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Mistakes I Made When I Started Blogging

Despite having been blogging for over 2 years, which in actual fact, isn’t that long at all, I still make mistakes. A lot of mistakes. Blogging is a huge thing and there is always, always more to learn.

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However, since the days of not having a clue what I was doing and the lack of knowledge of all that blogging has to offer, I have learnt a lot along the way from other blogs, other bloggers and just gaining general experience in the big, wide world of blogging.

When I started blogging, I literally had no idea what I was doing. Like seriously, you’d be shocked at how little I knew so I’d like to share some of the mistakes I made in the first couple of months.

I was extremely naïve about followers

Despite having no idea where followers actually came from, I somehow thought they just found you and that was that. You did minimum work for maximum results and your followers just grew and grew until you had hundreds. WRONG. Oh how so very wrong I was. Followers do not appear out of nowhere. They don’t increase rapidly day after day and you won’t have hundreds over night.

I didn’t use publicise

It took me a good 6 months, maybe even more to understand what publicise was on WordPress (I’m sure Blogger has the same concept but I wouldn’t know) and how to use is. Basically, as most of you more competent people will know, it’s linking up your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other accounts to your WordPress account so it automatically posts your new blog links on these sites when they’re live. And I was confused as to why no-one was finding my blog…

I wasn’t sharing my posts enough

Publicise aside, even manually sharing your links I was oblivious to as well. I didn’t share them nearly enough – if fact, thinking back now, I’m wondering whether I even shared them at all?! I know there’s a fine line between sharing your posts effectively and simply spamming everyone with your link but don’t be afraid to promote yourself a little bit!

I didn’t reach out to other bloggers enough

Partly because I was new and shy and partly was because I didn’t know how. I didn’t use Twitter very much and would sometimes go days without tweeting about anything so it took me a while to find, get to know and become friends with other bloggers through it. Now I have, I couldn’t be happier! If you’re a new blogger, please, please, please don’t be scared to talk to other bloggers!

I didn’t get involved enough

Even when I had met some other bloggers, mostly those that blogged about books at the time, I still didn’t really get in on the action and get involved in enough to make myself known. It wasn’t until I emailed author Janice Horton about becoming an associate book reviewer for the online magazine she helps manage did I realise that it wasn’t so scary and that there are some great opportunities out there!

I didn’t find a healthy balance

It’s taken me this long to establish a blogging routine that I’m happy with. Firstly, I didn’t post enough and then I posted too much and sent myself into a frenzy. Either way, I didn’t find a healthy life:blogging balance for a very long time and it had an extremely negative impact. I was so caught up in having to blog every day and doing what everyone else was doing that I made myself so unhappy I went on a 6 month blogging break!

I have absolutely no doubt that I’ll continue making mistakes for as long as I carry on blogging for and that’s okay! But the most important thing is to learn from them and grow. What blogging mistakes did you make when you first started? Anything you’re still unsure with now?

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

90 Comments

  1. This post is really helpful, so thank you! I’m pretty new to blogging and I really don’t care about followers and stuff like that but I DO care about getting in contact with other bloggers, which is really hard for me…I often feel like I’m intruding ( which is pretty stupid I guess). I’m also pretty bad with sharing stuff since I am really self-conscious about my posts and scared that people won’t like them. But again, this is a really great post and I’ll definitely keep reading your posts 🙂

    1. You’re welcome I’m glad it helped! You should never feel like that as most bloggers are so friendly and approachable. You don’t need to share everything about yourself in order to get involved either! Just strike up a conversation and see where it leads you 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for this post! I just started blogging less than a week ago and so grateful for this post! I’m a naturally shy person when I don’t know someone. But this has really helped me a lot! 🙂

  3. Hi, Jenny! I love your blog, yours and teenswrite2teens.wordpress.com are probably the two blogs I look at, comment on, and read a lot. You’re a great blogger, and I really liked this post. I know that there are certain websites for photo editing for free, but are there any in particular you could recommend to me?

    Thank you!
    -Hannah

    1. Hi Hannah, thank you so much what a lovely comment! PicMonkey is the only one I know of (: xx

      1. Oh. Okay! Thank you! 🙂 By the way, your blog is one of the best ones I’ve ever seen on here. Any tips for creating a posting schedule? I know you mentioned you had one in one of your posts…. 😀

        Thank you,
        -Hannah

  4. I DO ALL OF THESE THINGS!!!!!! Every single point I read, I was thinking ‘that’s me’ ‘Yep that’s me’ ‘definitely me’ haha Thanks for the advice and encouragement girl! This was a great read xx

  5. thesingleswan says:

    Hi, thanks for this post. I am a relatively newbie blogger. At the moment I don’t earn any money from my blog and I suspect this will be difficult anyway because I blog anonymously. I am making most of the mistakes that you are making. I don’t think I am blogging enough, I am certainly not sharing enough and I don’t think I am reaching out to other bloggers enough either. How much is enough though? I don’t know what is the ideal. With a full time job to occupy me during the day and my blog for the evenings I spend very little time doing house work! Thank you.

