Those of us that have been blogging a while have definitely made our fair share of mishaps and mistakes. Luckily most of mine remain hidden in my archives, but I thought it might be fun to reminisce a little. It can be easy to see your favourite bloggers and assume they’ve always had their shit together, but I’m pretty sure that’s not the case – we all started somewhere!
I think this is one that most people can relate to judging by those comparison tweets I always see floating round Twitter. Most of my photography mistakes are just from laziness with lighting, but there are some photos in my archive that I cringe to look at. Thankfully most of the really bad ones have long been deleted and replaced, but there are a token few still hanging around. Don’t wanna lose all that 2014 magic do we?
Following the crowd
Sure, having that new thing that’s all the rage right now is fun, but it’s impossible to keep up with. I was definitely guilty of trying to fit in too many hauls when I first started blogging, and buying AAAALL the makeup (which I didn’t even use). I also posted too many tag posts and tried too hard to write content my followers wanted to read, rather than that which I wanted to write.
Apologising to my followers
I love you guys, but I’m done apologising for not being active on my blog. If I can’t post for whatever reason, realistically nobody’s going to miss me. Also most of my content is evergreen so it doesn’t really matter when it’s posted – it’s never going to lose it’s relevance. I often see people apologising on Twitter or at the start of their posts for gaps in their content and I just think “why?”. You don’t owe anyone anything, and #sorrynotsorry, nobody really cares anyway.
I’ve actually got a post coming up regarding this (cheeky lil future promo there) but I think my biggest mistake with blogging was accepting things like paid follow links for £20 because I didn’t know any better. It’s a poor excuse, but I didn’t realise the value of my blog until I really read into it and started to think about where I might like to go with it.
Changing up my design/logo every five minutes
When I first started blogging, I felt stifled by Blogger’s templates (and hadn’t thought of buying themes on Etsy and the like) and curbed my need for design by switching up my blog logo. Let me tell you it’s hard to build a brand for yourself when your look is changing every other month! I’ve learned from that one though, and I’ve had the current iteration of my logo for nearly a year. I’ve also been using my current blog template for a little while too, which definitely helps returning visitors know who you are – something which I rely on when it comes to Pinterest.
There are definitely more mistakes I’ve made, but I’m going to leave it there for now. Maybe I’ll do a part two in the future as these sorts of posts are always fun to write. Let me know your biggest blogging mistake in the comments so I don’t feel so alone! Are you guilty of any of the above?