Blogging is not an easy hobby. Most people have the mindset that bloggers simply upload pieces of text to the internet. Which is true, yet there’s so much more that goes with uploading that piece of text. I feel like I have learnt A LOT since I started blogging. I’ve developed my skills using software such as Photoshop and Final Cut Pro. There is still so much that I have to learn, which is why I have made this checklist to refer back to and hopefully help some of my fellow bloggers learn a bit more so that they can improve their blogs!

One of my goals for this year is to learn something new (blogging related) everyday! This can be quite a simple task, such as learning how to schedule tweets or it can be much more difficult, like trying to understand SEO. Everyday I am still learning something new and this will slowly help me to improve my blog.

Here is ‘The Ultimate Blogger Learning Checklist’ – Research these keywords/phrases and start learning today!

To start a blog you need to learn

  • How to use the platform (WordPress, Blogger etc)
  • How to have a professional set up (Business Email)
  • What the best way for you to write your posts is (Here’s how I write mine!)
  • How to get involved in the blogging community
  • How to schedule posts
  • How to promote your posts
  • How to customise your site
  • How to get your own hosting and domain
  • To find your own style


Graphics Design-

  • How to create simple blog thumbnails
  • Expand Photoshop Skills/Knowledge
  • How to create Pinterest thumbnails
  • How to create blog headers/icons/logos
  • How to make professional instagram stories
  • Where to find fonts
  • Where to find stock images
  • How to create a media kit
  • How to edit blog photos (Here’s some great app recommendations)

Software and Apps-

Learn how to use

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Adobe After Effects
  • iMovie
  • Adobe Premium Pro
  • Facetune
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter
  • Snapchat
  • Instagram
  • Facebook (Specifically ‘Pages’)
  • Buffer
  • Hootsuite


  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Ambassador Schemes
  • Sponsored Content
  • Gifting
  • Advertising
  • PR
  • Press
  • PR Friendly
  • Media Kit

There you have it! An extensive list of topics to research and educate yourself about! I will be updating this checklist with any other topics I feel would fit perfectly with what we already have!



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  1. This is such a well thought blog post. There are a lot of blog post on each subject out there but never have I come across a checklist. Thanks for sharing it.
    Lea, xx

  2. It amazes me that people think blogging is easy. There is so much to do and as you can see clearly from your list so much to learn and about lots of different topics. It’s definitely not the case of jusy writing stuff down! I’d love to learn more especially about the SEO side of things. I understand a few you’ve mentioned but not nearly enough! Definitely going to make 2018 my blogging year. X

    1. It honestly frustrates me so much!! There is so much hard work that goes on behind the scenes! I found all these keywords simply by googling and researching SEO, i’m still clueless myself but excited to learn and grow! Thank you! x

  3. This is such a brilliant checklist and I’ve saved this for future reference. The business side is SO helpful, sometimes you forget that there is loads to do – who said blogging was easy?!

    Char xo

    1. Thank you Char! So many people (not bloggers of course) tell me that blogging is so easy and i just laugh because honestly it’s very time consuming and can be a lot of work sometimes! Even finding all these topics for this checklist took me around an hour … and that’s just research!

    1. It is very time consuming but as you said very rewarding because you gain so much experience and skills! Thank you Leann!

  4. This is such an amazing post and this defo is going to come in handy for me this year as I want to change up some things with my blog and become a tiny bit more professional! Ayse x

    1. Thank you Mollie! Honestly, me too, i wrote this to help myself as well as other bloggers and i’m slowly but surely getting there! x

  5. I have to admit that when I first started blogging I thought it would be a case of writing some text and taking some photos, how wrong was I! Everyday i’m still learning something new and recently made it my mission to spend a whole day learning all about SEO.
    Blogging is much more than just a post. Fantastic checklist.

    Heather xo ||

    1. It really is a lot harder than people think, so fun though! I think SEO is a really important topic that most bloggers should take the time to learn, it really is helpful. Thanks Heather!

  6. That’s actually very helpful! I am going to tackle one point at a time, trying to learn a new thing every week so that’s perfect for a newbie blogger like me! My blog has been live for barely a month so I have a long way to go!

    1. You’ll learn it all in due course, Even once you become a blogging pro, there’s still always something you can learn! Good luck and i hope u have the best blogging year!

    1. There’s still a few things i need to learn the basics of but i’m getting there slowly, glad this list is helpful! Thanks Jasmine! x

  7. I didn’t realise I needed this checklist until now! I know how much work has to go into blogging, but sometimes you forget how big the scale actually is. The business section is super helpful, thank you! And I’m definitely going to brush up on my iMovie skills as I’m hoping to start making video content this year

    Vicky x

    1. There’s SO much to learn! It’s great, i love it! I’ve recently been learning how to use Final Cut Pro to make professional looking instagram stories, so fun! Good luck with your video content creation!

  8. Haha I was having a conversation with my friend the other day trying to explain to her how much more complicated it is than just taking a few pictures and adding some text and pressing publish! I wish I’d seen this Friday night so I could have shown her this instead. It’s definitely a steep learning curve! x


    1. Honestly haha! and there’s much more than what’s on this list too, it’s endless! So much to learn and so much goes on behind the scenes! Thanks Sophie x

  9. I couldn’t have put together a better list if you asked me…This is so spot on! Like I don’t know all of these things nor do I use all. Honestly, I love blogging but this posts sums up just how hard it can be. It’s definitely not a walk in the park esp when you want things to go accordingly. Keep up the great work 🙂

    xx Lena |

    1. Some of these things just baffles me but that’s why i made this list, so that i can slowly learn about each thing and improve myself! Thank you Lena! x

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