My blogiversary is almost here! And honestly, I have a whirlpool of mixed emotions. I have learned a whole lot of lessons in my first year of blogging. However, by that I don’t literally mean I took paid courses.
The world of blogging taught me so so much!
Before I actually start this post, let me remind you that I am still a struggling blogger. And I still make mistakes. But to make sure your blog doesn’t suffer as much as mine does, here I am.
If you’re a newbie blogger, I am sure this post would be immensely helpful. So, without much ado, let’s check out some of the basic blogging mistakes that I committed in my first year of blogging and the blogging lessons that I have learnt from them.
Okay, okay, I know, blogging can be such an exciting income idea. I mean who won’t love to work at their own spare time in their PJs!
But…you know what?! That’s the actual problem!
Like millions of the other bloggers, I too took up blogging with the aim of making money in my comfort hours. No, that’s nothing wrong with that. What’s wrong is expecting to do that in the first year!
This is probably the most bitter pill of blogging, but you HAVE to stop expecting any kind of revenue in your first year!
Your first year of blogging should primarily focus on building real quality content that entails some value for your audience. Without any kind of value, your blog is just useless!
You got to focus on nothing but quality TRAFFIC! Which just won’t be possible if you’re only luring after money and with no quality content!
Lesson Learnt- Focus on Traffic. Produce quality helpful content with value.
Not Knowing Your Niche
OMG! I literally face-palmed myself while typing this!
Because I was an idiot!
Please, please, please know your niche. Just don’t write on things that you think are popular on the Internet.
One of the basic keys to blogging success is understanding your niche. No, this is not just me saying. This is actually the tip given by most successful top bloggers from around the world.
Consider you love cooking vegan food. But you stumble upon the internet and see that most bloggers are writing about tech. You start writing about tech just because you thought everyone else is doing so.
WRONG! DO NOT DO THAT!
That’s just insane!
I know there are millions of blogs out there that cover almost everything under the sun. But come on, you never know if that blog is managed by an entire team of different writers or is a one-man army.
Please don’t take the risk. Indulge in what you love!
Lesson learnt- Follow your passion. Blog about what love in your life or about your own experiences.
Underestimating Social Media
Social media makes a MASSIVE difference in the world of blogging. And underestimating that is just such a mistake.
It’s not that I didn’t use social media at all. What I did is just not using its complete potential.
You have to understand that your blog posts can NEVER get ample exposure until and unless you let the world know about it. The Internet is HUGE! And social media is probably THE best thing that can help your posts go all around the world.
Lesson Learnt- Give your best shot in making your blog viral with social media.
Not Getting Out Of Comfort Zone
So, this one is probably my one of the biggest major mistakes and I have no shame telling you about it.
I am more of an ambivert. Which means I am in between an introvert and extrovert.
Which also means I tend to love staying in my own comfort zone with my close ones. As a result, I also want to stay away from people at times.
Being a blogger means you have to get out of that crib!
You have to communicate with other bloggers, big or small. You have to build connections and create a social blogging circle where you can often talk or discuss things like “friends”.
Don’t just guest post for anyone’s blog and forget about it. Try building a relation via commenting or posting or tagging each other or best being a regular reader of their blog.
Also, make sure to rise them in their field. See, this blogging world is also about how much we care for each other. Share someone else’s post on your wall or just pin their images.
The more you share others’ posts and ideas, the more you have chances to grow your own blog.
With no connection on the plot, your blogging journey can definitely expire soon.
Lesson learnt- Build connections and contacts. Try rising while helping others rise as well.
Not Organizing Ideas
Yet one of the biggest mistakes I committed in my first year of blogging!
During your blogging’s infancy stage, it can be quite common for your brain to be jampacked with tons of ideas. Please, please write down that stuff digitally or better on a paper.
It is just NOT possible to remember every idea that hits your mind.
You can either get yourself a blog planner or can even jot down your ideas on a notebook. I personally maintain an Excel sheet once a week where I strategize my content based on my ideas and what’s most trending. (Because well I am a mother of a toddler daughter who loves tearing pages.)
Here are some of the free online tools that I personally have used and am still using for curating blog content ideas.
Buzzsumo (Free for a week)
And here’s a free printable blog planner which you can use anytime.
Lesson learnt- Stay planned and organized.
Not Using Free Images
Yes, I actually used to do that in my first year of blogging. And I am thankful that I am on the right path now.
Images are just so so essential for every blog. Without images, your visitors might leave your site quite sooner than you can even expect.
While using images, don’t just Google it and pick any high-resolution image, no matter how tempting it may seem.
Lesson Learnt- Use only copyright free images.
Giving More Than Yourself
Blogging is an exciting journey. And honestly, at least for me, quite addictive as well.
As a newbie blogger, you may actually feel tempted to check your stats every now and then, following which you may further tempt to feel giving more than your capacity.
DON’T GIVE YOUR ENTIRE SELF TO BLOGGING!
Remember, blogging is just a very small part of your entire life! Don’t give so much effort or time to it that can make you lose time with your special ones.
I actually did that and soon realized my mistake. I actually used to give around 80% of my time to blogging and the leftovers to my family. A ratio which should be opposite in real!
As a result, my personal and blog life was affected!
Your real life, your family, your friends, your special moments with your spouse can NEVER be greater than your blog. No matter how ambitious you have been with it.
Lesson Learnt- Your family and friends are way more important than your blog. Don’t prioritize the latter over the former.
Not Being 100% Honest and “You”
This has been one of the biggest mistakes I personally did in my first year of blogging.
No, by that I don’t mean I was dishonest. I mean I was actually NOT real me.
I wrote blog posts more as a content writer than a real blogger. And maybe that stopped my blog from growing!
If you sincerely want your blog to grow, don’t try gaining that perfection level. Because that doesn’t exist.
Just be the real YOU. Trust me, the audience knows when you actually make it or when you fake it!
Lesson Learnt- Don’t try to be perfect. Be the real you!
So, that was it, people!
If you’re a newbie blogger reading my post, I hope this post had been helpful to you.
If I missed out any other mistake or if you have any similar experience in your first year of blogging, let me know in the comments.