Are You Guilty of Making These Mistakes?

Some of the folks who offer “blogging advice” seem to be focusing on what you shouldn’t do instead of offering advice on what to do. Perhaps this is a more effective way to get certain points across?

Okay. Here are four of the biggest mistakes people make.

4. Do you write for search engines instead of people?

Your blog posts are boring, keyword stuffed, and serve only to fill the blank spots between ads.

If you actually care about your topic, you need to stop giving a damn about SEO and start writing from the heart. Like a real person. For real people to read your content and relate to it.

3. Are you doing what everyone else is doing with their blog in your niche?

You need your own unique story now,  your own way of analyzing things. Everything has already been written about, but if you can find a different perspective over things, that’s valuable.

2. Do you agonize over writing a great post, only to slap on some hastily-concocted post title that all but guarantees hardly anyone will read?

Less-than-compelling headlines kill more solid blog posts than any other blogosphere affliction.

If your titles are not making people want to read your posts, then you’re losing readers. No way around it.

1. Do you rattle on excessively about your personal life, your dog, your goldfish, and your recent appendectomy?

You’re suffering from egocentritus. Only famous people can (kinda) get away with it.

If you’re not famous and rich and beautiful, don’t write about your personal life. Just don’t.


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21 thoughts on “Are You Guilty of Making These Mistakes?

    1. Then you must be one hell of a storyteller to make your personal life mean something to someone else. Kind of almost impossible to pull off.

      But I ask myself… why? Why would you write about yourself? Why even talk about yourself? It’s like skipping social skills 101.

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      1. I like myself. I know myself, I don’thave to research myself. My personal experiences are interesting to some…And it’s not impossible to pull off. Like you said, write from the heart and it will mean something to others.

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  1. I think I disagree on the last point. You can be anything and anybody you want to be. If your blog has a strong purpose to motivate anyone based on what you’ve been through it is acceptable. Everyone can moved mountains. Served as a living testimony of oneself. In this world we are surrounded with negativity it is just a matter on how individual handle it.

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  2. Sound like bit of a back track !😜 The fact that you were only talking about the mundane wasn’t clear in your post or first few comments.

    You are right though … not many people want to hear the mundane drab details of your day but there are a lot of posts out there that include great storytelling about there own lives.

    As other readers comments above – many people connect to those stories – they can be inspirational, educational and motivational.

    There is always also the possibility you have written this post to stir controversy and to get communication going – if so it works … maybe that in itself is something as bloggers we can learn?😜

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  3. I am giggling at some of the comments purely because it seems as though they want your approval or for you to tell them what they are doing with their blog is okay. While I enjoy reading your blog posts, I don’t do it for validation – I do it to learn, plus your writing style appeals to me. Generally, I’m reading them for ideas to make my own blog posts better, NOT to follow your formula for success (or anyone else’s, for that matter) – particularly since we all define what success is very differently. I, personally, struggle with titling my blog posts – it’s always been a difficulty for me, whether it was naming a pet or titling a paper. What I hope is that the more I do it, the better I’ll get at it – and reading others’ blog posts who seem to have it on lock strangely helps! (<—legit compliment, by the way)

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  4. I get what you mean on #1. Too many times I’ve gotten tired of the “I sent my kids to school and saw a dog on the way” kind of story that kind of feels like it was put there to make the post longer. Often, I end up closing the tab before I reach the recipe I was looking for.

    However, it is also true that occasionally, I’ve come across a story so well-told and meaningful, that I had to stop and read it, like it, and sometimes follow the blog too. So I wouldn’t completely say I won’t ever share things about myself. It depends on what the significance of it is.

    Anyway, thanks for this informative post and keep them coming! Really appreciate all the tips you give. 🙂

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    1. There’s a very big difference. It’s also comes from a different place. Most folks blog about themselves out of the desire to share their story; it’s selfish. It’s not fun. It’s not informative in any way.

      But when you realize that your life story can inspire others, then it’s more about how that story can change someone else, rather than sharing it with others because it’s your story. It’s a subtle difference, but readers can always pick up on it.

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  5. Personally, I think your advice, from the prospective of learning how to do better, is spot on! I have an editor re-write every blog before I post! But then again I am lucky enough to be married to one! He cheerfully and sometimes laughs out loud at my missteps! I simply have come to ignore the fact that I am not a fantastic writer. He makes me better! But I do try to learn from those mistakes. He will often notice and compliment me on a great paragraph, or well chosen caption, and sometimes I even get the title right! I am very new to blogging (this year)! So any advice for improvement is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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  6. I agree there has to be a clear purpose to an anecdote. Story-telling is an important part of blogging, and readers do like the odd disaster. Moaning is a definite no no.

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  7. About mistake #1. My blogs tend to originate from my own travel experiences. Why does this make me have egocentritus? Should I change my tense to third person or be a narrator?

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