6 Blogging Pitfalls to Avoid & How to Fast Track your Success Instead

Whether you’ve been blogging for years or still dreaming of launching your blog, one thing is true – blogging is hard. Not impossible, just hard.

Well, let me clarify… if you want to reach the masses with your message and not just blog to share your life with your sister, grandma, and your best friend, it is.

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But blogging is also extremely rewarding, fun, and can provide a substantial income for your family.

My personal blogging journey has had all the typical ups and downs – failures and victories. And along the way I’ve discovered “aka experienced” some clear pitfalls of blogging. Especially, as a new blogger!

I made this list to help you see them coming, jump over them, and keep running toward the awesomeness destined for your life and blog!

If you haven’t started your blog yet, or are new to blogging – you need a clear plan first! Check out my post on How to Start a Thriving Blog and Treat it Live a Business Day One

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Becoming a Slave to the Stats

One of the biggest pitfalls of blogging is allowing all the stats like followers, likes, subscribers, visitors, and shares (just to name a few) to determine your blogging successes and failures. When I first started my blog, I very quickly became obsessed with looking at the countless analytics associated with my blog.

When my numbers would go up, so would my spirits. When they went down (and they do) so did my attitude. The victories would make me feel great, sure. But the not so good results would honestly make me feel like quitting. In fact, I mentally quit several times early on.

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone!

The point is, the countless resources we have available to monitor our blog’s analytics will do their job whether we look at them or not. My recommendation is to give yourself borders such as checking your website visitor numbers and other stats once a week, or once a day at absolute maximum.

Related: The Blog Automation Tools I Use to Grow my Blog on AutoPilot!

Waiting to Become an Overnight Success

When you’re just starting out blogging, no one knows who you are. Growth takes time. So in blogging, patience really is a virtue. This is the time to get focused on perfecting your craft and getting better. All of us cringe a little when we look at our earliest stuff, anyway.

In the meantime, you can’t get let yourself get offended, frustrated, or disappointed when your work goes ignored. You need to stick with it and keep pushing up that hill until you get to the top. And while you’re pushing your way up, pay close attention to the feedback you get from others and LISTEN.

Just keep in mind, that not growing AT ALL may indicate you need some refining with your writing, visual graphics, your website design, or something else. This is true for all of us to some degree at every level. We ALL need to continue to evolve and improve.

And in case you thought it was… overnight success in any business isn’t real.

That belief really robs creators of the credit for all the patience and hustle they put into their craft long before they finally made it big.

It’s coming… but it honestly takes time.

Believing the Field of Dreams Myth

Every blogger that ever existed will all agree on this one point – if you build it, they will NOT just come. There are millions of blogs all vying for the same attention and visibility. But the truth is, most never get it!

It’s not enough to have a beautiful website and really helpful content. You MUST get super comfortable with putting you and your stuff out there.

This isn’t negotiable if you want to reach all your raving fans. And they are out there!

There are many skills and job functions that bloggers need to have and get really good at, and promotion is at the very top of that list. Most expert bloggers agree that 30-40% of bloggers should be spending their time actually writing blog posts (aka: creating content), and the other 60-70% of their time MUST be spent on promoting that same content. Some experts say it’s more like 20/80%.

You can start by promoting your content on your social media accounts including Pinterest, sharing content in FaceBook groups for bloggers & marketers, commenting on other blogger’s posts in your niche, and sending your posts and other helpful information to your email list.

Related: The Epic Guide to Using Facebook Groups to Explode your Blog Traffic!

Not Knowing How Much Hustle is Involved

Blogging as a business requires a whole lot of hustle and determination. Growing a blog and a brand, for that matter, isn’t an overnight ambition.

Getting up and sharing your BEST every day no matter if your latest post goes viral or it sits on your blog like it’s got a case of leprosy, is how you know if you’ve got hustle.

There’s work in writing and editing each post, creating compelling Pinnable images (at least 2-3 for each post), emailing your email list on a weekly basis to sustain meaningful connections, making super helpful content upgrades to compliment those crazy awesome posts, and collaborating with other bloggers to reach even more readers and help each other succeed. And that’s all in a day’s work for a blogger!

Starting a Podcast, a regular Youtube series, writing a book, or even an creating an online course are other ambitious projects that can take your blog and message into the next stratosphere.

