Sure, your favorite mom bloggers might seem like seasoned professionals now, but even these bright ladies needed to start somewhere. Every one of the writers you’ve come to cherish in the blogosphere ultimately started out as newbies and learned as they went. But lucky for us, these women have already blazed the blogger trail and are now here to offer advice! For those of you looking to start your own blog, we asked our 2011 Top 100 Mom Bloggers to share one thing they wish they’d known before they started their blog. From the importance of picking the right name to remembering that what’s written on the Internet stays on the Internet, these women offer a treasure trove of advice and tips. Check out their answers, after the jump!
The art of the tweet 1 of 20I wish I'd known more about social media, specifically Twitter. I did not use these critical tools very effectively my first year as a blogger. But once I started learning how to really use Twitter to my advantage, my readership and my network definitely grew leaps and bounds. I LOVE Twitter now!
(See: For best results, tweet like a ho-bag.)
- Iris Beard, The Bearded Iris
The perks 2 of 20That it would be a great way to keep my inbox full of a steady stream of pitches for fad diets, Kardashian news, and vaginal dryness remedies. If I'd have known, I'd have started way sooner.
- Liz Gumbinner, Mom 101
Embrace the community 3 of 20I'd been blogging for three years before I had any children, so technically I didn't start a mom blog. And by that time I'd already made a lot of naive mistakes for me and others to learn from (don't blog about your boss's Botox treatments, y'all). Maybe I wish I'd known how incredible the community would be so that when I did have my first child, I could have reached out for help earlier.
- Heather Armstrong, Dooce
The name is everything 4 of 20I wish I'd known to pick a better name. Definitely.
- Brittany Gibbons, Barefoot Foodie
Time management 5 of 20How better to manage my time (I still wish for this). As I'm constantly drawn to write, day after day, night after night … I often sacrifice sleep in the name of the site.
- Danielle Smith, Extraordinary Mommy
What happens on the Internet … stays on the Internet 6 of 20I wish I'd known that everything you put on the Internet is on the Internet forever — even if you delete it. I've written things I'm not proud of, and I wish I had taken a more thoughtful and kind approach to many subjects.
- Heather Spohr, The Spohrs Are Multiplying
The right blogging platform 7 of 20I wish I'd known to start on Wordpress; Blogger lost so much of my stuff. First-world problems, but still, a problem.
- Casey Mullins, Moosh in Indy
Tools of the trade 8 of 20Photoshop. I still don't know it — but everyone else does, so you better get on it.
- Kacy Faulconer, Every Day I Write the Book
Friends in high places 9 of 20Neil Patrick-Harris. I still wish I knew him. He seems like a nice guy.
- Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess
The rewards 10 of 20How fulfilling it would be. I'm also really glad that I made the decision to never write anything I wouldn't say to the people in my life to their faces.
- Roxanna Sarmiento, Everyday Treats
We’re in it together 11 of 20Blogging is not a zero-sum game. Really, it's not. When another blogger has an amazing post, it doesn't mean you can't have an amazing post. When a mom turns blogging into other opportunities, be happy for her! Every blogger blazes her own trail.
- Elizabeth Jayne Liu, Flourish in Progress
Practice makes perfect 12 of 20That it's okay to write poorly at first. Take your time, write poorly, get better, see mistakes, write well. It's a process, and it's not a bad thing to use blogging
- Kelly Wickham, Mocha Momma
Do not commit an NUI (Naming Under the Influence) 13 of 20That you should not name your blog in 30 seconds while under the influence of two gin and tonics.
- Laura Mayes, Blog con Queso
Hindsights 20/20 14 of 20I was about to say how hard it would be to find a following or how competitive it can feel at times or how obsessed I would become about traffic or how sad I would feel when a post doesn't have the impact I thought it would. But I'm glad I didn't know any of those things. I might not have started.
- Ilana Wiles, Mommy Shorts
You’ll figure it out eventually 15 of 20I wish I'd known that regardless of the many ways we are told to do it, like parenting, you just have to find your own way and figure out what works best for you.
- Carol Cain, NYCity Mama
Were all in the same boat 16 of 20I wasn't the only one feeling completely overwhelmed by parenting.
- Asha Dornfest, Parent Hacks
Network, network, network 17 of 20I wish I'd known about blogging conferences because I would have started attending them right away. Even though I started writing PunditMom in 2006, I wish I had gone to some early conferences when they were smaller and more intimate.
- Joanne Bamberger, PunditMom
How big it would become 18 of 20I wish I had known it was going to blow up. I think I would have used a pseudonym or my maiden name.
- Sarah Braesch, Sarah and the Goon Squad
The kinds of people you’ll meet (virtually, at least) 19 of 20I wish I'd known that the anonymity of the Internet brings out the best and the worst in people. There are people who seem to make it their job to stir up trouble and be hurtful; there are people who reach out to help others with a generosity of spirit that blows me away.
- Josyln Gray, Stark Raving Mad Mommy
Its length of reach 20 of 20I wish I'd known how it would impact far-flung family members. Some offhand comments I've made have really hurt people.
- Cecily Kellogg, Uppercase Woman
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