You would think that we ought to learn from our mistakes. Well I don’t know about you but there are a few mistakes that I keep making in my life. Like taking my daughter to the children playground where she runs to the room filled with balls, and later I’m having a very hard time getting her out. I tell myself that I won’t make the same mistake again and bring her there, but whenever she exclaims “balls, balls” and pulls my hand, I can’t resist and take her again to that balls room.
With blogging though I was careful enough to learn from others mistakes and study as much as possible about blogging before launching my own blog. But still, there are a few mistakes (fortunately, not many) that I made, though I’ve learned from most of them and won’t repeat the same mistake in the future. However this particular mistake I still tend to make, even though I’m constantly improving on it and lessening its effect.
I’ve read on many blogs that it’s best to be consistent with the posting frequency on your blog, and if your audience is used to daily posts, then you should keep it that way all the time. That was my original inclination – to post once a day on a regular basis. Nonetheless a few weeks later I was finding it challenging to keep up with my work and family and frequent blogging, but I was afraid to lose my readers, so I was staying up very late and writing. I didn’t want my blogging to be a burden though, I wished to enjoy it. So something had to be changed.
The problem I had is that I didn’t have any drafts saved for rainy (read extremely busy, since it’s raining quite often here) days. So one morning I got up very early, everyone was still sleeping and I had three uninterrupted quiet hours that I dedicated to my blog and wrote three complete posts and started two more…
Again, I did remember reading on other blogs that posting more than expected is bad too, so I saved them all and published only one. I also realized that rather than storing all ideas for my blog posts in my head, I should type them out and save in Drafts, and that’s what I’m doing from that day on.
Despite all this I’m now having a slightly different variation of the same problem. I have several drafts saved on my blog, but none of them are complete, thus I don’t have anything ready to publish with one click of a button if I have no time to write and complete the draft. That means I need another early morning boost of inspiration to get a few ready to go drafts for my blog.
They say that smart people learn from their own mistakes, while wise people learn from others. So be wise, and learn from my mistakes – make your blogging life easier, spend an extra few hours and complete several drafts ready to be published in emergency cases – when you’re too busy with other things, or simply not in a blogging mood.
What are your blogging mistakes? You can share them with others and participate in another group project hosted by DailyBlogTips. This is a great way to get more traffic to your blog and meet other bloggers. I’ve participated in the first group project with DailyBlogTips where everyone shared their Traffic generation tips, which proved to be quite a success and brings traffic to my blog until now.