I hope you all had a great weekend and are starting this week on a right note. Today I decided to come on here and share with you some of the things I wish I had done before launching my blog. My blog is just seven months old, so I’m still a newbie and it hasn’t been easy, this blogging gig is not a joke but I’m getting a hang of it and learning something new everyday. Blogging has been such a great journey and I wouldn’t want it to be any other way, I now know why I started blogging and that it was the right decision to make. So now that I’ve finished my speech(clap! clap!), let’s get back to the topic of the mistakes I made before launching my blog.
1. NOT PLANNING AHEAD.
What I mean here is planning what to do next once I had launched it. I did the whole you must have a few posts before it’s up, check images, SEO and spell checking, all that I wrote in my what you should include in every blog post. But what I didn’t plan for was what to do next, I didn’t think of how I was going to promote my posts, on which platforms I would do that and just how to get my blog out there for others to read, which was a huge mistake that cost me traffic and readers from day one, so note to self, planning is key.
2. JOINING GROUPS LATE
Here is where I really messed up. The mistake was not joining blogger groups before launching, this is so important because you get to learn so much from other bloggers and promote your blog before it’s out which was something I should have done. Groups in Facebook, Pinterest whichever platform you choose are good for promotion and by the time I launched my blog there was nobody to read it and no one even knew it existed. That was a rooky mistake and since then, I have joined groups that offer great help and information.
3. TOO MUCH RESEARCH
When I decided to start a blog, I read every information I found out there about blogging but I guess I missed the memo where okay, you’ve done your research now start publishing. I had 20 posts before launching so I was like you know ” I’m a pro”, But I was too engrossed on finding out more information on blogging that I wasted so much time researching instead of writing/coming up with ideas and that’s where planning comes to play, so nowadays I try to write consistently and learn as I go. I’m not saying researching is bad, just that it can be destructing from the task at hand.
4. NOT ASKING FOR HELP
When I wanted help to figure out all this tech stuff, my mistake was not asking anyone for help and just trying to fix everything by myself which was a pity because people are willing to help and all I needed to do was find a place to do that. I love Facebook blogger groups and if I had joined them before, then everything would have ran so smoothly and it would have saved me so much time. So learn from my mistakes people, don’t be afraid to ask for help you will get the information you need.
5.HESITATING TO LAUNCH
My blog was ready to launch, but I was hesitating and fearing that it wasn’t right or it could look better. That lasted for a month of me saying I was still making it perfect but the thing is I was comparing myself to other bloggers and blogs which was a wrong thing to do, everyone is different and the fear I had was for nothing because once I launched it, I realised that there was nothing to be afraid of.