How to Have the Worst Blog Ever

How to Have the Worst Blog Ever|The Girl Who Does Everything blog

I’m sure you figured out by now that having a terrible blog is not anyone’s goal. Why would anyone want to pay money and spend time to own a blog if they don’t want anyone to read it? Here are just a few ways NOT to run a blog and the solutions to the problems.

1. Skip theΒ research

Why would you need to do research on blogging? You’re just writing whatever you want and then posting it on a website and people will read it whenever they see it.

Wrong! Research is vital, not only to making sure your content is accurate and valid, but also to help you get the most engagement on your posts. If you want people to start reading your blog, write about things that not only interest you, but are also things that interest others. Research the best time to start sharing your Christmas recipes, what hashtags are trending on Twitter, and when is the best time to pin your latest round up post on Pinterest.

2. Don’t edit your photos

People really only pay attention to what’s written in the post and not the photos. You should spend all of your time focusing on the content. Most posts don’t need photos anyway.

False! Take the time to edit your photos and only post the best ones you have! I cannot stress this enough. Photos are what usually draw a reader to your blog. Make sure they aren’t too dark and that you crop out anything that may be too distracting. If you plan to add text to your photo, make sure that it is clear, clean, and concise.

Also, you should post a picture for every blog post you share so you can share it on Pinterest. These images make great photos to share on your Facebook page and your Instagram account so make sure they look awesome. And you don’t have to have a fancy camera either. You can even use your phone and some free editing apps to make your pictures look fantastic.

3. Post whenever you feel like it

If people like you what you write, you don’t have to post frequently. Just post sporadically to keep them on their toes.

Ok, seriously? This couldn’t be further from the truth. If you’re like me, you like structure and schedule and you like to know when to expect something new from whatever blog you are subscribed to. For example, I was subscribed to a blog that I totally forgot about until she finally posted after several months. It had literally been so long that I totally forgot that I had subscribed and I honestly had no idea why I subscribed in the first place. She only had a few posts and after I had read all of them, I got a little bored looking at her site, so I unsubscribed. I understand that sometimes people go through blogging breaks (trust me, I’m the main culprit of that), but only posting once every 3-4 months is not going to help you get a successful blog.

Schedule times for when you will write and post articles and have a planner and editorial calendar. It will really help you in the long run.

4. Don’t share your content on social media

If you want loyal readers, they will have to come find you blog by chance and then they will read all the posts and share them with their friends. You don’t need to do this yourself. You would be wasting valuable writing time.

This is probably the biggest lie. Social media is probably the absolute best tool to use for gaining more followers and readers for your blog. And, for the most part, it’s FREE (every blogger’s favorite word). Share your posts on Pinterest, tweet out a link to your latest blog post, and share an older post on your Facebook page. But also keep in mind that you don’t want to spam your followers with your blog posts. Share other fellow blogger’s posts, ask questions, invite them to share their own photos and blog posts, too. Engagement it key.

5. Write only for yourself – not your readers

You need to be real and genuine or no one is going to want to read what you have to say.

I agree with this one – to an extent. I’m not asking you to be fake. That would be ridiculous. I’m also not asking you to write about something that doesn’t interest you. That would also be ridiculous. However, when you first start out blogging, maybe it’s not a great idea to write about how your kids all have the stomach flu or about the long extended conversation you had with your cat. Now, unless that is all you really want your readers to know about you, that’s fine, but honestly, a lot of times what draws someone to a blog is a post that can help them learn something. For example, maybe you are an expert cookie baker. You can share some of your favorite tips on how to make the best batch of cookies. Or maybe you are a teacher. You can write about your favorite review games for your class. Then after you gain a good amount of readers, you can start telling about your daily life or some of your deep thoughts on things. It’s like making new friends. First, you meet them somewhere and you know what they like to do, but as you get to learn more about them, you learn how they think, how they respond to certain situations, and about their personal life. It’s all about balance.

6. Don’t read other blogs for inspiration

You don’t need to read other people’s blogs. You need to be completely original so you can stand out.

One part of this statement is true. You do need to be original. That’s what makes people want to read what you have to offer. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t get inspiration elsewhere. I have a few favorite bloggers and I don’t by any means copy their blog design or blog posts but I do find inspiration for completely other ideas by just reading and studying their work. Find out what works for them or what you like from their blog and you can use it in your next blog post, social media share, or your blog design. Trust me, people won’t get offended if you use a similar idea to theirs. Link back to their blog in your post and they will love you forever (ok, maybe that’s a stretch, but I’m sure they won’t hate you!)

7. Focus only on making money

A blog is a good way to make money from home, so make sure you focus only on making money than on producing good content.

