Not backing up my site consistently!!!! My site was hacked recently & the last back up was in February - it took me weeks to re-do all of March's work & fix my galleries which meant I couldn't write anything new for a few days which caused a dip in my traffic.
Back up your site daily!!! Back up your pictures daily & back up your design changes weekly!! I never imagined I could get hacked....but I did and it can happen to anyone & if you dedicate so much time and effort as I do into your blog then you'll understand how devastating it was to log on one day and find nothing but a laughing joker mooning me!
Back up your work!
Wordpress gives you better control over the blog. It is easier to bring onto your own web host. I've used them both, and the blog I am bringing back to life, A Home Business in Today's Economy, is on blogger. I wish I had moved it to wordpress before starting, because I have a post I want to stay at the top and blogger doesn't give you a "sticky" option. Blooger is a good tool to learn the basics with, but as you progress, you will find it is limited. It does not allow some coding to work, which can hinder how your blog works, and what you can post where.
That is just my 2 cents though, others may have different, or be able to explain it better, or not like wordpress at all.
Diamond M Sales
LaToya S. said:
I'm new to blogging, and of course I started out on blogger. Should I have picked wordpress instead?
What's the difference?
Melissa Choate said:
If I had it to do over again I would never have started on Blogger. I also would have created a separate email address, just for my blogging identity. Then I could exist on Facebook without having my blog page linked to my personal page. The same goes for Twitter. It's not a matter of remaining anonymous, it's about avoiding confusion. I wish I could pass this along to every would-be blogger.
I wish I would have started on Wordpress. Not having balance with my writing was my biggest mistake. Too much of one thing or too little of something leaves your blog stagnant. Be diverse within your own niche.
Promoting Biblical Womanhood
I started on Wordpress and I'm glad I did. I used to use blogger for other blogs I wanted private, but if you want a blog to be known, Wordpress is the way to go.
I don't regret anything as I *try* to remain somewhat anonymous for my child, which is why I don't write down her name in the blog, in case she's older and googles her name and sees a blog about how her butt had a nasty rash ;)
The nature of blogging is to speak in your own voice...the best advice I ever got from another professional blogger was to be as opinionated as possible and find my voice...."not everyone will love it but some will and those fans that find you, will be the ones that stay, the ones who share & support your work and that's why you write"
I never looked back after that....so speak your mind and never stop & the people that come back will come back because they love the sound of your voice....probably because it sounds like their own!
Think the biggest mistake I have made (and apparently still make) is telling it how it is. People don't seem to like the truth, for whatever reason... Oh I know. Denial! But yea. It's killed my readership but I still do it :P
When I first started I was all over the place with my posts, no specific focus. I think it helps to have focus and make what you write about matter to you.