I’ve been blogging on and off since 2015, but it took me a fairly long time to really focus on growing it as an online platform. While my blog isn’t how I make money, it is necessary for someone who writes for a living to showcase their work and writing style. At the moment, I think I’ve gotten into a pretty good flow with my blog, but there are still many regrets I have about how I’ve treated it in the past. If you’ve gone through a similar blogging journey, I’d love to hear about it because I know I’m not the only one out there that doesn’t really know what they’re doing with their online presence.
Not Being Consistent
Success of any sort goes hand in hand with consistency. I’ve had to learn this the hard way, but it never really occurred to me when it came to my blog. I always saw it as just a space that I can randomly discuss different topics, but in order to actually get people to read it you need to be consistent with your posting. I always hated putting rules like this on my creativity, so I often wasn’t consistent at all and now I regret waiting so long. It feels like I’m having to start from scratch with the way I approach my blog because I haven’t built the necessary foundation to legitimize it to my readers. I’m going to come out and say it here so that I can be held accountable—I will be posting every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the foreseeable future.
Not Writing About What I Actually Enjoy
For a long time I was trying to mimic the style and content of other bloggers because I either saw that they were doing well or really enjoyed what they were creating. However, doing this then led to me losing motivation because it didn’t feel authentic. I assume this is also a reason why I couldn’t stay consistent with my content. At this point in time, I feel a bit more comfortable with what I’m creating. I think the topics and aesthetic are much closer to who I really am than what I sometimes portrayed in the past. I’m hoping to stay aware of my authenticity going forward and not get sucked back in to what I think I should be creating.
Searching For Views Anywhere I Could Get Them
This one kind of makes me feel icky talking about it, but it is one of my biggest regrets when it comes to my blog. Rather than focusing on building a strong community through consistency and authentic content, I often tried finding viewers from anywhere I could get them, which usually entailed posting regularly on Facebook blogging groups or any websites that would spike my analytics. Looking at it all now, I would much rather have a small community that actually enjoys and relates to my blog instead of many views from one-off visitors. Because I was so focused on the numbers for such a long time as the only thing determining my worth, I let my integrity and authenticity fall by the wayside.
What are your blogging mistakes if you have any?