Top Blogging Mistakes Revealed

You know how people rubberneck when there’s a car wreck on the side of the road? Well, that’s me when it comes to posts talking about blogging mistakes.

These posts usually start off with the blogger writing a simple list post about common mistakes. Pretty soon though, readers start spilling their blogging guts all over the comment section, and I just can’t look away.

Something tells me I might not be the only one around here who can’t look away from these disasters, so I’m sharing some of my favorite blogging mistake links with you. Be sure to read through the comments because bloggers have let it all hang out, and it’s not pretty :)

Check out this open discussion on “What do you wish you had known earlier?” over at Remarkablogger.

Pat from Smart Passive Income got snowed in with comments on his, “How to not be a Newbie Blogger When You’re a Newbie Blogger” post.

Speaking of comments, this “21 Blogging Mistakes,” Problogger post has 179 comments at the moment.

David Risley did a post on the “Top 8 Mistakes of Blogger Newbs,” and readers added a few more of their own.

Daily Blog Tips compiled a massive list of entries from readers in their “Blogging Mistakes: Final List,”

I could add more, but we’d better clear the highway and start moving down the road again.

Your Turn: What would you do differently if you were starting over today? Go ahead and comment, we won’t look :)

Image Credit: Amos Moses Griffin

17 Responses to Top Blogging Mistakes Revealed

  1. JadeDragon April 30, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    Ok – I'll go first. I'd have followed Pat Flynn more closely. Luckily that can be corrected.

  2. virginbloggernotes April 30, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    Pat is a huge help. He's got a way of breaking things down so even I can understand them :) My own list of “do-overs” would be getting AWeber up right away, and putting some thought into my categories so they're not all scrambled. I've added redoing those to the other 250,000 things on my blogging to do list :)

  3. TheInfoPreneur April 30, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    If I started over today I would work even harder and faster! Oh and drink more coffee

  4. virginbloggernotes April 30, 2010 at 11:17 pm #

    The idea of you with more coffee sort of scares me, James :)

  5. timethief May 1, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    Even though I can recount many “do-overs” I wouldn't do anything different at all when it comes to my 6 years of blogging. This is because I know from my own experience that we humans learn just as well from negative feedback as we do from positive feedback, no matter what form it comes in.

    I have read many useful blogging tips and employed them. I have also shared many tips with other bloggers that they have put to good use. However, I note that most of what is shared in the blogosphere is not new , and that news quickly becomes old as bloggers pass on their knowledge to other bloggers who in turn publish the same information over and over again.

    I have learned many lessons on my own initiative as well and benefited most of all from them . I discovered very early on in my blogging and in my life that it's how we view failure that prevents us from succeeding. I now choose to view every “do over” setback, failure, criticism and negative result as important because they contain all that's needed to adjust and adapt our approach and become successful the next time round. In other words rather than viewing “do over” setbacks, failures, criticisms and negative results as stumbling blocks that prevent me from succeeding, I have learned to view them as stepping stones to success.

    Best wishes for happy blogging. :)

  6. virginbloggernotes May 1, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

    Stepping stones to success . . . I like that image. The best lessons and growth do always seem to come from our setbacks. Someone (Jack Canfield?) wrote, “there are no failures, only feedback.” I try to live by that philosophy, although it's harder for me to stay mindful when I've done something to make my computer screen go blank :) Thanks for your insight!

  7. Karen May 1, 2010 at 8:56 pm #


    I started blogging back in 2005 and gave it up after a year or so. Big mistake. I think that if I stuck with it, I could be in a different place in my life right now, but who knows. Anyways, that's what I would do – stick with it and not give up so easily.

    Good to know that we're not alone with all the blogging mistakes – you have gathered quite the list of links of blogging mistakes! :-)


  8. Walter May 2, 2010 at 4:46 am #

    Blogging, like any success endeavors takes time, patience, perseverance and learning to push through. These are the very backbones when I started my blog.

  9. virginbloggernotes May 2, 2010 at 5:02 am #

    I have a feeling you're still going to see amazing things happen because of your blogging, Karen. You've got a way of writing and interacting that draws people in and makes them want to stick around!

  10. virginbloggernotes May 2, 2010 at 5:08 am #

    You've definitely right, Walter. The patience thing is a challenge for me sometimes, but I'm fortunate to also be a gardener and this helps me keep perspective. Nothing in my garden grows any faster if I get impatient. I just have to keep watering it and tending to things and the growth comes over time.

  11. Angela Artemis May 2, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    Jean, I love this post. What a great suggestion – make better mistakes. This is like giving yourself permission to let go and move forward at full throttle – and just what I needed at this point in my blogging.
    Thank you for this!

  12. virginbloggernotes May 2, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    Thanks, Angela. I would get paralyzed into inaction because I was afraid of making mistakes and looking dumb. Then I realized the only dumb thing was my attitude :) Here's to moving forward at full throttle!

  13. Yasagun K. Michi May 3, 2010 at 5:06 am #

    There are many posts explain about “blogger mistakes” till they listed them. What they shown there is valuable if the reader take the points of those mistakes in order to avoid them so that they don't do the same. I agree with your “Top Blogging Mistakes Revealed” post and your joke image post “Let's make better mistakes tomorrow” :D. Then I want to make my joke myself “Let's make a high quality mistakes” 😀

  14. virginbloggernotes May 3, 2010 at 5:17 am #

    Yep, here's to high quality mistakes and a whole lot of them. It's better to be doing something and goof up than to play it safe and accomplish nothing in the process. Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Kaizenvision May 3, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    Great Post!!! Always helpful to be aware in advance. I made a big mistake last week – a bad plugin – it shut down my site until I was able to fix it….didn't know about installing WordPress in windows. These tips are great – OH I say a hearty yes to, “better mistakes”

  16. virginbloggernotes May 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

    I did the same thing with a plug in. I had to get hold of my hosting provider to fix it because I was too daft to fix things in FTP. The good part about being mistake prone plus being clueless is that I end up meeting some super helpful people and can point others their way. Don't you just love that feeling when you totally zap out your site though???

  17. Pat October 24, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    Thanks for the link Jean! I definitely would have chosen a domain name (when I started my first blog), that didn’t have a trademark in it. That led to a whole mess of trouble (not bad trouble, just trouble in the sense that I had to figure stuff out and deal with it), which eventually led to me having to switch domain names. As much as I tried to keep the rankings in Google and the traffic coming to the new site through some technical redirects and such, some traffic did drop off and I’m sure I lost some money because of it!

    Thanks again Jean, you rock!

    p.s @JadeDragon – you rock too :)

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