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Common MISTAKES New Bloggers Make (+ FREE Blogging Milestone Checklist)

They say practice makes perfect, right?

It’s obvious that nobody gets blogging down pat the moment they post their first article. It takes a lot of trial and error to grow a blog from the ground up, and, as with anything, you gotta start somewhere.

That being said, there are a lot of mistakes that are consistent with newer bloggers. After a while, it feels sort of stupid that we even did them in the first place,* but it’s not anything to be embarrassed by. Blogging is definitely a learning process. That’s why we like to help each other out when we can.

So today I’d like to point out a few mistakes new bloggers typically make when they’re getting started and how to turn those flaws into growth!


*AND ALL THE BLOGGERS SAID AMEN

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they post all the time

It always tears me up inside to see a brand-new blogger who looks like she’s off to a great start. She’s got a cute blog. Great personality. Her post ideas are great!

Buuuut… she posts 6 times a week.

This pattern is not okay for a few reasons. First of all, that blogger is putting quantity over quality. Sure, you might get a lot of views and followers at first, but your posts aren’t getting too much of a point across. You’re just throwing ideas out there for other bloggers to take and make higher-quality posts about.

Second — YOU ARE GOING TO BURN OUT VERY VERY QUICKLY! If you’re posting, say, three times a week, not only are you going to have to make mid-quality posts but you also have to publish 12 per month. And after churning them out for a while, you’re going to hate blogging.

Please don’t do that. Your words deserve to be said.

The key is to find the schedule that fits you. For a long time, I was posting twice a week. Eventually, I got to a point where I realized my posts were becoming harder to write. So I dropped to once a week, and I have 3281x more freedom and 291843x better posts!

I know a blogger who posts thrice a week (and writes high-quality stuff) and a blogger who posts once a month. Find what’s good for you and stick with it.

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they are unprofessional OR impersonal

I’m not the most professional blogger out there. You could name ten other bloggers and they’d probably all rank higher than me in the professional-post-writing national ranking. Heck, I fill my posts with stupid GIFs of Lego ninja!

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New bloggers like to look very professional at first. That’s understandable. You want people to know that your content is going to be relevant, believable, and neat.

On the flip side, there are others who throw professionalism out the window and make things as fun as possible, which is just as understandable as the former! You also want to be a fun and relatable writer who has a personal connection with your readers.

This is something a lot of people (including myself) have to think about more often. There’s a misconception that professional content is rival to personal content, so we just pick one and run with it. But why do that when using them together makes your blog even more captivating??

The master of personal/professional posts is the one and only Abbie Emmons. Go read a post or two on her blog (actually, go read all her stuff) and watch how she uses both sides to create an informative but entertaining post!

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they talk about themselves… all the time

confession: I don’t like reading those ‘life update’ posts. I refuse to read through the monthly ‘what’s been going on’ posts. And I don’t give a flip about most tags.*

Why?

BECAUSE THERE ARE LIKE 327 PER WEEK, THAT’S WHY.

The truth = people like to read things that will benefit them, not inform about you. I am not an exception, and neither are you. Because we are human.

Let me set the record straight — it’s perfectly okay to do the occasional tag or life update. There’s no problem with letting people know what you’ve been up to or doing a fun tag. The problem occurs when you’re posting about yourself pretty much every time you post.

If you realize this is what you’re doing, don’t feel bad!! I’m 100% guilty of this, too, especially when I run out of ideas. To get out of the rut of posting about your own endeavors, do some research. What are some things in your niche that the world needs to know? Start learning, start experiencing, and give your readers something to learn from.


*possibly why i never do them??? someday…

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Today’s not only a posting day, it’s the day I finally release the Special Content™ I have been planning literally forever!! it’s taken me so long omg but I’m excited about it anyway!!

