As a blogger, you’re probably not equipped for many of the things you’ll need to do. It helps to know what these things are so you can look out for them and correct them as you go along.
Your blog is your public face. It is how you show the world: This is who I am.
Remember that your presence as a blogger is reflected in all your social media accounts as well. So, how do you avoid making elementary mistakes when you’re a blogger? Look at the list below, and try not to make them.
5 Elementary Mistakes Bloggers Make
1. Participation Is Not Enough
Your audience will not reward you for simply being there. Even if you’ve put your heart and soul into starting a blog, remember that’s just the beginning. It is unlikely that you will start selling yourself or your product straight away. Blogging is a business and successful bloggers are in it for the long haul.
2. Leave Your Anger Of It
Few sane people enjoy following an angry blogger. It may work for famous celebrities, but most people want to read posts by likeable people who engage them, entertain them, and teach them something. Your readers deserve your respect. So, leave your anger out of your blog posts and social media accounts. Read 21 Social Media Don’ts
Tip: If somebody goads you or insults you, think about whether you want to sink to their level. ‘Blocking’ or ‘unfollowing’ these people is a good option.
3. Feeling Sorry For Yourself
If you want to have a pity party, your blog is probably not a good place to have it. We all have moments when we feel hard done by, or when we feel like the world is against us. You can write about this if you want to, but make sure you do it with some humour to make it palatable. Read: Does Your Blog Suit Your Brand?
4. Overdoing Everything
You do not need to tell your readers everything. Especially on your ‘About’ page. Include only the information that is relevant to your online persona. Nobody wants to read about where you went to school, how many times you’ve been married (unless you’re blogging about relationships), and your children (unless you’re blogging about children).
5. Poor Writing Skills
As a blogger, you are your own publisher. Learn how to write. Improve your grammar. Make sure that your punctuation is correct. You cannot ignore this because you have chosen to use a medium where language is everything. One of the best ways to become a better writer is by reading. Read everything you can get your hands on, including fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs. And write. Go on a creative writing course to gain the confidence you need as a writer.
If you’re looking for writing tips for your blog posts, read these:
- 28 Dos And Don’ts: A Must-Have Checklist To Improve Your Writing
- Why You Should Care About Readability Statistics
- All About Parts Of Speech
- Punctuation For Beginners
- 7 Choices That Affect A Writer’s Style
- 10 Elements Of Writing Style – For Bloggers
I hope this list provides food for thought and gives you a checklist for your blog posts.
© Amanda Patterson
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