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5 Bad Blogging Habits That’s Ruining Your Blog

How would you feel if I told you I visited your blog for the first time today, read a couple of your posts, shook my head in pity and promised myself never to visit your blog again, before leaving to read a better blog?

You would feel terrible, wouldn’t you?

Of course you would.

The truth is we all make mistakes as bloggers, most of which become habits that are hard to break because no one cared to correct us when we first made those mistakes.

While some of these mistakes or habits do your blog no serious harm, some are really bad, they stunt your blog’s growth and even worse, they make you lose your readers forever.

If you’ve noticed some painful changes in your blog’s stats, like a fall in the number of visits you get daily, the very few or no comments your posts get these days, or maybe the small number of times people now share your posts, you probably have a new habit that’s toxic for your blog.

So, how do you break these bad blogging habits?

The first step would be identifying them.

1. Inconsistent blogging.

Let’s face it. This is something we’ve all experienced at one point in time.

When I newly started blogging, I made it a goal to publish a post every day, but after realising how stressful this was, I cut it down to three posts every week. Even after following this less tiring routine, I still found it hard to blog consistently, so I lost momentum and ended up taking a three-month break from blogging.

The reason I was blogging inconsistently was because I had no blogging goals or purpose – I didn’t know my audience or what they wanted so I blogged about everything until I ran out of post ideas and lost the zeal to blog.

Inconsistency is the reason many bloggers give up blogging a few months after starting their blogs. It’s also the same reason your readers see you as an unserious blogger and would rather follow a serious blogger who’s committed to serving them consistently.

Now that we’ve identified the habit…

How to break the habit.

If you’re inconsistent for the same reason that I was, I suggest taking some time off from blogging and having a self-examination to discover who your readers are, what problems they have and what solutions you can offer them. I know taking a time off might sound like the worst thing to do right now, but trust me when I say it’s for the best.

If it’s for for a different reason (perhaps you’re facing a serious case of writer’s block), then you’d better start blogging with an editorial calendar to stay organised and a blogging routine that works fine for you. You should also follow themes, blogging challenges and writing prompts that would push you to write even when you don’t feel like it.

2. Complicated blog posts.

Nothing scares me off from a blog I’m visiting for the first time than reading a post that uses very esoteric words and a grandiloquent writing style.

In other words, the use of “big words” and a complicated style that’s hard for your readers to understand.

Maybe it would be okay if you were writing an English paper, or a list of scrabble winning words, but using too many big words in a blog post is going to be a major turnoff for your readers.

If I’m visiting your blog for the first time and I find myself reading your blog post that’s very complicated, I would ask myself, “what’s the point in reading this post to the end if I don’t understand the bit that I’ve read?”

Then if I urge myself to read a couple more posts on your blog and I discover that they’re not too different from the one I first read, I would always wonder, “now, what’s the point in following this blog if all it does is give me a headache anyway?”

I’m sure these are the same questions other first-timers would ask themselves before deleting your blog from their browsing history and their memories.

How to break the habit.

It’s simple! Use the right writing style. If your blog is for people learning to play scrabble, then perhaps your readers won’t mind you blowing their minds with big words. If not, use a conversational style when writing your posts. Don’t make it overly formal.

One way I do this is to imagine I’m having a conversation with my reader face to face, then I write the conversation as a blog post.

You seldom use words like discombobulate, perspicacious and obsequious in your conversations, right? Why use them in your blog posts when you can use simpler words?

3. Your blog is all about you.

Unless it’s entertaining, inspirational, or helpful, your readers don’t want to know about that time when your dog first wagged its tail, or that morning you forgot to take your meds. It’s the bitter truth.

Unless your blog is an online diary, we don’t want to know all about you.

Okay, that was harsh, I’m sorry.

What I mean is if you’re going to write a blog post, it had better be entertaining, inspirational, some helpful tips, a life hack, a how-to advice or a solution to a problem, else very few people would want to read it. So, if you’re always blogging about yourself and you’re wondering why you’re not getting as many readers as you want… yeah, that’s probably why.

