Let us come together to join hands and pray against laziness and “bloggers block” in Miss Purpleheart’s life…do I hear an AMEN?!
Hi guys, I sincerely apologize for my hiatus…I wish I had an explanation, but let’s just stick with laziness and bloggers block. I’m back and hope to be a bit more consistent.
I am far from the “perfect blogger”, that’s if there’s such a thing as the perfect blogger sef, but i’m sure you get my meaning, if you don’t, you will in a minute. Some say one of the best ways to learn is to study the mistakes of those who have gone through similar situations and take care not to make the same mistakes, I believe this to be true.
I can give you a list of things you should or shouldn’t do as a blogger, but seeing as I don’t have it all together, I have decided to come from the other angle, I will share with you the blunders I have made/am making as a blogger so you can learn from them, these are blunders that may or may not have affected the growth of my blog. You know they say the first step to solving a problem is acknowledging that there is a problem at all, I hope my acknowledgements below is the beginning of change, Sai Miss Purpl…okay let me just get started.
#1. I don’t network enough with other bloggers
I really get lazy sometimes when it comes to reading and commenting on blog posts of other bloggers. Don’t make this same mistake, I know how many blogs I have discovered from comments left on my blog. I should be doing the same, and so should you, being a friendly blog neighbor is very important.
#2. I do not promote my posts properly
Yes my blog is linked to facebook and twitter, so my posts are automatically posted there when I publish, but those are automated promotions, I don’t do any manual deliberate promotions. Bloggers mention me in tweets that contain links to their new posts, but for some reason I suddenly get shy when I think about doing same and feel like i’m bothering everybody. But truth is, you have to bother people to get to where you want right? No man is an island after-all.
#3. I get lazy, hence I lose consistency
Oh dear, this is a huge problem for me, I get “mentally lazy”, too lazy to think up words to put down, too lazy to lift a finger to type, I had to really push myself to write this particular post…I fight this laziness everyday…but now, enough is enough! This laziness must end! Fight the laziness and bloggers block, having a topic schedule helps also, map out possible blog topics ahead of time and if possible, type your posts ahead of time.
#4. I hardly interact with blog readers that take time out to comment
Not like I get much comments but when I manage to get, instead of rejoicing and singing for joy while happily replying, I just rejoice, sing for joy and do nothing…sigh. This is a bad habit, you should interact with your blog readers, make them feel welcome and show them you appreciate them.
#5. I allow lack of comments/plenty page views discourage me
I’m sure almost every blogger can relate to this. It is good to know that people are reading your posts and appreciating it, it is a source of motivation, but as a blogger you have to learn to motivate yourself. I have to keep reminding myself not to compare my blog with other blogs, every blog journey is different. A friend once told me to do it because I enjoy it and not because i’m trying to please. I’ve also learnt that consistency is key…so I have decided not to let this bother me anymore. If this bothers you, try not to let it, do it for the love of sharing.
#6. I can’t be bothered with SEO
SEO- Search engine optimization, this helps your blog posts appear on search engines, it has to do with keywords and some other stuff. To be honest, I don’t think this is going to change for me anytime soon, it just seems too tiring and I don’t have the patience right now to settle down and figure it out, someday soon maybe.
*phew* So these are all my blogging blunders? What blogging mistakes do you make as a blogger? Let’s talk…I promise to reply, i’m now a changed blogger!