For someone who has been in the blogging world for more than six years, I do have some petty habits that are pretty embarrassing to even write about. I must say, I started off this year 2021 on the right foot, but as usual, life, as it always does, restored me to factory settings only three days in.
I recently shared why I started blogging and why you should and should not start a blog and today I’m going to share about well…my worst blogging habits in the course of my blogging journey! Some of the bad habits I know cut across many bloggers. The habits that might be breaking us are what we like to refer to as bad habits.
Most of us bloggers would prefer to share only the positive aspects of our journey, I know, but its also important to share the negative side of our journey so new bloggers can understand that it isn’t always roses, and other bloggers facing the same issues will know that they are not alone.
Here goes my 5 worst blogging habits
- Comparison to other bloggers.
Guilty as charged! I compare myself to other seemingly more successful bloggers more often than I should. I know most bloggers do this. Knowing that no two people can be exactly alike, I still find fault in myself.
I love reading other bloggers’ posts and I also like to appreciate any post that is well done. But sometimes, I can’t help but think everyone is doing so much better than me. I don’t blame my self, it’s human nature.
Decision: I realize that everyone is different. I am also learning to accept that at every one point in time, there will always be someone that does it better than you, so be kind to yourself.
- Not blogging consistently
As I said earlier, in my post, blogging mistakes I made in my first blog, When I started my blog in 2014, I’d write like one blog post a month or once in several months. This inconsistency has over the years costed me a huge ton of traffic and I’m yet to recover from it.
Often times, when we have quite a chunk of content already available, we assume it’s enough to keep readers hooked hence forget that we need to entice the readers back to the site again. This puts your site traffic in a downward spiral. Truth is, if you want to get more blog traffic, you have to blog more as more content equals more value.
Decision: Consistency is key. Always have fresh content for your readers to keep them entertained and hanging around for as long as possible. Remember, more content equals more value for your blog.
- Not sharing enough
I mentioned earlier that I regret not planning my content and not creating a schedule for my blog early enough. Truth is, content planning wasn’t as big a mistake as not promoting my blog posts. I didn’t bother to share my posts nearly enough or even at all. I just posted them and sat back and waited for the magic. If I only knew that the magic was all on social media and Pinterest then I would have avoided this particular mistake. Well, obviously, most of us are guilty of this charge, and I have personally learnt from my mistake but its been one of my worst habits over the years. Writing and writing and writing some more without having a plan.
Decision: I plan to invest more time in promoting my blog posts, one at a time. I will take advantage of social media and Pinterest to market my posts.
- Starting posts and never finishing them
Recently, while I was checking out the posts I’ve saved on my computer, I realized that I have some old unfinished posts and several draft posts I was never going to publish.
I also realised the reason I was leaving posts incomplete was either because I just found an easier post idea to write about, didn’t research enough or just that I had not found a related image. It’s frustrating to be addicted to not completing tasks while having anxiety for the same.
Decision: I’m currently working on my drafts backlog to ensure everyone of the posts is unpublished before I can start doing some new posts. I also want to learn to publish every new post before I think of another instead of neglecting them purely because I haven’t figured out what best image to use in what situation.
- Excessively apologizing
Every time I take social media or blogging breaks which are really good for my mental health, I always come back and get the urge to write an extremely long post apologizing for being absent for so long. Is it even necessary to apologize? Yes. But do you always have to do it? No. Absolutely not. When and if you insist on apologizing as an opening sentence to the first hundred posts after your hiatus, you could be confusing even your new readers who have no idea that you’ve been missing for a while.
Much as it’s important to acknowledge that you’ve been away, doing it in every new post is excessive.
Decision: Realize that your blog is your own space and whatever decision you take is all upto you. You owe nobody an apology darling!
Thank you for reading. What are some of your own worst blogging habits?