Hi Deya! I have to agree. When you are putting so much effort and not seeing traction, I could see how one could easily get discouraged and give up. So patience is very necessary because you could be comparing yourself to others. Thanks for posting!
Thanks Lauren! I have had made many mistakes in my day and I am sure I have many more to come. But, if I can help at least one person not experience the same issues, I have done my job! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
Great post! So straight to the point on why we’re blogging, I too wish I had done that early in my previous blog.
So many good points! The two things that really resonate with me are “you are not writing for yourself”, and “it’s all a remix”. I teach interior design, and I tell my students this all the time! It never really occurred to me that it applies to blogging as well! I am still a beginner, and still making mistakes, but the most frustrating thing for me is making a mistake, and having no idea what I did or how to fix it! I started getting about one email subscriber per day, even before I launched (while my maintenance page was active). I have no idea why. One day, it just stopped. I haven’t gotten a new subscriber since then. Again, I have no idea why, and I have no idea what to look for. I guess that kind of thing just comes with time (I hope!)
I would have to agree with Deya as it’s the mistake I’m currently in the process of making, namely: feeling like quitting too early and growing increasingly despondent at the complete lack of interaction and traction in my posts and social media activities. I think also being too generic in your blog and not honing in on a niche audience is another newbie mistake. I blog about socks (and being your best self, from the feet up) and am really struggling to narrow in on a target audience.
I think the biggest mistake at least for me is not keeping up the momentum. It’s easy to lose traction in the beginning and flounder instead of just powering through and getting a good foundation.
I like how in depth you go on just one reason why bloggers are failing. You don’t say that it’s the only thing, but you do say that it’s the number one and then you go on to support your why. Very well written and it also follows your advise, write something that will give your audience what they need, not what you need.
It’s really hard to avoid writing for yourself, especially when you are an expert in the topic. That’s what I currently struggle with, but am slowly extricating myself from that. Awesome advice.
I got a lot out of this post, Dorian. Thank you. It is hard not to write for yourself in the beginning. I have heard it suggested that bloggers should create a detailed Avatar for their ideal reader and write, pin, and create for that particular Avatar. That way you are addressing their needs and not your own. What do think?
My biggest struggle seems to be distraction. I sit down to do one thing and end up doing another. My mind is all over the place. I start with a list and sit down to make pins for my posts, and end up pinning other people’s pins or reading other people’s blogs. It seems like there is a lot of information out there and I struggle with not trying to read it all.
Your article is not only useful for new bloggers but for experienced bloggers too to check if they are doing anything wrong.
It is a good checklist to see why are they failing in blogging.
Great article! I agree there are some many bloggers that don’t think about what people want to read. The best blogs are the ones where the writer has a strong passion for the topic, but manages to write what people need and want to hear about. I don’t mind getting to know the writer behind the blog (that’s the whole point of a blog!), but I hate it when bloggers go off topic and talk about their dog for half an hour in a money article. If it’s not relevant, avoid writing about it!
Great post. I think we sometimes get the idea from some of the top bloggers that “a glimpse into my life”, posts can be successful too. But people want more of those posts after they start following you, first you need to solve problems to get those people in the door and interested in who you are because they appreciate the help you’ve given them.
I really enjoyed your article! I definitely was one of those newbie bloggers who wrote what I wanted or “felt” people would vibe with. Big mistake! I’m so glad I’ve since educated myself on blogging and gotten some sense of direction that helps make this thing work. Thanks for the tip on Buzzsumo. I wasn’t aware of that. Great post!
The biggest mistake I made as a new blogger was not building my email list right from the start. I lost a lot of early visitors to my personal finance site from coming back because I never got them signed up.