I’m not saying there is a perfect way to blog, as well all do things differently and have our own ways of doing things. This is just a list of things that I never did at the start which I do now that really help. 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, and I’m sure I could do another of these posts in time to come, of more mistakes I’ve made, as I find blogging to be one whole learning process. It is good to see the mistakes and be able to change 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, and that pretty much meant I was taken advantage of. Now 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, but now I know that I should stick to my schedule, but give myself enough to time to fully test the product, so I really know what I’m talking about. I like to make the brand aware of this, so they aren’t left wondering where the post is, as long as you communicate it will be okay.
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, but 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.
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.
I used to really cringe reading my posts back. No idea why, I just didn’t like reading my own posts, so 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, so if you don’t read it back you’re going to publishing all of these grammar mistakes and it’s going to put people off. I now make sure to read all of my posts back, and read them out loud to make sure it reads well.
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.
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!