10 Things to avoid as a new blogger
If I could go back in time and change most of the things I did in my first few months of blogging, I totally would! While the blogging world is pretty supportive all around, there are definitely certain things that a new blogger should avoid! These are things that I either experienced, learned along the way, or tips that I’ve recieved over years.
When I mean “spamming” I’m talking about blasting yourself out there. While self promotion is something that we need to do as bloggers, there are certain limiations that you need ot follow as a new blogger. One of the most common places that spamming can occur is when commenting on your fellow bloggers. No one is going to get mad that you left your blog url in the comment section, but you need to be providing to the conversation. This is also something to notice on social media platforms as well!
Even though you love another blogger’s content, don’t ever plagiarize. Not only is it actually against the law, but you’ll never be able to regain the trust of our community. While there are not many “original” ideas anymore, you need to create content that is in your own words. The same principle also applies to social media!
3. The Number Game
I’ve recently published a post talking about why I’m not chasing the ever changing blogging numbers. It doesn’t matter how big or small your blog is, it still is yours. I don’t want to be that person, but there is no one else like you! If you are producing amazing content, then the numbers will come to you.
4. Buying followers, view, likes, anything!
Holy cow, please don’t do this. It kind of stems back to the number game. While you may think that more followers will help you grow, it is not the way to go about anything. There is also a post about how to grow your Instagram engagement that just came out recently! Not only can everyone find out if you have bought anything, but brands are also able to tell.
5. Not being consistent
This is definitely one on the list that I struggled with for a while. Most of it was the fear of not being as good as other bloggers, and the rest of it was just not making time! While my blog isn’t massive, I have noticed significant growth ever since I began blogging consistently, but it has made the whole process more fun!
6. Not sharing with your friends and family
Again, preaching to the choir! I was so afraid of what my friends and family would think about my blog that I don’t think I really told anyone for a while. I’m pretty sure only my mother knew that I had started a blog. I would get embarassed when people found it, but now, I’m super proud to tell others! The crazy thing is that most people find it really amazing!
7. Expecting to make money from the start
It seriously took me a while to make any sort of money from my blog or social channels. There are always people who are going to be doing better than you, but that shouldn’t make you stop. You can check out my post with three reasons to not worry about making money at first! If you keep blogging away, eventually you’ll get opportunities, and even if you don’t, blogging should be fun!
8. Not creating SMART goals
Alright, the marketing girl in me is coming out. If you don’t know, SMART goals are something that you can measure, and they are specific to your needs. If you want to reach a certain number of email subscribers in three months, that is an example! I love creating SMART goals at work, and for my blog as well! Plus, I’m all about the accountability!
9. Not connecting with other bloggers
The first few months of blogging, I really didn’t try and connect with my fellow bloggers. Once I got in my first blogging group back in the day, it totally changed my mind! I actually still keep up with some of those girls from years ago, and I’ve been able to find a bunch of amazing. bloggers right where I live! It is a great way to learn more about blogging, and it is an amazing form of support too!
10. Giving up
I have wanted to give up blogging so many times. There were times when I hated my photos, I didn’t like what I was writing about, and I just felt like I was going nowhere. I don’t think I could ever express how thankful I am that I kept going. Also, the amount of information I have learned from real life experience is crucial to my blogging life!
What do you wish you had known as a new blogger?