6 Blogging Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

6 Blogging Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid |

I’m in the middle of a blog content audit so I’ve been going through my archives and gleefully privatizing a bunch of entries that are too embarrassing to be out there. Most my old posts had me going “WTF WAS I THINKING WHEN I PUBLISHED THIS???” Gross.

In the nine years that Ditz Revolution has been around, I sure have made a lot of blogging mistakes! I thought I’d share these are errors with you guys so you can avoid them. You know how they say— you learn from your mistakes? Well, babes, save yourselves the hassle and learn from MY mistakes instead!

1. Not hosting photos on your own server

Case in point: this entry. I was lazy and instead of saving the photos and uploading them to my WordPress blog, I simply hotlinked them off my Instagram.

Last year, I decided to clean up my Instagram and deleted over 1000 photos and now I have broken images all over my blog. I want to privatize that entry so badly but I’m leaving it public to set an example. I also have so many missing photos because they were hosted on Imageshack and I guess Imageshack kills photos after a certain amount of time.

Save and upload, guys; save and upload.

2. Low-quality content

I am so embarrassed by my archives! So many garbage entries that I wrote for the sake of, well, paid links (they would easily bring in $100 a month, ok!). Every now and then, I’ll get an email from some webmaster asking me to remove their links so I’ve been going through my old entries and just taking them down.

When it comes to blogging, write with a purpose. It’s okay to post random crap (it is YOUR blog, after all), but it’s always better to offer your readers something of value— an insight, something tweetable, a new place to check out, a tip, or something to think about.

Try and avoid lumping several topics together, too, unless it’s a week in review type of post (like The Sunday Currently or Friday’s 10 Happy Things).

3. Ignoring your readers

There are two ways to do this:

Not engaging with them. Guilty! I almost never replied to comments (lazy) or I wouldn’t reply to their tweets (didn’t want to clutter my timeline and annoy followers). Now, I make it a point to reply to every comment (it might take some time, though) and to tweet and RT people. I also make a conscious effort to follow back, too.

Not caring about them aka not returning the love. I feel like such a dick for ignoring my readers in the past and not taking the time to visit their blogs to get to know them. I know better now! Community is super important. Even though my days get busy, I try to set aside at least half an hour to read and comment on blogs.

You have readers because they’re interested in you. Build relationships and treat them well!

4. Bad photos

Remember when I had an iPhone 3G? My blog does.

If it’s blurry and badly lit, don’t post it. Don’t use ugly filters. Make it big and bright. My old photos had a maximum width of 400px (cringe); now, my minimum is 750px.

5. You don’t proofread

I proofread 2-3x before hitting the publish button but sometimes, I’ll miss a word or two and it takes a while for me to catch it. It’s okay, these things happen! But if you’re constantly publishing posts without going over them to make sure everything’s in place (spelling, grammar, sentences, punctuation marks, capitalization), it sends a message that you don’t care.

Joey tells me that you don’t have to be a good writer to be a blogger, and I kind of agree. You just really need to be able to explain things well! If you’re not too confident in your writing, send your draft to a friend who can check it for you.

6. Too many damn categories

Fifty-five. That’s how many categories I had. To be fair, I started Ditz Revolution when personal blogs were all the rage and no one had niches yet.

If you’re a new blogger, streamline your content as early as now because it’s going to be a pain in the butt when you let your categories grow wild. Since the audit started, I’ve deleted 12 categories and my goal is to pare everything down to 10, at the most. I’m trying to lean Ditz Revolution towards more lifestyle, less personal ramblings and it’s a harder task because my blog is all over the place!

There are more but those are the six major mistakes I’ve made in the last nine years.
Do you have mistakes of your own that you’d like to share? :)

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  • Reply Camie Juan May 4, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    i love this post! I’m guilty of nearly everything, but right now I’m most guilty of too much categories. Hahaha. I realized some of them I’ve only used once. Terrible. I should delete some this weekend.

    • Reply Helga May 7, 2015 at 10:31 am

      Good luck! I’m down to 30+ now. It’s such a tedious task!

  • Reply Jamie May 4, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    I think my blogging mistake (before the regular writing that I’ve recently been doing) had been talking about needing a topic again and again. Rambling about I have nothing to talk about and blogging just about that. And also thinking how I was way back when I was still on Multiply, I had a multitude of ideas to spill. But then I started reading other bloggers’ content (thanks to your comment box, I found them mostly there!) and it gave me ideas and people to talk to and that I didn’t need to rant about the lack of topic.

    So thank you, Helga! I guess even before you wrote this you’ve already been a help. :)

    • Reply Helga May 7, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Aww, thanks Jamie! There’s nothing wrong with writing anything you want so long as it’s organized! Mine was such a mess and frankly, my old entries were gross haha.

  • Reply kaycee May 4, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Helga! Your blog is just pure genius. As well as this post. And all your other posts. Is this blog connected to Bloglovin? Cause if not, please do!!

  • Reply Kenna May 4, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    OMG, thanks for this! Guilty of no. 5! I never proofread!

    • Reply Helga May 7, 2015 at 10:39 am

      I hate it when I proofread tapos may palpak pa din!