You may even want to launch your own Private Facebook Group! I did and I love it… you can join my Blogging Facebook Group Here.

Believing that Blogging is a One Person Job

Blogging seems like a dream job for introverts… just sitting alone tapping away on your laptop. Sharing your heart with the world.

At least, that was my vision.

But I quickly, or rather hesitantly, learned we need people in blogging. Bloggers are all members of a giant community filled with wildly creative, driven, and supportive people. People just like YOU!

I used to feel inferior to other bloggers, like they were totally out of my league. I’d always feel crazy insecure when I compared myself to another blogger in my niche. I was terrified to reach out and make connections.

Until I did… and that was all she wrote as they say! 😉

Bloggers need partnerships to grow their platforms but more importantly to form lasting relationships with other creatives like themselves. Because let’s face it, blogging is lonely and vastly misunderstood and underappreciated by most people.

Having a support system of like-minded people is important!!

Letting Fear and Insecurities Hold you Back

Blogging for most niches requires a fair amount of transparency and openness. And for most people this can be extremely uncomfortable and cause a lot bloggers to hold back because of insecurities or fear.

Doing so, will almost always stunt the growth of your business. Too often the thing we’re most insecure about is what makes us different. In other words, UNIQUE.

But it’s that uniqueness that sets your blog apart from the masses and most often what catapults a blog out of obscurity and into the limelight!

In other words, don’t try to conform or fit in. Find out what makes you stand out and let that shine. You’ll be surprised what causes people to be attracted to you and your blog!

If you have a passion… blogging is the perfect platform to share your passion with the world. Seriously! I have people all over the world who subscribed to my blog – not just read a post. That’s amazing and such a privilege!

I started this post by saying that blogging is hard. And it is… but it’s also so much fun! Avoiding these pitfalls will help you stay focused on the fast-track to your blogging success.

Comment below if you’ve learned or experienced any other pitfalls not on this list. Or how you overcame these yourself!

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3 years ago

Thanks for the tips! This was really helpful reassurance (and a great reality check!) for me as a new blogger.

4 years ago

This is such a great resource for anyone starting out in the blogging world. My advice is do it because you love it first and foremost, everything else will eventually sort itself out, but you can not fake passion.

4 years ago

This is just what I needed today! YEa for blogging!

4 years ago

I don’t think anyone realises how much work is involved before they start a blog. Its easy to get obsessed with the stats as a way of measuring your success but as you say you need a clear plan to keep you on track. Great advice!

4 years ago

I definitely think all bloggers struggle with these things at first, but it’s important to remember the hustle and vulnerability that comes with blogging! I’ve definitely had some of those “why am I even doing this” days, but honestly, regardless of my stats, I just love writing and sharing content! And honestly, that’s enough. I want to build my blog as a side hustle, but it’s a process and I need to be patient and work hard!

4 years ago

I agree with you, too many people are expecting to make it over night and aren’t willing to put in the effort to make their blogs work. It’s a slow process and we often forget to enjoy it.

thanks i needed the validation that being a known blogger is not an overnight success. I am very passionate about writing and of course somebody being recognized for my work. Your article inspired me to work even harder. Thank you 🙂

4 years ago

I needed to read this today! It’s so easy to get caught up in the numbers.

4 years ago

I can relate very well with the stats. I’m also checking it everyday! Lol. But it also has a good side because it encourages me a lot to keep going. I think as long as the stats encourage us, there’s no harm in looking.

4 years ago

I agree with you on all these points! To be honest, I stopped blogging for a long time which resulted in my super low stats which was great before! Now I am trying to bring my blog to life again. It is true that there is no such thing as an overnight success when blogging and we have to promote promote promote because if not, the contents of our blog will not get any attention.

4 years ago

Thank you for sharing some insights to your journey. The dream is to go big fast, but reminders to step away from the stats and allow time for things to grow is always a good reminder.

4 years ago

Thank you for posting this – I’ve been blogging for just under 7 weeks and have looked at my analytics practically everyday! Based on your information, I definitely need to stop doing that but it feels, almost, like an addiction. Especially when the stats are up. :/

4 years ago

Thank you. As a beginner blogger it helps to hear that although it’s slow going, I’ll get there in the end as long as I keep hustling. I really appreciated the part about ‘Becoming a Slave to the Stats’. My stats are pretty bad so I stopped looking but I get sooo excited when I get a comment.

