Blogging Mistakes That I Have Made

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.

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, 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.

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!

 

57 Comments

  1. 10th September 2017 / 2:53 pm

    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

    • 10th September 2017 / 4:39 pm

      That is so true! It is so important to stay true to who you are with your blog. Thank you, that really means a lot to me!xx

  2. 10th September 2017 / 4:14 pm

    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

    • 10th September 2017 / 4:41 pm

      Thank you! It is really important to not rush them for sure, and good on you for being clear with the ones that try to push! Telling them that is definitely the best thing to do xx

  3. 10th September 2017 / 5:23 pm

    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

    • 10th September 2017 / 9:02 pm

      Thank you, and I am glad you think so! Haha don’t say that! SEO really is!xx

  4. Asaake
    10th September 2017 / 6:20 pm

    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!

    • 10th September 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Thank you! I do that now too, it’s much better that way. It’s so good isn’t it?!xx

  5. 10th September 2017 / 7:57 pm

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

    • 10th September 2017 / 9:05 pm

      Thank you, and I love your blog though! Thank you, that means a lot!xx

  6. Yiota
    10th September 2017 / 8:34 pm

    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

    • 10th September 2017 / 9:05 pm

      That’s true! I was exactly the same haha! Thank you lovely xx

  7. 10th September 2017 / 8:38 pm

    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

    • 10th September 2017 / 9:06 pm

      Thank you, and I am glad you think so! It’s all about learning from your mistakes for sure! I’m glad you love your content now xx

    • 10th September 2017 / 9:08 pm

      Thank you, and I am glad you think so! It really is xx

  8. 10th September 2017 / 9:19 pm

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

    • 10th September 2017 / 10:02 pm

      Thank you, I’m glad you think so! It really is xx

  9. 10th September 2017 / 10:36 pm

    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

    • 10th September 2017 / 10:40 pm

      Thank you, and I’m glad you think so! Taking breaks are a must, and learning to say no definitely helps xx

  10. 10th September 2017 / 11:09 pm

    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

    • 10th September 2017 / 11:18 pm

      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

  11. 10th September 2017 / 11:27 pm

    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

    • 12th September 2017 / 10:42 am

      That’s a good idea, it definitely seems like a good way of taking the pressure off! It’s all about trial and error and finding out what works for you for sure xx

  12. 11th September 2017 / 2:29 pm

    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

    • 12th September 2017 / 10:49 am

      Thank you, and I am glad you think so! That’s true, you definitely find a mix of mix of PR companies xx

  13. 12th September 2017 / 12:25 am

    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

    • 12th September 2017 / 10:51 am

      That’s true, it’s all about learning xx

  14. 12th September 2017 / 3:33 am

    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)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

    • 12th September 2017 / 10:55 am

      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

  15. 12th September 2017 / 8:19 am

    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

    • 12th September 2017 / 11:01 am

      Thank you, and I am glad you think so! It’s all about trial and error to find what works with you, and I hope you manage to use Twitter more xx

  16. 12th September 2017 / 11:04 am

    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. 🙂

    • 12th September 2017 / 11:15 am

      Thank you, that means a lot! It’s all about trial and error and finding what works for you, you learn so much with blogging! I’m glad it has helped you xx

  17. 12th September 2017 / 11:28 am

    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

    • 13th September 2017 / 1:20 pm

      I’m glad you think so! It really is, and it’s not a problem thank you for reading xx

  18. 12th September 2017 / 4:11 pm

    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

    • 13th September 2017 / 1:21 pm

      Thank you, I’m glad you think so! It can get so exciting at first to start saying yes to everything, but you learn. I hope you manage to find a schedule that works for you xx

  19. 12th September 2017 / 5:41 pm

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

  20. 12th September 2017 / 6:58 pm

    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

    • 13th September 2017 / 1:23 pm

      Thank you, I’m glad you think so! I’m not sure if there is a limit, as I either do three a day or five a day, and it’s let me schedule them for weeks in advance xx

  21. 12th September 2017 / 9:20 pm

    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

    • 13th September 2017 / 1:24 pm

      Thank you, I’m glad you like it! You do get so excited, even though they aren’t the best fit, but you soon learn xx

  22. 13th September 2017 / 12:37 am

    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

    • 13th September 2017 / 1:25 pm

      Thank you! Blogging is all about learning for sure, and I think a lot of people will make these sort of mistakes! I hope you manage to find something that works for you xx

  23. 13th September 2017 / 9:27 am

    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

    • 13th September 2017 / 1:26 pm

      Thank you, that means a lot! SEO can be really confusing for sure, but that’s true it’s all about time! It really is!xx

  24. 13th September 2017 / 11:38 pm

    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

    • 17th September 2017 / 10:55 am

      Thank you, I am glad you think so! There is so much learning to do with blogging. The RT accounts are so good and they really work! It really does feel good to know you’re improving xx

    • 17th September 2017 / 10:57 am

      Thank you! It makes the whole blogging process a lot easier xx

  25. 16th September 2017 / 10:40 pm

    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.

    • 17th September 2017 / 10:59 am

      It can be really hard not to compare yourself to other bloggers, and that’s true! If a trend doesn’t fit with you then there is no pressure at all to follow it xx

  26. 19th September 2017 / 10:19 pm

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

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