Yes but you had been Blynking quite some time when you got your ESP so you had covered some of the 50 steps.
Actually I think it took me about a week with my ESP-01’s and I’m confident there is a big group of people that gave up on them, and Blynk. I had about 50 Nano’s at the time and thought these ESP’s (01’s) would be a great addition.How wrong I was when I realised the dev boards cut out so much effort.
What happens for many people, me included, is they get the ESP-01 and flash a standalone sketch and they wonder why it doesn’t work. Included in the 50 steps are realising you need the AT firmware.
Where is the AT firmware, which version, how do I flash it? Do I need caps, can I power from Arduino. Voltage regulator. Which library, which IDE, baud rates, TX to TX or not? It goes on and on (50 steps in total).
I now have around 50 ESP’s in total and would much rather use one of the dev boards as a shield than an 01. OK so I’m a software guy more than a hardware guy but either way 01’s should only be used if you are very, very short of funds or have a tiny footprint for your project.