2 Major Mistakes that Could be Making your Blog Fail

It’s time for a change. It’s time to reinvent this blog. My posts before weren’t enough. I didn’t put my heart and soul into them and that is where I failed. I started blogging summer of 2014 as I was listening to “Revelation Song” by Phillips, Craig, and Dean, when I felt God speak to me about starting Being Holy and Healthy. As I look back on this blog that God prompted me to start, I feel ashamed because I have really let it fail. I haven’t seen any progress. I looked at other bloggers and how they have made blogging their full time job and are having great success, and wondered what the heck am I doing wrong? I honestly answered that question to myself and came up with two reasons why. These are two mistakes why my blog failed and these are 2 major mistakes that could be making your blog fail too.
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1. Not Posting Consistently!
I regularly posted for about a year after starting the blog, but then I steadily began to drop off until I wasn’t posting at all. My excuses were not valid. I would say ‘oh this post isn’t ready to be published yet’ and leave it in my filled up ‘In Progress’ blog post documents. Or I would finally finish a post, but not have a good picture to accompany it, so there it sat in my overflowing folder of ‘In Progress’ posts. Another popular excuse of mine was to say, ‘oh I’m too busy, I have other things I need to get done’. The year I posted consistently was during the time that I had a full time job and was in college full time taking 5 classes a semester. As soon as I graduated college is when I literally stopped posting all together. Ironically as soon as I had more free time I somehow tricked myself into thinking I have more important things I need to get done now that I actually have more free time. My main excuse though, is the worst; I would start waiting until I felt like writing. And that to me is a big no no. If I just waited for the mood to strike to do the things that I wanted to accomplish, then nothing would ever get done.

2. Not Being REAL!
This, I feel, is the main reason why my blog hasn’t taken off. I didn’t lie in any of my posts, that’s not what I am talking about here. What I am talking about is me not showing ME. Me not expressing my voice in my posts. Me not digging deep and putting my heart and soul into my writing. Me not being completely passionate about what I was posting. Me not being raw and telling my readers my deep thoughts about the topics I was posting about. I was just skimming the waters of who I am , I wouldn’t let my readers in, and therefore they could not create a connection with me and wouldn’t want to keep coming back to read what I had to say. I would just post things that were ‘safe’, things that I thought people wanted to know about, but I would only give them the bare minimum. I would give them the things that they could find out easily from google. I wasn’t creating a personal relationship with my readers. I was giving them tips, but not raw, deep opinions or advice. I wasn’t giving my readers anything that they couldn’t find somewhere else, and THAT is where I went wrong.

This bland, random blogging needs to stop. I can’t go on running my blog this way. I want to show you all who I am. I want to grow with you guys. I want to share my struggles and how I have (or am trying to) overcome them so that I give ya’ll inspiration. I need to remember that what I am posting is not just being published to the internet for robots to read. There are real people, just like me, behind the screen reading the words I have published. I want those words to be meaningful. I want those words to help you and inspire you. I want those words to show you that I am not just words on a screen, but a true human being. I want to show my raw feelings through my words and become friend with my readers. I want my readers and I to be a team, to be a group of people who can rely on one another and grow from each other.

So let’s start fresh!

Hi, my name is Alicia. I love writing, fitness, and God. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in English. My lifelong goal and the one thing I can die peacefully knowing I accomplished, is to be an author. I am currently writing my very first novel that I am desiring to finish in the next year or two. I am studying to be a personal trainer. I am struggling to become my own boss and do purposeful work every day. I am an avid dreamer and am constantly coming up with new ideas, new ways to work for myself, new ways to grow personally, etc. I have anxiety that I battle daily and will one day conquer! I am on a journey to be spiritually, mentally, and physically healthy and strong and that is what I want to share on this blog.

I would love to know more about my readers and who ya’ll are! I would love if you would share something about yourself in the comments. Thank you all for your patience and I look forward to growing this blog and having it serve the purpose God has for it.

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  • Hi Alicia, it is nice to meet you! I feel like I am in the same boat as you with these mistakes :-/ It is a hard gig being real. All the best!
    Katie

    • Hi Katie, it’s nice to meet you too! Thanks for stopping by my blog. It definitely is hard not to make these mistakes, but as long as we are aware of our blogging flaws then we are able to be open to fixing them 🙂

  • I had to learn that quality over quantity. I was trying to post 3 times a week, but I noticed my Wednesday posts were just lacking, so I went to Monday and Friday only. My writing improved and I was happier.

    • Yes I am a firm believer in quality over quantity. Blogging is surely trial and error and it’s nice to have other bloggers to learn from. Thank you for your comment!

  • Vita

    This is a great and timely post! I agree that it is so important to be real. I struggle with this in my writing, perhaps because of my desire to appear competent or a fear of judgement from those who know me. Thank you for helping me realize that by not letting my readers in, I am preventing them from creating a connection with me.
    Best,
    Vita

    • I can definitely agree with the fear of being judged or not feeling competent. All of these fears hold us back and end up screwing us. Now is the time to take the leap of faith and let us show our readers who we are 🙂 thank you for your comment!

  • Gina Booton

    This is a great post. Thank you for the reminder to keep posting and to be real.

    • Thank you Gina 🙂 I’m glad this post could be a helpful reminder.

  • Hey Alicia! I can completely agree. I started blogging in November because I felt God was calling me to write. I didn’t know what, or why, or how at the time. But I took that step of faith, trusting God to lead me. I like the saying, “God doesn’t call the qualified, but qualifies the called.” Since starting my blog, I realize that it isn’t suppose to be just my hobby. God has called me to make disciples, to minister, and to encourage moms! Keep listening to God, and he’ll make it clear for you. Love your heart!

    • You are exactly right! I love the saying God doesn’t call the qualified, but qualifies the called. That couldn’t be more true 🙂 thanks for your wonderful comment.