My 5 Worst Blogging Mistakes

April 4, 2018
Playing with Jake and Scuddy in the South Pacific, Opotiki, New Zealand.

 

The money shot!

 

The perfect shot!

 

Kelli snapped the featured image for this post a few hours ago.

 

Ho hum, Plain Jane, me playing Tug of War with a brute and aspiring pig dog in the dramatic South Pacific. I know. BORING!

 

Anyway, mistakes led Kelli and I to this life. Some believe we live the perfect life, spending 3 months in New Zealand, circling the globe for 7 years as digital nomad, pro bloggers. Not quite. We bumbled, stumbled and rumbled our way to living our dreams, until we found our energetic groove.

 

If you see someone who appears to live an awesome life, understand this: they likely fucked up, a few times or many times, on their journey.

 

But it doesn’t have to be that way for you. Learning from pro blogger’s mistakes makes your life and blogging journey easier. Wise bloggers learn what not to do from pros, avoiding big time problems, and accelerating their success.

 

Why Write this Post?

 

I like showing you that I am a human who’s mucked up but has still lived his dreams, so you can be mucking up now and still live your dreams, too. But I want you to:

 

  • own any mistakes I made that you are definitely making right now
  • feel the fear-pain behind the mistakes you are making now, to remove the charge from the error, and to move in the right direction
  • share this post on your blog, via social media and with your list (if list-building is your thing) so we can spread the word on these blogging boo boo’s

 

Cut years from your learning curve. Save yourself years of struggle, too.

 

Feel free to throw rotting vegetation from the peanut gallery, if you might. Always looking for compost here in New Zealand.

 

1: Allowing My Outcomes To Dictate My Energy

 

My biggest blogging (and life) mistake far and away. I looked outside of me, at my:

 

  • blog traffic
  • blogging income
  • blog comments
  • blog social shares

 

and chose to feel a certain way – i.e. really shitty because the numbers never seemed to change – because I was result-oriented. Energetically, this is like living in the movie Groundhog Day; same shit, different day.

 

I literally created hell, struggle and failure because I looked at outcomes, decided I was failing, felt shitty, and moved into shitty feeling, failing actions, perpetuating my struggles for years. Emphasis on “years.”

 

Ya know when I say follow your passion not profits? Yeah; I say it because I want to spare you the misery, nightmares and borderline suicidal tendencies emerging from me obsessing over results with my blog.

 

Correction

 

I corrected the mistake by being these things:

 

  • I went broke, lost everything, sat with the fear-misery-grief of losing everything, screamed and cried into pillows on multiple occasions, cleared the fear-pain of loss, and began vibing higher
  • I blogged mainly for fun and stopped checking my stats
  • I devoted virtually all of my energy to generously serving people
  • I committed 100% to meditating on waking, and in successive years to doing yoga and taking icy cold showers, to raise my vibe on starting each day

 

Live and blog inside-out. Feel good now – independent or circumstances – and you will reframe life and blogging in a loving, fun, abundant way.

 

Blog your passion. Blog mainly for fun. The work/play feels like the reward, a good-feeling energy exudes through your being, you care little of outcomes, and patiently create and connect, creating the foundation for a profitable blogging career.

 

2: Going Blogging Lone Wolf

 

For many years I tried to manipulate success out of the Universe by:

 

  • publishing as many posts on my blog as humanly possible
  • sharing my posts on a high volume of Facebook Groups

 

That was it. Seriously. No networking. No promoting others.

 

Struggles ensued. Readers do not like selfish people. Selfish bloggers cannot help readers because selfish bloggers care only about their needs, and give little thought as to the needs of others.

 

Correction

 

I began:

 

  • commenting genuinely on top blogs
  • promoting other bloggers on my blog
  • promoting other bloggers on social media
  • never asking for anything in return

 

Doing this stuff with generous, detached energy helped me making blogging friends. My blogging friends expanded my reach, grew my traffic, increased my profits and expanded my online business.

 

1,000 is better than 1.

 

3: Using a Free Theme and Shitty Hosting

 

“Your blog looks like shit.” ~ Friend to me, 2013

 

He was right. Before Phillip Dews did his handiwork, my blog looked like shit. Free theme. No branding.

 

Mind you; this was my old blog. Well before Blogging From Paradise.

 

I resisted changing hosts – even though my blog was up and loading quickly as frequently as when Haley’s Comet blew through – and resisted buying a premium theme for months, then years. Amateur hour mistake.

 

Correction

 

Looking at my blog in the light of truth, I spied fecal tendencies. It looked like poop and loaded like a load.

 

I changed hosts. PD built a custom theme for my old blog. He eventually designed a bespoke Blogging From Paradise theme.

 

Pay up to play up guys. Crashing blogs repel readers. Cheap-looking blogs repel readers. Invest in your blog. Invest in your business. Buy your domain and hosting and grab a premium theme.

 

4: Not Doing Energy Work To Face My Fears

 

Almost to the day, this past year marked meteoric growth for me and Blogging From Paradise. Things really began to take off, big time.

 

I appeared to be in 45 billion places simultaneously, a blogging hybrid of The Flash, Superman and Spider Man, the perfect mix of speed, power and yep, the Blogging From Paradise web appears to be everywhere these days.

 

Why?

