Wednesday, June 22, 2016

5 Blogging Mistakes We All Should Stop Making

1. Overusing Instagram Filters

 Trust me, you don't need it. Turn up the brightness or add contrast and definition, but stay away from the filter. Also, studies show that less saturated photos tend to do better, so you may want to turn that down a touch.

2. Hoarding Blog Posts

I am so guilty of this. I'll have ideas that don't get written, new clothes that lay unphotographed, accessories that don't see the light of day until they've been posted, etc. Eventually, those ideas lose steam, or I forget them. I have no idea why I'm "saving" them!  It's so annoying because I know I will not run out of ideas, clothing, or lose the urge to shop. So really- when it comes down to it- when you got it- post it!

3. Not Using Grammar Basics

Is this just because I'm an English teacher, or does it bother other people too? I totally get the random error, typo, or #thanksautocorrect moment. However, when the same mistake pops up multiple times, I find it distracting. 1 easy change? Stop with the u for you. Please.

4. Never Commenting Back

Commenting is one of the easiest ways to build relationships, make friends, and build your brand.  Bloggers who don't comment back are missing a vital opportunity to grow. Don't forget, you're your own PR company! 

5. Following to Unfollow

Following someone to get them to follow you, just to "unfollow" when they do creates bad blood and hurts feelings. Other bloggers are absolutely wonderful support systems, and you do not want to burn bridges! I have met truly awesome people that share the same passion. I will never understand how people have grown a following this way. It's actually astounding to me. I'm not saying you have to follow people forever, especially if you stop digging their content or their message... But it's a pretty obvious ploy when they unfollow within seconds. It's just using people on the climb to the top. Keep it classy.

So... What should you be doing?

-Tweeting every day, including both new AND old posts
-Joining FB groups and posting in threads to promote your posts
-Pinning on Pinterest
-Finding new people to connect with on Social Media (Like me? :) )

Want more? Check out THIS POST with a daily blogging to-do list!

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  1. Great tips! I hear ya on the grammar! I'm a reading teacher so completely understand your frustration. But at the same time, I love when people's unique personalities shine through in their writing.
    xx, Lauren {}

    1. Oh yes,
      That is true. Writing style matters! Thanks for stopping by today girly!

  2. Amen Amen Amen! I definitely agree that using the follow/unfollow method is super inauthentic and very frustrating! You should follow to make genuine connections and friendships, not to just boost your numbers! Also, there is a huge difference between editing a photo for Instagram and using an Instagram filter and using the filters too much has got to go!

    Chelsie @ Hey There, Chelsie

    1. Totally! I am so thankful for all the genuine people I've met while blogging! :)
      Have an amazing day girly!

  3. I totally agree with this! Especially overusing Instagram filters and never replying back to comments. I feel it's very important to engage with your readers not only through content but personally as well! Great tips! :D

    1. I completely agree with you! Thanks for stopping by and leaving this sweet comment!
      Have an excellent day girly!

  4. Yes! Bad grammar is so distracting. The follow/unfollow technique is so tacky. I always unfollow people that do that. I'm totally guilty of hoarding blog posts, though :/

    1. I'm glad I'm not the only blog post hoarder! The worst part is when I miss opportunities because I sat back and waited!


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