When I first began blogging for a network I didn’t have so much on my plate. Sure, I had a few of my own blogs and work with other clients, but the snowball didn’t really start rolling down the mountain. As a result, I had a successful start to my network blogging career. Towards the end of my network blogging career, it was apparent I was making some mistakes – all my own fault.
Here are the 3 Worst Things I Did for My Network Blogs
- I posted the network minimum - Because I was so busy I posted the network minimum. This didn’t really do anything to help my blog grow. The more successful network bloggers were posting to their blogs at least twice a day, some more. Remember, not all blog posts have to be 300 words. You can write a paragraph and link to someone else’ s post, embed a great video, ask a question and let your community discuss…and so much more. Go the extra mile and reap the rewards.
- Instead of working more on my existing blogs, I applied for more blogs – Every time a topic opened up I loved, I applied for the gig. Many times I got said gig. Then I did the minimum amount of work for each. Some of my network blogs brought in very good traffic. Others…meh. It would have made more sense for me to work on my existing blogs by posting more often and working on traffic and promotion than taking on more.
- I let my blogging become a job - Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging. It got to the point where there were so many blogs, and not much time. Soon I was suffering from burnout. Blogs weren’t fun anymore, they were a job. Something I had to to. This is the biggest reason I gave up my network blogs when I began working full time. I wanted blogging to be fun again and I had my hands in too many pots for that to happen.
I think a mistake many network bloggers make is to keep applying for more network blogs. We all have different reasons why we do this. For me it was because I needed a full time salary – and because I loved the topics. I made the mistake of taking on too much and blogging wasn’t fun for me anymore.
What are the worst things you did for your blogs and how di you fix them?