Blogging Mistakes I Have Made

I’m not saying there is a perfect way to blog. We all do things differently and have our own ways of doing things. This is a list of things that I never used to do, but I find that they really well.  Blogging isn’t easy and I think that’s why a number of people don’t stick with it. It’s time-consuming and I spend practically all of my free time doing something blog related.

I’ve had this blog for nearly three years now. I’m sure I could do another one of these posts in time to come, of more mistakes I’ve made. Blogging is a learning process, but it’s good to see mistakes and learn from them.

It’s Okay to Say No

I used to get so excited for PR emails that I’d pretty much say yes to anything. Now I realise I was pretty much taken advantage of. I find it extremely important to only take on opportunities that fit with my blog and that I have time to do. It’s important to remember that not every opportunity is worth it, but the right ones will come along.

Take Your Time

I used to feel so much pressure when I received PR samples to get the post up straight away. Now I know that I should stick to my schedule, but give myself enough to time to fully test the product. I like to make the brand aware of this, so they aren’t left wondering where the post is. Communication is the key.

Set a Schedule

When I first started I would write a post get the photos done and publish it. If it was ridiculously late at night I’d wait and publish it the next day. Sometimes I would forget and that would go on for a few days. Now I have my schedule of Sundays and Wednesdays at 1:30pm. Scheduling posts is a life saver too, as it gives you noting to worry about, this also means you can plan ahead so you aren’t stressing about having no content up.

SEO

At the beginning I saw people talking about SEO, but I switched off and didn’t look into it. There are still things I need to learn about SEO and things I definitely need to change. It is definitely something worth looking into, and I’m trying my best to simplify and share what I learn, and I started with No Follow Links and how important they are.

Promote Your Posts

I never used to promote my posts, I’d publish them and that would be that. Promoting your content is so important to reach a wider audience. This is mainly done by scheduling tweets, which isn’t fun. It might not be fun, but it is worth it, as there are plenty of different ways to do it. I use Tweet-deck on my computer, but I know a lot of people use Buffer.

Clear and Bright Photos

When I first started taking pictures for this blog, I took them on my dressing table which has a glass top and it wasn’t great. The reflections and shadows were horrendous. Now I take my pictures on my bed, because it is right next to a window to get all of that natural lighting. I also use things like clothes and wallpaper samples as backgrounds which makes it easier to edit.

Proofread

I used to really cringe reading my posts back. No idea why, I just didn’t like reading my own posts. You can guess what happened… mistakes and plenty of them. It’s so easy to misspell something and not notice until you read it back. If you don’t read it back you’re going to be publishing all of these grammar mistakes and it’s going to put people off. I make sure to read all of my posts back, and read them out loud to make sure it reads well. Sometimes this doesn’t clear everything up, but it really helps.

Take a Break

It is very easy for all of this to get too much, as you can end up devoting so much of your time too it, and it’s a lot; especially if you’re on social media all of the time too. A lot of the time if I’m struggling to write a post, I know it’s because I need a break, so I take about a week off or however long I feel like I need, and then I come back with plenty of ideas. I used to feel terrible when taking a break and like a ‘bad blogger’, but that’s not true at all.

Be You

I think this is so important, as it’s your blog, and you can do whatever you want with it. Just because a certain blog post is doing well for someone else it doesn’t mean it’ll work for you. There’s no pressure to do what someone else is doing. If you want to do your own version of that post then that’s fine, but you don’t need to do it just because someone else is. I used to be so influenced by what other people did, and what posts were popular, but now I like to stick with what I know works for me and my blog.

Have you made any blogging mistakes?

Thank you for reading!

 

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60 responses to “Blogging Mistakes I Have Made”

  1. Nikita says:

    Being you is the most important thing! We’ve all made mistakes, but those are what helped us grow and learn to become what we are now. x Your photos are always stunning and are such an example to me. xx Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

  2. Naya says:

    These are excellent tips! I agree 100% especially about junk PR e-mails and rushing to publish reviews. There are still some people who try to “push me” from time to time – but it is worth being clear with them from the start. I always tell companies and PR agencies that I need X amount of time.

    Naya // http://www.partyparrotblog.com

  3. Elise says:

    These are great mistakes to learn from! As a new blogger to the community I could use all the tips I can get 😉 And SEO is so important, been working on that a lot more now! Thanks!!
    Elise | http://www.elisebythepiece.com

  4. Asaake says:

    I agree with you on all of this. I have rejected more PR offers than I accept and I don’t feel bad for that. Also scheduling gives me so much peace of kind!

  5. Louise says:

    Love this post girl! I definitely need to step up my game with my blog. Your photography in this post is insanse though Hannah!

  6. Yiota says:

    Taking a break is important, it’s necessary to step back and find inspiration. And I didn’t promote my posts at the beginning and I was waiting for a miracle, that someone would find my blog and like it haha!! Great post! x

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

  7. Abby says:

    This was really helpful, even as an experienced blogger. I used to take awful pictures for my blog and didn’t used to write much in a post which was a terrible mistake, but we live and learn and I now love my blog content.

    Abby | https://teenagehomedder.blogspot.co.uk

  8. Kris says:

    These are such great tips! I need to get into SEO and I agree, being yourself is the most important thing!

    Have an amazing day!
    xx Kris

    https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

  9. Sakuranko says:

    This post is really inspiring darling
    Thanks for share this post with us~ always is important be ourselves!
    Great post!

