Blogging Fails

It will be my 1 year blogoversary next week.  I know this because my hosting provider sent me a note with a reminder that I need to take action before my domain and hosting expire.

Blogging Fails Messy MoneyIn honor of this milestone, I have decided I would share with you my top blogging fails of the year.  The truly sad part is that when I sat down to make this list, there were too many to include in one blog post. I have narrowed it down to some of the more embarrassing ones; otherwise, I would need to run this as a four part series.

If you are a blogger or are thinking about starting a blog you can take comfort in the fact I have blazed a trail where blogging messes are concerned.  Don’t be afraid. If you just enjoy reading and following blogs, please know that you are going to see the best blog fails right here, post after post.

Messy Money Blogging Fails

  • Comment Fails:  The first comments I received were spam.  I did not realize this at the time and I was so excited to have someone commenting on my posts.  The fact that all of the comments were about football jerseys are cheap luxury item’s didn’t seem strange at all.  I approved and even responded to these comments.  How embarrassing.
  • Analytics Fails:  Sometimes when I would peek at Google Analytics, I could see in real time that someone was visiting my blog.  My heart would skip and beat and I would let out a little giggle.  Then I would notice that the visitor would be in the same town as me. Then I would realize that I had another browser window open to my blog and I was the visitor. zero blog visitors messy money
  • Spelling Fails:  Too numerous to list but my best flub was submitting my blog to blog directory, and my recent post had a glaring spelling error in the title. The TITLE.  Needless to say, this blog was not added to the directory.
  • Carnival Fails:  The majority of posts I submitted to blog carnivals were rejected. (For those not familiar, a blogging carnival is a collection of blog posts from a wide selection for bloggers that are all published together in a list).  I stopped counting the rejections after a while.  My worst (best?) carnival fail involved a post where I had made a writing flub and where the carnival hosts called me a whore.  Good times.
  • Twitter Fails:  If it can be done poorly or wrong on Twitter, I have done it.  I did not have a twitter account for the longest time.  Mistake number 1.  A few months in, I decided to change my twitter handle but didn’t update my blog settings so tweets from my site were messed up.  Fortunately, @DebtDebs let me know and helped me fix it.
  • Google Fail:  In August, search traffic from Google dropped by 80%.  I have since spent an ungodly amount of time trying to understand why and fix.  I still don’t understand why.
  • Hiatus Fail:  Just as this blog was starting to pick up some momentum, and readership had doubled from 1 to 2 (my Mom + one other person), I decided to take an extended blogging hiatus.  This blog wilted like my messy garden.
  • Plugin Fails:  I’ve had my fair share. My worst involved deleting an image plugin and ruining links to a large number of photos in my library.  I had to go back through all my posts and fix the image issues. What a pain.

But It doesn’t end there….

  • $ Fails:  I have generated less than $30 in advertising and affiliate income.  This experience has not been self funding.  I am in the hole for domain name(s), hosting and signing up for a Correct English subscription.

Which leads me to a question. This blogging experience is it an….

Expensive Hobby, Failed Business or Inexpensive Education?

I have spent a lot of time thinking about the answer to this question over the past year. Before I answer, let’s look at some of the other stats.

