7 Biggest Blogging Mistakes

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This post was originally published on 5/31/17. This post contains affiliate links.

*Ask Rachel Post*

ICYMI, you can submit you questions on ANYTHING to me using the contact form.  My responses might just appear on the blog! This reader’s questions focus on how to price yourself and ask for payment when getting started. She asks:

“I am a new blogger and have noticed a lot of contradictory information out there… I want to avoid going back and fixing things, so I ask you, what are the biggest mistakes you see new bloggers make?”

This was legit perfect timing since I’ve been wanting to write a post on biggest blogging mistakes! Thank you for writing in!

7 Biggest Blogging Mistakes:

Forget Their “WHY”

We all start blogging for one reason or another, typically it’s to build a community. To find connection. So many of the bloggers I speak with share stories of being bullied, or feeling “different.” Their blog is a way to find that connection they’ve craved. People need people. No matter what the situation or content. We need one another to bounce ideas off of, lift one another up, and cheer each other on. Even if your “why” isn’t community, still get clear on it and write it down somewhere you can refer back to.

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Pro tip: If you’re “why” is to get insta-famous or make bank, then maybe do something else. Having a “successful” blog is one of the most time consuming processes. Unless you are coming out the gate with some serious connections and money to invest, you will put in an exorbitant amount of time. If your end goal is to be insta-famous, I promise it won’t happen fast enough to keep your attention (unless you go on the Bachelor and make it past night one).

They Skip Promotion

When I first started blogging, I heard that you should spend 20% of your time writing and 80% of your time marketing said content; #MindBlown. While that’s a huge split, if you’re trying to turn your blog into a business (whether full time or a side hustle) you 100% need to promote. Even if you’re goal is community, not monetization, you still need to promote. How else are your future friends going to find you??

If you fall into the latter camp of non-monetizers, adjust the split. Spend about 40% of your time creating content and 60% of your time promoting. When I say promoting, I mean the obvious, posting to your social channels. But promotion also includes engagement. Responding to comments on social media and engaging with other people’s content. Essentially making friends with your audience and as an audience member of other people’s audience.

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Don’t Network

To build off of the tail end of the last one, bloggers need to network! This can look like a ton of different things. Commenting on someone’s blog and Instagram posts whenever something new comes up (that repetition will make them more likely to engage back with you!). Asking someone for a digital coffee date. Starting an interview series to get some one-on-one connection that provides them some value (access to your audience). You will NEED friends in the blogging world. Whether it’s to cross promote each others content, strategize, or just to stay motivated when you feel like giving up.

They’re Inconsistent

Like I’ve said, blogging is no small feat. It takes an intense energy and focus to build it up, particularly when it comes to remaining consistent. LBH, raise your hand if you’ve promised yourself you were going to eat healthier or get to the gym more, did really well for a week or two then stopped ???

Yeah, blogging is like that. It’s truly a lifestyle change or choice (depending on how frequently you post content and the type of content). If you are trying to be a lifestyle, fashion, or beauty blogger, it’s 100% a lifestyle (because that’s basically your brand #duh). So if you aren’t ready to spend all day erryday thinking about your content and what moments in your life are content worthy, then maybe only post once a week! Seriously, that’s OKAY! Its better to cut back on your content calendar than put out crap content.

The key is to create a realistic schedule and stick to it. Even if nobody reads, stick to it. People are creatures of habit, and like the predictability of a posting schedule. Plus they want to know that you are a person of your word. Think about it like this: if you have a friend who you go to yoga with then grab a post class juice every week, your relationship will grow and flourish. If that friend starts to flake out, you will probably make other plans and find someone else to go to yoga and juice with.

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Bad Writing

Alright so this is a bit of a doozy. The obvious: poor grammar and spelling. Listen, I get it, my blog is full of typos and grammar issues. The reality is our brains can’t proofread our own work. It compensates for what we intended to write. No matter how many times I proof read or use tools like grammarly, there are still issues. The key is to at least make the effort to reduce grammar and spelling issues. — Seriously, if y’all knew how many times I proofread you would die. 

The next part of bad writing: thinking your audience cares about you. Harsh, I know, but true. If you’re just starting out, your audience doesn’t know you from the next person and unless you’re jet setting every weekend or Emily Rose Hannon, nobody cares. You have to make them care slowly over time.

The last point about writing I’ll make: it’s plain boring. Listen, you don’t want your blog to read like a ratchet chick’s text message, but you also don’t want it to read like your MLA formatted term paper. Remember how I just said your audience doesn’t care about you? Well your writing is how you get them to care! Don’t tell people about your life (because like I said, why would they care?) show them your personality through your writing, and in turn, they will start to care about your life!



Consume Too Much OOPC

OOPC = Of Other People’s Content

To the point above, I think a lot of people’s writing ends up sucking because they are trying so hard to emulate someone else’s content. Keep your eyes on your own paper in the blogging world. Sure, there will be some posts that it seems like every blogger and their mother are writing about (like this one for instance), the key is to do it in a way that’s true to your voice.

Moreover, it will help you avoid the comparison paralysis trap. Write about your experiences, thoughts, and opinions. If you’re sticking to your “why” (read #1 in this post) then you shouldn’t worry about everyone else’s.

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They Don’t Invest In Themselves

If you want to be taken seriously as a blogger, then you have to start by taking yourself seriously as a blogger! Full disclosure, I am typically of the DIY camp. I don’t like to outsource and prefer to teach things to myself. Unlike a lot of bloggers who start blogging, then add services, I did the opposite and was a digital business coach for a year before starting my blog. I knew the ins and outs of basic web design, branding, and promotion. My background gave me a leg up in my first year of blogging, but I got to the point by investing in myself first and continuing to do it.


When launching my coaching business, I hired a business coach, purchased a domain and professional hosting, and hired a professional photographer. All of it was an investment in my future as a coach, which later turned into an invest in myself as a blogger. The skills were easily transferred and led me to launch blog coaching as an additional service to business coaching.

Even after getting picked up as an expert quote on sites like Forbes (who I write for monthly now), Brit + Co, Dailyworth, and so many more, I kept investing myself. I bought courses like BossPitch and Summer Camp to help me pitch and work with brands. I created courses like my Guide To Pinterest to help take others through the exact steps I used to grow my blog traffic by 750% from Pinterest!

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  • Harmony at Momma To Go
    May 31, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Im doing well on the first six, I am about to start “investing” in my blog I need pin scheduling and a better blog design! I do spend, it feels like, 1% of my time creating content and SO MUCH time promoting! I need to find a bit better balance I think

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      haha yeah that’s how it’s supposed to feel unfortunately I think! haha! It’s a lot of hustle that people really cant imagine until they do it!

  • Kallie
    May 31, 2017 at 8:27 am

    As always great tips. I totally agree. I probably have made most these mistakes in some way or another along my path. It’s definitely all a learning game!

  • Mahek Singhania
    May 31, 2017 at 8:33 am

    great tips 🙂

  • Marsha Jones Youmans
    May 31, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Very good reminders. I am guilty now and then of being inconsistent and definitely saw the results of that.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      Happy they were good reminders!

  • Nicole Condit
    May 31, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Thanks for the tips, new to the blogging world and this provided a lot of insight on how to strategize to make my blog more productive.

  • Liz LaBrocca
    May 31, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Great tips! They’re all points I used to work with beginner bloggers on when I was a lifestyle editor for a small millennial women’s site. Spot on! My other tip is to try not to do everything at once. There are an overwhelming amount of things to consider when you’re just starting out, but it’s a good idea to pick one or two things to focus on a month and work on those – like strengthening your Instagram while posting consistently. Then the next month, add in Facebook. It’s a great way to practice all of the things you need to learn without feeling like you need to do everything at once!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Nice! what site was it? and that’s a great additional tip!

  • Jessica Jacobowitz Weinberg
    May 31, 2017 at 9:54 am

    These are all such great tips! The hardest thing for me is finding time to network. I work full time in addition to blogging so it is a lot of weekends networking for me!
    xo Jessica

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Totally hear that! It can be small, like even choosing 2-5 people and commenting on their instagram every day or one of their posts each week. Then starting a convo via insta-stories! It doesnt need to be a full on digital coffee date

  • Victoria
    May 31, 2017 at 10:13 am

    This is such a great post! staying consistent is so key! I love blogging and this was a great refresh for me.
    Keep up the good work, beautiful!

  • Summer @ Coffee With Summer
    May 31, 2017 at 10:22 am

    When people forget their why it’s so obvious, especially those who make money blogging. That’s when they become sell-outs and it’s so sad!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Totally can see that! I think quality tends to suffer when people become sell outs. It’s all burn and churn

  • Neely
    May 31, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I totally agree with all of this. Especially investing in yourself.

  • Johanne
    May 31, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Great tips! I think I’m doing ok on most of your tips.There are two things I should invest more time in. One, in promoting. I do promote through Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram etc, but not enough yet. Second, my English. I blog in two languages, and English is not my first language. I think I’m doing ok, but I should expand my vocabulary and pay more attention to the grammar rules. Grammarly does help a lot though!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Oh wow thats awesome! It sounds like you’re on the right track then!

  • Erika Jarvis
    May 31, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Um, bookmarking this page ASAP!! These are such great tips, I’m still “new” to the world of blogging and trying to find my foot, fellow bloggers and more. These are seriously great tips and I know I’ll be referencing this page a lot in the future!
    -Erika (myrevampedlife.com)

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Haha thank you! happy it was helpful!

  • Erica @ Coming up Roses
    May 31, 2017 at 10:59 am

    OOPC – SO TRUE. I used to be so. stinking. bad. at this. I’d spend HOURS just consuming content online and then wonder why I had no time to create my own – ha!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      haha! it totally happens! I think it happens to everyone at some point!

  • Caroline @ In Due Time
    May 31, 2017 at 11:03 am

    80% marketing? Who KNEW! haha mind blown for sure

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Haha that’s how I felt!

  • Nadalie
    May 31, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Hey Rachel,

    hehe, loved this list of mistakes. I’m happy to report that I think I pass. I rarely consume other people’s niche content as I don’t want to contaminate my voice or my opinions.

    Thanks for the advice,
    Nadalie, It’s All You Boo
    NEW POST: How Do I Slay My Goals?

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      That’s the way to do it!

  • Stephanie Parrell
    May 31, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Alot of really great points here. It is so important to have your own vision and ideas, those who really make it there own are the ones I like to read.Not the carbon copies.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Exactly!! Rarely are the carbon copiers even happy so it’s truly a lose-lose-lose

  • Miss ALK
    May 31, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    It is so important to interact with and network with other bloggers (and your non-blogger readers!). I wish I had done a better job at social media promotion in the early years of my blog.

    xoxo A

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      You do great with it now!

  • mckenna bleu
    May 31, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Promoting is huge! Its so important to get your blog out there on social platforms!

  • Laura
    May 31, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    promoting and networking is my DOWNFALL – I know this and I work at it (but I’m in a blog identity crisis which I think is most of the problem)
    consuming too much of other peoples content can be really damaging. Not just for how it impacts your content, but also comparison (thief of joy!)
    great post Rachel 🙂
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      HAha you have so much going on though! What’s the crisis your experiencing (like I know your blog identity haha but more details please!) haha

      • Laura
        June 6, 2017 at 4:07 pm

        I was about to say, common Rachel you should know what I’m about by now 😉 I feel like I’m quickly approaching a crossroad where I need to decide to either throttle WAY back on the blog, or dedicate more time to it (which I don’t really have) to make it worthwhile. I know I can’t continue on with what I’m doing because it’s not bringing me enough joy/satisfaction.. but I still want to keep GOING… but I don’t know if I can do MORE.
        I think I just need a shakeup.

  • Kristen @ TheSophisticatedGal
    May 31, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    YES YES YES, thank you for this post! Knowing your WHY is so important but I think sometimes it’s something we forget. When I first started blogging (which was only a few months ago), I never realized how much goes into the PROMOTION of my blog posts. It definitely takes up the majority of your time but is 100% necessary to grow your readership.

    Thank you again for sharing these 🙂

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      It takes up so much time! And you’re welcome! you are doing great!

  • Lauren
    May 31, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Yes! These are great points! I struggle with consistency and reading to much of other people’s content. I’ve really enjoyed your blog!

  • Ashley Peggs
    May 31, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Great tips! I have a few that I need to work on! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • thesophiadiaries
    May 31, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Loved these tips, and I love how these were all the mistakes I was making for the first 3 years of my blogging life xD even though it did some of the work, I never realized how much it took hahaha

  • Mary Leigh
    May 31, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    These are all great tips! I am still trying to navigate the ropes of getting started with my blog and there is so much to learn! I appreciate these tips and have pinned them for later reference!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      So much to learn! Just focus on one thing at a time 😉 Let me know if you have any questions!

  • April Kitchens
    May 31, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    I’m working on networking more. Finding networking events in my area as well as hosting my own events.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      That’s awesome! I’ve been thinking about hosting a local blogger network event

  • Brittany L. Bergman
    May 31, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    These are all so true! I’m sure I’ve made most of these mistakes along the way. I admit I can’t do all the right things all the time, but I am definitely finding a balance that works for me!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      Nobody can! It’s definitely a balancing act for us all!

  • Helen @ Hel On Heels
    May 31, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    These tips are so true! It’s crazy how many mistakes I made at the beginning. Bottom line is, I love to blog so I try to remember that when I have a hundred other things going on.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      That’s all that matters! I set 3 must do’s each day, and anything else beyond that is icing on the cake! We will never be able to do it all

  • Renee || Getting Fit Fab
    May 31, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    These are all SO true! The first one truly resonates within me! I’m coming up on my 4th YEAR blogging and OMG my why got LOST. Like it floated away like a butterfly. I love re-finding my why and hopefully I can find my love for blogging again. Thank you for sharing these great tips!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      that’s awesome! and you’re welcome!

  • Ashley Vickney
    May 31, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    love this! I’m definitely inconsistent with posting, and when I’m consistent my page views are way up! Also I love the network part of blogging!!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      For sure! I’ve met so many awesome people!

  • Baby Bears Mama Bear
    May 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    So true ! I also started my blog and did not do much to promote it. These are great tips ! Thanks for sharing !

  • Jordyn
    May 31, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    I love the “if your goal is to get insta famous it probably won’t happen unless you go on the Bachelor and make it past night one” hahaha. SO True! Okay but as for the real tips they are so spot on! Engaging with other bloggers is so important when it comes to building community and promoting (though I am bad at it I am working on getting better). I think it is so important to physically write down your “why” even if you’re the only one who sees it. Sometimes you get swept up in what other people are doing in the blogworld and it’s easy to lose track of your “why” especially if you forget what it is. I try and check in with myself and remind myself why I blog, why I love blogging and what my goals are. A lot of times the things I get wrapped up in and get deflated by don’t tie in with my why anyways!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      Haha thank you! Yeah I think you’re why definitely shines through as well as your personality! I think whenever I feel deflated its usually a sign something is off too

  • Nancy Powell
    May 31, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    These are great tips, especially the parts about promoting. I definitely spend more time promoting than writing lately.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      Haha that’s definitely the way it goes!

  • Robin
    May 31, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Awesome post, as always, Rachel! I couldn’t agree more with all of your points – but especially about writing quality. I have been floored by how many bloggers very clearly do not proofread their writing a single time – it’s like a stream of consciousness that they assume everyone will find fascinating solely because it’s on a topic that others have found success with. They’re clearly investing time in posting multiple times each week and promoting their posts, but the quality just isn’t there. It breaks my heart and makes me want to offer to help, but god knows that’s a rabbit hole that I don’t have time to go down! In short, great advice – thank you!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you! Quality is one of my biggest pet peeves! I will CT a post and be so excited only for it to be awful!

  • Kaycee
    May 31, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    These points are sooo good. Consistency is probably my biggest struggle… and I’m still trying to find my way with promotion and finding what platforms work best for me. Thanks for the tips!!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 2, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      You’re welcome! Definitely start off slow with posting then! It’s better to have a bunch of stock piled content on the back burner, while learning the ropes of promotion!

  • Chelsie Carr
    May 31, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    I need to work on being more consistent – something that I’m always struggling with. I think I just need to work on being more disciplined on working on my blog when I come home so I can stay on top of projects instead of napping.

  • Jennifer Schmidt
    May 31, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    This is amazing! I am trying to work on all of these all of the time but sometimes I fail. I need to invest in my blog but it is hard spending money. Even though I know that I need to spend money to make money.

  • Nicole Booz
    May 31, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I’m so excited for BossPitch!!

  • Rachel @ STCL
    May 31, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    All such great tips! Investing in yourself is such a huge one that I think a lot of people overlook!

  • justine @ sunnyinjune.com
    May 31, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    AMEN. being consistent is really kicking my butt, but also finding my voice in my writing — like you said, you want your readers to care over time and sometimes finding the appropriate tone is hard to convey through typed text!

  • Caroline Murphy
    May 31, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks for pointing out the “comparison” point. Sometimes I feel like what is trending is what people want to read and I feel like I too have to post about it! I’m glad to hear I’m not alone and we can get caught up in it.

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer
    May 31, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    These are so perfectly on point! I definitely forget to promote sometimes, but then no one reads any content… and that stinks! I am in the process of remembering my why right now… especially with this new sweet baby!

  • Jordyn Upchurch
    May 31, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    These are such awesome tips! About a month ago I finally nailed down a do-able schedule for me and slowly but surely the readers are coming-it’s amazing!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  • Bailey
    June 1, 2017 at 1:07 am

    I am coming to realize more and more that I need to start investing in myself.

  • Jenny
    June 1, 2017 at 3:55 am

    Investing in yourself is extremely important. It’s totally paid off for me to invest in my blog where I can.

  • David
    June 1, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Consistency on publishing new posts is a big struggle for me as I love to promote my work all the time. I try to make sure that I am getting new content flowing on a regular basis.

  • Sarah Jean
    June 1, 2017 at 9:48 am

    The investing part has been hard for me but I’m learning that the more I invest, the more I get back. I also took Boss Pitch and loved it!

  • Allison Lancaster
    June 1, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I love this! I think that so many forget their ‘why’. So true!

  • Lecy | A Simpler Grace
    June 1, 2017 at 10:13 am

    These are great reminders of what we need to remember when blogging! I often revisit why I started and what my mission is.

  • Marissa Pedersen
    June 1, 2017 at 10:15 am

    All of these are very true! Networking has been the biggest help for me.

  • Kim Gammage
    June 1, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Such great points, I’m busy improving my skills for both my blog and my day job and this has been super helpful, thank you!

  • Lauren
    June 1, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Absolutely needed to read this post Rachel! Thank you so much for sharing this!!


  • Audrey Knizek
    June 1, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Yes! I am such a believer in keeping to a manageable schedule.I start working full time on Monday, and that sadly means cutting down on how often I post to my blog. While I don’t want to do this, I know it makes the most sense. 1 good article a week is better than multiple, half assed articles a week.

  • Halle Thrower
    June 1, 2017 at 11:19 am

    I love your blog! These are great tips, thank you!

  • Alissa Carpenter
    June 1, 2017 at 11:27 am

    For the first several months I totally neglected promotion… like would spend hours on a post and then tell no one about… lol. Huge mistake! 🙂

  • The Swirl
    June 1, 2017 at 11:29 am

    These are excellent tips! I’ve been blogging for a little over 2 years now, and I still find it really hard to be consistent when I post! It just gets so crazy with school and jobs and everything. That being said, I’m going to try to write a bunch of posts this summer so I’ll have something to fall back on once school starts back up!

    Hannah | the swirl | http://theswirlblog.com/

  • Alex Carreno
    June 1, 2017 at 11:49 am

    I’ve been blogging for 6 years and still am working on this stuff! I’m pretty decent about promoting, but on the channels that are best for me – unfortunately for me, Twitter has kind of gotten the kickback. I need to get back into it more!

  • Sophie Wailes
    June 1, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Good tips, I never really started to notice any increase in blog traffic until I put some real time into promotion and I really notice it on the days when I don’t do it because my views dip.

  • Kristen Rodriguez
    June 1, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Loving all of these tips! This post came at the perfect time, too. I have been blogging *seriously* for a few months, and all of these will help me get on track to growing successfully! xx, Kristen @ A Classy Fashionista

  • Whitney H
    June 1, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    These are seriously amazing tips! I’ve been blogging for almost 6 years and even still, they are so important. Blogging = writing, so being a good writer (including knowing correct grammar) is KEY.

  • Courtney
    June 1, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Loved these reminders. I need to work on promoting more! Ive posted my “why” on my office wall so that I don’t forget! This is a post i’ll be coming back to, for sure.

  • Adriana
    June 1, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    I love this post! So many important factors go into blogging and it’s so important to remember all of them!

  • Alix Maza
    June 1, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    That writing section is so true! Great post.


  • Sabine and Carine
    June 1, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    This post is filled with so many tips! I’ll definitely be coming back to it often.

    -Sabine | http://www.rinnyandbean.com

  • Lynn White
    June 1, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    These are great tips! I used to be so bad about not networking, but it is so important!

  • Amanda K
    June 1, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    So many great tips! I could really use someone to proofread my blog posts for me before posting them.

    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  • Elizabeth Johnson
    June 1, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    I love this! First, I love “rachet chick’s text message” hahaha! Second, when I first started I consumed way too much of other people’s content. It was tough to keep my head straight with my own mission. I have to be careful when it comes to that. I love this angle on blogging. Great post!

  • Cameron
    June 1, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Great tips for beginners like myself! I have to remind myself of my “why” from time to time, and am super excited I splurged and signed up for BossPitch!

  • Victoria
    June 1, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing these mistakes others have made so we can learn from them. I’m a semi new blogger myself and I don’t want to be making these! You had me in tears with the ratchet chick text message conversation reference! Thanks for sharing again! Love your blog, always keeps me smiling

  • Joanna
    June 1, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Investing in yourself is so important as a blogger! Love this post.

  • Christine Besen
    June 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks SO much for sharing your tips Rachel! Definitely helps to stir beginners such as myself in the right direction! Thanks again!

  • Alex
    June 1, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    I definitely fall into some of these categories. I am SO inconsistent lately – just over the past few weeks – better change that soon!

  • Alexis
    June 1, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    These are really great points! I need to find more time to engage with others. I just struggle with working full time plus trying to manage everything else. I’ve started blocking off time as an “appointment” so that I can’t cancel or flake.

  • Willow Moon
    June 1, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    It is so easy to compare yourself to other bloggers. But I find that I am much happier when I focus on creating content and promoting it. Plus, by doing that I find I have little time to be perusing other blogs!

  • Rachel Loza
    June 1, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I’ve noticed that when bloggers forget WHY they started blogging in the first place (or if it was simply to “make money”) they don’t do well. I have worked hard to keep my blog consistent with my why over the last 10 years and I’m totally happy with where I’m at now 🙂

  • Sharon Glascoe
    June 1, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Ugh I need to remember to keep investing in myself and the blog. That’s such a good point! Thanks for this awesome list!

  • Amanda
    June 1, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    I have to agree! Inconsistency is so hard, but necessary! Same goes for networking! It is a hard thing to get figured out when you’re first starting off if you’re not used to it!

  • Melissa Cruz
    June 1, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    True! Most of the time my problem is grammar. And grammarly helps lot. And my boyfriend. Sometimes he find the problems I can’t see

    xx, Melissa

  • Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks
    June 1, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Nailed it, girl! I needed some of these reminders as well. Thanks for sharing <3

  • Kuleigh
    June 1, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Really good tips! While it’s great to read other people’s content to see what they’re doing well, I agree that often people just copy ideas for the sake of having something to post and it ends up being boring.

  • Amanda Rinehart
    June 1, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    yes! These are all soooo accurate! I had never really thought of the consistency in the sense of a yoga partner before… but I totally get it! Actually love that metaphor!

  • Gail Aranas
    June 2, 2017 at 12:09 am

    I’m still continuing to learn about blogging and the networking part is SO true. You do need friends in this blogging world to support you! xx

  • Sydney Power
    June 2, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Bad writing is a big pet peeve of mine, I always try to get my mom to proof my work if I feel I am off!

  • Taylor Smith
    June 2, 2017 at 1:09 am

    Networking was the biggest one for me I think! I needed to get outside my comfort zone!!

  • karyl henry
    June 2, 2017 at 8:12 am

    I was nodding my head through this entire article, because I made every single one of these mistakes when I began! I still struggle with consistency in the fall, when my FT job takes up all of my time. But I’m always working on ways to fix that. This is a great post!

  • Joy Lynn
    June 2, 2017 at 11:08 am

    All so true!! I still struggle with several of these and I’ve been blogging for 3 years! Blogging truly is hard and there is so much more that goes into it than people realize.

  • Marijanna Vukovic
    June 2, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Very true! There’s no doubt it’s tough and will be tough always. But thank you for making me very aware on seomthings I need to change.

  • Oyinkan Ogunleye
    June 2, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Consistency and remembering the “why” is soooo important! It keeps you on your feet and reminds you why you need to keep going even when you don’t feel like it.

  • Brittany Daoud
    June 2, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    I really like that you included the “people don’t care” aspect. It’s so true! I have another blogger friend who seems to feel like she’s owed page views or likes or followers on IG simply because she exists as a blogger. I feel like keeping in mind the fact that you’re just you and the majority of the world has no idea who you are can keep you humble and also from getting too discouraged if growth is slow!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 6, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Exactly! Provide value, the rest will follow!

  • AboutAbbyBlog
    June 2, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Great post! Love how you pointed out the importance of investing in yourself. Sometimes it can be tempting to delve into advertisements and paid promotional posts for products you don’t believe it, but its so important to remember to stay true to your brand and your own voice.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 5, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Thank you! And definitely! Otherwise I think readers can pick up on the lack of authenticity

  • Chaymae @ The Wallet Street
    June 4, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Great tips, especially for new bloggers like me! I’m still figuring out how to come up with a doable schedule for blogging thats fits with everything else. I’m sure it will be a process of trial and errors before I find what works best for me. Thanks again!

    Chaymae | http://thewalletstreet.com/

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 5, 2017 at 10:39 am

      It definitely is! I think it’s better to start with 1 post a week and have a few ready to go before adding in another post to your consistent schedule. That way you can stay on top of it

  • Dia
    June 4, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I totally have to cut back on the amount of content I was taking in because it was too much and overwhelming. I also deal with the proof reading issue. No I write the post, put it in grammarly then have the computer read it back to me so I can hear anything that might sound funny.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 5, 2017 at 9:51 am

      I didn’t know you could have the computer read it back to you! ! thats fun!

      • Dia
        June 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm

        It’s so helpful. If you’re using a Mac, highlight the part you want to listen to, go to edit and the speech function and select “Start speaking” and it should work. Some Macs have function keys set up.

        • Rachel Ritlop
          June 6, 2017 at 2:34 pm

          that’s so cool! totally trying it!

  • Jazzmine Woodard
    June 4, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    This is great, Rachel! The point about promoting including engaging via blog and social comments is really spot on. Thank for sharing.

  • Silvia Marquez
    June 5, 2017 at 2:31 am

    I love this post! Every single thing you said is so true. I’ve been trying to work harder on so many of these things especially the proofreading. It’s hard to find that healthy medium between cool post with great spelling and MLA paper.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 5, 2017 at 9:51 am

      HAHA the balance is so hard! I always tell clients, to write like you are talking to friends. That’s your voice. Don’t over think it. Then your editing just takes it from a stream of consciousness to an organized flow.

  • ModaMuse
    June 6, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    This is so helpful! Thank you!


    A new blogger


  • Elly Leavitt
    June 7, 2017 at 9:07 am

    i am so guilty of forgetting to promote haha… especially in the last few months with my full time job I’ve totally abandoned any promoting! these are all such great points, amazing post (as usual!) girl x

  • Veronika
    June 7, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Being inconsistent is the killer of blogging. Its so hard tho sometimes! Thats something I need to be better at.

  • Davina Donkor
    June 14, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Great post! This is exactly what i needed to hear! I definitely lack in the promoting aspect of blogging, so this was a great reminder for getting that ratio in check. Thanks!

  • Meghan
    June 20, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Totally agree…promotion is what helps your post gets views. Trying to do that right now!

  • Leah
    June 22, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    All great advice. Pinned for future. Thanks so much!

  • Dara @ The Southern Thing
    June 29, 2017 at 11:08 am

    These are all great lessons learned!! Networking and promotion both go a long way!!

  • Laina Turner
    July 5, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Investing in yourself is so important. You need to spend money on growing and developing.

  • Lauren Norton
    July 13, 2017 at 10:46 am

    This is great, as always. (Clearly, I’m going on a TCM binge in the airport right now – thanks for the layover entertainment).
    I have been SO BAD about being consistent recently and have been beating myself up over it. I can’t seem to find that work, blog, life balance. I’m working on it though. Interestingly enough, the question my readers ask the most is how I balance everything. To which, I laugh – because I don’t do it well. I can’t wait until I figure out this balancing act and can share my secrets. Hopefully after I get a new job, am no longer in a long distance-ish new relationship where I travel every weekend, and figure out my health stuff, I’ll get my act together again.
    This post really inspired me to get it together soon so I can start implementing all these tips and start investing in my blog again. I really want to start making money off of it one day – and to do that I need to post consistently again and have new, relevant content up there on a regular basis.
    Thanks for the inspiration, love!
    xoxo Lauren | Glitter & Grandeur

    • [email protected] Confused Millennial
      November 15, 2017 at 8:04 am

      Ahh! I have no idea why it took me so long to see your comment Lauren! Sorry! IT’s funny though that I’m seeing it RN, because I’m struggling so much with balance and I’m supposed to be a work-life balance expert so I’m laughing right there with you! haha – I hope you’re feeling okay and that the job and blog are going well!

  • Valerie
    November 15, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Yes yes yes! 100% all of these – and you can’t really skip *any* of them and be truly successful. I’m struggling with my WHY on my own blog right now, but I hope I will reconnect with it again soon!

  • Allison Ellzey
    November 15, 2017 at 8:38 am

    YES TO ALL OF THIS! I need to bookmark this so I remember these tips!

  • Caitlin Elisabeth
    November 15, 2017 at 9:04 am

    YES- i def need some of these tips ha- especially when it comes to bad writing sometimes ha and needing to be more consistent with my readers!

  • My Veteran Woman Life
    November 15, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    These are all spot on! It’s so important to be consistent and to also write properly. I’ve come across many blogs that have poor grammar and punctuation, as well as just not staying on a set topic in the post. That is something that will keep me from coming back to their page.

  • Jenny
    November 15, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Yes to all of these! Investing in yourself is key. I wouldn’t be able to be where I am today without that.

  • Holly
    November 15, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    These are all such important points. I find myself spending more and more time on promotion these days, and I think it totally pays off! It’s something that’s easy to forget about, especially when you’re just starting out. I also feel like if content is king, consistency is queen! xx

  • Nikki Gwin
    November 15, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Great points! You reassured me that I am on the right path. Thanks!
    🙂 gwingal

  • Christine Goulbourne
    November 15, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    I laughed when I read about how much you proof-read, I do the same thing. I do care about my readers and their thoughts on how I write, what I write about and if they feel its qualitative. Great article with many pointers to follow.

  • Marci Smith
    November 16, 2017 at 1:08 am

    These are awesome! This is where I went wrong in my first year. Since revamping two weeks ago my stats are phenomenal!

  • Melissa Cruz
    November 16, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I need to network so much more! I used to be so consistent with that. But now I’m so behind on it! This is a great reming to make some time for it. At least for a few minutes everyday.

  • Taylor Smith
    November 16, 2017 at 10:40 am

    These are amazing tips, R. When I first started blogging I didn’t understand promotion — the 20-80 breakdown was huge for me!

  • Alix Maza
    November 16, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Promotion is so essential!

  • Thena Reading-Franssen
    November 20, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Great post. I really need to work on a promotion of some kind to get more engagement with my readers!

  • Makaela Premont
    December 4, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I definitely needed to read this blog post! I’ve been so good on being consistent, but finals happened and everything went downhill. I started a youtube channel that I am also trying to be consistent because I really enjoy recording and writing. Hopefully this month I can get back into the grove of things after finals are over.

    I also truly believe in not reading too much content from others because it can definitely affected your writing as well as you end up comparing you work to others, which isnt healthy.

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