  10. Love this post and I totally agree with all these points – taking breaks are so important and saying no to brands if it doesn’t fit in with your blog.
    Sarah X

  11. Tiffany says:

    Loved this post! I’ve made so many of these mistakes and it’s completely normal! I also never used to promote my blog posts for some reason, I can’t imagine not tweeting them out now. I’m also with you on it’s okay to say no, now I’ve been blogging for a few years I feel I can be a bit more picky about what I choose to feature on my blog and now I know exactly what is relevant and what isn’t x

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    • luxuryblush says:

      Thank you, and I definitely agree it is really normal! It’s strange isn’t it, once you start you have to carry on haha! I feel you definitely get to a point where you know what is suitable for your blog and what isn’t xx

  12. becky says:

    Agreed so much with the first two points – I’d have a few agencies or companies contact me to do a post in exchange for product, and I don’t do those anymore. Because they gave the product to me free of charge, I’d feel like I always have to say something good about it or provide a super in depth review which I’m not about. Now I only accept products in consideration for a post, and that’s fine too!

    becky @ star violet

  13. Lucy says:

    Great post – these are all spot on!

    I used to feel the pressure too with PR sample deadlines, however I have come to understand that the best PR companies to work with are understanding and don’t pressure you. Meaning you have time to get the right photos and write up x

    http://www.curiouser-and-curiouser.co.uk

  14. Radi says:

    I think we all have made these same mistakes, but it’s good that we can learn from them and move on. It’s all about getting better!

    http://www.fashionradi.com

  15. the adventurer says:

    I’ve made some of the same mistakes while having me blog, and like you it feels like I spend all of my extra time taking photos for me blog, writing or editing. But in the end I’m proud of the posts I share =o)

    • luxuryblush says:

      I’m sure a lot of people will have made them too, but it’s all about learning and moving on from your mistakes! Blogging definitely takes up a lot of time, but if you’re proud then that’s all that matters xx

  16. Eleni says:

    Such a useful set of advice. I certainly need to start scheduling my posts, just not sure what time works best yet. Oh, and I don’t get on with Twitter, so trying to get to use it more!
    http://www.rougenapples.com

  17. Annie says:

    I really enjoyed this post. I’m definitely working on having a stricter schedule. I don’t really have a set day that I publish which means my posts are a little bit all over the place. I was able to take a lot away from this post so thank you for sharing. 🙂

  18. Nina says:

    These are such great and helpful tips ! it’s all about learning and moving on from our mistakes!
    Thanks for sharing !

    Nina
    xox
    http://www.thecrispylipstick.com

  19. Jenny says:

    These are all such great tips! I was definitely guilty of saying yes to all PR samples even when I knew the products/brands might not be a good fit. Setting up a schedule is still something I’m working on, though I do try to post at least once a week!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

  20. I love these tips, I am definitely going to remember these! xx

  21. Melina says:

    These are super great tips Han! You actually reminded me to reschedule all my tweets again! Question, how many tweets does tweetdeck allow you to have scheduled at once? xx

    Melina | http://www.ivefoundwaldo.com

  22. Grace says:

    Loved reading this post and I cannot agree more with what you said! I remember getting some of my first PR emails and I got so excited but they were about completely irrelevant to my blog so now I am learning to say no!
    Grace xx
    gracexkate.blogspot.co.uk

  23. Loving your post! I had my blog for almost four years now and I still find myself making a few of theses mistakes. After reading your post I am definitely going to try to set up a schedule for myself.

    Samara | themarshallwardrobe.BlogSpot.com

  24. Charlotte says:

    Can I just say that the photos you’ve taken for this post is beautiful, I adore them!! I’m continuing to begin to learn about SEO it can be confusing but it just takes time. Being yourself is super important
    Charlotte / Charlotte’s Picks

  25. Ellie says:

    This is such a great post and it’s so true! I’ve only had my blog a few months over a year and I’ve learnt so much in such a short period of time, a lot of those things similar to these! I only started promoting tweets and using RT accounts on twitter a few months ago which has made such a huge difference its crazy! I love learning new things and tricks with blogging though it just feels so good to know you’re improving somehow!

    Ellie x

    elliesbitsofbeauty.com

  26. Kaithlin says:

    Such good tips – I’m definitely going to start a schedule. K x
    http://www.highstreetcoutureblog.com/

  27. Kimberly says:

    I used to, and it’s really hard not, compare myself to other bloggers. Then there is the ageism issue. I really don’t want to follow the trends of dainty, white and hard to read fonts. I’m not that kind of girl.

  28. Georgie says:

    Love all these! I always used to say yes to work but now I don’t feel bad about saying no x

  29. Samantha says:

    I came here from your latest post!! I agree with so much of this. I used to be the same with PR emails, but nowadays I always ask for a budget and I’m much more likely to say no if I’m not overwhelmed by a product. Like you say, we can be taken advantage of otherwise.

    I re-read my latest post after publish and noticed one or two typos which isn’t like me. It’s really cringy though! I corrected them straigt away. I’ve been really trying to be more careful with spellings and grammar lately. English is my strong-point so there’s no excuse, It does put people off like yo say.
    Fab post!

    Samantha x
    http://thebeautyspyglass.com

    • luxuryblush says:

      Ah thank you! I’m glad you agree too. It’s definitely something you feel more comfortable with in time, at the beginning it feels like such an achievement, that you jump on everything haha! It’s not nice, but it’s true. It’s so cringe isn’t it?! Seeing typos after publishing is never fun. Thank you so much!xx

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