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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