We all make mistakes and when starting a blog, there are a lot of opportunities to do just that. But if you want to look good and professional from the start try to avoid these 5 mistakes I made in my first month of blogging.
1 October marks the date that I started this journey. you can check out the first two weeks here. For my career, I wanted to also have a blog so people could follow my journey. I want to make art for a living and I figured I’m not the only one.
This blog was supposed to be a side project but now it is my main project because I like it so much. I’m no expert however and this blog is still in development.
1. Linking wrong
This is one that irritated me for some time! Apparently my profile photo that appears next to any comment I leave was linked to my dead blog. When I found that out my dead blog had better views than this one (even though there was nothing there)I immediately searched for the problem. It took some time but now I have it linking to this blog. So my first tip is “check your links!” Check all your links always! Especially if it was supposed your main lead.
2. Not commenting
This is a problem I still have! In the blogging community commenting is a must! it’s one of the few ways that you can stand out. I love reading other’s blogpost but as soon as I get to the comment section I get scared to say what I want. For people who feel like me or are just lazy, I just want to say; everybody loves getting comments, writing out what you liked or what rung with you or any questions is one of the best ways to show appreciation. For this, I now have a new motto! (I’m in love with this quote.)
AAAAHHH So just hear me out. When you start a blog a free blog seems a good idea. If you want to use it for your business, DON’T DO THAT.
I hosted this blog on WordPress.com and recently I even made it into a custom domain. I was planning on adding wordpressAdd to my blog for some side income but they are redoing the system so I can’t do that. When I wanted to change hosts (to the same host my site is on) I found that after domain registration you have to wait two months before you can move your domain!
Go with self-hosting from the beginning! It is something that is said by all the main bloggers! …and now I know why
4. Not sticking to a brand
I’m not saying I should have had my whole brand figured out, but I should have kept more of a theme. I think that choosing one main colour to stick to would be great until you have your brand colours figured out.
I do have my brand colours now and I can’t wait to use and show them and introduce you to my finished brand.
Garnishing is a blog that has a lot of resources for when you are designing your brand. (I’m absolutely in love with her blog)
5. Not having a blogging schedule
Lots of people like things on time when they expect them. Blog posts are one of those things. Personally, I just posted when I felt like it in the beginning.
That was not a very good blogging schedule because I didn’t feel like it that often. After that, I said once a week, which also didn’t really work because;1. beginning bloggers have to build an amount of content (so post often)
1. beginning bloggers have to build an amount of content (so post often)
2. it still didn’t give a time for people to check in.
So now I have an actual blogging schedule with time and days. I post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and I try to get my blog posts up before midday local time. Since I started this I have written more and better and my pageviews increased as well.
Overall I think that the most important part is to read some things about blogging if you want to start a serious blog and to just have fun. If you don’t have a subject that you are passionate about then it’s hard to keep up with a blogging schedule. Also, These are things that I deem mistakes for my blog so if this work for you that is absolutely fine and great. Here are some “tips for encouragement” to balance it out!
I’m going to make another blog post about great resources for when you want to start a blog and do let me know if you want one about starting a creative business.
Thank you for reading and please do let me know if you’ve made any of these mistakes.
Also, If you have any other tips or mistakes to avoid do let me know.