4 Blogging Mistakes You May Want To Avoid

5 Blogging Mistakes You May Want To AvoidIt doesn’t feel like I’ve been blogging for long, but it’s been around 3.5 years since I started. From what I’ve heard, that makes my blog almost ancient in blog years, as most bloggers end up quitting after just six months.

In the beginning, I made many blogging mistakes. We all did. Hopefully you can learn from some of the common blogging mistakes that I have seen many make (and some that I made myself).

Below are four blogging mistakes you may want to avoid. No, the blogging mistakes below may not apply to everything in the blogging world, but overall these are blogging mistakes that some make without realizing.

1. Blogging even though you hate it.

As most of you know, I publish online income reports each month. This means I often receive e-mails a few times a week with people who tell me that they hate the idea of blogging but want to “get rich” from it.

Most people will not get rich from it, and I highly suggest that you actually like to write and blog if you want to start one. There’s a lot of work that goes into blogging, and if you do not like it then it would be very hard to create a blog that is worthwhile.

If you write and blog even though you hate it, it will most likely show in your writing, networking, and marketing. Blogging is usually a very personal hobby/business, so enjoying what you do at least somewhat is usually an important aspect.

2. Posting too much or not enough.

There is no right or wrong amount of posts to publish each week. However, I always recommend at least one a week. This helps keep your blog in your reader’s mind, and it also keeps your blog fresh. Posting consistency is key when blogging.

Now, how many times you publish a new blog post depends though. Realistically, you can do as many as you want but they should all be of high quality. There really is no need to crank out seven blog posts a week unless you have a team of writers who can help you keep your quality up and your readers wanting to come back for more.

In the beginning, I sometimes published two blog posts a DAY. Some were just random posts about things that were on my mind because back then I didn’t take blogging seriously. However, when I look back, even though I was enjoying it, I wonder what the heck I was doing! I’m sure my brain dumps were annoying and didn’t add much value.

3. Not having an “About” page – A BIG blogging mistake.

Whenever I find a new website that I like, I usually click on over to the about page first. I like to know more about why the blogger is writing, what the blog is about, and more. I know I’m not the only person who enjoys About pages either, so you should spend your time to carefully craft the perfect page. Skipping this step is a major blogging mistake.

4. Thinking of other bloggers as competition.

I have had some people ask me (and I’ve heard of readers asking other bloggers as well), why they are friends with other bloggers. I’ve even had someone flat out tell me that other bloggers are competition and that I shouldn’t be so nice.

I just don’t see it that way. The blogging world is HUGE, and seeing everyone as competition just wouldn’t make much sense. I love the blogging world, I love networking with other bloggers, and they give me great motivation to improve myself and my blogging skills.

What blogging mistakes did you make in the beginning?

 

4 Reasons You Should Try Self-Employment

4 Reasons You Should Try Self-EmploymentAs you all know, I love being self-employed. Sure, there are a few negatives to being self-employed. However, I believe that the positives far outweigh the negatives.

Self-employment is something I am 99.9999% sure I will never want to leave, as it has been going very well so far.

While self-employment may not be for everyone, I do think that there are at least a few people out there who might need just a little extra nudge to at least try it out.

Below are four reasons for why you should try self-employment out:

1. You want to be the boss.

If you want to be the boss one day, it would be very hard to ever feel that way unless you run a business of your own. Being your own boss can be a great thing, and it’s something I never want to give up.

There are many reasons why being your own boss is great.

  • You are in control.
  • You can decide what you will work towards and what you want to sell.
  • Your income potential has no limit, it all depends on how badly you want it.
  • You can set your own hours.

2. You have a successful side job.

Turning your side job into your full-time business can be a great next step.

If you have a successful side job, then you may be thinking about leaving your day job to pursue it full-time. This can be a great reason to try out self-employment, as you’ve already tested out your side job and you probably believe that it will work for the long-term.

There’s also a little less risk this way as you have probably already figured out if you like your side job or not, you know if you can make enough income doing it, and so on.

Check out 12 Best Ways To Make Extra Money if you are interested in making extra money.

3. You desire a flexible schedule.

I’m sure there are jobs out there where you can have a flexible schedule, but as a self-employed person you can definitely have a flexible schedule.

This is a benefit to being your own boss, as you can decide what schedule works best for you, when you can take a vacation, if everything is done for the day or the week, and so on.

4. You want to pursue your passion.

If you have a passion that you want to pursue, then most of the time you just have to pave the way and make your own path so that you can reach it. That often means venturing out on your own and starting your own business.

Are you interested in becoming self-employed? Why or why not?

 

3 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

3 Ways to Work Smarter, Not HarderHello everyone! Please enjoy this post from a blog friend.

I recently took an elite blogging course.

There were many timely and impactful lessons. One that was especially so, was a lesson on working smarter, not harder.

I’ve been spinning my wheels a bit these last few weeks, after I quit my day job to be a full-time freelance writer and blogger.

