Mar 1, 2013
Q: Confess your blogger sins! Is there anything as a newbie blogger that you’ve done, that as you gained more experience you were like — oops?
Hmm...I think my worst oops was starting the blog without having a clear direction for it. It was back in March 2011, and I had another address for then this. Still Butterfly-o-Meter Books, because the name I stuck with ever since it came to me. But it was this hotpot of my writing tribulations, random rants, and the occasional book review. I didn't blog regularly in the beginning, it was more of a now and then thing. And crazy as it sounds, I sort of did it without having my potential readers in mind at all, just as a way to speak my mind on things. Then in October 2011 I was forced to relocate, losing the hosting and stuff for my blog and without intending to pay for something extra that I shouldn't have needed to pay for in order to access my data, reviews and all. Learn from my mistake, don't start something serious like blogging without giving it any serious thought (like I did back then), or you might wake up to the horror of losing your stuff by some freak accident because you never had long-term in mind about the whole thing.
The one rookie mistake I didn't do was not backing up my stuff, in this my reviews were also on Amazon for a few and on Goodreads. So when I began anew here (and I'm happy I had to, in retrospect) I didn't lose my stuff. So another piece of advice I'd give is always backup your shmit. You'll wish you had if something goes coocoo.
And another thing, not so much mistake but non-productive thing. I had a structure thought out for my reviews pretty quickly along the way, I am OCD. But it had never occurred to me write the structure down and make a post template out of it to make things easy for myself. That little A-HA! moment came along the way when I had this blog for a while. So I did that, I wrote down a basic version of my reviews and other types of posts excluding meme-s and such, and stuck it up as template. That alone cut about half the time it took me to write reviews, because a lot of my blog-related content was already there now, just like fields to fill with info. I wasn't that much of a rookie when I realized this time-saving thing, so maybe you wanna think about doing that too in case you have a structure to your reviews like I do :D
And one last thing, I used to follow and read other blogs without commenting or anything like that. I was very lurker, I still tend to do that when I'm sort of busy or just tired. But it's a mistake to stop by someone's house and not say "Hi" and just loom there, right? So now I think of stopping by places as visiting the blogger's house. Gotta say hi unless you're just driving by, lol. That's a personal preference more then a mistake or non-mistake :)
Happy 1st day of spring, guys!
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