I am a very observant person and I can tell when a blogger is only in it for the money. They have ads all over their sidebars, they have affiliate links on every other line of content, and they are constantly sending emails asking you to purchase something from the link they shared. I not only get annoyed by it, but I usually unsubscribe, too. When you focus on the money, it’s probably no longer fun for you to blog anymore because all your focus will be on how much money you want to make.

8. Don’t make connections with other bloggers

If you try to make connections with other bloggers, you will just be wasting your time. Besides, you will probably never meet them in person anyway.

This one is wrong on so many levels. Making blogging connections is vital to growth and support. Your blogging friends will understand all the struggles you have with editing photos or dealing with your web host when it’s having issues. Plus, you can always find bloggers to collaborate with or swap guest posts.

9. Act like someone else – not yourself

If you want to get as much traffic as the big bloggers, then you have to be just like them. You should try to copy their perfect logo, page design, photo editing, and even their everyday life. Their house looks perfect and their kids are all clothed in matching attire, so you make sure you only take photos of that one room in your house that no one ever goes in.
Wrong. Manufactured perfection is not what people want to see. This is not to contradict what I said earlier, but you don’t have to make things look awful all the time either. If you want quality, loyal followers, show them who you are for real. Don’t try to copy other blogs just because they are getting more traffic. Who cares if they have pretty hand lettered printables to sell or a pretty chevron background? You be you and you will definitely be more grateful that you decided to be yourself. It’s hard trying to keep up with everyone else. Just be yourself and make your blog reflect the true you.

10. Don’t waste time proofreading

No one pays attention to grammar these days anyway, so there’s really no reason why you should waste your time proofreading every detail of your article.

This is so wrong. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have unfollowed an account or unsubscribed from a blog because of the poor grammar. I am by nature a “grammar Nazi” and even the smallest grammatical errors drive me crazy. Now I know, I am by no means perfect, and I’m sure that I sometimes miss an error or two (I’m working on it, though), but I at least read over everything twice before posting it because I want to make sure that things are spelled correctly and my thoughts have been written in a way that flows coherently.

Also, if you really want to work with brands and participate in sponsored post opportunities, brands aren’t probably going to consider your blog if your content is filled with errors and doesn’t make sense. Have someone else read over your article before you post it to make sure that you are presenting your best work.

Now I’m sure you can already tell that this post was written by the main culprit of these blogging mistakes. I am in no way perfect and I don’t have an amazing blog. I am not the expert on successful blogs. In fact, I am probably the expert on having a terrible blog. I did, however, not only write this post for myself, but I wrote it for you so that you can avoid making this amateur mistakes so you can have the best blog ever.

Do you have anything I should add to this list? Which of these mistakes have you made with your blog in the past? Let me know in the comments.

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  • mounika

    Loved it .. Need to follow some of these tips.. Especially the photos editing @galmeetsglitter.blogspot.com

  • Candace Davidson Wells

    Thank you for for posting this article. It was very helpful to me since I am a new blogger.

  • Oh, the proof reading! I proof read everything but it doesn’t mean I don’t miss things. However, I have read several bloggers posts today and wow I think very few have proof read today…

  • linda spiker

    Hahaha! Those are some good suggestions for the worst blog. Truth be told I proof read like crazy and I still find a tupo a year later πŸ™‚

  • Karin Rambo

    #5: I think that it’s important to write for yourself, BUT only write about ISSUES that you care about. The overly personal daily grind kind of stuff should be left for people you know personally and can trust. If you DO want to write about daily grind stuff, write it as a story or a letter to your readers, with some humor added in. Don’t write it as a bullet point list with zero humor. Just my two sense. πŸ™‚

    Karin | truncationblog.com

  • Jenn @ HomebyJenn

    Love the title, brilliant! Great tips, all of them so important. My family had no idea how much goes into blogging, I’m always on the computer! I agree with every point. My favorite was the doing it for money. I have unsubscribed from bloggers because all they talk about is the new thing they are selling. Sure I’d love to make some money but I don’t want to throw it up on you! And the commercials and pop ups on blogs. When my computer slows down because of the 120 different ads you have, I’m going elsewhere for sure! Love the post! Thanks so much for sharing this!!!

  • Kayla Housley

    Thanks for the great post! Love the article. It has a lot of great tips.

  • I think you can write for yourself and for others at the same time if you are thoughtful about it. I like writing about certain subjects, but I also want it to be beneficial for my readers as well. Great tips!

  • Such good tips!! I agree on all of them!
    xo
    Lee Anne

  • Love the wit that went into this piece. It’s so true. I know I’ll have to scale back posting in a few months (I’m still creating a schedule, too) but I’ve been working on pieces to que when that happens. Like, “Med School Mondays” for those posts, for example… Still trying to nail down the rest, but I figure as long as I pull out 2-3 pieces I’ll do good (or so I hope!)