    1. Hi! Thanks for following, I’m glad you found the post helpful. It’s so hard being a new blogger; I was the same. I didn’t know what I was doing or whether what I was doing was right. You’ve gotta go with the flow and find out what works for you. You don’t have to post the same amount as everyone else; I found that out the hard way! I admire you for finding the time to blog with a full-time job too! xx

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  7. amyh90 says:

    Your story sounds so familiar! I was like that for over two years. Shy, keeping to myself. To be honest I did try commenting on someone else’s blog once but they never replied… So I stuck to myself! I had no comments and no followers for over two years but I DID has viewers. Not many, but they where there. Since April that’s all changed, I still don’t have many followers and I now share my posts on social networks like you. It took a long time but I’m getting there! Lol.
    Thank you for sharing this post 😀 it’s nice to know I’m not the only one lol.
    Amy x

    1. Aww you’re welcome but you’re definitely not the only one! I always reply to all my comments for that very reason – I’d hate a new blogger to be trying to put themselves out there and not getting any interaction back. Plus it’s polite! I’m glad things are changing and you’re sharing your posts now! 🙂 xx

      1. amyh90 says:

        Yeah me too 🙂 I know what you mean though, I reply to every post on my blog now just in case 🙂 I think I’ve even managed to help a few people who are new to book blogging too! So that’s a bit of a relief lol x

  8. I made every single one of these mistakes as well. I have been blogging for 2.5 years now and the 1 till 1.5 years I wasn’t really blogging efficiently and made lots of mistakes. I didn’t promote my posts enough and when I did I just put my links out there and hoped the people would come to me. I harldy ever commented or visited other blogs.
    I had some luck with my blog as the first day I started it I got a lot of followers as I knew some peeps already from my previous blog where I was a co-blogger, but after that the followers just stopped growing and I never realized there were things like commenting on other blogs you had to do as my co-blogger never did that or didn’t mention it to me. So I was just waiting for the followers to come and they didn’t. I also had a hard time finding the right balance and a schedule that worked for me. Great post!

  9. Lots of these points are so important, especially the promoting yourself and getting involved in the community. There’s a level of need when it comes to promotion and social media, and you need to get yourself out there, seen and heard, or else, where are you expecting your blog to go. The biggest lesson is that we are our own advertising company and we need to do a big job. Make friends, get contacts, promote and market well, and everything else comes together. This is such a good post Jenny, I’ll definitely be linking it in my link-up next month! 🙂

    1. I completely agree with everything you say here! You talk a LOT of sense! 🙂 I completely agree – it’s a hard market but you really do need to get yourself out there, nobody is going to do it for you and the extent you do, with determine how well your blog does to an extent I think. You can’t expect loads of followers if you post your blog link on Twitter once a day and don’t interact with anyone right? There’s also definitely right and wrong ways to go about advertising your own blog – i.e not shoving it down people’s throats! Thank you for your fantastic comment! 🙂 xx

  10. I was the same about followers when I first joined! I ended up joining in on memes and finding other blogs that way and soon enough people started coming and following. Great post; I’m a new follower! 🙂
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  11. Thank you so much for this post!
    I’m kinda new but kinda not (I’m near my first year as a blogger.) School is too much work for me, and it’s hard to blog.
    How do you balance the real world and book blogging?

    Also, how do you meet people? Like where? I’m pretty introverted, and I’m not good at being a nice person… (My humor is darker. And I come off as annoying at times.)

    1. Hey, you’re very welcome. It is hard to make it work and find a balance but you just gotta experiment. Don’t over-do it, don’t worry about it, just enjoy it. It doesn’t matter if you’re not blogging every single day. I met everyone I know through Twitter – I’m introverted too but once you realise how lovely the blogging community is it brings you out of your shell. Go talk to people, comment on their tweets, retweet them, ask them something about the blog post they’ve just wrote. You’re just gonna have to put your dark humour aside 😉 most people will accept everyone – whatever their sense of humour is like.

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  13. Hazel says:

    At the moment I’m struggling with keeping myself involved with other book bloggers – especially on Twitter – but aim trying!

    1. There are a lot of us to keep up with, I admit! It’ll get easier! (:

  14. Phew, finally some tips for me!! This post was really helpful, thank you! It’s good to know I’m not the only out there wondering what I’m doing wrong!!

    1. I’m glad you found it helpful! Don’t worry, none of us really know what we’re doing 😉

  15. Thanks for the post! Found this one really helpful since I’m a newbie. Hope I make it as far as you! Congrats on 900 followers btw x

  16. Thanks for your knowledge on blogging. I just been blogging for two months and this post is really helpful 🙂

    1. I’m really glad you found it helpful! (: xx

  17. That was a great and helpful post!
    I have been blogging for about half a year and I’m struggling with the life/blogging balance.
    Sometimes I don’t post for weeks, sometimes I post several times a day. Do you think you could make a blog post about how you found your life/blogging balance?

    1. I’m so glad you liked it and found it helpful (: I think that’s something we all struggle with and it takes time to get it right in a way that suits you – because it’s your blog at the end of the day. I’ll try and get some notes together on the topic and see if I can get a blog post together about it! xx

      1. If you can, I would hug you virtually and be thankful for it! 😀

      2. If I don’t and you’d like some advice on the topic, you’re welcome to drop me an email!

      3. Thank you so much! xx

      4. Do you follow me on Twitter? I’m at @jennymarston_xo give me a follow and I’ll message you my email address (:

      5. I just did @lookitsrita
        Thanks again! 🙂

      6. Just followed (:

  18. Thanks for sharing all of these, they’re very relevant. It’s difficult to know if what you’re doing for your blog is enough or too much, but you’ve given some great advice. I always expected people to just find my blog, though how I don’t know! It’s clear now just how much work you have to put in.

    1. You’re welcome, I’m glad you liked the post. I agree, but I think it’s your blog so it’s entirely up to you have often you want to post! I was the same, I thought people just found it out of thin air hahaha!

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