I feel the same way. I look at my fellow bloggers and I just think - how do you do it!? Do you have a little typing fairy in your pocket you whisper all your ideas to and while you sleep she edits them into discernible and intriguing content? Clearly its the only explanation I can come up.
Karissa M said:
I totally agree Danielle. I am so overwhelmed with blogging! I work hours every day on it, and feel exhausted. This is not what it was like in the beginning, and this is not what I want out of it! It should be for fun not something I feel obligated to do! Sometimes I feel like I am on top of it and loving it, but other times I feel like I am neglecting my life and family! It is a hard balance ... how do you all balance your blog so it doesn't take up all the other important parts of your life?!?!?
Danielle Maynard said:I think the biggest mistake that I have made as a blogger is spreading myself to thin. I am currently eating, sleeping and breathing blogging which I think has taken away from the very thing that I blog about, being a mom. I feel like I have devoted so much time to this venture that I have very little time to anything else. I know that to become successful I have to devote time to it especially since it is new. My hard work has really paid off but I have to find the time to balance all of my responsibilities with updating my blog.
Danielle at The Mommy Chronicles
Taking on low-paying sponsored posts :(
I still regret it to this day.
On the former blog I wrote I used to give my opinions on everything from politics to celebrities to religion. And I found that for me, that is a big no no.
Talk about getting slammed! I learned through that experience to keep my mouth shut. No one needs to know all those things about you nor do they want to. Relate to people on the topic of your blog and leave it to that if you want readership and a following (unless of course, your blog is about one of those things specifically).
Not sticking to the first blog I ever started, it's the only blog-moment I regret.
Spending way too much time using Blogger.com as my platform before switching to WordPress. It's a pain to learn at first, but worth it ladies.
Not watermarking my images. I had an image pinned on pinterest and consultants starting using it as their own…and linking it to their business sites. I still get very frustrated thinking about it, but lesson learned.
I think the biggest mistake I've made is completely shutting down some of my social media (mostly Facebook) and newsletter when I "quit" blogging. I had over 200 subscribers and over 4000 Facebook followers. At that time, my family was going through a lot of hardship and I just felt like I couldn't continue blogging. Well, about 3 months in, I started missing my blog & followers, and decided to start up again. The hard part? I had to regain my FB followers (which I haven't even reached 500 yet) and my newsletter subscribers (haven't hit 70). It killed my readership, but luckily, I am working my way up again.... slowly.
We've all done that at some degree or another. It's so important to just keep going even if things look bleak.
My biggest mistake is not having good quality pictures. I am a visual person, so I need to try harder on creating more interesting photos for the blog.