We all make mistakes when we start blogging.
I know I did.
I didn’t do enough homework and was unprepared for what blogging entailed.
I made small mistakes like typos (and I still do), and big ones like crashing my blogs.
I didn’t know HTML, coding or the blogging language.
I had no idea what SEO (search engine optimization) was, nor did I have time to learn it.
I didn’t know the difference between a plugin and a widget, or a trackback vs a ping. (Thank you John Hoff for the great explanation on pings and trackbacks)
I spent too much time checking my visitor stats when I should have been concentrating on other areas of blogging.
I wasted many precious hours signing up for, placing ads and then checking stats to see how much money I wasn’t making.
Social networks like StumbleUpon and Digg got me addicted, and they too consumed my time.
Although all of the above are important lessons to learn, (and I did), the biggest mistake I made was…….
Not making the time to comment on other blogs sooner than I did.
I had read many times how important it was, but thought it didn’t pertain to me.
When I did consider commenting, I was often intimidated by the other comments, and felt my words might sound stupid.
Instead, I worked quietly behind the scenes, wrote for my imaginary audience, and told myself, “If I build it, they will come”.
I was content……..for awhile.
Then I realized blogging is actually about interacting with others.
I was a one way street.
It wasn’t until I made time to visit other blogs that I got caught up in the thrill of comments.
Not only getting comments, but leaving them as well.
I’m not afraid of admitting my mistakes, and that was a big one.
What about you?
What do you feel your biggest mistake in blogging has been thus far?
Care to share?
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