!!

  • Embracing The Good Life

    I enjoyed reading your post and found it to almost be calming in the since that we don’t need to be super bloggers but we need to focus more on content and connecting…that what blogging is supposed to be about.

  • ashley picco

    I learned early on that I needed my own domain. I would love to self host, but can’t justify the cost….one day soon hopefully

  • Danielle

    Great tips! I think about these things a lot… if I had only known then, what I know now.

  • Together we roam

    Love this. I just started out and have often wondered where are the readers coming from and I’m not as good as other travel blogs out there, so why bother! I am now starting see a steady stream of people coming in and this advice is very helpful. Thank you.

    • If you enjoy it, keep at it. The more consistent you post the more audience will find you.