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Blogging Mistakes I Made Along The Way

I have been blogging for a long time now and I think I’ve learned a thing or two along the way. I have also made a lot of mistakes. Let me amend that and say that I have probably made most of the blogging mistakes that can be made, and here are just a few:

  1. I started off using the Blogger platform. Of course back then there was no such thing as Wordpress. In those days there were few options available for us early blogging adopters. The mistake that I made was sticking with Blogger as long as I did. When Google took it over I had great expectations, but was I ever mistaken. When I finally moved over to Wordpress I never looked back. But now I kick myself for not doing it sooner. You can read more about it here if you want to know more.
  2. If I had to do it all over again I would change the name of my blog. I wanted to be anonymous when I first started blogging because I was working in law and politics at the time. So I called myself Blog Bloke. (Actually a friend had given me that name and I have never forgiven him since).
  3. I began as a political blogger and It wasn’t long before this blog soon morphed into a blog about blogging. But in hindsight I probably shouldn’t have named it Blog Bloke because it doesn’t sound that professional. Then again who’da thunk a name like Google would be what it is today. Food for thought I guess. Hmm.
  4. And speaking of professional I am reminded of someone grabbing the problogger name and copying my niche when he knew diddly shit about blogging or technology. Proving the old addage that image is everything. That took brass balls on his part and the rest is history as they say.
  5. One of my first blog domains was called InstaBloke. It wasn’t that long until it had grown into a Google PR rank of 7 (which was pretty awesome). So when I changed it over to Blog Bloke I lost a lot of Google juice and never fully recovered. That was a mistake.
  6. At the time I didn’t really mind, and in fact I liked it that way because I just wanted to have some fun with it. It never occurred to me to try to make it into a business cause I just wanted a podium to help people and express my opinions. Now that I see copycat plagiarizers making money from my ideas it kinda grates on me a little if ya know what I mean.
  7. Hindsight is 20/20 they say. Instead I probably should have kept my Blog Bloke handle and used a more serious blog name and domain from the beginning. Yes, I think I made another mistake.
  8. Blog Bloke CEO

  9. But I tried to make the best of it by learning my craft and creating an amazing blog (in my humble opinion) with great original content and design. My Blog Bloke avatar is a mockup of a Forbes-style poser in case you haven’t figured it out yet.
  10. Then I got into a few rumbles along the way with some thieving marketers. Although I believe they deserved what they got, sometimes things got a little out of hand and I had focused too much attention on them instead of doing my thing. In fact I had even quit blogging once or twice because I got so discouraged and let them get the better of me. That was also mistake.

But I have since realized that I have put far too much work into this blog to just lay down and let the bastards win. So I decided to hang in there. I love blogging so much I wouldn’t be surprised if I die here at the keyboard. (Which will be a long way off, I hope).

The reason that I am writing this is to share so you can learn from my mistakes. But it is also cathartic in a sense because despite the mistakes that I have made I am going to roll up my sleeves and make the best of it. I will prevail. I still have a large following of readers and I’m thankful for that.

I have blown off course at times, meandered here and there, gone off on a few rants and got into some rumbles along the way. And admittedly it was a lot of fun.

But it’s time to get serious now. Thanks to friends I am reminded that I still have a lot of knowledge to pass on and it would be a shame not to share.

And so dear friends henceforth you will be seeing a new Blog Bloke. I hope that you will stick around and enjoy the journey with me.

And while we’re at it why not share what you have learned from your own blogging experience. I would love to hear from you and I’m sure that my readers will appreciate it as well.

Cheers.

P.s.: Nice to see Darren is still “bouncing off” my posts. 

Written June 14th, 2013 by | 15 Comments | Filed under: Blog Tips, Business Tips, Design Tips, Featured Tips

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  1. I will simply smile and say…whoo hoo!

    Diane

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 9:15 am said...

    Smile away :)

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  2. Hindsight is 20/20 right? Had I been more SEO and “big picture” savvy back in the day I also would have named my site something else. This post has gotten me to question whether I should go through with the domain name change I was planning or stick with what I have. You said your site never recovered when you changed the name…

    Thoughts? I would appreciate your feedback greatly.

    Thanks,
    Lisa

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 1:09 am said...

    Lisa, all I can say is despite all the tricks I still lost SEO juice. The bottom line is I lost backlinks. There are redirect tricks that you can use to minimise the damage but you will have to accept that there will be some damage.

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    Reply by: Lisa Brookes Kift at 8:22 am said...

    Good to know. Thank you…I think I might need to contemplate this further.

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    Reply by: (BB) Blog Bloke at 8:47 am said...

    You will have to weigh the short term pain to the long term (potential) gain. But there are no certainties. Only you can make that decision.

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  3. Blog Bloke! Great post and thanks for sharing your mistakes with us all. I know that its hard to have a blog, I am learning it first hand, but its helpful to hear that those that are successful have made similar mistakes along the way too!

    Appreciate your sharing with us!

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 12:06 pm said...

    Hang in there. We all make mistakes.

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  4. Thanks for this great post.

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 12:06 pm said...

    You’re welcome.

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  5. Been a long time since you talked about blogger. I miss it sometimes. Sure is easier than managing a WordPress.

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 3:52 pm said...

    You know me. I love to roll up my sleeves. :)

    But seriously I got tired of trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. A basic free Wordpress theme is probably as easy to use as Blogger. But a self-hosted Wordpress beats the pants off Blogger. The real challenge is learning PHP. But that is also where the power is that sets it apart.

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 5:22 pm said...

    By the way Curtis do you have anything you want me to talk about Blogger? I have kinda neglected it since I immersed myself in Wordpress.

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  6. No I don’t think I can think of anything. I need to roll up my sleeves and get my blog fixed

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  7. I was a staunch Blogger user myself for a long time. I think it is where my love affair with Google started to break down. I became disillusioned with a company that had unlimited resources but wasn’t willing to make a real effort beyond the spit and polish. I wanted something deeper and more powerful. I found that with Wordpress.

    There are advantages to using a custom domain. You can read more Blogger resources here http://www.blogbloke.com/category/blogger-tips/

    I visited your blog. Smart stuff there. Keep up the good work and thanks for reading and your comments.

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