As the author of a small blog, it’s hard to see exactly what comes next in the journey. Even more confusing is what you need to do in order to get that growth. That’s why I put together a handy-dandy printable checklist of milestones to go from 0 to 1000 followers! *squeals*

To get the link, sign up to my weekly email list (you can unsub at any time) and you’ll receive an email with the link. If you’re already a subscriber, all you have to do is check your email!

click this link to sign up and receive your free checklist! 💙

What about you? What mistakes did you make as a baby blogger? What are the most common you find on the blogosphere? Are you a professional or personal writer? Hit me up in the comments!

love,

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49 thoughts on “Common MISTAKES New Bloggers Make (+ FREE Blogging Milestone Checklist)”

  1. Ahhh I’m brand new to blogging and this is so helpful! I definitely picked a few of these tips up from the blogs I’ve been following for a long time (ex i have the same disinterest in posts about the author’s life) but then some things I still need to think about (ex professional v personal) Great post, thanks!
    ~Isabel
    chasingfantasia.wordpress.com

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  2. Great post, Abby. And omw I can relate to these mistakes because I made a LOT of them when I was first starting out, and even now I’m not immune to all of them. I’m still trying to find my writing-style and Abbiee has been a huge inspiration and role model in all blogging areas, but especially in the writing style part.

    To tell you the truth, I think you do a great job mixing professional AND unprofessional! I actually don’t like personal blogs by people that are completely impersonal and overly professional. To them I just want to say LIGHTEN UP A BIT!

    Again, awesome post. 😉

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    1. me too! haha! YES ABBIEE IS WONDERFUL. her style is beautiful, i’m sure a ton of us take inspiration from it 🙂
      those 100% stoic, professional people make me a tad uncomfortable because it’s like THEY’RE uncomfortable to be here. why are you blogging if it sounds like you’d rather be writing essays?? haha lighten up!
      thank you, kendra! 💙

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  3. This was just the post I needed Abby!
    I just started my blog a few weeks ago, and I agree with all your points hole-heartedly.
    I definitely agree about the ‘people like to read things that benefit them’, because, if one blogger does tags after tags, I find myself skimming them, and completely loose interest.

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  4. I actually am glad that I had enough common sense to only post once a week when I first began. 😂 I only do tags (that are months old by the time I do them…) when I am at lost for a post (which rarely happens because I have a mess in my drafts) or if I feel slightly guilty for not doing them… 😂
    I’m trying to remember what I did at first.
    I just checked my blog. Gonna be honest, this sounds self-centered but I didn’t do that bad at first aside from needing to find my writing voice. 😛

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    1. oh yeah 😂 i didn’t get that memo as a baby blogger but I FIXED IT THAT COUNTS RIGHT? same with tags, yikes. they never stop coming, right? oh dear 😛
      hey that’s not self centered! i remember you were a really good blogger from the beginning 😍 you definitely have your voice down pat now though!

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  5. Great post with some great tips for new bloggers!

    P.S. I joined your email list, but I think you still have Mailchimp setup with your old blog. Anytime it offered to take me to your website it took me to your old blog.

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  6. Thanks for this Abby!! This is gonna help me with my little ole blog. 😉 I’ll see if I can pull it up tomorrow.
    And funny thing I thought I’d tell you..
    My 4 year old brother was watching a show about professions. My mom asked him the classic question, “what do you wanna be when you grow up?” And get this…
    “I wanna be a ninja and fight bad guys”
    He was serious about it!! 😂😂 I just thought I’d share that with you… make you smile maybe.. 😆

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      1. Haha, I like Lloyd, but Jay is my FAV. He has a bunch of the LEGO sets and sometimes I play with the people. 😂
        Yes, don’t get rid of your memes. I LOVE EM!! 💕

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  7. This is a great post! wishes I had it when I was a newbie blogger I definitely agree about quality over quantity- not only will the blogger run out of ideas sooner, but ain’t nobody got time to read that many blog posts. 😉 I’m a little weird though in that I love reading life updates and tags? I see what you mean about wanting to read something that will benefit the reader, and I don’t think bloggers should talk about themselves ALLL the time, but it’s nice to get to know the blogger a little better every once in a while. 😉

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    1. thanks, olivia! laugh-cries aint nobody got time for that is right!! nonono it’s not weird to like tags, they are just annoying when the same person does them every. single. week. they are meant to be fun breaks in between your regular posting, not to BECOME your regular posting, you know? 😋

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  8. Great post, and great blog 🙂 This isn’t my first run at things. A couple of years back I ceased on all writing, chucked out all my WIP’s, closed down my blogs, my social media accounts, and completely wen’t off the grid. It was a desperate move during desperate times. (Ahh, the good ole’ days).

