Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging
We all make mistakes–and just starting a blog is a great time to make mistakes that may end up being permanent headaches. I asked FinCon bloggers what mistakes they wish they’d known about way back when they started blogging. Maybe reading about their oopsies can help you avoid repeating the same mistakes:
Jennie LeAnne wishes she had taken more time for proof reading early on: “My goodness, I’m embarrassed when I go back and read some of the things I wrote three years ago!”
Todd R. Tresidder wishes he had taken more advantage of Facebook: “A lot of work is required to realize the full potential of the site – from writing, product development, social media, IT/legal/marketing. Each of these areas is big enough when done right to be a full time position.”
Glen Craig wishes he’d switched to WordPress and self-hosting earlier. He also struggled with networking early on: “I would have networked with other people sooner (and it’s something I’m still working on.)”
Doug Nordman feels like he put the book cart before the blogging horse: “I started the blog to market the book. In retrospect, I should’ve started blogging and written the book from the blog posts. Of course if I had done it that way then I would’ve started a blog in 2005 with the blogger equivalents of a clay tablet and a wooden stylus, so perhaps I avoided a lot of pain by writing the book first.”
Jeff Rose wishes he’d started his email newsletter sooner. Michael Kitces concurred about the importance of email newsletters, both for increasing traffic and eBook sales: “An email newsletter just is as crucial for an eBook, particularly if the goal is to sell it. You’re FAR more likely to sell an eBook to an audience you’ve cultivated that signed up for your email newsletter and regularly reads your content, than trying to convert sales from organic search traffic that finds its way to your blog from SEO.”
Ben Edwards regrets not knowing his most efficient writing method from the beginning: “It can take me forever to get the words out of my head and onto ‘paper.’ I can really cut down on the time it takes to write a post if I dictate it first, then go back and edit.”
As for me, I really wish I hadn’t give my personal blog a name based on a pun. No one gets the pun; no one can spell the domain name; and it’s extremely difficult to direct people to my site. After two and half years of blogging, I feel like it’s too late to change it.
What is your “favorite” blogging mistake?
Image courtesy of Tom Jolliffe