... do it right from the start. I started it just to check out "what is this blogging thing about?" and I started checking out Wordpress, and other software. So, it just kinda sat there and I hardly paid attention to it. Then one day I was going through old spam mail and I saw that people had actually been leaving me comments! That changed my whole outlook, although I did not do it frequently.
I would have built my blog on Wordpress, instead of having to migrate later in the game. I had no idea there was a self-hosted Wordpress--I just thought there were two free blogging platforms from which to choose and that was it.
Actually, if I knew then even half of what I know about blogging now, my blog would be entirely different. Ah, hindsight! :-)
I'd have to say it would be to pick a topic that I am not slave to everyday. Because of the nature of my topic/niche I have to post daily or I lose my readers. It's not to say I don't get search engine traffic but since my main topic is sweepstakes and they are always ending I have to keep them posted everyday. Some days it gets so tiring. However, I love teaching people and helping them win so that makes it worth it.
If I was to do it over I would buy my own domain, knowing now I need to do it and dreading it! I also need to redo some aspects on my page, maybe add some tabs so all the links are on one page instead of my main page, I need to add a recipe index so you can find what you are looking for if you are not a daily reader, and finally I need to add the feature so you can print out my recipes in a print friendly mode (found it online, it is just work for someone like me that is still learning!)
Other than that, I would change all my email subscription to a separate email than what I use for PR and get my name off my email. All possible to do, just more to add to the list. LOL
I would have started off with one post a day instead of the two a day that I was doing at first. Its always better to up the post frequency than lower. Oh well.
I also would have made sure to edit the posts better and make them more quality and less wordy.
Oh, and I wouldn't have linked to my old blog. It helped too many dissers find my more private posts and publicize them on sybermoms. (I've gotten rid of that link, but the damage was already done.)
But all in all, I'm pretty satisfied with how my blog has been. My own domain name on blogspot from the start, not posting pics or identifying information, etc.
If I could do it all over again, I would come up with a better name for my blog. When I started it, I wasn't intending to ever do anything with it, and now that I'm much more active, I feel like it's too late to change it. Oh well, there could be worse things to change about it, right?
I just started blogging a few months ago and I wouldn't change anything. I use blogger, haven't registered a domain name, and I don't keep track of how many subscribers/ visitors I have. I have a preloaded blogger design and I love it. I mainly blog just as a creative outlet for myself and to keep my family and friends updated on my pregnancy/life.
I have no set niche and I blog about the multi-faceted randomness of being me and I love it that way. I figured no point in investing money in my blog when I have no clue where it's gonna go. If I get to the point where I need to expand to WP, register a domain name, or get a pro design, I'll just pay someone to do it.
I enjoy learning new things about blogging bc I jumped in this head first with no knowledge whatsoever about blogging. I make little tweaks and changes here and there to my blogging strategy (if there really is one) as I go along and it works fine for me.