When it comes to blogging I have made my fair share of blogging mistakes, but honestly I think we all have. Sometimes I don’t even know if I’d call them mistakes. Because I learnt something from each of them. Let’s rebrand mistakes as ‘lessons learnt’. It sounds alot better.
I’ve posted alot of content this year, and along the way have had many lessons learnt moments. And for todays blog I’ll be going through some of them. I want to do this so that you can learn from the blogging mistakes that I’ve made. And so you can make sure you don’t make the same mistakes I did. Its so easy to fall into bad habits, and it’s easy to make mistakes without even realising.
I’m no way trying to say I’m a ‘professional’ at this, because I’m not. I am constantly learning lessons on my blogging journey and I probably won’t stop learning lessons either. I hope you can learn from what I share today.
TRYING TO TAKE ALL MY OWN PHOTOS
When I logged back into WordPress in July 2020 I was amazed at the amazing images I saw other bloggers using. I thought to myself how on earth do these people find the time to take all of these amazing photos?! So naturally I tried for a few weeks to take all of my feature photos myself, and worried and stressed over trying to get them done. I even nearly talked myself into purchasing a professional camera to make them look as good as possible. I came to realise that the images I saw were in fact stock images. And at the time I didn’t see anyone talking about stock images, and even now I find its not something that many bloggers talk about.
So my advice to you is don’t worry about taking all of your own photos. There are so many generous photographers out there who choose to share their work with us for free. Utilise the resources that are there for you. Work smarter not harder.
NOT INTERACTING WITH OTHER BLOGGERS
When I first started my blogging journey in 2015 I didn’t interact with any other bloggers at all. I remember having this weird assumption that people would come to me if they liked my stuff. I don’t know why a flip didn’t switch in my brain to consider that maybe I’d need to get myself out there to be noticed.
And sure enough, as soon as I did thats when my following started to grow. Remember that you need a good community of people around you in order to grow and become successful. Majority of the most successful people in the world have a good group around them.
So my advice for you is to interact with others as much as you can. Ensure that its genuine interaction though, and you’re not just doing it so they notice you. Be sincere with your support.
Something you have read from me before is the key to blogging success is consistency. Whether its posting on your actual blog or being active on social media. You need to show yourself to be seen. One lesson I learnt back when I first started was that I wasn’t consistent in my posting schedule. I was going months between posting, which works for some. But for me, posting on a more regular basis is what has helped me to grow my site.
So my advice to you is to make sure you create yourself a blogging schedule. One that works for you, but has some level of consistency in there. This will benefit you and your site. The more you put content out there, the better chance you have of being noticed.
FORGETTING TO PROOF READ
On several occasions I have failed to proof read my content before posting. Do you ever get so excited when writing something that you just can’t wait and want to post it right away? That happens to me so often and then what happens next is that I post my content with incorrect words and broken or missing links. And it’s all just a big mess. Not only is it a big mess, it looks unprofessional too. If you want to be taken seriously as a blogger its important that your content is as good as it can be. Your writing is a representation of you and who you are.
So my advice to you is to make sure that you proof read your content several times if you have to. Make sure there are no mistakes. Even get others to check it if you have to!