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7 Mistakes You Might be Making as a New Blogger

Hey Pals!! Hope you’re doing great! Today, I’ll be sharing 7 Mistakes that I think you might be making as a new blogger.

The urge to write this post has been growing at a rapid speed so here I am, writing it instead of doing Constructor Programs in Java. Oh, fun times. Gonna fail on Sunday Test, but there are more important things to worry about now, aren’t there ๐Ÿ™‚? Let’s get started then!

Note: This might be a long post, and if you want to skim read (though I would appreciate it if you don’t do that, the full post might help you ๐Ÿ˜—), I’ve highlighted the important points from each section. Also, this is a discussion post, so feel free to share your views in the comments.

Disclaimer: I am, in no way, insulting any blogger out there. I am not an expert in blogging. What follows are personal opinions and thoughts and I do not mean to hurt anybody.


1: You post too much random stuff

Posting very random stuff like weekly check-ins, quotes, monthly life goals,ย reviews of every book you’ve read, telling the readers every little detail about why you were not active the WHOLE DAY (omg, what a big deal ๐Ÿ˜ฑ), and other similar stuff like that, is not a good way to start a blog and expect people to follow. When you are new and not many people follow you or know you for that matter, there’s a high chance nobody would read such a post just because they wouldn’t care. Always start big, so it leaves an impression on the reader. That’s not to say you shouldn’t post quotes and the like at all, but make sure that you don’t post them so much that your blog gets overcrowded by them otherwise you will be just another blogger out there, instead of being a blogger people read blogs by.


2: You’re not confident

I don’t know why many people ignore this point but I believe that this one is very essential.

You may have the most beautiful site with the perfect theme but honestly, it will still only be worth it as long you are confident with your posts. Don’t be too scared in posting whatever you want, don’t say you agree with something if you don’t, and most importantly, be proud of your own opinions. Make sure you don’t appear self-doubtful or indecisive through your words. For instance, hosting a contest and not even having a name for it or using too many phrases depicting how you think you are doing an awful job writing your post will turn off your readers. If you don’t love your post, how can you expect others to?

Writing without confidence strips away the power of holding the readers’ attention. If you write like that, your words are merely words and they are just out there to be seen, not read. This may not seem like a big point but believe me, you can have the trashy default theme but I would still follow you if you write with passion.


3: You’re not responding to comments in the right way

If you get a comment on your post, and you have the time to respond to it when you see it, do it. Don’t just like the comment and never respond, or respond after so long that I don’t even remember commenting in the first place anymore. Nobody likes a person with an attitude. If you’re not responding well to comments, you will find that not many people would interact with you, some might even unfollow you. So, never ignore a comment.

Not to mention, please respond genuinely to comments. Do not try to sound too happy or too sweet, it will do nothing but piss off the readers. I’ve seen people responding to a simple “nice poem” with a 100-word comment in which they go on to praise the person on what a great soul they are and how they will make a change in the world blah blah blah…STOP! Who are you trying to fool? It’s the 21st century, everybody knows the difference between genuine praise and buttering.


4: You either post too less or too much

Both can be very annoying, both to the readers and gradually, to you. So, you’ve just started blogging and you are filled with ideas. On your second day, you have already managed to write 12 posts! So, what do you do? You post them every day. Wrong! This is the greatest factor that will affect your consistency.

This is wrong because a) You are new to blogging and not many people follow you right now, so you’re just letting all your good ideas go to waste, b) In the excitement to publish your post, you’ve made tons of errors, that only annoy the readers, and c) There will come a point when you would be too demotivated or busy to write anything. In such a case, having a draft ready at hand is an amazing way to stay consistent. But you’ve already posted all your drafts, so you will eventually have nothing to post.

Posting too less is just as bad. Why have a blog when you’re not giving your readers enough content to read? In my opinion, have a schedule, or at least know how many times you want to post per week. I love 3 times a week, even though I post only twice because I won’t be able to keep up with 3. You can even post daily if you want to, just make sure you have enough posts saved for later.


5: The title of your post is not appealing

Yeah, I know the GIF should say No. 5 but let’s ignore that

This is a very important point, you need to have a good title, one that makes the readers stop and open your post. The worst kind of title in my opinion will have the word “random” or any of its synonyms in it. Nobody wants to read something random, especially not when their Reader is filled with posts that sound way cooler. Even if your post does have some random stuff in it, then also never title it that way.