  • Candy Kage

    Enjoyed all your tips. Always surprised at a post I think will do great and does okay, where a different posts takes off. I’m learning.

  • Val

    Great suggestions and I do agree with a lot of these! I still struggle with how much is too much on social media.

  • Such a fun post, the title definitely pulled me in! These tips are great so long as you do the opposite, haha.
    paige β€’ eyeliner wings & pretty things

  • Haha, great post! I think you should write for yourself in that you should write about topics that you’re passionate about. But, you also need to consider if anyone would want to read it. No one wants to read a post where you rant about having the flu but if you mention you were sick and then post a recipe (with cute photos) for chicken soup, then it’s interesting.
    Molly and Stacie

  • Live by Surprise

    LOL. It’s all about the proofing isn’t it? I get completely turned off when someone has spelled a common word incorrectly.

  • Great post! I’ve left so many blogs because of the things on this list!

  • What a great post! Had to share this one around!

    Bidy
    http://www.dearlittlerme.com

  • Love everything about this! It is amazing how many people fall into these traps πŸ™‚

  • Love love love this! AMEN to everything!

  • Haley Janelle

    LOL Grammar Nazi’s UNITE!!! I agree with everything you said. Also… it doesn’t normally happen overnight. Coaches should really put that disclaimer “Results not typical”. It takes time and commitment to gain your reader’s trust. Great article. Can’t wait to read more! | http://www.haleyjsnyder.com

  • I love this post… I love how you share things that have worked for you…that is definitely helping out your readers and building community.

  • Nicole Flower

    I totally agree and my favorite part is about proofreading. I actually wrote a post about being a new blogger and I offer my 5 blogging tips..spell checking and proof reading was #3!
    Nicole
    lilflowermama.com

  • I spend more time editing photos than anything, but it’s worth it!

  • JenniferHenry-Novich

    I’d say a nice blog template is important too!

  • Kait

    Great post! Thanks for sharing! I need to work on my photo editing!
    Kait from kaitsplace.com

  • Be yourself – great advice. This is the one thing that I found difficult when first writing our posts (only a few months ago!). However, it gets easier with every post that you write. Great tips!!

  • These are all great advice! I especially love, and endorse the one about connecting with other bloggers! This is an opportunity to make friends, and people should use it! πŸ™‚
    — LisaLDN.com

  • Definitely great advice! I love the way you wrote it, too. Very relatable!

  • Esther Rawick

    GREAT ADVICE! You laid out the truth so well! Blogging is a network, it’s part of your life, people will know if your heart isn’t 100% in it or not!

  • I loved reading this! All valid points and needed to be said! Thank you for sharing!

  • These are great! And written very cutely πŸ™‚ I’m really *trying* with my blog right now, and I’ve loved the interactions and friendships with other bloggers!

  • Hahaha, very true!

  • YES these are so spot on.

    xoxo, Jenny

  • I am sometimes guilty of #10 :O I’m working on it, though!

  • Haha I love this! All so true!

  • I’m the same way! And then I get super mad about it when I find one, too. But it’s ok. It happens to everyone!

  • Me, too! Sometimes I just get so excited after writing a post that I post it right away without even checking it first. Then I have to go back and fix it later and that takes forever!

  • I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Thanks for visiting, Jenny!

  • That’s great! Making connections is awesome and it really does help. Look for some Facebook groups for bloggers and you will have hundreds of new bloggers to connect with!

  • Stacey Eckert

    Great tips! Especially how important it is to research– I hate when I’m reading a post and I know what the blogger is saying is wrong! Ugh.

  • Seriously! Sometimes I just want to comment and tell them they’re wrong, but I don’t want to be negative or sound rude. Lol.

  • It definitely does get easier the more I write!

  • That’s a good one, too! I didn’t even think of that. I have been content with my blog layout so I didn’t even think about that one.

  • Amanda Patterson

    Love this! Blogging has been so helpful with my business and I made some mistakes doing it. Thank you for the reminders.

  • Bake Sale Boss

    This is a great post! I giggled most of the way through, until I found something I am guilty of…now I realize I need to work on some things. Thanks this is just what I need…HOMEWORK πŸ™‚

  • Jeremy Barnes

    I’d add, put so many plugins, pop ups, and adds that your blog becomes impossible to read!

  • Purest Home

    Great advice πŸ™‚ As a newbie I can really use all the information.

  • Dia

    I proof read but sometimes I’ll admit after reading it so many times, your brain will miss thing because it “Auto corrects them” I always try to read it out loud before posting and if I have time get a second pair of eyes on it. Great list. I’ll be sharing

  • Bambi

    Love this post so much! Especially as a new blogger. I figured this out pretty quickly!

  • Be

    I love this post! It’s such a different focus! Like a previous commenter, I’m totally guilty for number 10… oops!

    Be | lovefrombe