If I was really to write a long list of the blogging mistakes to avoid in 2022, I would be there for a very long time writing everything down. So we will stick to just ten! Mistakes come with everything. Whether you are starting a new hobby, a new job or starting a new relationship. Life is all about learning and growing from our mistakes and blogging is no exception.
When I first started blogging I made mistake after mistake which meant that I wasn’t able to grow as much as I wanted in the beginning. I tried blogging once before I launched olivialucieblake. I ran a beauty blog and really didn’t do well at growing my audience and bothering to learn about blogging and what comes with it. And those mistakes meant that I abandoned my blog for 4 years until I decided to make my return in 2020. So if there is anybody who knows about blogging mistakes, it’s me.
Even now I still continue to make mistakes, but it doesn’t mean I’m not a good blogger. I honestly welcome these mistakes (as long as they aren’t too detrimental!)
I think it’s important as a blogger that I am open and transparent with you all. Sharing my mistakes might mean that you avoid them on your websites, and thats all I want really. I want you to have as much knowledge about blogging to make sure you’re not silly enough to make the mistakes that I and alot of others made.
TRYING TO BE LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE
I remember when I first signed up for my blog. I saw so many amazing bloggers with all these followers and beautiful content and images and I was like wow. I wanted to be just like them. I wanted to be as cool as them and as popular as them. I found myself comparing myself to their content and almost trying to make myself a clone of them.
Obviously this didn’t last long and didn’t work in my favour. The great thing about being a blogger is that no two people are the same. I know many bloggers who are in the same lifestyle blogging niche as me. But we are poles apart in who we are and the type of content that we post. Your individuality is what sets you apart from other bloggers.
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COPYING OTHERS CONTENT
Something I have dealt with before is people stealing content. There is a fine line between being inspired by somebodies work and copying it. If I am being honest here I can understand the appeal to do this. You see another blogger killing it in the blogging world with the content they post. So why not do the same and you will get the same results right?! WRONG. It never works like that. All it does is tarnish your reputation and makes you look awful if you get found out.
I had somebody copy my content almost word for word before and it was such an awful, heart sinking situation. I work so hard coming up with ideas for my blog and have spent so much time and money perfecting the way I do things. It honestly makes you look lazy by copying somebody else. And let’s not forget to mention it’s against the law to do it. It may seem like the easy way but its not.
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FORGETTING TO SET A BLOGGING SCHEDULE
One of the main blogging mistakes to avoid in 2022 is failing to set a blogging schedule. I will say this until I am blue in the face if I have to. A blogging schedule is so important for consistency. It means that your content is always going to go out and be seen by others. It’s important to stick to a schedule especially in the beginning of your blog. I put the growth of my following down to the fact I posted alot.
You don’t have to post everyday, but having a schedule and something to hold you accountable to will mean you stick to it.
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FAILING TO INTERACT WITH OTHER BLOGGERS
Other bloggers are your friends not your competition. Interacting and making friends in the blogging community is something you should strive to do if you haven’t yet. The best thing I ever did was make those solid connections. And actually some of the blogging friends I have made are actually my real life friends now. Which is an amazing feeling and something I didn’t ever expect.
Twitter is a great place to interact and build friendships.
NOT LEARNING ABOUT YOUR AUDIENCE
This is actually something I have learnt to do over the last 6 months or so. When I first started blogging with my beauty blog, I didn’t think about my audience at all. Mainly because I didn’t have one. But regardless if you have a large following or not, there are still people behind the screen who read your content. Failing to understand what they like and don’t like to read is something that can set alot of people back.
Your analytics are there to help you. Figure out who your audience are. What are their ages, where are they located? What posts do better than others? These are the things you need to consider.
STARTING A BLOG FOR THE WRONG REASONS
I have had so many people in the past email me asking for this secret formula on how to grow their blogs. I even had somebody ask me how to make money and be a famous blogger. Starting a blog with the wrong intentions isn’t going to end well. Of course it’s great to have goals and ambitions on how to make money from blogging and grow. But having that as your sole goal will not end well.
When I began blogging I didn’t even think about the money side of it. I did it as a hobby and because I enjoy it. The money and everything else that comes with blogging is a bonus.
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BEING AWARE OF OTHERS BAD INTENTIONS
I remember when I first started opening up my blog to guest posters. I remember being so excited for it and having my first couple of people apply to write for me. I had guest posters almost every week and it really helped lower the burden and work load of writing so many posts a week. It was until somebody tried to do something really awful.
I had somebody submit a guest post to me, and obviously I always checked these before I posted them. This one post just didn’t sit right with me. My intuition sunk in and something told me to check to see if this work had been copied. So I copied and pasted a paragraph from their post into google and sure enough, they had just copied another bloggers work and tried to submit it to me.
If I hadn’t of checked this, I would have been the one that got into trouble. Always be on the look out for the bad eggs in the world.
NOT LEARNING SEO IN THE BEGINNING
Please please please listen to me when I say this. If you are a new blogger, look into SEO immediately and start implementing it now. I didn’t ever think that SEO applied to me when I began blogging. If that is you, yes it does. SEO is something you might not even consider when you first start blogging but it’s something you need to think about down the line. So many of us have had to go back and edit or amend older posts because they are not SEO friendly. And it’s so annoying to have to do that. So please look into SEO as much as you can before starting to post on your blog.
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So there is the list of blogging mistakes to avoid in 2022. What are some blogging mistakes you are looking to avoid this year? Have you been found guilty of some of the mistakes I mentioned?
There are way more blogging mistakes to avoid in 2022, but we will be here all day if I list them all. If this post can help you avoid those silly mistakes then I have done my job well!