Some of the friendliest and hardest-working people on the Internet are mommy bloggers – a unique group of women who juggle parenting and writing; self-promotion and cross-communication. Whether you’re new to blogging or you’ve been at it for years, these common mistakes are worth addressing!
1. They don’t give themselves enough credit. You are amazing! You’re not “just a stay at home mom” – you have a unique presence. Don’t be afraid to have the confidence to toot your own horn. Do not sell yourself short. Remember, doubt kills more dreams than failure.
2. They start off posting too often and quickly burn out. Posting every day is not necessary to grow your online presence. Slow down, Mama!
3. They don’t have a niche. Find your voice! There are thousands of “mommy blogs” out there – what makes yours special? Your unique perspective is what will make your blog stand out.
4. They don’t spend enough time reading other blogs. Get to know what style of writing is popular. Never plagiarize, don’t copy; but do study role models, network with other bloggers, and comment on other posts.
5. They don’t focus on titles and graphics. You might write a groundbreaking piece, but at the end of the day, graphics and titles are what draw people in.
6. They don’t spend enough time promoting the blog. This is where time management comes in. If you choose a few days to post, you can spend the opposing days working on promotion. Don’t be shy! Tweet, chat, and connect your way to success!
7. They’re too quick to publish, and don’t spend enough time editing. I am definitely guilty of this one! As moms, we do everything quickly because we never know when we will be needed elsewhere. Try writing a piece, then going back to edit it later.
8. They don’t make themselves a priority. Have faith in your own endeavors! Don’t put your own dreams last. Make use of childcare, time off, and any resources available to you to help move your dream forward.
9. They don’t educate themselves on growing platforms, SEO, or online strategies. Yawn, I know. Sounds boring; do it anyway.
10. They give up. Negative comments, low readership numbers, writer’s block, lack of immediate gratification or financial gain – it can be difficult! Stick with it. Grow slowly. Speak from the heart!
Have you made any of these mistakes? How have you grown as a blogger? Please share in the comments below!