You know that old saying, hindsight is 20/20? It’s totally true, especially when it comes to blogging.
There are SO MANY things I wish I’d done differently, and it drives me crazy when I think back about what I should’ve done!
Ultimately, though, it is what it is. And honestly, I’d like to think that all of these things taught me valuable lessons that (eventually) propelled me in the right direction for my blog.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to take you forever to grow your blog, because you can learn from my mistakes and do even better faster! So, today I’m sharing my worst blogging mistakes of 2017, and why you don’t want to make these same ones!
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Not Paying Attention to Social Media Sooner
Now that I know what a mistake this was, it’s so frustrating to look back and realize that I should’ve been paying attention to social media sooner!
I thought trying to keep up with social media for my blog would be too difficult to juggle with writing content and maintaining my blog. When you consider writing foundational content, taking and editing photos, and promoting posts, there’s not a lot of extra time to focus on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (and those are just the big ones!)
Thankfully, though, with all kinds of social media schedulers out there now, it’s really not hard as hard as you’d think!
Take Pinterest for example. I’ve been focusing on Pinterest for awhile, and I 100% believe that my blog never would’ve taken off if not for Pinterest and my favorite scheduling tool, Tailwind.
If you want a scheduling tool to help you out, Tailwind is FANTASTIC. It helped me increase both my Pinterest followers and blog traffic exponentially. Before using Tailwind, I had maaaybe 200 Pinterest followers, and after just a few months, I’m now at over 3,000.
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For pretty much everything else you want to automate, Hootsuite is the way to go. At the beginning of 2018, I started my Instagram account and thanks to Hootsuite I’ve had my first few posts scheduled for weeks. This way, I don’t have to even think about my posts, Hootsuite will just send me a message with everything already set up!
It definitely helps save time and is SO easy to use. Plus, there’s a free version so you don’t have to worry about paying for it as a new blogger.
Even as a new blogger, it’s never too early to start working on your social media presence. Seriously, you’ll thank yourself later!
Not Investing in Myself and My Blog
Investing in your blog is scary, especially when you’re just starting out. You’re basically investing in yourself, and saying that you’re so confident that eventually you will be successful, that you’re willing to bet money on it.
When you’re completely new to the blogosphere and have no idea what you’re doing, this is a big risk. But I so wish that I’d taken that risk from the beginning. It would’ve saved me so much trouble and time, because now I’ve really got to play catch-up.
Honestly though, it wasn’t just the fact that I’d be betting on my own skills that scared me, it’s also that I thought it was so much more expensive than it really is.
Take my blog design for example. Seems pretty professional, right? It fits my personality and the audience I want to reach. Guess what? It didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. In fact, it cost me the same as it would for a date night for me and my husband.
I waited so long to really start investing in my blog because I just assumed that it cost too much for me as a newbie blogger, when it really didn’t cost much at all! Some bloggers out there want you to believe that the best blog design costs $100 or more, but it really can be as cheap as $15-$20.
My point is, don’t let money stop you from starting and growing your blog. There are plenty of reasonable resources out there (you can view my favorites here) that don’t require you to spend hundreds of dollars. Even a hosting plan can cost as little as $3.95 a month!
Not Focusing on Branding My Blog
This kind of goes back to the whole ‘not investing in myself’ thing, because when I first started blogging I thought branding required a lot of money for a great blog design, logo, graphics, etc.
While branding goes so much deeper than all of that, it really isn’t as expensive as you might think! For example, I only paid $25 for my blog’s design (which I LOVE and you can find here) but it’s much cheaper than some blog designs that run over $100.
Anyway, once I realized that branding my blog wasn’t crazy expensive, I actually did a relaunch of my blog. The sencond time around, I really invested time and effort into branding my blog’s images and the overall ‘feel’ of my blog. I knew the audience I wanted to reach and what I wanted my blog to be, and it’s really paid off.
After my relaunch, I’ve more than doubled my monthly views and made more from my blog than ever before. So, if you’re a new blogger, I definitely suggest taking branding seriously from the beginning! If you want to learn more about how you can do this, I’d check out this post from Layered Indulgence. It definitely helped me when I first started out!
Not Starting a Mailing List Sooner
Ugh! Forever banging my head against the wall over this one.
A mailing list is one of those things that new bloggers awkwardly skirt around, thinking, ‘I’ll get to it when I’ve got more followers/pageviews.’ I know because this was me! For the looooongest time, I just kept thinking that a mailing list was for bloggers with tons of pageviews and monthly viewers.
But then I started actually researching and learning about mailing lists, and I realized that I should’ve been working on mine a long time ago. Seriosuly, you’re mailing list should be set up on your blog from day one.
Let’s say Pinterest shut down tomorrow. How is your blog going to get readers? A mailing list is basically your tie to your loyal readers, the ones who WANT to keep checking out your blog. If you don’t have a mailing list in place, you have no way to reach your audience and it becomes 10x harder to get traffic to your blog.
In less than a month, I’ve already reached 250+ readers, so it really doesn’t take long to start gaining traction, either. Trust me, the sooner you get your mailing list started, the better!
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What’s one blogging mistake that you’ve made that also taught you something?
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