This article is a guest post by Melanie Deardorff
Even though your blog shares your unique perspective on health and wellness, that doesn’t mean you have to learn everything from scratch! I’ve asked the 800+ members of the Health and Wellness Bloggers Facebook group, “What’s the one thing you wish you knew before you started your health and wellness blog?” — and here’s what they had to say:
Susan Cole, a U.K.-based blogger who shared this Vegetarian Kedgeree recipe on her informative Fabulous Fodmaps blog, answered the question this way:
I wish I’d known about resizing images so that: a) they fill the screen; and b) they help the page load more quickly. I need to go back through my earlier posts to get this right!
Every once in awhile, I’m fortunate to meet a Facebook group member in real life. That’s what happened last year when I had lunch with blogger and certified holistic health coach Tracie Inman. The post she shared on Facebook is from her Mindful Woman Running blog and her lesson learned was this:
Although I’ve blogged before in the past and am just getting back to it, I think I still have a lot to learn. But mostly, I wish I knew then (and now) how to keep fresh content flowing and how to stay motivated to write on a regular basis. As someone who enjoys writing, you’d think that would be easy for me, but it’s probably the toughest part right now.
Laura Madden, a stylist, lifestyle coach and blogger is an experienced vlogger (video blogger) who occasionally goes old school by writing a post like the one she shared with my group, The Path May Shift. She answered the QOTW this way:
The one thing I wish I knew was NO MATTER WHAT, you will only improve as you go! So just start TODAY!!!
Carla Bianchi Matthews, a certified holistic health coach who blogs at Grow in Wellness, shared her most recent post (Five “Get Healthy Without Really Trying” Food Swaps) along with advice for wellness pros who want to start a blog:
One thing I wish I knew before I started blogging was about how to create a recipe link that pulls up a PDF of the recipe for printing. I now know how and went back and re-formatted all my recipes.
Carla’s one of the long-time members of my Facebook group (thanks for your support, Carla!). Here’s one of the recipe posts where she links to a PDF: Goodness and Joy – Oatmeal Casserole.
Eight Recipes to Cook With Your Kids is the post from New Zealand-based healthy-living blogger Rachael Schedewy where she answered the question of the week with:
I wish I knew the importance of good-quality images when I started!
When I followed up later to ask Rachael what she does to boost the quality of her images, she responded with, “When I take my own photos, I use my iPhone 4 but use the Snapseed app to enhance the photos. I also make sure I resize the photos and not just upload them as-is. Other times I search on Flickr for photos with a Creative Commons license, since these photos can be used without the need for permission. These photos are always of high quality, and you can adapt them but adding text for your own purpose.” (Great info, Rachael! I’m also a Snapseed fan.)
Yoga teacher and blogger Alex Nereuta from Montreal, Canada, responded by saying:
I wish I’d known that the momentum I felt when I first started blogging would ebb, flow and sometimes drop to zero.
Alex has one of the more engaging About me pages I’ve read in a while. Check it out.
Edinburgh, Scotland-based group member Faith Canter describes herself as an “author, health well-being coach, therapist, nutritional consultant, food intolerance specialist, raw food and fermentation expert, environmentalist, traveler, wife, mother to three fur-babies and all-round lover of life.” She has this to say about blogging:
I wish I knew about making sure to put link backs into my blog when I first started. I just thought it was all about the writing not all the other stuff. It’s been a learning curve, that’s for sure.
I like the vibe (colors, imagery, etc.) of her Faith Canter – Living a Life Less Toxic blog and agree with what she talks about and vow to spend more time outside!
Melanie Deardorff is a veteran marketer whose focus has been digital and social media marketing since 2009. Based in the U.S. Midwest but transitioning to more of a digital nomad (work from wherever) lifestyle, Melanie partners with companies of all sizes and industries, including nonprofits. A special passion of hers is helping small companies, including health and wellness-focused businesses, stand out and be authentic online.