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My excuse: I’m new here, and I am learning. But, when will I no longer consider myself a novice and learn to handle myself in a professional businesswoman manner? Mistakes can be lessons learned that propel us to do better, or it can leave us in test and retest mode forever!
Or even worse, it can make you feel like giving up. Never give up on a goal that means the world to you. The extremely breathtaking feeling of achievement is so much more rewarding.
Don’t allow your mistakes to cause you doubt and insecurity. Take constructive feedback and learn where you can improve. Ultimately this will make you better at the task at hand. You may not see it in the present time, but looking back, I have realized where my hardships have shaped me into being a better version of myself.
I’ve also learned if I want to move the needle on my blog/business, I must continuously focus on my efforts and my ROI (return on investment). I’m going to give myself grace because I went to nursing school and not business school.
To me, this means I should be doing something each day that moves the needle forward on my business. I learned that goals should be measurable, and whatever effort I was putting towards a particular task should result in a quantifiable outcome. Someone had to have discovered this in business school. 😊
If I was not seeing results, then I had to put my big girl panties on and make adjustments. Continually making the same blogging mistakes will keep you stuck and broke! I don’t want you making these same mistakes and failing before even getting started well! So I will share a few mistakes that I made that may have stalled my progress.
What I did wrong and tips on how you can avoid the same pitfalls!!!
Tip #1 Don’t Compare.
While researching various topics on other websites and blogs, I found myself comparing my blogging journey in its infant stage, to other bloggers in their adult stage. The comparison was a big mistake.
Comparison Kills Dreams.
You can’t compare yourself to others; you can learn from them and improve but not over analyze and compare. Doing this will keep you stuck, frustrated, and overwhelmed — “Bloom, where you are planted!” You will get better, but you must grow from where you are. And if you want to focus on improving pick one-to-two tasks to implement only.
There is a lot to learn and achieve with starting a blog, and growth happens when the time is right. For example, let’s say I am a magic genie, and I grant you 1 million readers today. *Bing* wish granted! Now, what are you going to do with them? They all need you right now, and you only have two posts for them to read, and they have 2 million questions. Do you now want to take that one wish back?
Remember that we all have our speed at which we learn to grow and achieve goals. Learn what you should do with 50 readers before scrambling to handle 5,000.
Tip#2 Watch out for Shiny Object Syndrome.
Hello, my name is Denia, and I have an addiction. I love to shop, a little bit of ADD and expensive taste. This post can end here, and you can imagine how I remained stuck and broke in my business. What are you doing that may be similar? Admitting you have a problem is the first step.
When researching blog post content, I became fascinated by all the bells and whistles on the other sites that I was no longer researching I WAS SHOPPING! Yea, you read it right! I was supposed to be working, and I was on break SHOPPING! Not, moving the needle on my business at all.
Watch out for that shiny object syndrome and stay focused. You do not need all those toys you can only play with one at a time. At least that’s the statement I use to try and convince my kids.
I forgot who said it, but she said you could either have a business or look-a-like you have a business. Only one of those choices makes you money though.
Tip #3 Take Action.
I love to learn every day all day. When I am genuinely interested in something, I want to know all about it. How it works, why it works when it works, and who it works for? Now I am thinking that OCD may be another problem of mine, but that is okay. As long as you are focused on the right thing, taking action and completing tasks.
I have no problem with learning a new skill. (I have 2 Master’s degrees.) Blogging is new to me, and just because I love writing, does not mean I know the business of blogging. I had to take action by investing in myself.
I had to learn all about blogging in the blogging courses that I took. I was learning so much information and nuggets to becoming a successful blogger. This knowledge was going to get me nowhere if I did not implement what I was learning. I was missing the key part to growing a business, and that was taking action.
Always take action. Don’t stay in student mode forever. Learn a new idea then implement it immediately! This is how you will continually progress in your blogging business- by taking action.
Tip#4 Plan ahead.
Well, it wasn’t until I started putting a content calendar together with an app called Trello , then did I learn to be more intentional with my content creating. Also, it is Free! With this app I was able to become more organized with my posting and content.
I was able to get more done by planning. I also used the lists function to create a board on blog ideas. So that I never run out of content to create. Most people have ideas that spark at any given time or place. If this is the case for you, also you want to jot those thoughts down immediately. I always have my phone, so the Trello app comes in handy during these times.
Proofread your blog articles. [Tweet “What makes sense to you in your head may not make sense to others on paper. #bloglife”] This is so true! I have three blogs that initially I did not proofread as well as I could have before posting those articles. Well, when I finally got around to reading what I had written, I had made all the mistakes! 😂
I can laugh about it now, but I spent countless hours one day only correcting grammar on old-post. Ugh! It was time-consuming and tedious. This was before I had found out about Grammarly. I did not realize I had so many errors to correct and could not afford an editor for this blog.
Grammarly has a free and a premium version. I currently use the premium version now, which has helped me tremendously with my writing and spelling. I’d say It’s like having your college professor grading your paper as you go!
Not only that, he/she is helping you along the way and giving you tips on how you can do better. No more wasting time and going back to old blog post to correct past mistakes. Check out Grammarly free or premium version for yourself by clicking this link or banner below.
For me, the Grammarly assistant was always dinging me on not using commas appropriately, repetitive words, and spelling. If only I would have had something like this when I was in school.
Regardless of the mistakes, I have made, I am willing to learn and grow. So mistakes can be viewed as lessons learned from the school of hard knocks also known as The University of Life.
I am eager to hear the mistakes you have made as a new and old blogger! I love mistakes because as I said earlier… I love learning! Share your tips in the comments below.
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