There are many blogging mistakes, some are big mistakes, while others are small. Most of the time they are easy to fix. But there is one blogging mistake that beats them all. It is the mistake of failing to actually start your blog. This is, however, an easy mistake to fix.
The Blog Killer – Don’t Make This Blogging Mistake!
There is one blogging mistake both beginner bloggers and seasoned professionals have made.
Most blogging mistakes are not all that serious and can be remedied easily.
But there is one blogging mistake that kills blogs dead. I mean it literally sucks the life out of your blog.
Beginner bloggers make this mistake all the time. Some professional bloggers have probably also fallen victim to it more than once.
I have made this mistake more times than I care to remember and I’ve been designing blogs, writing blog articles and been a professional marketer for nearly ten years now.
The #1 Blogging Mistake is…
Deciding to start a blog and then failing to actually start it or to continue working on it!
Now I hear you ask, how is it I made this blogging mistake?
Well, for the past nine-odd years, I’ve been designing blogs, writing articles and doing marketing for other people.
I’ve helped my clients build audiences, grow social followings, generate traffic, leads and sales.
I’ve had many blog ideas over the years. Some were good ideas and some were horrid.
I decided so many times to start a blog and then had excuses like, “I am too busy” or “it’s not the right time” or “maybe the idea is not that great”.
Like many others, the fear of failure was often a cause for my not starting my blog. It’s funny, because not starting actually guaranteed that I failed.
Make sure you read to the end of this article for two powerful thoughts on overcoming failure.
Not going ahead and taking action is deadly. It kills ideas that could have been great. Just start your blog, even if you can only work on it occasionally.
While thankfully, I have now learned from this failure, which is the point of failure, by the way, I now have to play catch up.
Start Even if You are Not Ready
There is never going to be a perfect time to start when you are 100% ready. Starting sooner rather than later is the best way to avoid this serious blogging mistake…
Action is always better than no action!
“Do or do not. There is no try.”~ Yoda
Blogging takes a commitment to succeed, this is true. But starting, even if you only post content once a month, is still better than not starting at all.
To build a successful blog you are going to need to create some great content and build an audience. The sooner you start the more time you have to learn how to create great content and you can start building social followings sooner.
Once you’ve decided exactly what your blogging focus is going to be you can then start putting more time into it.
The fact that you have already made a start will help you to gain momentum faster.
Remember, as with any subject, there is a learning curve. Start now and learn a little each day. There is a lot to learn about blogging.
I was lucky enough to do a lot of learning on the job for clients. However, looking back I feel starting sooner would have been better. Especially when it comes to social networking.
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Social Networks are Vital
Building your social networks is going to be very important for promoting your blog posts.
That’s right, you have to promote your content. You cannot simply write great content, publish it and expect tons of people to just find it.
Because I put off starting a blog, I also put off growing social followings. Yes, I am kicking my self again.
It is just like the old story of the mechanic who fixes his client’s car but drives around in a wreck of a car because he never bothers to take care of it in the same way.
So if you’ve been busy on social media, then kudos to you. You are going to be in a much better position to start your blog.
Don’t Kill Your Blog Ideas. The Easiest Fix in the World.
Life is full of risk-taking, full of failure. When you live life by taking action you take charge.
You will probably end up taking more risks. You may even have more failures.
But you will probably also win more than ever because of your willingness to take action and fail and learn from that failure.
The biggest blogging mistake you can possibly make is to fail to start your blog or and continue working on it. So just start, continue to work at it and figure the rest out as you go.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. If you’re going through hell, keep going. Never, never, never give up. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.“~ Winston Churchill
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”~ Theodore Roosevelt