Hello my lovely Grimms (please read in British accent)
Today we’ll be talking about some blogging pitfalls that I hope we can all avoid. I hope you find this post interesting. I myself enjoy reading posts like this especially when I was first starting out. Not that I’m an expert by any means so I’m just sharing what I’ve learned so far.
Yes This Is The Internet, No You Can’t Be A Hermit.
I’m not sure why people think bloggers are anti – social. If you’re running a blog you actually have to be pretty darn social! Whether you’re talking to people in your comment section or networking with other bloggers socialization is happening.
Don’t fear it!
I have met some of the coolest people ever through blogging! So don’t close yourself off. Explore other blogs, comment on their content, and meet some truly cool friends.
Not only will you discover amazing creators this way but it will also help to spread the word on your blog and generate traffic. So don’t shrink from the social aspect of blogging ❤ Embrace it.
Oh The Toxicity!
What kind of environment do you want on your site. Give this some thought because this is important. Unfortunately the community you create can become very toxic very quickly if you’re not staying on top of things.
A toxic comment section isn’t a good thing. Not only is it mentally draining for you but it’s going to scare off a lot of good conversations and people. Nobody wants to start a dialogue if they think they’re immediately going to be shit on.
So figure out your policy from the get go and stick to it. What language is okay to use on your site and what isn’t? Then make sure to follow through by deleting/addressing comments when necessary.
Also make sure you lead by example! What type of language are you using in your articles? The way we ourselves write is going to set the tone for the site itself.
Don’t Take On To Much
It’s good to be ambitious but make sure to check in with yourself stress-wise and be realistic about what is going on with your life. You don’t want to get burnt out doing something you enjoy. Plus I honestly believe readers prefer quality over quantity.
If we’re super overwhelmed in our day to day lives it’s really easy to start churning out subpar posts that we’re not happy with just to meet a deadline. Talk to your readers and they’ll understand when you need to adjust your schedule!
Case in point GrimmGirl! As you know I’m currently posting weekly due to my pregnancy but before I was posting everyday. I had to adjust because of things going on in life but that’s totally okay!
So don’t feel pressured as a writer to take on more than you can handle and don’t be afraid to take breaks when you need to. I know I have and I think that GrimmGirl is better for it.
Do What You Love And Others Will Find You.
Don’t worry about what other people are going to think. I know that sounds cliche but it’s true! Just write about the stuff you want to and I promise that there are other people out there who will enjoy it. We’re never as alone as we think we are.
Trying to do what others want is stressful! I swear you will enjoy blogging much more if you do the things you like. It becomes that much more rewarding when it turns out others appreciate it as well.
Just because another blogger is doing it doesn’t mean you have to too if you’re not interested. Besides doing things your own way keeps things authentic and creates a more diverse online world I think.
If it’s something you want to do than do it! You’ll be happier for it.
Organization Is Important.
When I talk about organization I mean with your posts and with your site as well. Keeping up with posts is tough and being able to write daily can be an unrealistic goal. Especially because for many of us blogging isn’t our main job in life. The ability to plan ahead and schedule posts is going to save you many a headache.
Having some sort of system for writing can also be helpful. Trying to pressure yourself into writing during a spare 15 minutes you have probably won’t go well. Try to set aside a time specifically to focus on your writing.
Also check out your site itself. Is it easy to find things and move around for your readers? The reality is people won’t spend a ton of time on a site that’s hard to get around on. It’s not a bad idea to check out your posts from a viewers perspective either. Is the font big enough? Do the colors of your website hurt your eyes after a while?
Make sure to check this stuff now and then. Also don’t be afraid to ask your readers what they think of your site so you can make adjustments.
Well Grimms I hope you found this post informative! Please comment below with other advice you’d give bloggers.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend XOXO
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