Jul 25, 2014

Blogging Part II: Blogging mistakes that made me a better blogger

Happy Friday friends! 
I have decided to turn my Fridays into blogging tips and tricks kind of days, for the next few weeks at least. I'm about to reach a big milestone here on this little blog and thought why not share my blogging journey with you all. More on the milestones later for now let's talk about blogging mistakes I made and how I learned from those mistakes to become a better blogger.

When I first began blogging, I had no clue of how to do anything. I learned everything about blogging by researching and learning through other bloggers. I made a lot of mistakes, it was a lot of trial and error, frustration, and feeling helpless. Of course I still have a lot to learn, I still make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. I want to share with you the many mistakes I made and how I've learned over time to be a better blogger while still learning as I go! 

13 Blogging mistakes I made:
1. I wanted my blog to look pretty like all the other blogs. I constantly compared my blog to others and wanted desperately to have all the pretty designs everyone had. 
2. I wanted people to follow me and comment on my posts but I never took the time to comment or follow other blogs. 
3. I wanted to see my pageviews climb fast.  
4.I never thought about blogging as being a community.
5. I never asked for help because of what they would say or the fear of hearing a NO.
6. I rarely looked for blogging tools.
7. I only had a few social media platforms.
8. I had a hard time keeping a schedule, not keeping a calendar and not being consistent with blogging.
9. I had a hard time coming up with content for my blog. 
10. I rarely took the time to let my blog friends get to know me.
11. I had a cluttered blog. I wanted everything under the moon to fit on my sidebar.
12. I had a blog that didn't match and made my blog look like it was all over the place.
13. I added small pictures to my posts.

13 Things I've learned from my blogging mistakes:
1. I stopped comparing my blog to other blogs.

2. I started following blogs and started taking the time to leave nice comments or a simple hello.

3. I ignored pageviews (it was hard to do) and began concentrating on what would bring more blog friends to my blog.

4. I realized that blogging is such a wonderful community. When I started being part of the community I began to see good changes, for example, blog friends that kept coming back to read my posts, commenting, and new followers that were genuinely interested in what I had to say. 
Blog hops and link parties are great for getting to know other blogs and bloggers.

5. I realized that those bloggers I admired and had the nice designs and gadgets also started from the bottom, so why not ask them for help. I began asking and the majority didn't answer my questions, but the few that did, were very helpful. I'm happy to say that I still keep a good blogger relationship with them. I learned that it's okay to receive a no or no answer at all, just move on and someone will be there to help. Also the internet is a wonderful tool, don't be afraid to use it!  

6. This is one of the biggies for me, blogging tools really changed my life. Wen I first began blogging, I had no clue things like scheduling your posts, or free editing tools, or even tools to keep track of page views existed. 

7. I discovered that social media platforms are such vital tools to have as a blogger. In order to create a community one has to show others a little bit more of yourself, things that go beyond blog posts. Instagram is a great for that because you can add pictures of your everyday life, that you might not want to write a whole post on. Google+ is great for joining communities and being able to share with others your thoughts and projects. All social media platforms are awesome in their own little way. 

8. I started a blogging schedule. A schedule is so helpful because it allows me to prepare in advanced. I can write two or three posts a week in advanced and not have to stress over what I'm going to write. All my ideas make it to my notebook and then I brainstorm some more. The ideas that sound good then make it to my calendar. A calendar is very helpful and it can be on a paper calendar or computer calendar (google calendar is great). I like like using the calendar on my ipad and my iphone.
Here is a little insight on how I prepare for posts: When I create DIY projects or recipes, I make sure to take all the pictures in one day, sometimes I'll take pictures for more than one project at a time. I edit pictures for at least two projects and then I create the posts. Finally I schedule all the posts, so that in one week I have either a DIY or recipe. The rest of the week consists of other fun posts.

9. I became inspired by other blogs, my everyday life, simple things in life, and my personal likes and beliefs. It might sound cheesy, but I found that you can be yourself and show others who you are by writing about simple things in life. I write about things that make me happy, what I did on the weekend, Letter's that are short but meaningful, and snippets of my everyday life. As soon as I think of something it goes in my notebook or phone notes. Any little thing I come across will spark an idea eventually some thoughts make it on the blog and some don't. 

10. I started showing blog friends another side of me, besides being crafty, and found that if I want to create a community or be part of one, I have to also show who I am. People want to know who that person is behind the blog. I personally don't get too detailed with showing people my everyday life, because there are some things that I want to keep to myself. Writing posts like what I did on the weekend, favorites, current thoughts, a day in the life or anything where I can show my blog friends more of who I am is great for people to know me. 

11. I took the time to reflect on my blog design and began taking things apart. I started with a blank slate and began designing my own blog. I took the unnecessary gadgets out and made it easier for my blog friends to browse around. I made it easy to browse around by labeling everything. Every once in a while I'll come back and switch things around without changing the actual design. This little blog of mine has turned out to be something I enjoy coming to and at the end of the day it makes me happy!

12. I found that white spaces are easy on the eye and so I added as much white as possible. I chose four colors that went well together and fonts that where legible and went well together.