 

I love what I do. So I keep doing it. Meaning I do not hold back.

 

But I only became generous, not holding back, because I faced, embraced and released the heavy fear of loss plaguing most bloggers. I faced, felt and released this intense, terrifying but little itty bitty waves of energy in mind fear by genuinely committing to energy work.

 

Correction

 

Spending 30 to 60 minutes daily doing stuff like meditating, doing yoga, taking an icy cold shower and praying, plus exercising for 30-60 minutes daily, did 2 things for me:

 

  • I faced, felt and released deep fears that perpetuated my struggles and failure
  • I made a blanket shift, living and blogging mainly from an energy of fun-love, versus the tension-fear I used to blog from, for many years

 

Guys….commit 1000% to spending 30-60 minutes daily in a quiet room, managing your energy. Meditation. Yoga. Prayer. 1 activity. Or all 3. Toss in 30 minutes of exercise daily.

 

Blogging mistakes disappear when you find the fear fueling the mistake-creating actions. Energy work helps you feel and purge deep fears so you blog and live mainly from love and fun, where all the detachment and success is waiting for you.

 

You become generous, prolific, skilled and connected, all through your diligent learning, studying and practicing, all because you followed blogging fundamentals patiently and persistently, all because you felt and cleared deep fears that goad most bloggers into doing dumb, failing shit.

 

Pinpoint Your Blogging Mistakes

 

New – or struggling – bloggers, do you feel a bit confused about whether or not you’re making blogging mistakes?

 

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Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who's been featured on Richard Branson's Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, Life Hack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He can help you become a full time blogger with this eBook.
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15 Comments

  1. True true Paul. Good things take time.

  2. Paul Towers Says:

    Some interested observations Ryan. By far for me the biggest mistake people make when starting a blog is that all the traffic is going to come at once, and when it doesnt they get disheartened and stop.

    You need to take the long term approach. I have been blogging for my startup Task Pigeon for over a year now and you can clearly see that the results are starting to accelerate

  3. Hey way cool Rajesh. I’m glad you dug it brother.

  4. Good things genuinely take time Admiral Scuddy. Thanks and I salute you.

  5. Yes Susan; I see we took a similar path early on. Most bloggers do methinks. Now you’re rocking it out on the networking front. Well done my friend πŸ™‚

  6. Moss that stat-checking obsession kills many budding blogging careers. Drives me mad LOL!

  7. With the heart all things are possible Michele. Thanks much.

  8. Amen Julie. The good book and all wise folks know; giving freely feels awesome and detaches you from outcomes, which of course leads to sweet receiving. Thanks my friend!

  9. Dayum,

    Harsh medicine must be given to recalcitrant children with blog stagnation infection and who better to serve up the dose than Dr Ryan πŸ™‚ And I learnt quite a bit from one of your Blogging assets so thank you πŸ™‚
    Its crazy how so many bloggers expect a ton load of traffic aka other humans to visit their content, buy their offers and even leave nice comments all for nothing. they dont like to give back…even the good book says Give and you shall receive in return!

  10. This is an authentic post that rings true. It’s so easy to get caught up in outcomes and lose sight of the purpose or joy!! in writing. Thanks for the realistic advice! Healthy mind and heart equals success.

  11. Moss Clement Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Another remarkable post. In fact, I just read your article on Enstine Muki’s space where you mentioned the need to meditate, doing yoga and stuff to free your mind regain your focus.

    This is just a great article as it addresses the common mistakes bloggers make day-in-day-out.

    What I love about reading the mistakes of pro-bloggers like you is that it puts you on the right track and helps you avoid such mistakes in your blogging journey by showing your the best steps to follow for success.

    For example, many focus on stats and analytics – numbers to evaluate their success. But that is wrong. Concentrating on producing quality content consistently should be the focus of every blogger. As well as connecting with pro-bloggers.

    Thanks Ryan.

  12. Susan Velez Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I can definitely relate to your past blogging mistakes because I’ve made my own. I think that most of us start out making a ton of these mistakes.

    Unfortunately, we all have to go throughout own blogging journeys. Some of us it takes a while to realize that we need to change things up if we ever want to see different results.

    When I started my new blog, I made it a point to just hide behind my computer and pump out content after content. I love writing blog posts, but if you’re just publishing new content on your blog, you’re never going to get anywhere.

    Now like you I spend time commenting on other blogger’s blogs and take the time to share their content. I no longer run my blog with the competitive mindset.

    I know that there’s plenty of room on the Internet for all of us to succeed. It’s much better blogging from the abundance mindset than from the “what’s in it for me” mindset.

    As always, I love reading your blog posts because I can relate and you’re so sincere and honest.

    Thanks for taking the time to share, hope you’re having a wonderful day πŸ™‚

    Susan

  13. Hey Ryan Biddulph,
    First off, Congratulations On This Post. This is a great post – so clear and easy to follow. Everything takes time and we all have the same amount of hours in a day so put them to good use. All your hard work is much appreciated.
    Off to share this post now with my friends.

  14. Rajesh Rai Says:

    Hello Ryan Biddulph,

    “Going Blogging Lone Wolf” is also a case with me with less or no contacts and doing everything by my own.
    Thank you so much for this eye opener!

    Thanks for sharing this amazing article.

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