Mistakes I Made When I First Started Blogging

blogging mistakes
I started my first blog back in November 2008 when I was merely 13 years old trying to figure out the whole shebang of blogging world. I remembered getting my first ever follower and getting all excited because there was one person in the world who was interested in following my blog.

And the number kept increasing and increasing until I hit 1500 followers and 250,000 pageviews. By the time I turn 15, I was known for my blog tutorials and posting 20-30 entries in a day. I was proud of my blog but that was that.

I got tired of my blog and doing tutorials so I stopped blogging altogether and left it to dust. I felt like my blog wasn’t mine and people weren’t interested in what I posted, instead they followed my blog just for my tutorials.

A few years later, I was 18 doing foundation in science at MSU, I got my own room in an apartment shared with other students with nothing but a laptop and wifi. I started blogging again but this time about product reviews and I got rid of all of my old posts.

However, that only lasted for a year before I got tired of it and moved my blog to Tumblr. I even deleted that blog along with my followers and pageviews.

This time around, I intend to do blogging right. Although there is no right or wrong way, but I’m learning from the mistakes I made during my early years of blogging.

Followers are everything

No, they are not. It’s nice to get a few new followers every single day but don’t be discouraged if you don’t. I know it’s hard not to compare the number of followers you have with other blogs but blogging isn’t about popularity.

It’s the number of people that benefit from what you write is what matters most. I only have around 270 followers on my blog but I helped so many of my blogger friends with their blog and I get comments each time I published an entry and to me that’s enough.

I couldn’t be happier. I was obsessed with the number of followers I have and sometimes I still am and I get discouraged over it but I spent a lot of time and money on my blog and the least I can do is to be very happy with it.Β My blog is my safe haven and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Quantity over quality

Like I mentioned, I used to publish around 20 posts everyday and my monthly average posts is around 300-400 posts each month. I didn’t know what was I thinking when I did that because apart from the tutorials I did, every other posts were rubbish.

Now that I have started blogging from scratch, I am perfectly fine with publishing 15-20 entries every month as long as I’m satisfied with what I have written.

I am currently trying to blog everyday for a month but I don’t know when will I be able to do that because it needs a lot of planning and scheduling posts. I hope I am able to do so in November or December, hopefully.

Too much information!

Did you know that I have been in an online fights via blogging with two of my ex-boyfriend’s girlfriends? Yes, the same ex-boyfriend, one in early 2010 and another in 2011. I was clearlyΒ not thinking clearly because I practically degraded myself over a boy, online, where everyone can read about it.

It was such a horrible time for me mentally and venting it online seemed like the only possible way to show how wrecked and heartbroken I was.

My advice is to steer clear of your blog when you’re having boy trouble or any other troubles that are hurting you mentally. Talk to someone. Read a book. Go for a walk.

Do anything you want but don’t go near your blog because the urge to vent and posting it online is stronger than your good conscience that is screaming “NO” in your mind.

Bad writing

I don’t always write like this. By this I mean.. this. On top of posting rubbish everyday, my writing was bad, too. I didn’t construct my sentence properly and I wrote how you would expect a 14-year old writes.

It was horrible but then again, my target audience was lower secondary school students with a blog and too much time in hand like I was. But it was fun, nonetheless.

The interaction between bloggers and readers were interesting and everyone was sharing tutorials and remember rainbow link? Yes, me too!

What are your blogging regrets?

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  • sy pon dlu start blogging dari sekolah mnengah. form 4, tapi duk delete2 mcm tu jugak. 2013 baru start betul2

  • So true! I remember back then all I posted was about lyrics, online movies/dramas, tutorials, mumbling stories etc. And guess what? After I decided to delete those posts, only 100++ posts left. Itu pun rasa macam nak delete jugak πŸ˜€

  • I can't figure out what my blogging regrets bcoz I only have one blog since 2014 . But , in your no 1 point . I totally agree . I always like to compare my blog followers with others . Sometimes I feel demotivated when I see my small followers and it makes me lazy to post any new entry . Until now , I do care . But , when I sit back and think , " what is the purpose of me blogging? ". It makes me to stop thinking more about how many followers I have and just write what I feel interested . Maybe from my writng , like you said can benefit others . From there , I will get a great followers day by day , right ? Insyaallah . Thanks for sharing this and motivate me too. Keep blogging dear . I love your writing and sharing always . =D

  • at least we learn something from our own mistakes right? so… keep writing sis πŸ™‚

  • that's right! thank you πŸ™‚

  • betul tu nadia. sometimes we may feel disappointed of our followers number but it's better than nothing kan? you're welcome and thank you nadia :*

  • kalau post tah pape tu, delete je. diri sendiri baca post sendiri pun rasa eeeeee apa aku tulis ni hahahahaha

  • bila dah besar sikit dah matang baru rasa cam confident nak blogging balik kan πŸ™‚

  • Yes yes true . Hihihi … welcome to you too, dear~ =D

  • my blogging regret was hmm using lots of short forms. T_T I learned from my mistake, as I don't really like to read short forms in any articles, I should not do the same thing in my own blog.

    hanisamanina.com

  • ahhh i feel you on that! i hate short forms in blog posts too

  • All these were true oh god I can totally relate to all of this. I started blogging when I was 14 years old and I still remember those time I will only post MAINLY about my school crush and almost ALL the people in my class know about it and when I asked them how did they know, they said they found my blog. GAH SO EMBARRASSING! And also, I post too much Kpop related things and other childish stuff (but I think I'm still doing childish stuff in my blog lol) I stopped blogging for 3 years and start anew last year after I deleted 200+ shits haha

    I am now trying to improve more in blogging. And your blog inspire me so much! Love it!