13. I realized that I wanted to include big clear pictures on my blog because that's what I like to see in other blogs. I don't know about you but I love pictures on blogs, I specially love big clear pictures. Big clear pictures are great for DIY and recipes, so I love to include pictures that are easy to see and that sometimes a person doesn't even have to read what I wrote because they can see it all in the pictures. 
Cell phones pictures are also great because, realistically, i'm not always carrying my big camera. I just try to take cell phone pictures as clear as possible and if their grainy, blurry, or not clear at all then I don't use them.

So if I had summarize this long list of things I have learned about blogging it would be to: Keep a clean organized blog, don't compare your blog to others instead spend that time making your blog unique, spend time on good content and that will bring more blog friends to your blog, realize that blogging is part of a community, comment, be active, follow, join social media, find tools that will make your life easier, keep some kind of schedule or calendar to organize ideas, and finally enjoy and cherish this little space of blogland.

I hope this list of mistakes and how I learned from those mistakes was helpful. We're not alone in this blogging journey so getting feedback or help from other blog friend is always very helpful.
- Do you have other tips on how to be a better blogger?
- What has been one mistake you learned from that has made you a better blogger?

Check out  Blogging Part I: How blogging tools changed my life for a list of blogging tools.

Have a wonderful Friday & thanks for stopping by!

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  1. I only started my blog about a month and a half ago and I'm learning new tips and tricks everyday, still! One mistake I made was getting really shy about self-promotion. I didn't create separate social media accounts for my blog so, 1. I was nervous about my friends finding out and what they would think (which is really stupid) 2. I didn't want to annoy/spam my non-blogger friends with blog related tweets all the time... but you just have to go for it! I could probably tweet more than what I'm doing now, admittedly, but I'll get the hang of it, eventually!
    How are you finding your blogging schedule btw? I'm tempted to make one just so I'm a little more organised!
    Lauren x

  2. This is such a great post, Rosy! I think learning from mistakes is way to turn a negative into a great positive! I'm still learning about blogging, and you've provided some excellent tips! :-)

  3. I loved reading this. I just started blogging a few months ago and I can say I have made some of the same mistakes. I am constantly trying to improve though and these tips will definitely help. Thanks for all the insight!

  4. Great post, Rosy!! I loved all of your ideas, and although I'm a relatively new blogger I am happy to see that I am pretty on point with all of these! :) So glad I found you through link ups :)

  5. Hi Lauren, thank you so much for stopping by! Blogging is a great way to share with others "snippets of our lives" as I like to call it. Connecting with our blog friends is very important and social media is a good way to do so. When I first started I felt the same way about flooding my feeds with all my blog related content, the way I went about this is creating separate accounts. Having separate facebook, instagram & twitter accounts works out because I can interact closer with all my blog friends. I'm glad you realized that sharing your thoughts and ideas shouldn't be about what people are going to think or say, just go for it! By the way twitter is great, I just started using it and it has made a huge difference. Also creating a schedule has made a big difference, it helps me be organized and more consistent with blogging. Thanks for sharing all these great thoughts!

  6. Thank you so much Julie! You are so right, mistakes can help a person grow in a more positive way. I'm also still learning, there is always something new I learn about blogging. I'm so glad these tips were helpful. Have a great weekend :)

  7. Amanda, I'm so glad you enjoyed reading these tips. There are so many things within blogging that without a bloggers manual it's inevitable to make mistakes. Like you said, it's all about trying to improve as we go through this journey called blogging. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  8. Thank you so much Tawnya! I have definitely learned a lot and coming across blog friends like you that have helped me discover new things about blogging, like how to add blogs to my reading list :), has been super helpful. This blogging journey is definitely all about improving and learning everyday. I'm also so glad I found you and your lovely blog! Have a great weekend ;)

  9. I loved this, as a new blogger its so nice to get the advice in this way, seeing how you learnt and improved, it makes it all seem so much more possible to do!
    I was just wondering if you have any more advice on using google+ to connect with people? I don't really use mine so am not sure how to get involved with discussions but really want to start getting more involved in the blogging community :)

  10. I love this post, Rosy! I am so that girl that sees other adorable blogs and immediately feels like I should re-do my entire blog. I love your tip to top comparing. It's so true! Your blog is really an expression of yourself, so there's no need to constantly compare yourself to others.

    Thanks for the tips! Happy weekend!
    Kat :)

  11. Hi Hannah! I'm so glad you found these tips helpful. My advice on using google+ is join their communities depending on you blog niche, for example, I'm part of DIY, food, bloggers and a few other communities. I simply just interact leave nice comments, visit other sites, or simply just google +it. Thanks for stopping by :)

  12. Thanks Kat! I'm still guilty of comparing my blog to others, it's hard not to, so it's a constant reminder that my blog is unique in it's own little way and that it's an expression of myself, like you said. Thanks for stopping by..

  13. Honestly, I think every blogger has been guilty of those - I know that I have and some have been harder to let go than others.I will say that Wordpress cured me of the "constant redesign". With all it's options it's more complicated to redesign. I love all the options, but once they're in, I'm not touching it! :)

  14. Jana I completely agree with you, some are harder to let go than others. Wordpress is something that I have thought of and it's always an option. I don't know if I would be able to not touch my blog lol, that would be so hard.

  15. This was very helpful. Thank you for sharing your experiences with all of us. :)

  16. Michelle, I'm so glad this was helpful. Thanks for stopping by!


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