  • I have subscribers!  I love you people.
  • I have published 74 posts.
  • I have learned the basics of photo editing web graphics.
  • I have received a basic education in online marketing.
  • I have learned to be less shy on the Internet.

~~~~ Blogging provides an inexpensive education, learning by doing.~~~~

As always thank you for reading.  This is dedicated to you.

One Republic – Counting Stars.

Said no more counting dollars…We’ll be counting stars

 

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  1. Congrats on one year! Your mishaps brought back a lot of funny memories for me.

    As for what to classify your blog as, I’d say it is an investment in yourself. You have gained new skills and before you know it, a side income. Keep up the good work.

    As I write this comment, I see that you have already gotten visits from dozens of people who all found themselves compelled to leave their thoughts. You are definitely on your way!
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    1. My moto based on a demotivational poster I have “Sometimes the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others” I think I am living up to the promise. Thanks for coming by and TOTALLY loved your storage unit story – inspiring!

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  2. Congrats – and I really want to know what post you submitted that warranted being called a whore! No one ever calls me names. I feel a bit cheated about it.

    Blog fails just mean you’re in it for the long haul. I am two years in, and definitely have not figured it out. But I’ve found things that work -for me. I can’t imagine not doing this.

    One bit of advice: As you grow, you might get approached by companies that show a lot of interest in you. They’ll want you to write a post that indirectly promotes their product, with promises of mad social-media sharing if your post is ‘picked.’

    In the end, you wind up with a non-sponsored post that *looks* sponsored, and no such mad social-media sharing.

    Just be careful!

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    1. Hi Eli – So sorry that you have not been called derogatory names – there is always hope – it is what us blogger’s live on I think.LOL. Thanks for the tip on the sponsored post, I have not encountered that yet but I will be on the look out. Looking forward to your 6 words posts. Thanks

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  3. Congrats on making it to your first anniversary! Hope you have many more. I ‘ve made many of the mistakes you have. The good news is that you can learn from the experience and improve. Love messy money and I hope you continue blogging!
    Elle recently posted…Investing in Yourself and Your CareerMy Profile

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    1. Thanks Debs – it was dicey there for awhile. Glad I came back but can see why bloggers can become discouraged.

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  4. Congrats on 1 year! Having been blogging now for 4.5 years, I think that 1 year mark is a milestone that indicates that you’re in it because you enjoy it and are learning/growing from it.

    They way I see it, it’s at the very least a great hobby where you can learn things that could help you make/save money, and connect with like-minded people. Beats spending a lot of money on other hobbies or material goods that won’t help you grow.

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    1. 4.5 years is very impressive! Thanks – hope I can make a difference.

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  5. Happy almost 1 year! We all make mistakes. I still do it three years in. I published a post with an awful spelling error in the image, but didn’t realize until I shared it on Pinterest. Fixed now, but still embarrassing.

    I’d stay the heck away from any carnival that calls its participants whores. WTH???
    FF @ Femme Frugality recently posted…Buddhism and Finances Part 2My Profile

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    1. Always glad to know I am not alone. Spelling and grammar are killers for me. Great to hear from you and impressive that you are close to the 3 year mark.

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  6. I’m so glad I’m not the only one having these experiences! And I’m glad you’re not giving up. I haven’t made a cent after over two years of blogging, and I’m only now trying to figure out that side of things. One of the best things about blogging for me is that it has kept me accountable to our debt reduction efforts. That on its own has made it all worth it! Thanks for the laughs : )
    (I just made my first carnival submissions this morning – didn’t know what that was before. Who called you a whore? That’s TERRIBLE!)

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    1. I was expecting to made fun of because that is the nature of the carnival I submitted to and I was ok with that but was not expecting what I got. It did generate a lot of traffic though – LOL.

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    1. Thanks – still here despite the hick-ups. I just renewed my hosting and switched from Windows server to Linux and messed up the whole site. (New fail!) Lucky it was a simple fix. Never stop learning.

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    1. Sometimes they are witty and it is interesting to read a contrary point of view – but I wasn’t expecting it to go that far. Appreciate your support. Cheers.

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    1. LOL the spammers! They are crafty – the comments just kept getting better and better. WP-Spamshield stops everything now. Thanks for the support and cheers to year 2.

