24 responses to “Bad beginnings: 10 newbie blogging mistakes & how to fix them”

  1. Julie

    Ok, guilty as charged on just about all 10 of those counts! UGH!

    1. Anne V.

      Michelle: thanks! Great refresher! We all need to keep these things in mind but we get lazy. Thanks for the new tips, insights and the much needed kick in the literary ass! My most grevious fault is not posting regularly. One a week on good weeks but never at the same time of week or day. It’s a wine blog and I’m thinking thurs or fri would be optimal…u know, the day on or before we want a great glass of vino to start our wkd!–Anne Valdespino (Orange Coast magazine)
      PS Paul Hodgins sez Hi!

  2. Joanna

    OUCH! Number #3 hits hard. My blog is entiteld, “My Daily Mooosings in the Netherlands. 🙂

    Well, I am participating in the WordCount Blogathon 2011 to learn, improve and be inspired. Here is hoping that those goals will be achieved , when the finish line is reached at the end of May.

    Thanks for the tips.

  3. Tia Bach

    Wonderful information! Thanks for this posts and the entire BlogaThon kick-in-the-butt I needed to get serious and efficient about blogging!

  4. Tatyanna/BlueEyedMonkey

    Good day Michelle,

    I agree with almost every one of these. I do understand the rationale of not making posts too long. However, I don’t know if I agree with the 200-300 word count. I, like you, am a member of BlogHer and rarely see a syndicated post less than 500 words. I think it depends on what type of blog one is running. For example, food bloggers would have a tough time posting articles at 200 words.

    Obviously my blog is a personal type blog(average post 500 words), but I write with the intent of sharing about me to stimulate ideas and broaden minds. Ex: I post about prejudice a lot because I am mixed race.

    I am grateful for the Blogathon for inspiration and motivation. Thank you.

  5. Harry

    Now I know the 10 things I’ve been doing wrong! Actually, I hadn’t worried about it, because I originally started blogging just to dust off my writing chops.
    I’d like to get serious now, and these tips are a great start!

  6. Annette Gendler

    Agreed on everything, especially #6: Long blog posts turn me off and if I have to scroll down more than once to read one, I invariably lose interest. I try to keep mine around 300 words.

  7. Tara

    I am hosed.

  8. Tracy O'Connor

    Hi Michelle! Very solid list, I'm sure lots of bloggers will find it useful. One thing I'd add is a lot of new bloggers don't look before they leap. And that's no big deal if you just want to blog for friends and family, but if you're looking to reach a wider audience, it's worth it to do a bit of research first before making mistakes that waste your time, money and effort.

  9. Pavithra

    About including the links, I agree that we have to link to our other blogposts to make the readers spend more time on the blog, but won’t including too many links to other resources turn readers away from the blog? Aren’t we basically telling them that “I have no information about this. But hey this place is way more cooler”.

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  12. Sheila Callahan

    Guilty on all counts. This is wonderful information, although I’ll admit I’m a bit depressed to see all the mistakes I’ve made.

    Note to self: You’re a big girl. You can handle it.

  13. Karolyn

    Great advice will analyze my blogging techniques and try to edit.

  14. Christina Frank

    I am definitely guilty of a lot of these–oh dear! Still, we all have different reasons for blogging and different goals.

    Mine is about me (that would be mistake #1) and the various challenges I’ve faced since my marriage ended. It’s like a memoir written in installments and I get very positive feedback on it, plus I enjoy writing it.

    Would I love to get a gazillion readers? Yes! Should I post more frequently? Absolutely. Am I realistically ever going to worry about SEO? Highly doubtful.

    You are a powerhouse, Michelle, and a great inspiration for sure.