20 responses to “5 newbie mistakes I’d avoid if I started blogging today”

  1. Jackie Dishner

    Good tips and good ideas I should probably adopt.

  2. Jodi Torpey

    Even with blogging, experience really is the best teacher.

    Thanks for the great tips,

  3. Patty Perkowski (@PACWP)

    So glad I have found you, your information is spot on! Thanks for all you do to hep and support us newbie and oldbie bloggers

  4. Connie

    great tips and I think I have done (and am doing) about 4 out of these 5 mistakes!! I need to change!!!

  5. Jennifer Fink

    Def. things to think about! I’m learning a lot from the Blogathon theme day.

  6. Janine Robinson

    Sure wish I had read this when I first started my blogs! Re making money (I’m still making Mistake #4): I want to try BlogHer (heard great things), but what you think about AdSense?

    1. Brad Dudley

      I really wish I had read this post before I started as well. Wouldn’t it be great if we could always learn from the mistakes of others and not have to make them ourselves?

  7. Kat

    Great tips! Thanks for the suggestion to install the Editorial Calendar – done! 🙂

  8. Tia Bach

    Images, hosting, ads… so much great advice here. I still need to incorporate a lot of this into my blog.

    I’ve grown so much with my blogging (so much of it thanks to two Blogathons!). For me, the more I grow sometimes the harder it is to go back and change things.

    Thanks for more wonderful advice!

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  10. Jan Udlock

    I agree with #3 because pictures slow my reading down. And I find posts that don’t have pictures have too much text.

    Great advice, Michelle.

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  13. Joan Lambert Bailey

    Quite right. I still feel like I’m floating about with topics, although I have to say that the Blogathon (start patting yourself on the back a bit now, Michelle!) has helped me hone my blog. Hard as it may be to believe, I’ve become more organized about posting, given more thought to narrowing down my topic range, and become a better writer. Now, on to catching up on this particular theme day…

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  15. Gary Chesnut

    Excellent tips indeed. Especially # 2, it’s good when a blog follows a general theme so you know what that site (person) is all about instead of being all over the place when it comes to their subjects.