Hi! I have been blogging for about a month now and it has been an exhilarating and exhausting ride. I have had to learn to balance my family life with this newfound career. In addition to that, I have also encountered newbie blogger mistakes which led to PERKS. See if you can relate!
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Five Mistakes I Made As A New Blogger During My First Month
First Mistake: I hit ‘Publish’ before the blog was ready.
I was so excited about starting my blog, I rushed through so much and hit the ‘Publish’ button. Like almost after Customizing my theme. I am embarrassed to admit that, but I want newbie bloggers to learn from that mistake.
Second Mistake: Indecisive about my blog theme.
I am a little bit of a perfectionist at times. This came out regarding choosing a blog theme. I have tried at least 14 themes and I believe I am happy now. Maybe.
Third Mistake: I did not have a freebie ready to entice subscribers.
Prior to blogging, I surfed the Internet for a number of things and would notice the freebie offer. I thought it was a smart way to entice readers to become subscribers or for those readers to make a return visit. Yet I did not think about this until after my blog was established and am working on it now.
Fourth Mistake: Too indecisive about implementing my email marketing system.
I honestly say I was indecisive mainly because of financial matters, not from the number of email marketing systems available. I am a budgeted blogger so had to sit and really see how much extra we could shell out for this blog.
Fifth Mistake: Spending too much time fussing over the technical aspect of my blog.
I have had to tweak my blog a number of times during this last month. I think it’s because Perfectionist Me gets all crazy again.
As a result of the aforementioned mistakes, I ended up learning so much about blogging in general. I am a natural problem solver anyway so when I encountered my mistakes, I immediately began to contemplate HOW to fix them. I came up with this list of perks.
Five Amazing Perks During My First Month As A Blogger
First Perk: I have a blog.
I had contemplated writing a blog for awhile, but just found too many excuse NOT to write one. Then my husband gave me the name of my blog and I was on board.
Second Perk: Growing my social media presence has been fun!
I was already on Facebook and Pinterest before blogging, but now I am on Twitter and Instagram and I really like them. Twitter is easier than I thought.
I started reading articles about the benefits of joining Facebook groups http://www.loveandpaperflowers.com/10-facebook-groups-blogger-entrepreneurs/ and love interacting there. Then there’s Pinterest, which I LOVED before becoming a blogger. I get to pin even more!
Third Perk: Persistence has paid off.
Blogging is a lot of work. There is the writing side, tweaking your blog technically, then being active on social media. I have been working on social media presence and have seen my Pinterest page views https://www.pinterest.com/perfectlypracticalprattle go from 25 to over 3,500 in one month. When I saw these statistics and felt amazed.
Fourth Perk: I learned more about me.
I felt I already knew so much about me until I became a blogger. You truly do learn what you are made of when working on something you love, something you want to succeed. I feel that way about my husband, kids, and family, but I started to feel this way about my blog.
Fifth Perk: It has been a challenge, BUT I am not giving up.
I am just fine with challenges. They make you into a better person, which is why I am not giving up on blogging as a career. I am motivated to be successful and enjoy the ride!
Finally…My First Month As A Blogger Was a Blast!
I have made mistakes over the past month of blogging, but, more importantly, I have enjoyed the perks too. I hope this article helps any new bloggers as well as the seasoned veterans. Happy Reading