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  7. Hey, happy blogiversary and happy education to you!! I did have to laugh about you responding to spam comments…that’s kind of hilarious. πŸ™‚ It’s a learning curve for all of us!
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    1. Thanks – had a peek at your vacation pictures – looks like it was awesome. I tried to comment but for some reason it would not accept my comment.

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  8. Congratulations. My site is just a couple months older than yours and I have a lot of the same problems you do. I have made a little more than $30, but still much much less than minimum wage.

    There is an upside to the low payout though, in that it creates a barrier to entry. There are too many blogs as it is, and the huge majority of them are of very low quality. When those that are just in it to make a little money realize there is no money in it they quit, leaving more space on the internet for those that blog because they feel they have something important to say.

    I hope someday to make enough money to make a difference in my life, but if that never happens it’s OK. I really write because I have something to say, and would do it for free because that is how important it is for me to get my message out there.

    So, I am sorry your not making any dough, but I am glad that you are still around. The fact you are still keeping at it even when there is no compensation tells me I made the right choice in subscribing to you.
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    1. Thanks Andy! There are a lot of PF blogs! 100’s listed on Modest Money blog tracker and I am sure that only scratches the surface. I found this stat: “it is estimated that within one month of creation, 60% to 80% of blogs worldwide are either abandoned or infrequently updated.” Crazy! I just renewed for another year of hosting – so looking forward to seeing what year 2 brings.

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  9. Wahoo!!! Congratulations!!!! I hate spammers!!! Urgh, and who the heck knows who reads my blog. That said I have made some great constant blogging friends. 3 to be exact, but hey whose counting! I love blogging to blog…. That’s it!
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    1. I think that is the biggest (pleasant) surprise of all – the social aspect of blogging. Maybe I am the only one that didn’t realize that before I started blogging. LOL. Appreciate you coming by and commenting.

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    1. Thanks! I beat the odds. Good luck with your toy purge and thanks for visiting.

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    1. LOL Spam was fun in the beginning. Now I use a plugin (WP-Spamshield) and it stops all the spam. Thanks for coming by.

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  10. Oh, we’ve all been there! (Minus being called a whore…that’s just mean.) Congrats on reaching your one-year blogging anniversary, it sounds like you have learned a lot πŸ™‚

    Stopping by from SITSBlogging.

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  11. Congrats on one year of blogging! I laughed at this post because I have been there. Well, except for a blog carnival host calling me a whore. I think you deserve a trophy for THAT one.

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    1. Good to know I am not alone! I could probably use some of those blogging books. LOL

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  12. I had to laugh when I read this – but only because I too have made many of the same fails and it was bringing back some memories for me! I’ve had the same comments, analytics, hiatus and plugin fails…

    Like you though I’ve learned a lot from blogging. Never again will I let Gucci handbags be a commenter on my site! πŸ™‚
    Hayley @ Disease Called Debt recently posted…The Challenges of Home WorkingMy Profile

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    1. LOL. Tommy Hilfiger used to comment almost everyday. I was flattered. Spammers are the worst. Thanks for coming by.

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  13. The 1st of Oct. was my year mark and so many of these “fails” are all too familiar… plus many more! Definitely a huge learning curve when it comes to blogging.

    I view blogging as a hobby and perhaps the opportunity to network with like minded people… Hoping some day soon this hobby will support itself πŸ™‚ Best wishes with your journey!

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    1. Congratulations on one year. I read somewhere that very few blogs actually make it one year so beat the odds.

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  14. If you are going to fail, you might as well fail big. πŸ™‚ Those are some funny ones! It takes time to learn and build and audience. Happy almost anniversary and good luck in year 2!
    Brian @ Debt Discipline recently posted…Week End Round Up #52My Profile

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    1. I have said it before but I didn’t realize how hard blogging would be (for me anyway). Juggling act. I wonder what year 2 will bring….

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  15. The first year is a great learning experience, but you should celebrate all that you learned from these experiences. I have passed my 4th anniversary and still learning a great deal about blogging.
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    1. 4 years! Wow congrats. One of the things about blogging is that the platforms, tactics etc. are always changing so you never stop learning.

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    1. Thanks – yes I think I have learned a lot and like to think those things are transferable to other places in my life. Still feel like I have just scratched the surface.

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