When I first started blogging, I never thought I would have blogging regrets. I remember seeing posts similar to this one, where bloggers talked about everything that went wrong in their first few months of blogging. I didn’t see myself doing anything wrong or wishing I had done things differently. But here we are! I guess with anything you do in life, naturally there are things you regret. I wouldn’t change anything about what’s happened on my blogging journey. But there are for sure some things I wish I could avoided in the process.
Blogging is really hard, and there is no rule book that comes with it. Theres nobody to tell you what’s right and wrong. You sort of have to figure it out yourself, and that can be tough. When you start a blog it’s really easy to become overwhelmed with all of the information and all of the new systems there are to use. Not only is blogging itself overwhelming, but knowing you need to promote and use social media to advertise your blog can make things even harder. And this is how mistakes happen, and regrets occur.
I have made my fair share of blogging mistakes, and still do to this day. But today, I wanted to share some of the blogging regrets I have. In hopes that maybe you wont do what I did in the past.
NOT BEING CONSISTENT
One of the biggest blogging regrets I have is not being consistent in my posting. I remember posting blogs so sporadically. It did not help my blog growth at all. I always tell new bloggers and my readers that being consistent in blogging is so important. Some get confused and think being consistent is posting all the time, and thats not true at all. Consistency just means you are consistently doing the same thing. Whether thats posting once a week, or once a month. Just make sure you stick to your own blogging schedule.
I honestly put my blog growth down to posting consistently and often. I had the capacity and time to post regularly, so I did and it helped so much. Not only did it help with the growth of my site and following, but it also improved my skills as a blogger. I learnt so much by posting so regular, and I enjoyed it too.
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LETTING ANYONE GUEST POST
Now if you have been here a while, you’ll know that almost twice a week I would have guest posters on my site. It was such a great way for me to get to know other bloggers and build those connections but its one thing I regret doing. I don’t regret having other bloggers on my site, but I regret letting just anyone on my website and not having rules in place. I had a situation once where someone sent me their guest post and something just felt off. So I decided to copy what they had written and paste it into Google. Well, my intuition was right because this person had copied and pasted someone else’s work and tried submitting it to me as a guest post.
Ever since then Its really put me off hosting people on my site. And now I only really collab with people I know. You have to remember that whatever goes out on your site has your name attached to it, even if someone else wrote it. You have to be so careful of others and their intentions. I felt alot of the time people were just trying to use my platform for their own gain, and I didn’t like that. Guest posting is supposed to be for us both. To get to know one another and to support each other. And thats why I very rarely guest post anymore. I have to remember that it’s my brand at stake.
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GETTING CAUGHT UP IN THE NUMBERS
I just know that so many bloggers are going to read this part of the post and be like THIS IS ME! Because it used to be me too. I remember when I first started blogging I would always check my stats. I wanted to know who visited my site, how many followers I had and where they were from. I’ll admit, I still do this to an extent but not as crazy as I once did. I became so consumed by the numbers that I started feeling like a failure and having self doubt if I wasn’t at a certain number everyday. Slowly, as I have grown as a blogger I know what’s important when it comes to engagement on posts.
My plea to you today, is to not let numbers be the, be all and end all of your blogging life. It’s literally just a number. There is no rhyme or reason as to why some days your site performs better than others. Its just how the cookie crumbles. You are worth more than how many likes or comments you get on your posts. I have been there so many times myself. Those days where you hardly got any likes on posts. It can be so discouraging but it’s not what’s important here. Remember why you started.
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TRYING TO BE SOMEONE I’M NOT
So many times in my blogging journey, I’ve have felt like I needed to mimic what other people were doing. I looked up to so many bloggers and saw they were successful and decided I needed to write about the same topics so I could have the same success. Friend, it doesn’t work like that. There is no harm in writing about the same topics with your own spin, but please don’t ever use other peoples blogs for inspiration. Let their content inspire you to write, but don’t ever feel like you must be like them in order to succeed.
Social media and blogging will have you believing you are not good enough. And to be better you must do what others are doing. That is the BIGGEST lie. The internet will make you get caught up in the drama and politics. It’ll have you wanting to do what everyone else is doing. I know because it happened to me, many times.
It’s a wonderful moment, when you come into your own and you find your feet as a blogger. You know where your writing skills lie and you get a feel for what content you want to create. It’s the best feeling in the world. Don’t let the internet swallow you in whole. Keep your head above the water and stay true to who you are.
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Do you have any blogging regrets? If so, what are they?
There is no shame in admitting your wrongs, and sharing the things you could have done better as a blogger and in life. We are not perfect. Blogging regrets happen, it’s how we learn from them thats important. We are flawed humans who will continue to make mistakes as we grow. You got this.