2.02.2015

10 Blogging Kisses of Death + GIVEAWAY!

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1. Not responding to comments or responding beyond 5 days. If I take the time to comment on a post, it is usually because I want to engage with the blogger. If my comment goes unanswered completely, or even after 5 days, I start to lose interest in engaging with that blogger. Especially if it happens frequently.

2. Having a low quality design. If your design isn't pleasing and easy to navigate, readers simply won't stay. It's painful for me to see blogs with poor designs. It's even more painful to see blogs that still have CAPTCHA on- JUST DON'T DO IT!

3. Failing to utilize social media. I strongly disliked Twitter in my early days as a blogger. However, I learned how to work with it. Since then, I have seen a huge growth in my blog as well as more quality engagement with other bloggers. I've also been deemed "tweet master" by Ashley. Winning.

4. Not taking a blogging break when it's needed. If you are feeling burnt out, chances are your blog content is also suffering. Consider keeping a few posts on reserve that you can use during times of burnout or inviting another blogger to guest post. Also, there's no shame in being honest about your struggle and letting your readers know you will be taking a blogging break for a week, month, or season. We have all been there, my friend.

5. Not using large, high-resolution photos. I made this mistake early on and had to learn the hard way that this is a part of your blog's brand. Your blog needs to have quality photos- even if they are stock. Enough said.

6. Writing posts that are too long. I don't know about you, but when a post is too long (over 5 paragraphs usually), I have a hard time paying attention. If you have content to share that consists of a lot of information, consider breaking it up into a series (my favorite thing ever).

7. Failing to maintain a consistent blogging schedule. This one is absolutely huge for me. You don't have to blog every day, but you should come up with a schedule. I post MWF and always schedule my posts to go live first thing in the morning as this is when my page views and engagement are at their highest. Pick a schedule and stick to it.

8. Not being authentic. I struggle with bloggers who aren't themselves online. I have seen far too many "nice" bloggers lash out at others over social media, bash people publicly on their blogs, and just act in unacceptable ways. If you're struggling with something, that's completely fine. We all do. However, be honest about your moments of weakness with your readers- I promise it's worth it.

9. Failing to give credit where credit is due. Did a blogger inspire you to write a certain post? MENTION THEM. If your content is in any way, shape, or form not 100% yours- you should be handing out credit like crazy. Nothing irritates me more than someone ripping off my ideas (photos, series, post topics, etc.) without mentioning me. Just do it.

10. Not giving yourself grace. Often times we get so worked up when our posts fail or our readership remains stagnant for an extended period of time. Don't be too hard on yourself. We all make mistakes and it is perfectly acceptable to make some of your own. One tip: when it does happen OWN IT. Owning your mistakes is AUTHENTIC and we all know how much I love authenticity.

Would you add anything to this list? Have you committed any kisses of death?
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89 comments :

  1. AMEN to all of this! I've gotten really busy with my first full time job and feel guilty no longer having enough time to reply to comments :(

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  2. Oh Cassie....How you have made my day....you may be the start of eradicating CAPTCHA for good! Thank you, thank, you thank you! You bring up some really great points here. Responding to comments is big....if someone takes the time to comment I feel you should most definitely take the time to reply. I like your 5 day rule. As for designs, the overly busy designs are too much on the eyes and I sometimes end up leaving the page. Sensory overload. The tough part to remember though for me, is that I like clean, simple lines. Others may not...the more glitz and glam the better. I have to remind myself that they are probably yawning looking at my page and that designs may not be indicative of content. Blog design is a fine line. :) Thanks for sharing this post...I think it's definitely food for thought for everyone!

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  3. YESSSSS. I'm with you on preferring simple designs, but I know that's not the case with everyone. Thanks for your support on this topic!!!

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  5. Thanks-- not my giveaway but I'll let the host know!

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  6. Love love love this post Cassie! I've been toying with the idea of putting myself and my blog on a set schedule much like yourself, I feel like it would help me majorly with not getting burnt out or feeling overwhelmed. Thanks again for the great advice and pointers.

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  7. Such a great post!! And thank you SO much for talking about captcha!!! Oh my gosh..I have such a hard time going back to a blog that has that. Responding to comments is so key! i know everyone has days where life is crazy and you may not get to responses or you forget but if it's. Consistent thjng that happens I tend to quit commenting. Owning your mistakes are key. I think people are more willing to forgive if you are honest and own the mistake. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Fantastic and informative post! I've had to cut back lately due to work- sometimes you have to give yourself a break!

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  9. 4, 8, 9, & 10 (ok all of them)
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    authenticity is key - and when that is first i feel like everything else falls into place.

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  10. YES to #8. I know I'm guilty of #6 though, so thanks for the reminder to shorten stuff down or split posts up into series! Overall, these are such great tips - thanks for sharing!

