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
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.
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!
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!
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.*
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…
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!