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  1. Hilary Tan says

    Your blog is so gorgeous!💕 I love the theme, font, and overall vibes I get from reading your posts! The points you made really made me think about my bad habits, and how I have made these same mistakes 🙇‍♀️

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks so much hun! It took a few tries to get it where it is now 😅 making mistakes doesn’t have to be a bad thing if we learn from the errors. No one is perfect! 😉

  2. Poorwa Vishwakarma says

    I really enjoyed reading this post and agree with all your posts. When I started my blog I used to write about nature, just because I thought that I’d never have ‘lack of posts’ problem 😁 thank goodness it didn’t take too long to find out what I want to write 🙂

  3. missybeelondon says

    Oh yes the scheduling posts error has happened to me. I do need to share on social media more productively. Great read. Yes its good to write about topics you are passionate in, and not just because it is trendy.

  4. Toma Ruh says

    Great post!! it’s always interesting to read and learn from other bloggers’ mistakes. I can totally relate with the one about setting unrealistic goals. It’s more stressful than motivating.

  5. Happy Panda says

    Still making these mistakes and how! 😛

    I just can’t get myself to promote my blog on social media. What’s wrong with me?? 😀

    Such a useful post for new bloggers 🙂

    • Shelly DS says

      Lol you’re not the only one! I tried over blogmas and it felt like a chore.. but you gotta remember that people won’t know that your blog exists if you don’t promote it 😉

  6. Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) says

    My biggest mistakes were not using featured photos on my posts, and not doing anything about SEO. It meant I had to go back and spend time updating and reworking all posts.

    I also could have done a better job defining my menus and categories up front, although I think you need a few months of content under your belt to know what you’ll be writing about. I recently went and updated mine…again.

  7. Shahrin says

    I can relate to all this😂
    Omg, I always schedule post with the wrong date but recently I learned to change it to the correct date but never knew it doesn’t appear on WordPress reader. That’s a shocker!! Thanks Shelly💕 One question: how do you schedule post then?

    • Shelly DS says

      Hahaha that’s just the worst, isn’t it? It only doesn’t show on the reader if you accidentally published it on one day then switched it to draft and published it on a future date. You’d have to republish it with a new slug for it to show up! 😅

  8. Caroline says

    Once I scheduled a post for AM instead of PM – it was very annoying! Pinterest is so hard to use – still haven’t quite figured that one out…love this post xx

  9. Shandean | Lifestyle Blogger says

    I did all those things, but don’t count them as mistakes, except for the consistency one. My blog started out as sort of an online journal. I’d post when I had feelings or words came along. My blog will be 5 years old in 2021 and I’m only just now looking to tap into it’s financial potential and posts like these are quite resourceful.

    • Shelly DS says

      5 years?! Yikes that’s a long time! lol
      I did kinda want mine to be an online journey too but I learnt very quickly that I didn’t want everyone to know about everything I do, where I go, who I hang with, etc. How’s the financial aspect going for you?

  10. Bolaji Gelax says

    I don’t schedule blog posts AT ALL and I think that stresses me out on day when I’m too tired to edit drafts.

  11. Kally says

    Lol! You are totally not alone. I do sometimes accidentally schedule the wrong posts and get my timing all muddled up if I am sleepy.

  12. Introverted Thoughts says

    Most of these are so relatable, especially about scheduling for the wrong date 😂 That’s the worst. I think my biggest mistake is not using social media at all. I’m a little paranoid when it comes to Instagram and other apps, and my blog is just a hobby. Lovely post! I think your blog is a wonderful place as of now, with a lot of diverse but relatable content and an aesthetic theme too!!

    • Shelly DS says

      Oh I totally get you. Most of us bloggers don’t post personal stuff on instagram though. It’s more so for interacting with other people and promoting anything that we are working on. If that’s not your vibe though, you definitely don’t have to do it!
      Thanks for the compliment 🙂 I am really proud of how far along it has come lol

  13. Helen says

    Great post!! I’ve probably made about half of those mistakes. REgarding the unrealistic goals — that is sooo me. Now I just sit back and try not to stress over how many followers or views I have. I will get there eventually — part of the fun of blogging is taking it day by day, enjoying every little moment.

    • Shelly DS says

      Welcome to the club!!! I wonder if WordPress will find a way for us to disable the viewability of views and followers for an established period. That would be soooo perfect! lol

  14. PoojaG says

    I have made every one of these mistakes and more but honestly they keep me on my toes and I love that! Great post and also I may or may not be getting stuck in your spam so if I am please get me out!

  15. seankfletcher says

    Thank you for sharing, Shelly. Yes, that scheduling process took a little bit to get my head around, but I did my homework and so I haven’t had an issue since – fingers crossed!

  16. T. B. C... says

    Brilliant post. Honest and humorous. We love the idea of celebrating every mile stone and interacting with followers and people who comment. Such a funny one though – every time we go to celebrate little goal posts we feel like we are bragging but the truth of the matter is, we have worked hard and so we should celebrate and feel proud of what we have achieved. The consistency thing is a little problem for us, and we can see how algorithm’s affect your progress – we must take that into account. But above all we have to enjoy what we do. So much to think about here – thank you !


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