Hey guys! Welcome back. Today I wanted to talk about blogging for anyone who is new to it or thinking about starting. Or even to anyone who wants to know how to authentically grow their blog. When I started seriously blogging I was focused on the writing and editing. I didn’t focus on anything else. Because of that, while my blog did grow, it didn’t grow as fast as it could have if I hadn’t made some of these mistakes. So I wanted to share them with you in hopes that you will learn from my mistakes and hopefully not repeat them.

Worrying about the numbers. I have never been one to get caught up on how many Instagram followers or Facebook friends I have, but when it comes to blogging I used to be so focused on what the numbers were and I just wanted them to grow. But honestly, I was growing based on the work I was putting in. Now that I have people helping me promote my content and be on social media it helps me so much and my blog and numbers have grown. So the point is, don’t expect to grow if you aren’t putting in the work. It just won’t happen.

Under-valuing your work. Your blog is only as valued as you make it. You need to know that your blog is important and that you have a voice. If you can’t appreciate your work, no one else will. You have to be your blog’s biggest supporter and biggest cheerleader. You have to believe in yourself and be confident in you work.

Trying to do everything yourself. It’s okay to ask questions. It’s okay to ask for help. You don’t have to do everything by yourself. No one is an expert starting out and it’s essential that if you have questions about things that you ask. If and when you have questions, there is someone out there who can answer it. Join blogging groups, follow more experienced bloggers, and reach out on social media. You have no idea what you will find. You can get all the help you need.

Trying to force yourself into a “niche”. Niches come naturally. You might have to try several things before you find what your niche is. You can’t force it. Don’t try to force yourself into anything just because you think it will be the most popular or bring you the most followers. Write about what you are passionate about and it will all come naturally. You should never have to force anything.

Not engaging with others. This is not a mistake I made, but it is something I see a lot of bloggers (and vloggers) doing. They don’t interact with their followers and/or other bloggers. You are not in this world alone. It is essential to know that there are others out there and we are a community. Also, interacting with your followers is key to having an engaged audience of people who keep coming back.

Not utilizing the power of social media. This is a huge mistake I made. I wasn’t as active on social media as I should have been and that hurt me starting out. I learned that most of my followers were coming from social media, so I needed to be just as engaged, if not more so, than I was on the blog. Luckily I am beginning to fix that, but if you are starting out in blogging, don’t neglect social media.

Those are the mistakes I think beginner bloggers should avoid if possible. What are some of yours? Let us know in the comments! Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope this is helpful. Please like it if it is. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!