Starting a blog is always an exciting step in every blogger’s career. However, this step can be both exciting and overwhelming to new bloggers. New bloggers and veterans alike, we’ve all been through this often challenging beginner stage. As a new kid on the block, you are bound to make tons of mistakes. After all, we all learn from mistakes, right? Wrong.
With the right guidance, your journey to successful blogging does not necessarily have to be a challenging one. If you are reading this post, you are on your way to launching your blogging career like a pro. In this read, I will explain the common mistakes being made by new bloggers today and how to fix them.
Not creating a consistent schedule, or not having one at all.
This is probably the most common mistake many newbies are making today. As a new blogger, you will be full of exciting ideas that you want to tell the world about. Therefore, you will find yourself drafting a publishing schedule that requires you to publish multiple times a day.
At first, you will think you can sustain that. However, it will be challenging, trust me, and you run the risk of burn out. We have all seen bloggers who jump right out the gate when they first start their site, only to run dry of ideas in a few months, haven’t we? Usually, these once exciting sites turn into long threads of boring posts or just become inert altogether.
To avoid such burnouts, you ought to draft a schedule that allows you to stay creative in the long run. The key consideration here is consistency. Do not just publish when you feel like. Your program should detail how often you will publish, and which days and times that is going to happen.
If you do not know where to begin, just underestimate how much you will be posting. For instance, start publishing once a week and work your way up. It is better to have readers who are disappointed because you are not posting enough than have your followers frowning at numerous threads of boring posts.
Running a free website rather than a self-hosted site.
As a new blogger, you will be tempted to opt for free sites such as WordPress.org, Squarespace, among others. However, it is advisable to avoid this common mistake. It makes your website look unprofessional and unworthy of following.
Also, free sites are almost impossible to monetize. For instance, you will not be able to advertise on a third party platform. Moreover, being on a self-hosted allows you to customize your website, unlike on free sites. Need a professional self-hosted website? Start yours here
You have someone out there who inspires your work. We get it, but that doesn't mean that you should just go full Ctrl+C Ctrl+V on their website. There is a thin line between being creatively inspired and being a full-blown copycat.
Having an inconsistent writing tone
Your writing tone influences how your readers view and connect with you as a blogger. Therefore, maintaining a consistent writing tone is crucial to so that your writers do not end up being confused about your identity as a writer. The key here is to use your natural tone and stick with it.
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