Building a blog takes time and true effort. No one goes viral overnight unless you’re some celebrity and even they have to work up their stats.
The first year of blogging is like infancy where you might try to use some excuses as a crutch to explain simple mistakes. I have personally learned more this year about blogging than I ever have and there is so much more to learn. Every new blogger will go through some type of learning curve on what works and what doesn’t.
Do you start with WordPress, Tumblr or blogger? How to get more readers? Can I make enough money blogging to quit my job? Nevertheless, some of us will make mistakes along the way and it could be the deciding factor on whether you keep at it or not.
Apologizing for your absence in writing
Life happens and we all get busy. Some people have more time on their hands then most and can pump out posts consistently. Hell, I post either 1 or 2 times a week and thankfully you all haven’t complained yet. Did I forget to tell you that, “I loved you all?” Seriously, just write the post and move on. I don’t mind an absence post that you will be on vacation, but announce that early on so people know what to expect.
The Stat Gawker
Yes, this is where you can track how your posts are and how much traffic you get, but if all you do is this, you need some help. Have your stats in place, but let it be for marketing purposes as a barometer for things in the future. Focus on the building conversations on your blog as it grows, not the quantity, but the accuracy and relevancy to your audience.
Forgetting to Contribute to Your Community
When I started I learned how important this was and thank god I jumped on quick and started opening my mouth. Do you? You have no idea how important networking with other bloggers, comment and visit other blogs. If you are a part of forum, be sure to comment and contribute to get to know other bloggers. Ken, you rock!
Jumping on Business Offers
Starting a blog is exciting and after a period of time, you might get approached from companies wanting to do business with you. Leaping on board to join in partnership with a brand should be done with caution. Keep your excitement to a minimum, prep your blog, ask lots of questions and read the fine print. Just because a well-known brand asked you to be a part of their campaign don’t mean that they are prepared to offer you a fair compensation.
Spreading Your Self Too Thin
There are some people who are very organized and there are others that are all over the place. I can admit that I was doing too much at once and it left me drained and overwhelmed. In my article, 5 Tips How to Blog When You Work an 8 to 5 Job, made me realize how scheduling times to blog and putting priorities into perspective is crucial. Finish what you started and plan accordingly on when to blog, comment and spread the love to others.
Not Backing Up Your Site
Security online is very important and if you want to keep the work you spent time creating, backing it up should be your number one priority regularly. Not believing that you couldn’t get hacked only leaves you vulnerable and ready for the kill. It doesn’t take much to do and there are many plugins to help you get there.
No Clear Plan
No matter what you decide to ultimately blog about; make it a subject you can expand on. I had a blog about Golf a year ago and as much as I love the game; playing it was better than blogging about it. I didn’t have a clear plan, (I was clueless, let’s be real) and my focus was all over the place. After a while, I ran out of things to say and I realized that I wasn’t as passionate about it as I thought I was. As my friend Adrienne, says, “Stop Obessing About It and Do It Anyway“. You can blog about whatever you want, but your topics should reflect your focus.
Everyone wants people to read our blogs, but once you have been established and you receive more readers, where is your true focus then? Traffic is critical for any blogs success, but doesn’t mean much if there is no action taken by those visitors. Some people create goals of reaching a certain amount of readers and at some point forget why they are blogging in the first place.
If you write good content, comment on other blogs and network, readers will seek you out. No one wants to read about why you don’t have enough traffic or how high it is. The next person reading this might not have many readers and hearing you “whine” only makes you look stupid. This prevents your blog from growing and no one wants to read a whiner.
Mistakes should be viewed as a positive reinforcement rather than a “Debbie-downer”. Focus on building relationships and engaging with your community. You can have thousands of visitors, but if none of them connect with you, it means nothing.
What’s the biggest mistake you have ever made as a blogger?
- What mistakes have you made in your first year of blogging?
- Do you feel your changes made an impact on your blog?
- Do you still make the same mistakes?
- Have you quit and come back to blogging?