11 Blogging mistakes

I read a good article today called, 11 Common Blogging Mistakes That Are Wasting Your Audience’s Time on copyblogger.com.

After reading it I could identify with some of the mistakes, not too many of them I hope! The article is aimed more at commercial blogs but its well worth a read.

The post made me think about my own blogging habits, both good and bad.

Blogging Mistake #1: You love complexity

I don't know about you, but if I can't understand something the first time I read it I go to another blog or website. I always try to make my posts as easy to read as possible.

Blogging Mistake #2: You’re self-indulgent

I guess by its very nature blogging is self-indulgent? I started my blog to record my achievements (and failures). Its also a good way to keep yourself on track with any goals you may have set yourself.

Blogging Mistake #3: You think you need to publish daily

Guilty as charged. In my first year of blogging I missed posting on one day, I post regularly and its a bit addictive. So if I have an idea for a post I'll write and it and schedule it in for a future date.

Blogging Mistake #4: You write purely for SEO

Not guilty. I'm not interested in Search Engine Optimization for my blog. Most people find me through WordPress, but I do get quite a few referrals through google and other search engines. I've never made a conscious decision to write my posts with SEO in mind, but if the search engines rank a post well its a bonus.

Blogging Mistake #5: You focus on word count

Not guilty again. Most of my posts are pretty short in length anyway.

Blogging Mistake #6: You don’t write in plain English

I always try to write clearly. Enough said.

Blogging Mistake #7: Your conclusions are stale

I hope my conclusions aren't stale?

Blogging Mistake #8: You don’t know who you’re writing for

I hope i'm not guilty of this. My posts are 99% running or fitness related. Let me know if I'm guilty!

Blogging Mistake #9: You don’t care about your topic (anymore)

If I ever stop caring about my running I'll stop blogging about it.

Blogging Mistake #10: You edit your posts in less than five minutes

Not guilty, I take ages editing my posts.

Blogging Mistake #11: You don’t show your personality

You tell me, I hope my personality does come through, the better parts anyway.

The article ended with these thoughts...

  1. Your readers don’t need another blog post.
  2. Your readers don’t need even more tips.
  3. What your readers need is you — your wisdom, your ideas, your unique stories on your chosen area of expertise.

Never take your readers’ attention for granted. Their time is precious. Use it wisely.

So there we have it, what do you think? What mistakes have you made on your blog?

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