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My Blogging Fails

Moment of truth- I have made so many dumb mistakes amidst my time blogging. The sad thing is I still make them.

Blogging is a learning curve. It takes a while to figure it out. Any blogger will tell you this is true. Blogging is daunting. You are basically putting yourself out there for all to see. 

Here I will share with you some of the silly things I have done.

1. I was a no-reply comment blogger for almost 6 months. 

This was a sad time for me, because I thought no one liked me! The truth is, my settings in blogger were all messed up and I couldn’t receive replies back! Finally, a wonderful blogger sent me an email letting me know what was going on! Are you a no-reply comment blogger? Check it out- because if you feel like you are being ignored that might be why! Plus, it is really frustrating trying to reply to you gals who are no-reply comment bloggers because I literally CANNOT get in touch with you! (Sadly, there are tons of bloggers out there who have this setting wrong- I have tried to reply to many of you!) Here is a nice tutorial that can show you how to fix this issue.

2. This is my third blog.

Yep. It is true. I have started two other blogs. One that was strictly a mom blog and I knew it was nauseating. Then another on being thrifty. Both of them were like chores for me. It took me almost a year of stalking other blogs and researching how to blog until I got into my groove. And I am still learning! 

3. I’ve done some things I couldn’t stand.

Half of my ideas I end up disliking. I have done link ups that straight up fail. It is a little embarrassing to put your effort into something and see it deflate before your eyes. But it is a learning experience, and we all go through it. 

4. I’ve been way too cheesy.

Oh, this is the worst sometimes. I have looked back at posts and cringed. I am known for being a little too cheesy, and some of my posts take the cake. In the moment I was sincere! Ha. 

My most cheesy pose, ever. 

5. I’ve posted for the sake of posting.

Don’t judge me. I know you have too! There have been a few times where I have literally muscled out a post like it was the last crunch my abs could take in my Body Pump class. I don’t know why I do this. 

6. I’ve been flaky.

Friends, if I have ever not responded to an email or replied back to a comment please forgive me! I have totally spaced here and there, and by the time I’ve wanted to respond it was way too embarrassing. Overall, I am pretty good at getting back. But I have had a few cases I was a complete and utter failure. 

7. My family or friends do not read my blog.

I don’t know if this last one is a fail or not, but I can count on one hand the people I see on a day to day basis who read my blog. I mean, I started this for my family because I live far away. Funny enough, they don’t read it! Neither do my friends. The curious thing is lots of other bloggers out there experience the same phenomenon! 

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  • Reply amy mayen

    My friends and family don’t read my blog either:( I love your cheesy pose!
    a lot of readers are no reply bloggers because they use wordpress or typepad. They show up as no reply even logged into their google account. The way you can reply is by enabling emails when you receive comments. They will show up as no reply in the email, but if you click their name, it’s a hyperlink that takes you to their g+ or blogger account. Not trying to shamelessly self promote(I promise!) but I wrote a post about it because I follow a ton of blogger blogs who either never reply to me or don’t know they can. Makes me sad because I can’t change it. Here’s the post I wrote, in case you’re interested:

    June 27, 2013 at 5:43 pm
  • Reply Kelly - TheNODramaMama

    AHHHH thank you for posting this! I feel better now! 🙂 Totally guilty of a few myself. (if not all!)

    June 27, 2013 at 5:49 pm
  • Reply Another Clean Slate

    I am still figuring out what works for me and my blog. It’s good to know others did the same!

    June 27, 2013 at 6:41 pm
  • Reply Kalyn Randolph

    This is a great post with wonderful insight for new bloggers. I will admit, I have done many of the above as well! From being flaky, posting to post, and no commenting! I always go through guilt trip after guilt trip when I dont post for a while or when I post too much for others instead of myself. BUT. I finally have gotten the hang of experiencing everything blog world has to offer and all that I have to offer to blogging, not blog world. It feels great to finally be at the comfortable place with a blog! I think it’s funny you mentioned family and friends.. My family thinks my blog is ridiculous and a waste of time, but I actually have made good money (not intended to) from it! And, I also write to share about our life since we live so far away. It’s funny to see how communication barriers are put up when you created something with great intentions to keep others up to date!

    June 27, 2013 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply Synnove Robinson

    But I like your cheez! Also… thanks. I am in the midst of a “What the heck IS my blog” crisis and this helped… a lot. 🙂

    June 27, 2013 at 9:13 pm
  • Reply Hayley!

    Guilty of pretty much all of these at one time…yep! I love this post!

    June 28, 2013 at 12:02 am
  • Reply

    you are not alone! i’ve been through all of these things…currently on blog #3…this year! hoping i stick to it!!

    June 28, 2013 at 3:00 am
  • Reply Lisa Newlin

    OMG! I am watching Parks and Recreation and I read this and saw the photo of April. Hi-larious.

    And don’t feel bad. I’ve done most of these blogging fails, including posting for the sake of posting. Sometimes I just feel pressure to do it.

    The strange thing is that when I do that, it often is a favorite of my readers…which means I’m probably best when I don’t think at all. That doesn’t make one feel so good.

    And I don’t think your stuff is cheesy! Do what makes you happy!

    June 28, 2013 at 4:00 am
  • Reply Wifessionals

    Oh my gosh I love that cheesy picture…It is AWESOME!!!

    June 28, 2013 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply Gina @ Holding the Distaff

    Okay, so my learning curve is exponentially worse than yours. I was a no-reply blogger until…two weeks ago maybe? Oy. Already seeing improvement. For what it’s worth, your blog has definitely provided some directional inspiration!

    July 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Dheeraj

    Blogging is not easy as many people think so. It take 4 years for me to learn blogging and to start getting steady income from them . So i can expect that other people also take time. Sharon Bush

    August 13, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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