After starting (and ending) 3 failed blogs, I know a lot about what NOT to do when it comes to blogging. From my first blog, Five More Minutes, to my current (and fabulous!) blog, A Bookworm’s Guide To Life, I take you through all my blogging blunders and mistakes.
Mistake #1 – bad design
On my first few blogs, I used a lot of garish colours. Use a site like Design Seeds to get good colour scheme – and make use of that white space!
Miatake #2 – spending to much time on getting traffic
So in my first few months of blogging there were hardly any posts on ABGtL.
As a newbie blogger, it took me a while become committed. But mainly because I spent most of my time trying to get traffic.
You know the old saying, content is king. How would I even have been able to get any traffic when I had no posts!?
In your first few months of blogging, don’t worry too much that about the fact that only 10 people read your blog. Some blogs become famous overnight. Others take time as the traffic slowly trickles in.
What’s important is that you focus on having quality posts and promoting them well.
Mistake #3 – changing design too often
Before I moved to a WordPress.org blog, I changed my theme nearly every day (no joke!). Even when I switched, I did it for a while. I still cringe at the memory.
How are you meant to create a recognisable brand when you keep on changing your theme? You need to keep your design consistent – but of course there’s nothing wrong with occasionaly changing your design.
Mistake #4 – not having a logo/tagline
Just like the point I made above^^, it’s important to create a brand. That what logos and tag lines are for.
Your logos can be really simple. Like mine is pretty much just an upside down and backwards b. It could even just be your blog name in a nice font.
Taglines are also essential – to let your reader know exactly what your blog is like before they even look at the about page. A personal favourite of mine is Paper Fury‘s. Read. Write. World domination.
Mistake #5 – thinking I don’t need my own domain
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a WordPress.com blog but when it’s time to get serious, self-hosted is the way to go.
When people land a your site, having your own domain is a sign of professionalism. And you get access to all sorts of themes and plugins.
Mistake #6 – not promoting posts on social media
I still can’t believe I thought I could get away with not getting any social accounts. Now Pinterest and Twitter are my kryptonite. I can’t not share.
There’s no point in writing an amazing post and having a fabulous blog (like mine!) if no one knows it exist. So promote to your heart’s content!
Have you made any blogging mistakes? Tell me in the comments!
Tomi is a book lover and the blogger behind A Bookworm’s Guide to Life which is a space for avid readers, creatives and all-round cool kids.