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10 Things I Wish I Had Known About Blogging When I First Started

Posted By Darren Rowse 25th of March 2016 General 0 Comments


In today’s 100th episode of the ProBlogger podcast, I take a retrospective walk down the lane of memories from my last 13 1/2 years blogging.

I’ve learned some pretty huge lessons along the way, and back when I started blogging in 2002 there were quite a few things I wish I’d known! I hope to share with you the top 10 things that might help you on your own blogging journey.

Mine began when I received an email containing four simple words: “check out this blog”.

Of course I did, and I was not only intrigued by the blog itself, but blogging in general. What was it? Why was anyone doing it? Could I have a go at building a community around a blog even though I had zero experience and probably more important things to do?

In today’s episode, I’m going to talk about some important lessons, and identify ten things that I wish that I had known when I first started blogging in 2002. I hope to share some of the things that will help you get over the bumps in your own blogging venture.

I discuss not only my introduction to blogging, but the things I was doing to earn money in the early days, what my first blog was all about, and how people even found that blog in the early days of long ago.

I talk about all the things I didn’t know and now take for granted – like how to make bold text! There was so much to learn: blog design, promotion, making money… I learned a lot by reaching out to others and asking those who had gone before.

When it came time to make some money to be able to afford my new blogging addiction, I went from a few dollars a week to a full time income, which I did in 2004, just two years after I started.

So all the way back then, these are the things I wish I’d known.

Thank you for riding along not only on the podcast journey, but on my blog journey, too.

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Darren Rowse from Chris Guillebeau on Vimeo.

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
  • Hi Darren,

    Fellow dreamer here. Big time! LOVE your story man.

    I myself do not regret a thing because we are in the perfect place at the perfect time…but….I advise folks to start off blogging for fun versus blogging for money. I was about as detached from my blog and online business as a kid detaches from a rattle. It was bad. Really bad. Hella bad. Because I did silly stuff – which most do in the beginning – and that held back my progress for years and years and years.

    However, beyond that 1 major mistake, I have no issues skipping the practical stuff like list building and stuff during the early days because I know if I got the energy down pat, which I eventually did, all else would fall into place. Which it did.

    Watching the video Darren, I see you had an entrepreneur’s mindset. Good for you. I developed mine over time, as I released many business related limiting beliefs. Once I slowly let them go I found my blogging career take off quite a bit.

    Thanks for the inspiring share!


  • Big fan here! I wish I knew those things before start blogging. I am glad that you bring it on spot. Good to know. Thank you!