Hello everyone and welcome back to My Blurred World.
I hope you’re all doing really well.
I’m finally back again to write a new post and it’s another blogging related one. I’ve been a blogger now since April 2015 which I find quite surreal at times, where has the time gone? Although the journey has been an amazing one that I continue to enjoy, I can’t deny that I’ve made some mistakes along the way so I thought I would share those mistakes with you today in the hope that some of my fellow bloggers can relate to some of them too.
I hope you enjoy today’s post and without further ado let’s begin.
Not promoting my work enough
This is something I am definitely guilty of and don’t seem to change as time goes on, if something I promote my posts even less nowadays than when I first started blogging. I think the reason being is that I’m afraid of spamming everyone’s news feed because let’s face it, no one is going to appreciate a number of posts promoting the same thing every hour. I acknowledge the fact that scheduling social media posts isn’t prioritized on my to-do list, it’s never been something that’s appealed to me and I’ll admit that it’s something I’m quite lazy with. I prefer to write a social media post and publish it straight away rather than going through the process of scheduling them, don’t ask me why because I don’t have the answer. But I’ve now realised that if I don’t take that time to schedule my posts and promote my work, no one will see it so what would be the point in taking hours to write a new blog post? I’ve heard some say that every blogger should obey to the 80:2o rule which means that 20% of your time should be given to writing a new blog post, taking photos for it etc and the remaining 80% should be focused on promoting your content. This is definitely something that I’m going to be working on and hopefully it’s something I can improve on in the future.
Publishing a minimum of one new blog post a week was something that was so important to me, don’t get me wrong, publishing regularly is something I still see as being very important but it’s something that I’ve not been able to do in the past few months and I put so much unnecessary pressure on myself to think of new content to publish and to promote older posts and I felt so guilty for missing a week or two of posting. But I soon realised that this pressure that I was putting on myself really wasn’t necessary as we all need a break every once in a while and it’s ok to miss a few posts here and there. I felt obliged to publish new content as I felt like I was letting my readers down if I didn’t and I beat myself up about it and caused myself so much worry when I really didn’t need to. At the end of the day if someone is dedicated to reading your posts, they will understand and they will come back when you finally return to publishing content, that is something I’ve definitely realised over the past few months and I am really grateful to have such dedicated and supportive readers so thank you for sticking with me.
Thinking I was done when the writing was done
I’ll admit that there have been some occasions where I haven’t taken the time to read through and edit my posts properly before publishing them, especially when I first started out blogging. I thought the writing sounded ok whilst I was writing it therefore instantly assumed that it all must be correct. The reality? it wasn’t. Taking the time to edit posts and read through them properly is something I’ve definitely found to be so important. I’ve read through some of my older blog posts in disbelief that I made so many mistakes, some sentences didn’t make sense and the amount of spelling mistakes was unreal. I think because of the fact that I touch type, I sometimes type so quickly that I don’t realise the mistakes I’m making, I just get carried away. So since reading back some of my older posts I’ve definitely learned that it’s always important to read through my posts even more than once sometimes before clicking that publish button. Yes ok, I might miss a few spelling mistakes here and there but hey, not everything has to be perfect.
Not making the most of the blogging community
Sure, I interact with my readers and I try my best to take the time to comment on fellow bloggers’ posts but I personally feel like I definitely haven’t made the most of the blogging community. There are so many Twitter accounts and Facebook groups dedicated to bringing bloggers together and increasing the engagement between bloggers but I’ve personally been too shy to take part in them and therefore feel like I’ve missed out on the opportunity to meet new people, promote my content and to just be in the middle of an amazing community. It’s something that I’m definitely hoping to be more of a part of in the near future and hopefully it will give me the chance to gain some more great opportunities.
Not sharing my blog with friends and family
I wrote an entire post giving the reasons as to why I didn’t tell anyone about my blog earlier in the year, you can read it here if you wish to do so. But I definitely consider this to be one of the mistakes I’ve made along the way. Since sharing my blog with the people around me I’ve received such amazing support and it made me wonder why I didn’t tell anyone sooner. Sure, I do still feel embarrassed at times, I’m not quite sure why but hearing my friends and family saying how proud they are and how much they like my blog makes me feel like I’ve achieved something and their support definitely means a lot to me.
What are some of the blogging mistakes you’ve made? Let me know in the comments as I would love to hear from you.
Thank you for reading as always.