  • Reply Mikyu Maglasang May 4, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Haha I agree with everything! I most especially make it a point to follow #5. It takes me a long time to publish an entry (and a comment) because I read it over and over again to make sure I don’t commit any grammatical errors. And even when the post is already published, I reread it a couple of times more! Hahaha #OCmode

    • Reply Helga May 7, 2015 at 10:39 am

      That’s a good habit to have!

  • Reply Harvin May 4, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I use Google Drive for photos, mostly because anything below 2048×2048 doesn’t count towards free storage. And I love my free storage.

    It’s really nice to audit one’s own blog. Backreading gives you those what-was-I-smoking type of chills.

    • Reply Helga May 7, 2015 at 10:40 am

      I didn’t know you could store and hotlink photos off Google Drive!

  • Reply Susanne May 4, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Definitely yes and amen to number 3! If I read a blog and they never respond to comments, I get bored after a while and remove that blog from the list. It doesn’t matter how interesting it is. That’s the sad truth.. and I think it’s kind of rude to not respond. That person took time to write a comment after all.

    And about tiny photos… yes. I don’t care if people use a compact camera, a phone camera or a DSLR, or if they are jpg or png, as long as we can actually SEE the photos. I can’t believe how so many people use Blogger, especially people who are serious about photography. They take all these brilliant photos and then post them on a Blogger blog where the default is like 400px unless they take time to change the photo setting to make it bigger, and line up with the text. Actually the whole photo handling on Blogger is really bad unless you are skilled in fixing your own theme.

    I’m probably guilty of writing what others would think is poor content but I write for myself and for my friends and I’m just an ordinary person who like to share, not a professional writer and I can live with that.

    • Reply Helga May 7, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Thanks for reading! I hate it when bloggers don’t EVER respond to comments on their blog and on social media. Big bloggers are guilty of this, especially!

      Back when I used to blog on LJ, my photos were 250px wide LOLLLLLL but screen resolutions were smaller then. I wish I had the foresight to upload hi-res versions and just set the size via html/css.

  • Reply Cherry May 4, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    nice post helga! I must say that number three is really true, as a blog reader, I really appreciate it if the blogger replies, it goes to show that he/she is really reading comments. I hate it when there’s a hanging question for the readers at the end of a post like”How was your week?” and then many readers will reply but none will get a response, it’s like, why’d you even asked? but then again, the blogger must be really really busy .

    • Reply Helga May 7, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Thanks for reading, Cherry! I’m replying late cos I’ve been busy the past few days hahaha.

  • Reply Jean May 4, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Guilty on all except on no. 5 (proofreading). Franco just pointed to me yesterday that my post about him has broken/missing photos. I mean, can you f*cking believe me? It’s a post about my boyfriend and I don’t save and upload! I’ve been meaning to clean my categories, too, but lazy and busy (if that combination is possible) at the moment.

    I’m excited for your “new” blog! I feel like we should be throwing a party for its anniversary.

    • Reply Helga May 7, 2015 at 10:43 am

      I’m toying with the idea of having a small giveaway (out of my own pocket) but my blogiversary is on the 23rd tapos birthday ko naman on the 31st so baka my budget can’t handle it.

  • Reply Karriebear May 4, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    number 3 and 5!!! :))

    • Reply Helga May 7, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Sobrang guilty ko sa #3 dati!!! :(

  • Reply Aneth May 4, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    You never fail to amaze me with your blog entries, Helga. I’m so glad that you blog more often now with genius and creative blog posts :)

    • Reply Helga May 7, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Aneth, YOU ARE THE SWEETEST! <3

  • Reply Abi May 4, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Guilty of everything! Also not updating my blog regularly. I deleted my old blog because I hated most of my entries (but I kept a backup for the LOLs) and trying to start a new one 2 years ago and only have 17 posts. :( I still haven’t decide what direction I want to take. Haha!

    • Reply Helga May 7, 2015 at 10:45 am

      I read din na you have to be consistent updating your blog or else you risk losing followers! Like have a set schedule that people can ~feel~ so that they know when they check your blog, there’s something new to read. I try to be consistent with blogging 2-3x a week!

  • Reply Sarah May 5, 2015 at 5:18 am

    Oh no! #3 :( I used to get a bunch of comments before – mostly unreciprocated. Now they’re down to almost zero. I shouldve known better.

    Guilty of #4 as well.

    • Reply Helga May 7, 2015 at 10:45 am

      You can always get them back! :)

  • Reply Mina May 5, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    I’m most guilty of not expanding my community. I’m so lazy at commenting at people’s blog even if I like it or have something to say, but I’m changing my ways na. Also, number 2 and 5. Haha! I cringe at some of my posts and grammar lapses tipong why did I even published that? Going over your 31 blog post ideas and maybe writing about some of those topics! I’m in a blogging rut lately. Huhu.

    • Reply Helga May 7, 2015 at 10:46 am

      I hope you get out of your blogging rut!

      Commenting can be a pain sometimes because nakakatamad but I try not to be lazy na!

