5 Reasons You Will Fail At Blogging

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I have to admit, I am guilty of these 5 reasons you will fail at blogging. Some background on me; I started reading blogs when Self Magazine had their registered dietician blogger, Eat Like Me blogging what she ate for every meal 3 times a day. During that time I also found PBFingers, Fitnessista, SweetToothSweetLife, and HungryRunnerGirl (all blogs I still love to read today)! I was hooked and dreamt of starting my own blog one day. In 2012 I started planning out a fitness blog, but got overwhelmed with the design of the website and stopped. I never even wrote a post. I began again in 2015 and wrote a few posts, but that is where it ended. Finally, in November 2017 I came across Suzi at Start A Mom Blog and found her Blog By Numbers course. This got me where I am today (here is what I did). I got my blog up and running, have gained a following, and feel confident that this will be my full time (full income) job within 7 months. Moral of the story? Don’t do what I did! Below are mistakes to avoid when starting a blog.

You never start

Or you “start” but not really. Ha. That was me. I “started” a blog two times aside from my current blog. Similar ideas to what I have now, but all executed the wrong way. The difference between this time and the others? I found ONE mentor, and stuck with her advice only. There is so much information out there, and that alone can send you in a million different directions. I highly recommend Start A Mom Blog’s Blog By Numbers course. This got me out of my head and into my blog!

You are inconsistent

Something I am still working on, but have improved so much! I truly feel you need to work on your blog daily for it to be successful. There is more to it than writing a post (surprisingly the hardest part for me!). You need to respond to comments, pin to Pinterest, post to Facebook, post to Instagram, use other social media outlets, brainstorm, research, etc… I have found creating a daily to do list for my blog is essential for success!

You don’t put in the effort

Blogging is not easy. I think from the outside it can look like you just type up a post and done! Thousands of people come running to your site to read it and your a star! If only it was that easy. It takes so much time, effort, and trial and error. What works for me, may not work for you. Everyone’s following will be different, which is what makes you different from all the other bloggers out there!

You don’t believe you can do it

Oh hey insecurities! This was (and still is) me. I created a new Instagram account because I didn’t feel comfortable having all of my friends and family know I was starting a blog. My thought process with this is changing and I am owning it! I told my closest friends and they have all been so supportive! YOU CAN DO THIS! If you struggle from insecurities in your life, I recommend starting every day with gratitude and a journal entry. At the top of my daily schedule I write the same three things every day; I am a blogger, I am consistent, and  I am capable.

You continually plan instead of execute

Anxiety LOVES to have me make list after list, plan after plan. On one level, a good brain dump always gets all that chatter out of my head. On another level…it can overcome me, and take all my time. You can only plan so much. There will come a time when you just have to write that first post and day F it. I listened to a great podcast when starting my blog that said shoot for B work. You can spend forever trying to get that A+ post up, but in the end, if you want to start you gotta just do it! Shoot for average, not perfection. You will get so much further in life. The best thing about blogging, you can always go back and update old posts as you learn a long the way. If its that bad? Delete it! This is YOUR blog! Don’t be scared to start.

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  1. January 22, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    Guilty. Totally guilty. I have told myself for 2018 I need to be consistent with my blog. I think my biggest problem is that I don’t know what to say and why would anyone find what I wrote about as interesting. And I have lots of blog posts in my head and none on my actual blog. My goal is to make my blog a priority. Thanks for pointing these out!

    • AverageHealthyMom
      Author
      January 22, 2018 / 9:00 pm

      You can do it! I also have found journaling is a great way to get things out on paper, and then I can edit to turn it into a post! Makes it feel much more organic and less pressure!

  2. January 22, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    Guilty AF here! Great motivation!

    • AverageHealthyMom
      Author
      January 26, 2018 / 6:05 am

      Ha!

  3. January 22, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    This is my tth time around and I did all of these before. This time I just do it. I make office hours. I research my topic and I site and link to all others bloggers I a my use. Consistency is still my down fall. I do 3 post a day but the days always change. I need to make a set upload day.

    • AverageHealthyMom
      Author
      January 26, 2018 / 6:05 am

      Wow! 3 posts a day! I am averaging 3 posts a week, but I was hoping to get to 6 a week!

  4. January 22, 2018 / 10:11 pm

    Love Suzi’s advice too! Great post!

    • AverageHealthyMom
      Author
      January 26, 2018 / 6:05 am

      Thank you!

  5. January 22, 2018 / 10:15 pm

    I am guilty of all of these! I put off ever starting for years, but I finally did in 2017. I struggle with insecurities and consistency. I would say publishing that first post is the hardest. I felt so vulnerable and exposed! But I was also pleasantly surprised by the positive feedback. Now, I’m still working on consistency. Not always easy since I work full-time, but it’s my blogging goal for 2018!

    • AverageHealthyMom
      Author
      January 26, 2018 / 6:05 am

      Thats a great goal, you can do it!

  6. January 22, 2018 / 10:54 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this as I have just started blogging. I will definitely be taking on this tips and follow it thru. Thank you

    • AverageHealthyMom
      Author
      January 26, 2018 / 6:04 am

      So happy to hear that! Good luck with your blog!

  7. January 23, 2018 / 8:27 am

    IKR! I’m trying to be consistent now.. But I still don’t have specific niche. I still write randoms. Haha 🙂

    • AverageHealthyMom
      Author
      January 26, 2018 / 6:04 am

      Ha! I totally get that! It is really hard to niche down when you are just starting out. I feel like that too. I thought I was going to have more variety but I find myself talking more about the obstacles as a parent! I think going with your heart is better than forcing a niche. Eventually it will all come together. =)

  8. My Blog Inspires
    January 23, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    I totally agree with you .Consistency is the key.. I’ve started a 365 days Blogging challenge in my blog, Just to be in it !

    • AverageHealthyMom
      Author
      January 26, 2018 / 6:03 am

      That is awesome! I will check it out!

  9. January 24, 2018 / 12:14 am

    Yesss. It sounds like we’ve been on similar blogging journies! I started a blog three times and was so overwhelmed and I procrastinated that I just never continued. My first few posts about my daughter were probably C posts, but then I started adding posts that are beneficial to others (while still enjoying myself) and I finally felt good about it! I started in November so I still have a lot to learn, but it’s nice to see someone else who’s made mistakes and is still sticking with it!

    • AverageHealthyMom
      Author
      January 26, 2018 / 6:02 am

      Great job starting again!! I really feel this time around is the real deal. I have learned so much and I am actually doing instead of planning! I am really enjoying the process.

  10. January 24, 2018 / 1:10 am

    Great advice!! thank you definitely going to avoid to do those.

    • AverageHealthyMom
      Author
      January 26, 2018 / 6:02 am

      Glad I can help!!

  11. January 24, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    This is such a great inspiration and motivation post love it so true. But if u put ur mind body soul to blogging it will all come together.

    • AverageHealthyMom
      Author
      January 26, 2018 / 6:00 am

      Thank you! =)

  12. January 25, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    I am a planner to the max! These are all such great tips and so motivating!

    • AverageHealthyMom
      Author
      January 26, 2018 / 5:59 am

      Happy to hear that!!

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