1. Starting is hard. Continuing is harder.
2. Just because “everybody’s doing it” doesn’t mean you can’t stand out.
3. It’s actually sometimes better to blog about things for a very specific “niche” audience when you’re first starting out.
4. You don’t technically have to have everything all planned out before you dive in. You can just start.
5. You don’t have to be an expert — but you do have to make yourself credible and trustworthy.
6. People don’t mind it when you “keep it real” as long as you’re doing it for a good reason.
7. You do have to blog consistently, but you don’t have to publish something every day. It’s better to work at your own pace rather than going too fast too hard and burning yourself out.
8. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to blog. How you do it depends on your personal and professional goals and how you want to help, entertain, or inform your audience.
9. You don’t have to be the biggest or the best to make a difference.
10. Your posts might be helping people even if those people never tell you so.
11. You might actually benefit from the experience just as much as the audience members you’re trying to reach.
12. Blogging can turn into a job, but it’s also OK to do it as a hobby just because you enjoy it.
13. It’s not about views or subscribers or sales. It’s about making a lasting impact on a small piece of your world.
14. No matter the size of your audience, if you’re doing it for the right reasons, sticking with it is always 100 percent worth it.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a 10-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.