  • Reply Raisa May 5, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Urgh #4! I kept my photos at 450px max even on my Flickr. Stupid. I have all the original sizes on my really old external hard drive but it doesn’t work anymore, so those tiny pics are all I have now. :( They seemed so large back then.

    I have 21 categories! I feel like I’ve only used some of them once. I guess that’s the problem with nicheless blogging. Trying to be more organized just leads to a lot of unnecessary tagging and categories.

    • Reply Helga May 7, 2015 at 10:47 am

      I’d love to have just 21 categories! Haha.

      And oo nga, 450px seemed so big back then, especially since we had smaller resolutions! My blog looks so tiny on Joey’s iMac =/

  • Reply Ethan May 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    hey @helga everything is fine in your blog steps. but i have one confusion and want to ask suppose if i have pictures on my blog in high resolution then they takes so much time to load and its not harmful for my blog? and really good tips. i also face problem in my blogger blog. When by mistake i deleted user in blog and you can’t believe that images posted in posts also not found because they store in my google picasa account

    • Reply Helga May 7, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Hi Ethan! I’m sorry you lost your photos on Picassa. :(

      As for hi-res photos, I use the “save for web” option on Photoshop so I can see the file size. Photographs get saved as JPG while flat images, vectors, and images with transparent backgrounds get saved as PNG-24. Animated images are obviously saved as gifs. I try not to go over 200kb for file sizes. :)

  • Reply Corinth May 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I agree with everything you stated here. Haha. The category thing used to be my biggest problem during Tumblr times so when I started fresh with Explore With Corinth, I made sure to limit myself to only relevant categories. And the proofreading my gosh! No matter how many times I proofread, I will always somehow manage to miss a few words. That’s why I always ask Jorge to read my entries first for errors before I share it to everyone. Haha.

    • Reply Helga May 7, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Your blog is so organized, I’m jealous!

  • Reply Gail May 5, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Hello! I know exactly what you mean!! I currently am hosting my photos at Photobucket which was around since I blogged (2000) And back to those days, blogging niches aren’t really much of an issue. I blog lifestyle and personal thoughts with horrible pictures which I thought was already cool back then. I totally agree with cleaning your archive and hosting your own photos. Anyway, I love this blog. Hope we could be friends!!! :)

    • Reply Helga May 7, 2015 at 10:50 am

      I HAD SUPER UGLY PHOTOS DIN ON MY LJ! Yun yung uso kasi before hahahaha.

  • Reply Joyce May 5, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    I’m guilty of some! Hahahaha. But there’s always room for improvement. :D

    • Reply Helga May 7, 2015 at 10:50 am

      So true!

  • Reply Beauty By Tellie May 6, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    The one on photos makes me cry T_T I get such anxiety over the quality of my photos and I feel like they’re never good enough, but when I look back at 6 month old photos or older I think to myself, ‘shit, that ain’t potato quality photos. What was I stressing out about?!’

    Sometimes I can’t publish a post because I keep waiting to shoot / reshoot photos on the weekend where I can wait for that magical hour that is sunny but not glaring :( And my photos still don’t end up pretty for me :(((

    • Reply Helga May 7, 2015 at 10:51 am

      We are our biggest critic! I am almost never happy with my photos, too, because I keep comparing them to other people’s photos haha.

  • Reply Chester May 7, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Huhu I’m so sorry for being guilty of almost everything. But thank you for making me realize these things. The most important point for me is building relationships because it can go beyond our blogs and our twitter feeds.

  • Reply candyzinampan May 7, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    I’m like very OC with #5. Re-reading all over again. I’ve been a reader of this blog for I think almost 5 years na and it’s so inspiring to see that the thoughts you put into the entries are continuously growing. I am really inspired. In fact, I’ve also updated my blog and organize my previous entries and all because of you. :)

    P.S. You and Joey are so cute. <3

  • Reply Angel May 7, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    I do tend to unfollow bloggers who never interact with their readers. Readers want to feel connected so it turns me off when the blogger can’t even take some time to reply to at least some comments.

  • Reply Alissa May 7, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Mine would probably be the proofread. I seldom read my posts again. And not being consistent. lol

  • Reply Kristine May 8, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Haha! I get that blogs should be something personal (well, granted that it’s a personal blog) and somehow candid but, boy, oh, boy. If you didn’t establish even just one rule or some kind of format on your blog, you’ll go all OC and regret it later!

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  • Reply edelweiza May 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    This post has just reminded me about the categories on my blog. Waaah! Actually, I’m guilty of everything you mentioned here…

  • Reply Princess Atabelo June 15, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Good thing I’ve read this blog as I was just starting my blog. I have mistaken categories as tags. and I also proofread my entry after I clicked the PUBLISH BUTTON. haha. then It’s no proofread anymore. so stupid of me. This helps! Thank you for this Miss Helga.

  • Reply Nickle Love June 19, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    I have the same problems. Especially with hosting images. I’ve switched platforms that some of my photos no longer exist. Same with the Instagram ones. I have yet to do an audit but I intend to work on it slowly.

  • Reply Kai October 30, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks for this simple reminder, Ate Helga!! I am a new blogger so I just really need to cut down my other categories hahaha.

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