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  11. Yes! To all of these!! Even though I struggle with #7 sometimes.

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  12. That's the truth! Preventing burn out is key to being a good blogger :) self-care first, always!

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  13. YES! I usually write my 3 posts over the weekend so then I have them scheduled and only have to worry about scheduling social media during the week!

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  14. Thanks for reading!!! So glad you agree with these :)

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  15. You're welcome! I'm glad you found them useful :)

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  16. It can really be hard to maintain it. I write my posts during the weekend and then have them all scheduled for that week so all I have to worry about is social media and contributing to other blogs!

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  17. hahaha you're awesome. and YES YES YES, I can completely agree with that statement! Authenticity >

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  18. My favorite part about blogging is meeting awesome bloggers like you!

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  19. Such a great list! I especially like the one about not responding to emails. I can't even begin to tell you how much it chaps my butt to not get responses from other bloggers. I can understand one or even two times, but if it's consistent no-response, I typically just quit reading that blog altogether lol!

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  20. Looking back through old post and reliving memories!

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  21. YESSSSSSS!!! I know some people feel differently but I think part of writing a post is answering the comments. Otherwise it's like a one-sided conversation....

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  22. I think I need it every day. I fall short A LOT hahaha

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  23. I need to start doing that again, so I can focus more on School during the week.

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  24. love reading all of this and keeping myself in check! good to do more frequently than not. what i love about blogging is having complete creative control over what you do with that space!

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  25. YES. it's nice to have creative freedom.

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  26. I totally agree. Especially with #8! I love when people are THEMSELVES (shocker!!)! Haha! It's so fun and freeing to blog and talks about whatever you want, and of course, to stay nice!!

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  27. All of those things are so incredibly true. I could go on and on and on about this. Great list.

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  28. YES! That's not to say every post should be under 5 paragraphs, mine surely aren't always. I think just on average- because some posts just don't need to be super long to get the point across.


    I have blogs that I visit every morning because I know there will be a post, but maybe that's just personal preference :)

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  29. Hahaha, oh girl, I could too! I keep wanting to edit it and add things hahaha

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  30. I don't have a problem with #6 and #7. It's rare that I write a post less than 5 paragraphs :) I know people don't like to read, and I obviously am not going to write a novel for every post, but I appreciate a post that says something instead of being 1 measly paragraph. Those annoy me more than long posts most days.

    Also, I do not have a consistent schedule. Honestly? I have no idea when any of the bloggers I read post, and it doesn't matter to me if they have a schedule or not. The only thing I do notice is when a blogger posts once ever two weeks or something.

    But the rest of these are so true!

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  31. That makes sense! Since I know having a schedule doesn't work for me, I figure I can't really expect other people to have schedules either :)

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  32. What a great compilation. I was laughing at some of these things because they seem obvious for seasoned bloggers but I remind myself I used to fall into almost every one of these. Having your own domain is also something I would add to the list - it adds much more to your professionalism and branding.

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  33. Thanks for the tips! I feel like my biggest struggles are with 3 and 6. Twitter and I still aren't the best of friends, and I often find my posts are a bit too wordy. But these are all definitely things that I'll keep in mind.

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  34. Thanks for these tips girl!!! Good to know your thoughts!!!!

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  35. These are ah-mazing and so true Cassie. However I'm guilty of #1 in the light of response time. Sometimes it just takes me a while!

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  36. Oh dear, I am so guilty of #1. I do ALWAYS reply, but I am often later than I'd like. My inbox gets out of control so quickly and I struggle keeping up, but that's a poor excuse. I need to just get in the habit of replying immediately. *hangs head in shame*

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  37. These are on-point. I fell slightly guilty on some, but I think I'm still okay.


    P.S. I'm so sorry about the Bloglovin' button that you thought was broken. I swear it was working in my computer! :( (Yeah, I seemed to have not moved on from that. Haha!)

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  38. These are really great tips, Cassie! I agree about the comments. There are some "good" blogs that I have followed in the past and commented often and NEVER received a reply. I eventually gave up and stopped following the blog. Drives me nuts!! I understand when you're busy and can't right away (like me lately) but to never reply at all? No bueno.

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  39. These are all so true! I've definitely made these mistakes before, but I think I've improved with time. I'm trying to get better at responding the same day, but sometimes I get irresponsible and take a couple of days.

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  40. My favourite part of blogging? Definitely the community sense! I love being able to hear from people all over the world. And surprisingly, many of them have become great friends!

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  41. great list. I always struggle with the comment aspect, is it better to comment on my own blog or send an email, I know most prefer the email but I lately have liked responding on my blog and then going to the commenter's blog to check out what they are saying.

