Blogging can be great fun…until it isn’t. Oftentimes when things get out of control it is due to little blog mistakes that have been piling up while we were looking away. You may not even realize it is happening until it’s too late! Here are three unconscious (or not) mishaps to look for.
Not Promoting Your Work
If you have been in the blogging business for awhile, you are hopefully going through a “feast phase.” Things are going great, so you think it is okay to sit back, relax and let others take over the promotion. Not so fast! The only person responsible for your success or failure is YOU. That means you are in this for the long haul. Look around. You will probably see the biggest bloggers in your niche are still actively promoting their sites. They are out there commenting, guest posting and participating in online conversations. Always stay active. You often don’t notice things slipping until things have been awry for too long.
Distracted By Design
Is blog design important? To a point. (As long as you don’t have falling stars, auto-audio and white text on a black background, you are probably good.) If you ask most bloggers that have been around for a few years how their sites looked when they started, I would venture to say many will tell you they started with a $10 domain and a dream – a pretty ugly dream looking back. How can they still be here when they started with ugly blogs? Because rockin’ content was the priority, as it needs to be.
Blog design can be the biggest distraction (excuse) under the sun for not moving forward. If you have something awesome to share, no one is looking at your design. Google has not once returned me a result and said, “There really isn’t any useful information on this site, but it is super cute!” No one in my social communities has ever said that either. Don’t let design distraction take away from what really matters – your posts.
You Wait For Inspiration To Strike
In all honesty, if I would have waited for the writing bug to hit this past month, you may not have seen a single post here. There are going to be times when you have to forcefully work through blogger’s block. It’s something every blogger experiences, but not every blog will suffer from with a little intervention. When the well has run dry, these ideas may help:
- Open up a few Word documents and start making “idea outlines.” These outlines may never become posts, but you may find at least one takes off and practically writes itself.
- Use a template. When even an outline seems difficult, try a template. EzineArticles has a number of free templates available with instructions and inspiration for each.
None of these mistakes are insurmountable. Very few things in blogging are. What can you start working on making better today?
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