The Mistakes AND Perks of My First Month As A Blogger

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

 

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Comments

  1. Kayla says:

    Congrats on your first month! I was very indecisive about everything lol. I finally had to just say good enough is good enough right now. It is a challenge to teach yourself everything that needs to be done before you can do it, and there is no way you can know it all. Starting a huge first step!

    1. Liz says:

      I agree Kayla. The struggle is REAL! Seriously, though, I am happy I became a blogger, blips and all. And I enjoyt learning so that helps. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Eva says:

    Awesome post!
    I am too am in the first month of blogging so I can totally relate.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Eva

    1. Liz says:

      Thanks for the comment Eva! I am glad the first month is over. There is still a lot to learn, you know?

  3. Jenny says:

    Way to go on your first month! I’m on the same about as you. Although I’ve had my blog for about a year, its main purpose was only to write about my weight loss journey, now it has been three weeks since I’ve been consistently creating content 2-3 times a week and I really enjoy it! You are doing a great job, keep on keeping up!
    Xoxo,
    Mom Insane Fit

    1. Liz says:

      Congrats to You Jenny for the weight loss! It is difficult to lose weight at any age. I have an exercise and eating routine I try to stick with but it’s hard. It is an even bigger struggle to keep that weight off. Good luck! You’ve accomplished so much so far!

  4. susie says:

    Awesome, great job!! I have been blogging and am ready to take my blog to a new level soon

    1. Liz says:

      Congrats on the next new level soon! I like learning, which is why I am ok with the technical aspect. I just never knew there was so much to figure out. Been challenging, but worht it.

  5. Elaine says:

    Congrats on your first month. Juggling a blog while working is no joke

    1. Liz says:

      Thanks Elaine! It has been a struggle to organize, and I am usually organized lol. But as my beloved grandmother used to say, One Day At A Time.’ You know?

  6. Tasheena says:

    Right there with you! I’ve been going less than a month and already learned so many things I could have done differently/better. Keep enjoying the process!

    1. Liz says:

      Thanks Tasheena! It’s been a fun, chaotic ride and I am glad I experienced it, that’s for sure. Good luck to you as well!

  7. Alexis says:

    A huge mistake I made was talking about myself way too much. Every post was focused on me, which hurt my page views.

    1. Liz says:

      There’s so much to learn from in the begging Alexis. I actually thought the same thing, that blogging was just talking about your life, your stuff. The things we learn right?

  8. Makenzie says:

    I had almost all of the same blogging mistakes! I struggled to get my blog started, but I’m determined to keep going strong. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Liz says:

      Thanks for the comment Makenzie. The irony is I thought I had plenty before hitting the PUBLISH button, but apparently I was wrong. I am just happy I learned from those mistakes. I am still learning more and more each day.

  9. Kim says:

    I could relate on so many levels to this! Thanks for sharing your mistakes and perks! I also am thinking about offering a freebie at my Homeschool blog, but I am also contemplating the hope that my content will be enough to draw readers/followers/subscribers to me… EVENTUALLY… Like you, when I first started blogging, I completely amped up my social media usage. However, in the months since, I have stepped back and removed myself from some social media groups, especially on Facebook, because it became to much of a good thing and I wasn’t truly focused. But, anyway, I am enjoying my walk through your blog and looking forward to reading more!

    1. Liz says:

      Hi Kim! Yay! Another homeschooler! There are a lot of things to contemplate when writing a blog, which is how we learn. I wish you the best of luck as well!

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