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If you view even the tiniest of changes around you through the sieve of a perspective post, then blogging is not just passion but a way of life for you. I have been blogging for well over 6 years now, regularly for over 4 years. And in this time, it has evolved from being just a hobby to a huge part of my identity. But would I call myself a seasoned blogger or a veteran maybe when it comes to blogging? Definitely not because I’m still learning, still making mistakes.
It has been a learning experience. With each passing year, with each mistake and each achievement, I have learned something new. While, in the beginning, the mistakes were because I was new to this world of blogging, today they are mostly errors of judgment. When I look back at my initial years of blogging, I wish I knew better. But then experience doesn’t accumulate overnight, does it? Also, I’m what I’m today because of those very mistakes. Still, I wish I could have avoided some.
Today as I reminisce about my initial blogging years, let me lay down for you some of the common mistakes every new blogger makes. These are mistakes that can be easily avoided if paid a little attention to. So, here is the list. Who knows it might help someone somewhere?
Not Proofreading Posts
It probably has to do with the idea that who’s going to read the post anyway. Well, at least, I used to think so and many of my initial posts have been published without a second glance. Bad grammar and spelling mistakes put off readers which every blogger needs to take care of. Often, the urgency to hit the publish button results in an article which is far below par. This is very common among newbie bloggers and must be taken care of. Today, we have tools like Grammarly as well to help with that.
Publishing more than One Post a day
As with everything new, there is an eagerness to post as often as possible when you are new to the blogging world. The lust for being read, page views and comments, can be such. This often results in posting more than one post per day which isn’t a good strategy in terms of gaining exposure for every post. The thumb rule is to let every post breathe and mature under the blogosphere sun before you publish the next. Moreover, rushing never did anyone any good instead just caused accidents.
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Accepting Every Book Review
This is something which I did. And I can’t even think of a reason now as to why. For those who do book reviews, the common mistake is accepting every book for review. I never said no to any book and that was wrong. I read genres that I wasn’t interested in and maybe subconsciously it wasn’t fair to the author. While it is a good feeling to be approached for review, it makes sense to review only if we are interested and can do justice to the whole process.
Accepting Freelance Assignments for Peanuts
As a new blogger, being approached for freelance work is like winning the Emmys as a debutant. And this was the feeling which made me say yes to freelance work which paid peanuts. It is a mistake every newbie blogger makes. Whether it is for posts or social media campaigns, accepting little or nothing for the work that you put in is an insult you inflict upon yourself. Unless of course, it is a social cause. So, my advice would be to not let yourself be taken for a ride, either in the name of exposure or traffic. If it is a huge client or a cause close to your heart, maybe just maybe then, exposure makes sense, otherwise, you need to be paid well for every post and every campaign.
Using Pictures without Proper Credit
I truly had no idea about the proper process of using pictures on my posts. It was only after being abused harshly on this topic by readers that I found out how tricky using any image is on the blog. You just cannot use any image. Licensing and credits are extremely important. And as a blogger, you need to be aware of that.
Blogger Vs WordPress
Don’t get me wrong but I love Blogger because I began my blogging journey on it. But it is an established fact that Blogger is not as versatile as WordPress. I wish I knew this when I began blogging. So, for all those looking to start a new blog, WordPress is where you should probably begin your journey. Yes, especially if you intend to keep blogging for a long time because you will eventually move on it like I and many other bloggers I know did.
Doing Guest Posts for Anyone who Approaches
This is something I did and I don’t think I should have. Unless the requests are from well-established sites which could actually give exposure to your new blog, it makes no sense. It is better to publish posts on your website than providing content for another site just like yours. Use and share your content wisely because, content, as they say, is the king.
So, these are the points that come to my mind when I think about what I could have done differently when I first started blogging. Hope it adds some value to your blogging know-how.
Tell me, do you have any more tips for those who want to start blogging?
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