    Anyways, I figured it’s time for a fresh start, so I set up a new email, new account, new site. Completely fresh restart. I forgot how hard it was to build a following! What pulled me back in was the community. Anyway, check out my blog if you fancy it, I haven’t got much to offer right now, but I will be posting writing/blogging advice, fiction, lifestyle/inspiration articles, and posting my art journey when it suits. (I’m not much of an artist, but I do occasionally get the urge to sketch…)
    What finally got me back was the eulogy I’d written for my grandfather. I felt an overwhelming need to share it. I have it featured in my nav bar, despite it being personal and void of SEO. It stands as an example of the exception, where something close to home overrules the standardised rules of google. Personal vs professional- like you said, why draw a line between them? I want the eulogy to be one of the first things people see when they arrive on my blog, and that’s how it’s staying 😉 Here’s the link if you’re interested…
    https://gdholdawayauthor.wordpress.com/2018/09/19/a-eulogy/

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    1. hi, gary! first off, thanks for reading, and second thanks for the AWESOME COMMENT 🤗
      oh yeah, this is my… third blog, i think? it does feel great to get off the grid, at least for a little while. welcome back to the blogosphere, haha!
      kudos for posting something so personal to you! i know well how SEO affects your traffic but personal work is just so much more welcoming and i really value that in a blog. so good for you! i’ll definitely check out your eulogy, friend 👍
      thanks again for reading!

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      1. Thanks a lot, I’d appreciate that! Also, your blogging milestone is great. I printed it off and have checked what’s already complete. I can’t wait to have it all filled in. It’s pinned to my chalk board above my desk space. Hey, since ‘first collab’ is something to check off that list, how about we do? I’m open to all kinds of ideas. I enjoy writing lifestyle posts, as in health, fitness, psychology, philosophy, personal stories and inspiration. Mainly though, I’m a fiction writer, with a love of flash fiction and short stories. Let me know if you want to work together on something!

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  9. Lovely post, Abby! I’m fairly new at blogging- started about a month and a half ago, so your post is very helpful. Thanks for sharing. 😀

    And I agree with many of your points! I love the idea of mixing professional with personal-ness (??). As you can see, I’m struggling a bit in the professionalism area even in my comments. XD I think you’re doing a great job of it though! I love the professional look of your blog and I think it’s adorable and lovely and ahhh. ❤

    Thanks!
    Lilian – greenteawithbooks.wordpress.com (If you’rd like to check out my blog, please do!! I would love to see you over there. No pressure if you’re not interested though. :))

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    1. hi, lilian! nice to meet you 😊 welcome to the blogosphere! jazz hands

      haha, don’t worry! i’ve been blogging for 2 years now and i haven’t gotten the hang of it either 😂 AHH THANK YOU !! you’re so sweet!

      omg your blog sounds awesome of course i’ll go visit! thanks for your lovely comment! ✨

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      1. Same! 😀 Thanks! The blogosphere is lovely and I’m having an amazing time traveling about(st?) it. 😛

        Dude, you’ve totally got the hang of it! Your blog is gorgeous! and your content! 😀

        Yayy thanks! Hope you enjoy!

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      2. AhhhhHHH thanks! It’s awesome that people think my blog looks nice. I designed mine, so sometimes I’m like “does it look good or not? I think it looks good, but I designed it, so…” xD

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      3. Aw thanks, girl. ^_^ You’re too nice. xP (it’s actually, *cough*, the second blog that I’ve designed myself, so I’ve had some practice)

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  10. Well I love to write about human feeling and simple mistakes they commit every time.
    I mainly write this for satisfaction of me only, but I know if other read it, it will be better.
    Anyway, thanks for the idea and yep, I am never gonna change

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