How to break the habit.

This one is a no-brainer – create interesting content for your readers. (Even if you’re going to be blogging about yourself, make it interesting – no one likes a boring blog post.)

You should also know your ideal readers. Study them and discover what their needs and problems are, then offer them solutions. Write in a way that keeps them glued to your blog. If you’re going to be phenomenal in someone’s eyes, it should be in the eyes of your reader.

4. You don’t reply to comments.

You’ve taken your time to write a blog post, someone has taken his time to read your post and not just that, he has left a comment on it. Why not reply the comment to show you appreciate the gesture?

Comments are an evidence that someone in the universe is reading your blog. Yes, you matter to someone.

Sadly, many bloggers have formed the habit of not replying to comments made on their posts, unless the reader is asking a question. While some of your readers won’t mind you ignoring their comments, some will take offense and see you as a proud person, which is the last thing you want your readers to think of you.

How to break the habit.

Blog comments are a sign that your content is engaging your readers, so make it a goal to reply the comments left on your blog posts, even the generic ones!

Even if you get generic comments, like “nice post,” “thanks for writing,” “well said”, you can always reply with an equally generic “thank you for reading.”

Ensure that your blog is more of a conversation than a monologue. You don’t want to come off as a preacher to your readers.

5. Poor editing.

How do you feel when a reader points out a typo in your blog post? Thankful? Embarrassed?

Of course you would be angry if you had proofread that blog post about a gazillion times before clicking the publish button.

Your blog posts say a lot about you, and finding too many typos in your blog posts can give the impression that you’re so lazy, you don’t put the time and effort required into your blog.

Contrary to what many bloggers believe, your post isn’t done when the writing is done. It still has to go through the refining process – the editing process. If you have the habit of publishing your first drafts without at least proofreading them, you don’t want to know how many readers you’ve lost over time, believe me.

How to break the habit.

It’s a common truth that our first drafts always suck, so why publish it like that when you can edit it and make it more interesting to read?

One reason most bloggers don’t edit their blog posts is because they don’t know how or what to edit, and if this is why you fail to edit your blog posts, then you really should see these seven simple edits that make your writing 100% more powerful.

Try to proofread your blog posts at least twice before publishing – first, immediately after writing and next, a day after writing. And if you’re not sure you corrected all the mistakes in your posts after proofreading, then get a friend to read through it for you before posting.

SEE ALSO: How Your Choice of Adjectives Make or Break Your Writing

Breaking all these bad habits might seem impossible, but if you take things slowly, stopping one habit at a time, you would surely have an interesting blogging experience in no time.

Which bad blogging habits are you guilty of? And how are you going to change for the better? Share your thoughts below.


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51 thoughts on “5 Bad Blogging Habits That’s Ruining Your Blog”

  1. Such an eloquently written post. So agree blogging inconsistent without goals might not be ideal for our blog. I find reminding myself of why I blog in the first place helps, and also taking a break every now and then from blogging helped me to go out, live life and come back with blogging stories to tell.

    Also agree that a blog all about ourselves might not make much connection. I think most of us want to learn about the world and how to improve our skills and not just read about one person all the time. With my blog, I am always careful to note share all of my life on there, and some parts I like to keep private. Really enjoyed reading this 🙂

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    1. This about sums it all up! I also do that. When I feel discouraged to blog, I remind myself of the reason I started blogging in the first place. It always works.

      I think I’ll try to take short breaks more often. Blogging can get overwhelming at some point. 😊

      Thank you for taking your time to read and comment, Mabel! I’m grateful.

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    1. You’re not alone on that one. Because of my tight schedule, blogging frequently and consistently has been difficult for me. I mean, right now, I’m two weeks behind schedule. I feel ashamed of myself, but beating myself about it won’t change things.
      When we fall into the trap of inconsistency, we can only dust ourselves off and move on. Nothing else would change anything.

      Thanks for reading!

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