  • the crush part tho hahaaha i feel you on that! and thank you so much πŸ™‚

  • My biggest blogging regret was stopping for about five months! I let my life get in the way of blogging and I didn't have any other choice. I also regret not interacting with enough bloggers and being scared of sharing my content with people that I know

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

  • My goddd, so true! even though I did't post much back then but I post too much about my miserable life hahaha. when i start to blogging again, baca semua oh my if only we have the time machine nak je balik masa dulu then tampar diri laju2 kiri kanan bagi sedar diri. haha and and I can relate with the followers too.

  • i feel you about being scared of sharing contents with people i know πŸ™

  • hahahaha tahu takpe rasa cam eeee bodohnya aku kenapa tak matang. yang followers tu rasanya semua orang cmtu kan

  • I was one of your followers back then! I remember dulu you updated your blog macam twitter like can be 20 entries per day but I still enjoyed reading it, up until now hehe. So great to see that you're getting better in blogging! οΏ½οΏ½

  • hahahaha those were the times… thank you eqa! <3

  • I feel like we've all made mistakes with out blogs, it helps us make them better! Thanks for sharing!

    Darriyanβ™‘ | http://www.darriyancateland.co.uk

  • eh, sama la kite. suka post entry yg tah pape, tulisan pun burukk gilaa dulu. hahahaha

  • hahahaha takpe dah besar ni matang sikit

  • true, though! you're welcome πŸ™‚

  • I definitely agree with this! Blogging in the beginning can be tricky and some stuff we have to learn the hard way i guess.

    http://www.themakeupaficionado.com

  • that's true. you can't simply be a pro the first time, though.

  • I regret posting my pictures online and all my entries are way too cringey for others to read now.

  • i deleted every post i'm not proud of :/

  • Dulu siqah ada blog lain nanye. Haha. Tapi dah lupa password sebab bertahun tak login. Blog siqah dulu too much information! Tak puas hati tambah lagi kalau bab percintaan, semua nak tulis dalam blog. Aigoo! Sekarang siqah ada apps dayone yang dijadikan diari dalam phone. So kalau rasa peribadi sangat, baik membebel kat situ daripada publish entri. Hehe.

    Bab followers pun sama. Feel demotivated bila tengok followers sikit. Tapi bila fikir balik, is better ada followers yang real follow our story daripada follow je dan diam seribu bahasa kan? So tak kisahlah dah.

    Keep on blogging erin. Tak ingat start jumpa blog erin di mana tapi siqah suka your blog dan you inspired me especially on blog template. Hihi. Thanks dear =)

  • i also had make lots of rubbish post before, which i never really thought i did. i deleted almost 200 crappy posts. now i realise i need to get in depth with the topic before sharing it with others rather than saying what i want to say

  • true that! it's now quality over quantity πŸ™‚

  • hahaha blog pasal boyfriend tu memang wajib kalau zaman zaman tak matang ni. pasal followers tu betul kan. kadang kadang jealous tgk org followers banyak but as long as ada org still read our blogs, then that's okay. thank you siqah and you're welcome! πŸ™‚

  • Followers are everything:
    I dont think so, sebab ada jenis yang bila kita singgah dia terus follow dengan harapan kita pun akan buat macam tu. Jenis Mrs. A pulak pilih nak follow ke tidak. Tu pasal yang tak ramai followers tu [ayat nak sedapkan hati sendiri]

    Quantity over quality:
    What!? About 20 posts per day pheww!! tak pernah Mrs. A buat Erin

    Too much information.
    Zaman childish memang semua nak bagitau. Mrs. A bukan Gen Y time tu takde medium blog ke tak tahu muahhaaaaa…

    Bad Writing
    True. Posting syok sendiri. Takde awal, tengah dan penutup sendiri baca pun tak faham

  • yang pasal followers tu betul. kdg kdg erin selalu juga unfollow blog sebab posts dorang tak sesuai dgn apa erin suka baca

  • Hahah. zaman tak matang, bf is everything. Nak delete post mengarut tapi dah tak ingat password pulak. Malu rasanya kalau masih ada orang baca. mana nak sorok muka entah. hehe

  • haha better delete la siqah blog lama nanti orang jumpa

  • Erin, followers are not everything.. =) ada readers yg setia baca n komen entry kita itu lebih bermakna. =)

    Muda nya erin start blogging, I'm impress! Aina start tahun 2010 Lps habis diploma in between nak further degree baru ler kenal apa tu blog. hehehe.

    Btw, Blog Erin ni sumber inspirasi tau. keep writing dear. xoxo.!

  • betul tu. asal ada readers pun dah cukup kan. thank you so much aina xoxo πŸ™‚

  • i start blogging in malay version at first when i was in primary school and hit about 100+ followers. blogging was a trend on that time. however, i love to delete my blog and post then make the new one for many times. kononnya nk buat a new fresh start. of course i feel regret after that because it's hard to gain followers right now. then i'm back to blogging with more serious when i was form 5. everything went well but one day i mistakenly delete my picasa album and all my post became error. so i have to make the new one again and it was so terribly. i have to lost my followers again T^T and right now, i'm only have 30 followers even i have been blogging for one years hahaha.

  • the number of followers is not important, it's the loyal readers that count πŸ™‚