Hugh @ Hugh’s Views and News did an amazing post on how to title a good blog post. Check it out to get some good ideas.

There are many great ways to title a post. Just make sure it’s not like every other title out there, make sure it stands out. Make sure your title is centred around a specific topic instead of being very random. For example- a post titled- 7 Reasons Why I Love Marvel would be way better than one titled- My Love for Marvel. Prefer- 5 Amazing Books I Read This Month over Books I Read This Month. You can yourself judge which sounds more specific.


6: Your site is not properly organized

WordPress provides you with tons of features to enhance your site, and you need to make sure you’re making good use of all of them. Watch some YouTube tutorials to learn how to set up a site, what theme to choose, how to customize the theme as per your need, how to create a pingback, etc, It’s a very tiring job, believe me. I wish I had done that earlier in blogging but I had no idea then. So, I don’t want you to make the same mistake. Do not hesitate to reach out to people if you need help.

Another thing that I find essential is using lots of headings, images and graphics in your posts. Oh, and also, separators! I LOVE SEPARATORS ๐Ÿ˜. I follow every blogger who uses them ๐Ÿ˜. Yes, that sounds crazy, but it’s true ๐Ÿ˜. The reason behind this is people like to have the information provided to them in small amounts. Imagine if I hadn’t divided this post by using headings and instead written it in three long, boring paragraphs, would you still have read it? Hell no. Using images, GIFs and graphics is also a great way to beautify your post and make it look more lively. But don’t use them too much either or people would be annoyed at the lack of originality.


7: You run for followers

This is the most common thing every blogger would advise you about. But it’s also really necessary. Never run for followers. If you’ve even got 1 person who reads your posts, then be happy about that. When I was new, I set a goal to reach 100 followers. And believe me, once I did, I was so content that I never set another goal. If you’re not content with the number of people who read your posts, you’re never gonna find joy in writing. So, set a goal for yourself, and when you do achieve it, be content with it. Don’t compare yourself with others.

What you should do is explore as much of the community as possible. Search for topics that interest you and follow people whose posts you like. Do comment genuine stuff on their posts. A simple “nice post” is not enough. Never say- “Lovely post, do follow my blog too.” Instead, say- “Oh same, even I think infinity war was way better than endgame, haha. I did a similar post too, do check it out if you want.” Never beg people to follow you. It will never get you any followers. It’ll only get you fake ones who couldn’t care less about anything you write.


I’m gonna be very honest, the list just goes on ๐Ÿ˜‚. There are so many more points I want to cover but the post will be too long then. So I’m stopping here. Do reach out to me if you have any doubts, questions or suggestions. Once again, I hope I did not sound too extreme as that was not the intention at all.

Also, just remember, don’t give up on blogging. Success can’t come in a day, or a week, or a month even. Keep up your consistency, have fun with blogging and don’t give up, and one day, you’ll be a successful blogger, just you wait.

That’s all for today. I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know what is something you wish you had known as a new blogger? And also lemme know if this post helped you in some way, it’ll make my day ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.ย  Stay tuned for more fun posts.


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90 thoughts on “7 Mistakes You Might be Making as a New Blogger

    1. You can make graphics using Canva. Have you tried it? Or for starters, you can just use pics available on Pinterest if that works.
      As for staying organized, I recommend trying out some new themes, maybe Baskerville 2. It’s a good theme and then you can edit it in customize themes. Do watch a YouTube video for more specific information if still in doubt. And reach out to me if you need any other help.

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  1. Wow, Nehal, you are such a great soul and will make such a change in the world!! โคโคโคโคโค I am absolutely in awe of this post!
    (In all seriousness, though, this is some great advice! I could definitely have used some of this when I was starting out ๐Ÿ˜Š As for the best advice I have for newbies, I think it would be to just write about what you care about and not try to post something because you think it will get lots of views. Thereโ€™s nothing that draws me in like a post where you can see that the blogger behind it genuinely excited about what they’re writing!)

