Wait…let me rephrase.
Blogging sucks until you’ve figured out how you should be doing it if you want to make money.
But while you’re figuring it out, you’ll obsess about what all the ‘blogging is great’ fuss is all about.
When I started blogging, I literally felt like I might as well have been learning to fly a plane. I didn’t know ANYTHING. But if I’m going to be completely honest, I wasn’t thinking about making money with my first blog.
I wrote for the simple sake of the fact that I enjoy writing. I especially enjoy writing when it just flows.
You know what I mean?
When I’m writing something that I actually like and know a lot about, it comes easy. But when writing about a particular topic makes typing each word feel like a tooth extraction, it’s not as much fun anymore.
I happen to like writing about blogging (duh). But because I have so many blogs (six or seven…I’ve lost count), I can honestly tell you that I’ve made some dumb ass mistakes on the way to blog #7.
Here are 9 Stupid Mistakes Most New Bloggers Make (including me):
1. They “diddle” about which blog host to use.
Just because ‘Whatshernose blogger’ tells you that “this host” is the one he / she uses, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the one you should (or shouldn’t) use.
I’m a bit of a skeptic when it comes to those “you should use this” posts, so I might not be the ideal person to listen to either, but if a company expects me to pay for three years of hosting in advance, so that I can get a “great price”, I’m going to look elsewhere for something that doesn’t make me feel like that affiliate payment is coming out of my pocket.
Do your research. Honestly speaking, hosting companies are all pretty much the same. The most noticeable difference is in price. Check around for reviews about their customer service as well. I’ve heard stories that I’m really glad aren’t mine.
I use the host that I use because I liked their pricing. I started using them back in 2009 when I knew…