So, in December 2015 I started this blog after reading some blogs about blogging, listening to podcasts and joining a few Facebook groups. I wrote about my first month of blogging in January and gave some tips for new bloggers just starting out.
My journey has been far from perfect and I’ve realized that I’ve made a number of blogging mistakes so far. My hope is that by sharing my blogging mistakes with you, perhaps you can avoid them.
My Biggest Blogging Mistakes so far… (in no particular order)
Not Starting Earlier
I found being a stay at home mom with R difficult. I had a few friends on maternity leave at the same time, but I found that everyone was always busy and doing their own thing. I joined a bunch of baby groups, participated in classes and tried to get out as much as possible. Despite all of my efforts, I still found it a challenge to find a community to rally around.
Instead of going back to work after taking the year maternity leave, I decided to quit my associate job and take a few extra months to figure out what to do with myself.
Looking for a new job is difficult, stressful and anxiety provoking and looking back, I think it would have been a great opportunity for me to have started this blog as a healthy outlet of expression, for the fun and community.
Now that I’m working, have faced some major health issues and run after R on a daily basis it’s more difficult for me to fit the blog into my life. I’d love to be able to publish more than once a week and really engage with the blogging community but it’s just not possible given my current life constraints.
So if you’re reading this and thinking about starting a blog but aren’t sure – go for it!
Not Choosing a Domain Name Right Away
It took me a really long time to decide on a name for the blog. Most of the ones I thought of were taken or didn’t fit with the objectives of the blog.
On Black Friday Siteground (which has been great so far) (affiliate link) had an amazing sale and I couldn’t pass it up. I signed up using a temporary name to get the sale price. As a part of the price, I received a domain name as well. Since I couldn’t decide on the name right away the free name was my temporary name.
Once I finally decided on using The Professional Mom Project, I had to switch it over and pay for another domain name. It wasn’t expensive but just an extra step that I would have preferred not to take.
My advice to you is decide on your domain name before Black Friday so you can sign up with the real name you’d like to use!
I Signed Up for Amazon Associates too Early
I signed up for Amazon Associates shortly after starting the blog. When I listened to podcasts and read people’s success stories on their blogs in seemed pretty easy. Pop a link to Amazon Associates up on my blog and the sales would roll in. I figured if I could pay for my hosting and domain name that would be great but…
Being an Amazon Affiliate is difficult! Since I don’t have very many regular visitors to the blog I’ve realized that I don’t have the level of traffic and readers necessary to sustain an Amazon Associates account.
I’m just waiting for the email from Amazon telling me that I’ve been taken off due to a lack of sales 🙁
Hopefully as my blog grows and I increase the number of people who stop by I’ll be able to figure this monetization thing out.
If I was doing this all over again I would wait until my readership was stronger and then start the monitization process.
I don’t have a Plan or Editorial Calendar
In all of the blogging posts on how to blog and webinars I’ve attended each one of them states how important planning out your posts and having an editorial calendar are to achieve blogging success.
Right now, because my time is so limited, I’m just working on posting once per week and otherwise trying to publicize my posts and keep up on social media.
I would think that if I had a proper plan – what to do each day, a posting schedule going a few weeks into the future etc it would make writing my posts and planning what to do next a bit easier. Now I just need to wrap my head around how exactly to put this plan together (any tips are very welcome!)
Based on my experience so far, I would suggest figuring some of this stuff out ahead of time. It’s too bad I didn’t think about this earlier and plan a bit more before I started.
Now I just have to figure out how to make a calendar and a plan with a couple of months of blogging under my belt and to avoid any major sense of overwhelm (which leads me to…)
I signed up for way too many Emails, Facebook Groups and Webinars etc.
It’s important to build your email list, grow your social media profile, write epic posts and create pin-able images!
Wow. I am totally overwhelmed with all of this blogging stuff. Everywhere you go one successful person is saying one thing and someone else is saying something completely different. There is so much information out there about how to blog and what to do it’s really difficult to see through to your end goal.
I value all of the information I receive and find that I’m learning so much about areas I never knew about. I’m learning about how to set up a website, social media marketing, photography and building a sense of community. The downside is that with all of this learning going on, it can be very overwhelming at times.
Every day I get several emails with webinars to sign up for, e books to read and posts to visit. I’m not sure who to trust, which posts to read and which classes to sign up for. I’m trying to read through what I can and not stress too much about what I might be missing out on. My hope is that as long as I keep going and keep learning I’ll be ok.
My blogging journey is just starting and I’ve encountered more than a few bumps along the way but I plan to keep with it and see where it takes me.
What mistakes did you make when you first started blogging?