I have been blogging since 2006 and it was always a struggle back then trying to learn all about blogging.
Before I had 2 failed blogs, I actually had 1 successful blog and I will tell you about that first.
Back in 2006, I was into Direct Sales and really wanted to start a blog showcasing others doing that. I think at that time I was using Joomla (yep, that’s how I started). I could not even tell you how to use that software now, but it was easy for me to use back then.
I got the site up, had lot’s of traffic and was actually making money. I ran the site for a year and then decided to sell it. I no longer had the time and wanted to move on to something else. I went on to eBay and the blog sold for $500, I was shocked but happy.
My first failed blog was when I started a blog while living in Austin. There is so much going on in that city and I wanted to tell my adventures and show my photos.
I had the blog going for a few months and it was only a hobby (but it was fun). I only lived in Austin for 2 years and once I realized I was moving back to my hometown, the blog had to go. What was I going to talk about if I wasn’t there, right?
Second failed blog was just a hobby blog with a humor niche. Both I and my sister were both contributing to the blog and it was fun to do but slowly we started posting less and less. We had others things going on during that time that we just decided to shut it down.
During those times of the 2 failed blogs, I had no idea how to monetize, I just know that I wanted to blog for fun and it was fun.
What I learned from 2 Failed Blogs
During all of those years of blogging and trying to figure things out, I wanted to let you know what I have learned while having 2 failed blogs.
First, I must say that I had no idea about niche blogging while trying to blog back then.
The first failed blog was just things going on around the Austin area, while that might be a niche, it was not that narrowed down. All of my posts were basically random from photos around town, best restaurants I tried out and even events that were going on that I had attended.
I am pretty sure that If I had narrowed my niche down, it would have been easier and more popular.
Note: When starting a blog, I feel its best (for most) if you are going to monetize and use your blog as a business, it is best to narrow your niche with your passion in place, as much as you can.
With both failed blogs, neither were monetized, not even with Google Adsense. With the Austin blog, I probably could have done better with having it monetized because I did had pretty good traffic and had many friends in the area that knew about it.
I was also pretty active on Twitter while running the Austin blog and was always talking about it.
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Just Be You
During the time I was blogging, especially the second failed blog, I was so worried that if I shared the blog with anyone I knew, it would make me not want to post anymore.
I was so worried about what others would think or have criticism because if was a humor type blog and most of the posts were personal.
With the first blog, I was worried about sounding professional and again, worried about what Austinites would think and again, come and criticize.
Note: Don’t try and speak or be like anyone else, just be yourself and you will be a successful blogger.Just be yourself and you will be a successful blogger. Click To Tweet
No Plan/No Goals
With both of those blogs, I had no plan in place nor did I have goals to accomplish. I was just writing as it came to me and when I had time. No one knew when I was going to post.
The failed Austin blog could have possibly been a very good and more popular blog, even in just the 2 years I lived there if I had put some goals in place.
While there are many blogs in many niches going on in Austin, If I had put a plan in place and narrowed my niche, great things could have happened.
Note: If you are going to blog either for hobby or business, it is a good thing to have a plan and some goals in place to help you have something to word towards. If you don’t, then what are you going to do?
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If you are struggling with your blog and do not want to have another failed blog, make sure to narrow your niche, grab a unique name for your blog, monetize more than one way, have goals in place and just be yourself.
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