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  42. Im so guilty of a few of these. I'll be the first to admit that my blog has not been 100% lately but it's good to know these things and use them to move forward. Thanks for the list! I'm working on it!!

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  43. I might fall into one or two of these one time or another. Either way... I love blogging for the sake of getting myself out on paper. Expression.

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  44. I definitely struggle with many of these too, I'm far from perfect :)

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  45. I always try to respond immediately because I know I will forget/put it off if I don't. I actually get really excited about responding to people's comments too haha

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  46. Thanks lady! I have to respond right away otherwise I have the same problem.

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  47. I think we all fall short sometimes, that's why 10 is important ;)

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  48. YES! Couldn't agree with you more

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  49. Great addition! I couldn't agree more.

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  50. I think commenting on the blog is less private but a good way to build community as you can connect with others leaving comments too :)

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  51. That's all that matters! We can't all be perfect all of the time- I know I'm definitely not!

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  52. I think we all commit kisses of death sometimes, that's why 10 is so important :)

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  53. I hate captcha codes it makes everything so difficult!

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  54. I completely agree with a lot of these! I can't stand the Captcha! I see it everywhere and it's so annoying. I also can't stand when I repeatedly comment on someone's blog and they have never even once gotten back to me. It's just rude!

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  55. It is rude!! Responding to comments is a huge part of blogging!

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  56. Definitely agree with these blogging kisses of death- especially the lack of commenting reply. That one, especially if it's a smaller blog (big blogs I don't mind as much because I know it's probably hard to keep up with the comments) really kinda turns me off. Great post! :)

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  57. Yes. Yes. Yes. Especially about design and photographs! SERIOUSLY. I can't tell you how many times I've taken one glance at someone's design and exited before even reading because I can't stand to look at it. It's sad, but true.

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  58. These are such great tips!!! I struggle with maintaining a schedule - especially with a baby - but I'm trying!!!

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  59. I agree with so many of these; however, over the last few days I fell into the no-reply category. I was so busy over this past weekend and into Monday that I just didn't have the time to reply until almost 4 days later with some people. I normally always respond the same day, but I realize now that sometimes life happens and it's just impossible.

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  60. Captcha is so annoying! There have been several blogs that I used to comment on fairly often and I never got a response from the blogger. I ended up not following their blog anymore because of that.

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  61. YESSSSS. I get overwhelmed so easily by them!

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  62. I can only imagine how challenging that is! Just remember number 10 :)

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  63. ME TOO. Also, blogs where I have to put in my information every time drive me crazy!

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  64. Life definitely happens. I think the key is not making it a consistent pattern. It happens to all of us at some point :)

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  65. Great points! My favorite thing about blogging is meeting people. I live in Finland and I've met people from all over the world :)

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  66. Awesome! That's my favorite part too!

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  67. I thought my favorite part of blogging would be the writing. I do love that part, but I'm surprised that my actual favorite part is connecting with other bloggers. The sense of sisterhood and camaraderie is beautiful!

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  68. That's definitely my favorite part as well!

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  69. I love all of these tips and unfortunately committed a few of them myself. Taking breaks is such a good thing to get back into the why you are blogging.

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  70. That's so true! Such an important thing to realize!

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  71. Captcha is awful! And I love your points about having a good design. Which reminds me, I should probably work on mine...

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  72. I'm so guilty of #1. I'll be really good for a couple of weeks, then totally slack. I love reading the comments, but finding time to reply to them all and write blog posts is my struggle. I've been on a role of answering comments for a few weeks now! Haha I hope I can keep it up! But the rest of the list is spot on and I follow all those rules! haha ;)

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  73. It is awful! My design has improved slowly over the years as I have figured out what works and what doesn't :)

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  74. I always try to leave my most recent post up on my computer so that as people comment I can quickly reply. Otherwise I totally just let them pile up :)

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  75. I completely agree with all of these, especially number one! I have to say though there are times when i take more than 5 days to reply... this is because I'm taking a break when it is needed :) Most time's I reply within 24 hrs. It's like a full time job to reply to comments though so I usually pick and choose now and reply to those that add to the conversation or those you can tell took the time to really read the post and leave a meaningful comment. You know, not just "Great post"....

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  76. Oh yes girl, I'm so with you. I think as long as it doesn't become a pattern that's all that matters. :)

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  77. Thank you so much for these great tips. I'm a "newbie", still working on my blog before it goes public. I will definitely keep this list handy! I have posted questions on several blogs asking for advice...and only one replied. A few hadn't replied to any comments in over 5 months!

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  78. That's really frustrating!!! Feel free to e-mail me directly if you have any more questions!!

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  79. I love all these tips! I'm pretty sure I'm already following all of them. I almost feel like I need to print them off and keep them handy though, just in case!

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  80. I have them up at my desk too! :)

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