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    1. Lmao, I was seriously shocked at first at your reply and then slowly it made sense ๐Ÿ˜‚.
      Tho I am s great soul, that’s undeniable ๐Ÿ˜‡.
      Thanks so much, glad you liked it ๐Ÿ˜. Yeah exactly, posting out of obligation would just make the blogger find blogging boring and dull. However posting what you want is the best way for the readers to even know the blogger well.

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  2. Although I’m not a new blogger, I could definitely use this advice. Even now as a middle kid blogger, I could still use these tips! I need to post more consistently and find a schedule so I don’t post too sporadically. My mind is all over the place. The first four tops were dead on. Sometimes I have trouble replying to comments.

    Thanks for the tips Nehal!

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  3. I completely agree with all that you’ve said. I hope this will reach many new bloggers. I have seen more than a couple of them comment on my posts with nothing other than a “I’m new to WordPress. Please follow me!”. It irritates me to no end. No only didn’t they read my post or leave a thoughtful comment, instead they’re canvasing for followers.
    You have compiled and summarised most of the important points, Nehal. Great job!

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  4. This is such a good post, and so helpful too!! I really enjoyed reading it! Also, I am guilty of not replying to comments right away- I am either too busy or too lazy๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…
    Do follow my blog๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I really need to work on getting more organized on my side so it’s less stressful long-term.. but it has been a wonderful experience so far!
    And I wish I would have known how much trouble switching to my own domain would be.. I still can’t figure out why my site is no longer getting followers. ๐Ÿ˜…
    This is such a fantastically helpful post, thank you so much!

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    1. Yes, I had to go through several site crisises too until I was actually satisfied ๐Ÿ˜‚. You’ll figure something out. Keep exploring more of the community and I guess it’ll work alright.
      My pleasure, Sheri! I’m glad it helped ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. That seems to be the norm! But we’re doing what we can and so many wonderful people have been helping.. I’m confident we’ll figure something out.
        Thank you!

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  6. Wow I love this post! Itโ€™s so accurate in so many ways. I canโ€™t understand why there are some who post 5 times a dayโ€ฆ and I tend not to read a single of the posts because it seems spammy. I also learned quite early on that engagement is really important because people hate to be ignored. I sometimes donโ€™t check my comments on time and see a drop in my engagement on following posts when that happens. I

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    1. Yes, I know right! Even if the content has good quality, it is still pretty frustrating. And yeah, I learned it through various blogs too that you need to properly engage with your readers.
      Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

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  7. nehal! thank you for all the advice in this post, even though iโ€™ve been blogging for a while iโ€™m still guilty of some, namely inconsistent posting ahaha, iโ€™ll definitely need to find a schedule that suits me as youโ€™ve mentionedโ€ฆ great post โค๏ธ

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  8. Thank you for this helpful post. I am new to book blogging, literally started last week. if you have a moment to look at my blog I would be grateful – hopefully I haven’t broken any of these rules yet (I don’t think). Thanks Kat

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  9. Hi! I’m new to blogging and WordPress. I set it all up literally just yesterday so this really resonated with me!
    After writing my second post I had decided I was going to keep it to post later… Now I definitely will! Thanks!

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  10. Hi, and thanks for this post. I like the point about organization especially and could probably benefit from that advice. I also have a question, if you donโ€™t mind: How long would you say it takes, on average, to get comments and engagement on a new blog? Mine is almost two months old, but I often feel like Iโ€™m doing all this work that no one is even reading. Iโ€™m just curious how common this is in the beginning. Thanks again!

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    1. Hello! Glad you liked the advice, hope it helps you.

      Also, I should say, it does take a while to get engagement on a blog. There are blogs I know that have been around for years and yet still don’t get enough people, and there are others that manage it within a few months. So I would say that it is pretty common, and you just need to keep going. I had pretty much the same number of followers as you two months into blogging. Plus, if you wanna speed things up, what you can do is share your blog on other social media, share with people you know, and just discover more and more blogs yourself, it helps grow the audience.

      Hope this helps you ๐Ÿ˜„. Do reach out if you have any more doubts. And my pleasure!! Thanks so much for reading.

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      1. Thank you so much for this! Yes, it does help. Itโ€™s good to hear this is fairly common because I wasnโ€™t sure. I donโ€™t use social media anymore, which is one reason my blog has been slow to grow, so I might have to try that route. I will take your advice and keep going. Thanks again for the encouragement.

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