Hey loves! I wanted to share a post about 5 mistakes to avoid when you start blogging, based on my personal experience. Maybe you’ve been blogging for a while already. Either way, I hope these are good tips for you to keep in mind as you start your blog or continue growing it!
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Don’t get me wrong, I’m still learning day by day.. that’s the great thing about blogging! You are constantly learning. A quick background on me and my blogging journey.. I started blogging approximately 3 years ago, I actually was always intrigued about it but too intimidated to start up my own. To me, blogging seemed overwhelming and way too complex to understand.
You may be feeling the same way! But guess what, I figured it out! I’m no mastermind when it comes to all this stuff, but with trial and error, you can definitely make your own blog as well. I finally dove in and took the leap when my boyfriend went away for Army Training, I was going insane with so much free time and I finally decided to use that time and learn how to blog. Best decision ever!
So let’s jump right in, here’s the 5 mistakes you should avoid when you start your blog!
Overthinking and hesitation is the number one reason people don’t accomplish their goals. Do not spend too much time behind your screen debating on what name to use, what to post about, how you want your website to look.. Of course you want to spend some time and put thought into this, but don’t fall into the trap of hesitation from all your thinking. My tip here is to set a deadline of when you want to come up with your blog name, brand, content, and stick to it!
There are many other bloggers and creators out there, that’s the great thing about this platform. Anybody and everybody can do it, but what separates you from everybody else is your unique style! I do this myself sometimes, I scroll through Twitter or Pinterest and come across other bloggers who have great content and great themes. Then, I’ll compare their content with my own and start becoming hard on myself. Best tip is to jump into blogging and follow what your heart wants to write! Follow your instinct when it comes to your blog style. Use others’ for inspiration but never for comparison.
3. Spending too much $$$ straight away
When you begin your blog, you will see there are some costs for certain things. A good quality theme will cost money, a good hosting service will cost money, and any extra services or plug-ins you want to use can cost money. When you first begin, I would go with the most simple host and simple theme before you complicate everything. Get a feel for the blog and your content before you go overboard investing in the website. Personally, I started with Bluehost which has some flexible payment options, and I chose a free theme on my WordPress.
4. Lack of consistency or planning
When you begin your blog, you should set aside some time to think about the content you want to put out and how often. The only way you will grow your blog to success is with consistency. Don’t overwhelm yourself, I’d start out posting minimum once a week and build up from there!
5. Not willing to invest patience and time
Starting a blog, no matter what it’s about, will be stressful to a certain extent. When you first begin, you will feel moments of overwhelm and confusion. I promise, it gets better with time! As you use your blog more and more, you will grow familiar with it all. At first, you have to be patient and understand that you will want to throw your computer at the wall sometimes. I know when I first began, I was so overwhelmed and frustrated, some days I would just shut off the computer and walk away for a while because my brain felt so fried. This is normal and maybe to some of you, blogging will come easier than others! Either way, plenty of fellow bloggers are here to help you out and there’s some great free courses online to learn how to start up your blog! If any questions, feel free to email or contact me on social media! 🙂
I could maybe go on a bit more with mistakes I’ve made blogging but then we’d be here all day, so these are my top 5 most memorable mistakes that I would want to point out to any new bloggers out there. I hope these help and remember, I am here to help and answer any questions! I’m also learning still to this day, and I know I have a lot to improve on. That’s the great thing about blogging I think, you are constantly learning and challenging yourself!
Most importantly, take the leap! Don’t hesitate! And have fun!
Q: If you have been blogging for some time, what mistake would you avoid if you could go back in time? Let me know in the comments!