4 years ago

Great reminders! It’s so easy to get caught up in other people’s successes and worry about your own as you are starting!

4 years ago

This is scary accurate! I’m learning these things slowly but surely. As someone with big dreams, I have a hard time knowing what to expect from blogging in reality! Thanks for the reminder! I’ll be pinning this to remember it!

4 years ago

I needed to read this today too! Thanks for reminding me that if it was easy, everyone would do it.

4 years ago

Ah the stats… I love what you said about constantly checking views and all else, that’s something I try to do less..

4 years ago

I love this! Thanks for the tips! I needed to read this this morning because my numbers have been low lately. Thanks for the encouragement as well!!

4 years ago

I needed this! Thank you. Very new to all of this. It’s overwhelming and fun at the same time. These tips help!

4 years ago

Thanks for sharing the advice, it’s easy to get caught up on the little things and not see the bigger picture. 🙂

4 years ago

Thank you for reminding us that we shouldn’t be slave to stats! At the end of the day, what matters is that we pursue our passion – writing, storytelling and sharing.

I can totally relate to much of what you’ve written here! Sometimes it’s too easy to get caught up in analysis paralysis, or just a crappy mindset, and nothing gets done. BUT I’ve grown so much as a person since I started blogging, and even though yes it is hard, it’s SO worth it!

4 years ago

Thanks so much for the inspiration and advice – this was just what I needed today!

4 years ago

Some very pertinent points.
Thanks for this.

4 years ago

This was JUST the article I needed to read today 🙂 (I was having a mentally quit moment haha) thank you for the timely advice

4 years ago

Ohh I really needed to read this .. That was very usefull . thanks ❤????

4 years ago

Thank you Brandi for this post 🙂 really useful. I love your blog 🙂

4 years ago

All of this hit a point and are so relatable. And Im dealing with every single one of them, but as you said, we have to accept each and deal with it. I had this vision, Ill create content, press share button, and numbers will grown. Now I see how much behind work there is behind every single like, share or comment.

Amazing Post <3

4 years ago

I soooo needed to read this today. I’m guilty of doing all of these, which is probably why I’ve been feeling really discouraged about blogging lately. Thank you so much for the reminders and the encouragement. “Getting up and sharing your BEST every day no matter if your latest post goes viral or it sits on your blog like it’s got a case of leprosy, is how you know if you’ve got hustle” << That really spoke to me! Good reminder to just keep putting the hard work in and be patient!

4 years ago

Thank you Brandi for this post! I just started blogging, and I already understand what you mean about the ups and downs. I will definitely start not looking at my stats all the time because I am very guilty of this.

4 years ago

I so agree with you. I had no idea how patient I would have to be when I first started blogging. My content is not very “mainstream” so writing great SEO titles is such a challenge! It’s been a matter of refine, promote and then just don’t touch anything, lol. Thanks for the tips!

4 years ago

I really needed to hear (well, read) this! Working my a$$ off, creating super valuable content, perfecting the pin graphics.. And hardly getting any traction. It is hard. But if believe in my message and potential impact… So no quitting for me!

4 years ago

Definitely learning a lot about blogging and it has it’s ups and downs but overall a very rewarding experience! For those like me just starting out keep it up!

4 years ago

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4 years ago
Reply to  Saryan Sha

Thank you for your honesty!! Blogging is so hard and so fun and rewarding at the same time. It’s hard if you’re blogging to eventually make income and you’re still in that waiting space. You tell yourself that you’re not successful or making an impact until you’re getting paid.
Having the mindset that you’re building something… and that takes time is so important to staying in the game! 🙂

4 years ago

Thank you for the valuable info Brandi I’m trying my best to promote my blog posts as much as possible to hopefully find some organic followers that want to read what I seem to be wittering on about

4 years ago

Yes Joanne! As long as you focus on creating content that is focused on helping your audience in some way, your audience will find you. Keep writing and sharing your content. Blogging takes time so don’t quit! 🙂

4 years ago

I get stuck in the trap of doing everything by myself. I’ve started a series of unsuccessful businesses and one thing I’ve learned it that I can’t (and shouldn’t) do everything myself. This time around, I’m already looking for ways I can build partnerships and outsource.

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