Blogging Tips Post What Not To Do
Posted on December 15, 2016

Blogging Tips: What Not to Do

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I have been blogging for a while now, and over the course of that time have picked up a few tips (including what not to do).  I may have fallen victim to these pitfalls recently, but you don’t have to!

If you are thinking about starting a blog, or are blogging now and want a few extra tips, here is a list of things not to do when blogging:

1. Don’t post just when you feel like it. If you want to build (or retain) an audience, your blogging needs to be consistent. Obviously my blogging hasn’t been consistent at all, and my blog has suffered because of it.

2. If you are just starting out, don’t quit your day job. Thanks to my husband who provides financially for our family, my job is stay-at-home mom (and I don’t ever plan on quitting the mom part).  But my husband was laid off from his job and things were tight for our family for a while. At the time this blog was just a passion project of mine (and not a source of income our family could rely on) so when Aaron was without a job, our family had to focus on our needs and put a lot of our wants on hold for a bit…including my blogging hobby.

3. Don’t get caught up in the comparison trap. There are so many blogs out there, and some are more successful than others.When you’re starting out as a blogger it’s hard not to compare your blog’s beginning to another more established blog’s middle. The super successful bloggers have worked hard and consistently in order to post about that expensive handbag, the luxurious vacation, and/or the gorgeous room reveal. It’s their job to make you want what they are selling, and if you can’t have those things then it can make anyone feel crummy. During Aaron’s unemployment, I definitely got caught up comparing my blog’s content to other blogs, wishing I wasn’t creatively restricted by my family’s money crisis. So instead of blogging anything, I barely blogged and now I regret wasting that time not expanding outside of my comfort zone and creating some really unique and original blog posts.

4. Don’t let life changing events affect your posting schedule. If you’re really on top of things as a blogger, you’ll have content created and scheduled to post far enough in advance so that you can enjoy time elsewhere accomplishing other things while sticking to your blogging routine (see tip #1)  😉 Clearly I still need to work on this as well.  Aaron was without work for quite some time, but when he finally accepted a job offer everything that followed afterwards happened so fast. My family and I had to sell our home, pack, and move to a whole new state over the course of a few weeks…oh and celebrate a few holidays during that time frame too. My life has been exceptionally crazy lately, and blogging just hasn’t been on my to-do list. But if I had some content all ready to post, I wouldn’t have been digitally MIA for so long while I packed, cleaned, and moved cross country with my three littles.

I hope this list helps you see how we can all improve our blogging (myself included), and gives you a little update as to where I’ve been. Here are the few pictures I took to document our family’s move, most of them are of when we stopped at the half-way point at the Mississippi River.

Blogging Tips Post What Not to Do

{before we left, our family in front of our first home}

Blogging Tips Post What Not to Do

Blogging Tips Post What Not to Do
Blogging Tips Post What Not to Do

{this picture is a good indicator of what moving cross country with three kids looks like, haha!}

You’ll probably be seeing some blogging resolutions from me in the near future, because I obviously have room for improvement. If you’re a blogger and have any tips, I’d love to hear them! Thanks for reading!

xo, Sara

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