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.
In 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.
- 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.
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