5 blogging mistakes I’ve made

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.

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I hope you enjoy today’s post and without further ado let’s begin.

1. 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 Β in the future.

2. Pressurizing myself

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 unneccessary 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.

3. 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.

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4. 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.

5. 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.

That concludes my post for today, I hope you all enjoyed it.

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.

Elin x

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19 Comments

  1. September 6, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    Great post ! Thank you so much for sharing !!!

  2. September 6, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    Number 2 has always been a struggle of mine (and not just in blogging), pressuring myself that I had to write a blog post, or I had to write it perfectly, but the trouble was/is that having a mindset like that takes the joy out of blogging. I’ll try to blog as regularly as possible, but sometimes other aspects of life get in the way, and I try not to beat myself up about that.

    • September 6, 2017 / 8:03 pm

      I can definitely relate to you there. I think it’s just important to remember that it’s ok to take a step back sometimes. Thank you for reading.

  3. September 6, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    So true!!
    Amazing post Elin!
    sorry… another amazing post Elin!
    pleasure to read it!

  4. September 6, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    I so agree with all of these points- loved reading this xx I am definitely guilty of feeling bad about spamming people’s social media with promoting blog posts so I don’t do it enough! <3 πŸ™‚

    • September 6, 2017 / 9:41 pm

      So glad I’m not the only one! I’m glad you could relate. Thank you for reading lovely πŸ™‚ xx

  5. September 7, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    Thanks for sharing them with us! I will try not to make them!😜

  6. September 7, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    this was super helpful and informative – thank you for posting. I am not sure I even know how to promote my blog beyond sharing with friends and family and now you have given me something to think about. I have found that interacting with other bloggers has been really enriching for me, both as a writer and just another person in the world. glad you are writing and blogging!

    • September 8, 2017 / 9:13 am

      Thank you! I’m glad my post was of some help to you. I think promoting content/blog post is something every blogger struggle with from time to time as it’s hard to know how to go about it sometimes but it’s all a learning curve and I’m sure you’ll get there πŸ™‚

  7. September 7, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    This is such a useful post! I loved reading it and think everything you’ve said is so important! I haven’t told my friends and family I have a blog yet, but I know I need to soon, and as you said, it will be a big weight lifted off my shoulders! X

    • September 8, 2017 / 9:11 am

      Thank you! I’m glad you found it useful. I definitely felt so relieved after telling my friends and family about my blog and I’m sure you will too, I’m sure they’ll support you and be proud of you no matter what x

  8. September 7, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    Pressurising ourselves is the worst mistake😣 I guess we all learn (even when it’s hard). Thank you so much for sharing!

    • September 8, 2017 / 9:14 am

      It definitely is! I think it’s something we all do without even realizing it sometimes. Thank you for reading as always x

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