45 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Blog: How to Start a Blog for Free in 2022

45 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Blog: How to Start a Blog for Free in 2022

30. Make a habit of testing important pages on your site (like forms)

I still feel like banging my head against the wall over this mistake that I made…

I switched contact form plugins on my site and, soon after, started noticing a drop in messages (this was my portfolio site – so the messages were important). Naturally, my first instinct was to check for a problem with my contact form plugin.

But after sending test message after test message, I couldn’t find a single thing wrong with my form plugin. I guess people just didn’t like me as much anymore…

Eh, not quite. See – it turns out that I wasn’t testing my forms the right away. There was a problem, but it was a caching issue. Because I tested my form plugin via my admin account (which was excluded from seeing cached pages), I never ran into the issue in my testing.

Don’t make my mistake. If you have any important pages on your site – make sure to test them as your end users will see them. That is, at least use incognito mode.

Wasting your effort because of non-working pages sucks…but a little bit of testing can prevent that from happening.

31. Ignore the haters…most of the time

If there’s one thing all bloggers have in common – no matter if you’re just starting a blog for the first time or not – it’s this:

Angry comments.

Even if you want to learn how to start a blog writing exclusively about cute puppies, I can almost guarantee you’ll still get angry comments from people who:

  • Think you forgot about the cutest puppy ever.
  • Don’t think one of the puppies you posted is cute.

As YouTube demonstrates, though, angry comments are just a fact of putting yourself out there on the Internet.

You will get them, and they will sting…if you let them.

You need to develop thick skin. Most of the time, these comments are just angry people hiding behind anonymity. Occasionally, you will get a comment with a legitimate gripe that you should address. But the vast majority of the time? Angry comments go in one ear and out the other.

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