It was actually easier for me to build my business as a side hustle on top of my day job, while being the breadwinner and mother of two toddlers.

Who woulda thunk?

Working Harder

I thought I knew what my limitations were before I took the leap. I thought the hardest part would be finding more clients to hire me and pay me for my services. Boy was I wrong!

I think it was easy for me to work harder, but not smarter. I wasn’t necessarily putting in a ton more hours, but I was able to focus on my new business for many more hours and stretches at a time. So, why wasn’t I more effective?

Focus Beats Hours, Every Time

You can work all of the hours that you want. But if you aren’t focused, if you don’t take the time to do the hard things first, you can while away an entire day in no time flat!

That’s what happened to me. I’d start my day (at home) checking email over a cup of coffee while my two toddlers watched Disney Jr., crawling on and off my lap for a few snuggles. I thought I was being productive and killing two birds with one stone. After all, I was spending time with my babies and working. Or was I?

I think as women we believe the lie that we’re naturally good at multitasking and that we can in fact handle it all. We can’t, we’re not super woman and we all have our limitations. It’s okay. I’ve come to terms with it!

What I’ve learned instead, is that I need to be focused on work, while at work. And I need to be focused on my family, while with my family. I can’t do both and frankly, I shouldn’t try!

Becoming Smarter

I decided instead, to try something new. To own my limitations and not try to be everything to everybody all at once. At the end of the day, if I give everyone all that I have, what will I end up with?

Instead, I’m striving to change my ways and learn better ways of doing things. Here are three hard and fast rules that I’ve implemented in search of my own form of balance.

1) Don’t Check Email First Thing in the Morning

This will take some practice mind you. I’ve been an email junkie for far too long, for this to become an overnight success/habit change. It’s okay, I’m cool with being imperfect.

Instead, I’m going to apply a Tim Ferriss approach and schedule in only two times per day that I can be in my gmail inbox. Again, not shooting for perfection here, but I figure that if I succeed nine times out of ten, that I’ll be making significant progress. Progress, not perfection is the name of the game, is it not?

2) Tackle the Most Boring/Hard Things First

Are you an expert procrastinator? I am – at least when it comes to things that are less than thrilling or interesting to tackle. I know how to rationalize with the best of them and create many excuses to not do the things that are important, but that I need to get done.

Since I’m okay with owning my faults, I’m not scared to share these sentiments with you. I’m going to give myself some grace and start practicing changing my ways. I’m going to pick the biggest, fattest and ickiest task on my list and get that done the first thing, everyday – or at least four days out of five. Friday is a free for all, isn’t it?

I hope you join me with this challenge. Just think, if we were able to cross our most difficult to do off the list four out of five days, what we could accomplish? I bet we’ll be ruling the world before we know it!

3) Apply the Pomodoro Technique

Lastly, I’m been to revisiting the Pomodoro Technique. This is something I’ve tried to implement in the past, and when I did, it was effective. So, why did I stop?

Well, it takes work. It takes a half a second and a few key strokes of extra effort. And who has time for that? Just kidding, I got lazy and I got out of the habit. And it showed. Shame on me.

The good news? One can start applying this technique again at any time. This technique exists on the theory that we are only productive for a maximum of 90 minutes in a row at any given time.

What you do is set a timer (or use one of them handy, dandy web apps) for 25 minutes. When the buzzer rings, you take a break for five minutes. Rinse, cycle repeat.

In theory, if you had six dedicated hours to work, you’d have 12 pomodori to work with. So you could choose 12 (or less) really important tasks to cross off your list. In between you’d get that five minutes of rest, when you could choose to do whatever you please (I’ve been exercising, using this 5 minute no-equipment necessary workout).

In theory, it sounds like a no-brainer, no? I agree. Now, let’s practice that whole habit building thing and make this a part of our daily routine. You in? Great, me too!

In Conclusion

I really appreciate you coming along through this thought journey of mine. Productivity is a really important topic. So is procrastination.

Without one, we don’t really have the other, do we? If you’re like me and get a little lazy or demotivated at times (distracted counts!), then I hope you join me in trying to work smarter, not harder.

Let’s start by not checking email first thing in the morning. Then let’s tackle the hard things first. Lastly, let’s implement the Pomodoro Technique and working with your mind/body, instead of against it.

Why not us, why not now? We can succeed – are you in?

 

P.S. Did you know that I recently updated 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success – an email course for brand spanking new freelance writers? Version two is now available for the low price of $47.

Anyone that decides to pull the trigger and purchase in the next 72 hours will be automatically entered into a drawing for a free half hour coaching session with me (valued at $50). If you’re looking for a new way to earn income on the side (or full-time) in 2015, it’s worth a consideration.

I love helping others get started and make a decent living as a freelancer – hopefully I can help you quit your day job soon too!

Bio: Gina Horkey is a full-time writer for the web, with a background in personal finance. She recently launched a 30 day email course for aspiring freelance writers to help others break into the freelance writing game.

 

3 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder