3 Mistakes I Made As An Amateur Blogger

Every successful blogger has been through the beginning phase (the struggling phase, rather) of this adventurous journey on the web. It has never been easy for any one to simply start a blog generate enough to make a living. All the bloggers that are currently making hundreds or thousands every month have all been through stages where their blog(s) hardly generated enough to pay for hosting their websites.

Even I started as a beginner (everyone does!). My first blog ever was raajtram.com which was a personal blog of mine. On that blog, I wrote about my own experiences in life and what I learnt from there. It all started with WordPress.Com (as I didn’t know anything about WordPress.Org and how it works!). Since the beginning of my real web entrepreneurship (with this very blog), following is what I believe have been my mistakes and why I overcame the same.

Practiced Unnecessary Commenting

In the beginning, just like every other newbie, I used to practice a lot of blog commenting without knowing the consequences. Well, there aren’t many issues with the same, but there aren’t any true benefits as well. Note that I’m talking about unnecessary commenting – which means commenting on blog posts from where you’ve hardly understood something but you yet comment just to receive a few clicks on your Commentluv Links.

This didn’t make any big difference to my blog nor did it affect the rankings – in-fact it might have improved the same. However, the mistake was that I wasted a lot of precious time which could have been used to write quality content.

Used Informal Tone In My Writing

Although I didn’t use any sort of slang language, my writing style was yet informal than what it should have been i.e. formal. I often used to give examples which should otherwise not be given in those specific articles. However, over time and since the launch of my business, I’ve been quite professional and so has my style of writing.

This change has led to a drastic change in the type of people I interact with – and it’s completely on the positive side.

Changed A Lot Of Designs

Until I was introduced to the Thesis WordPress Theme, I changed a lot of themes on my WordPress based site. The earlier ones were free, while the later ones were premium. However, none of them were as good as Thesis. The reason why I changed my themes in the earlier times was that there were new theme releases and they were free, and I just changed without thinking about anything (imagine!).

However, since purchasing Thesis and hitting the ‘Activate’ button, I haven’t gone with any other WordPress Theme. In fact, my business (ThesisLove) exists because Thesis exists. Yes, I’ve changed the internal designs of my Thesis based site, but after all it’s the same Theme.

Conclusion

All the above just conclude one thing – you shouldn’t be making the same mistakes if you’re yet a beginner. Don’t practice worthless commenting just for the sake of getting a few clicks – it is not going to help you achieve anything. Instead, comment to build relationships. It will help you in several ways. Regarding your writing style, follow my article teaching you about improving your writing skills by reading. Regarding your blog design, here’s what I have to say –

I’ve been using the Thesis WordPress Theme since a very long time, and cannot be more happier. It’s a giant.

Hope this post helps you not to make the mistakes I made when I was a beginner. Leave your insights in the comments section below.

3 Healthy Habits To Become An Efficient Blogger

Yes, blogging does need you to possess the technical knowledge of your niche, but there are certain other requirements & factors that bring about the efficiency in your work i.e. blogging. Many famous blogs only rely on guest posts, and the owner is only seen promoting his own products. On the other side, many famous blogs have a single blog owner that lifts all the weight and is the sole personality to take the blog from bottom to top.

All that proves one thing i.e. you need to be efficient in what you do. Hence, don’t take blogging as just one task of the home. It’s a whole new world and there are certain rules, certain requirements, certain benefits, certain disadvantages and certain competition. One of the ‘requirements’ is the health – both physical and psychological. Following are three habits that will help you lead a healthy and efficient blogging journey.

Write With Fresh Mind – Bad Moods Affect

Just had an argument or a fight over something? That’s normal for any human being. But did you just took a gadget in your hand to write your next blog post? That’s not normal. Studies say (and well, it’s common sense) that anything done with a fresh mind has a very high efficiency than being done with a pessimistic mind (you’re always negative when depressed or angry, right!?).

Writing – or doing any blogging activity (replying to comments, emails etc.) with a fresh and happy mind will lead you to a very efficient result in the coming future.

Write While Having ‘Your Drink’ – Coffee, Most Probably

Coffee is my drink (when I’m on business). You must be having yours. Any drink that soothes your mind and helps you focus more is highly recommended to be taken while you’re on business. You must have seen hundreds have coffee cups in their hands on their way from/to the business place – why? Are they retarted? No, they’re smart enough to know that they need a fresh mind to perform a task and their drink is the only instant way to do it.

but

..make sure you don’t consume anything that can influence your mind in any possible way. Remember the difference between ‘calming a mind’ and ‘influencing a mind’.

Write In A Pleasant Environment

Ever seen someone writing or doing any sort of business in a concert? I’m sure not. That’s because a concert has loud noises that can’t even let you listen to yourself. Just imagine how would the mind be listening to your commands? It is lame, but it is practical.

I personally prefer to carry on with my tasks in my room – it allows me the benefit to stay alone, have my drink, listen to my favorite music (usually on headphones) and what not. This environment allows me to be much efficient than I could be in my living room. That said, you should always prefer a place where you can talk to yourself i.e. a place that doesn’t have anyone except yourself.

Conclusion

Your health (both physical and psychological) plays a very crucial role in determining your business’s efficiency. Don’t overlook it just because you’re doing good enough – hope for the best, and remember that there’s nothing such ‘best‘ that exists.