How to (not) start your own blog

NorthernEden is my fourth(?) blog that I’ve started and I’d like to think that I’ve been able to learn from my failures. I’ve seen what has worked with my previous blogs and helped them grow, but I also can definitely point out where I went wrong, and why all of them ultimately failed. What a better way to start off this blog by looking back and analyzing where I went wrong and where I succeeded with my old blogs?

  1. Write about what you are actually passionate about. What I failed with before was that I chose to center my blog posts around topics that didn’t interest me to the point that I could actually talk about them for hours on end. My travel blog failed because I didn’t travel enough to actually justify writing about it, and thus never really posted. The trips that I did take I didn’t really write much about, because I didn’t feel the need to share the experience on paper. My fashion blog failed because I didn’t have the endless interest to write about it constantly, and I didn’t like taking pictures of myself for the sake of the blog. I couldn’t create the content the keep either of these blogs alive, because I didn’t have the passion.
  2. Don’t pressure yourself to be perfect. With EVERY other blog I started, I felt this unending pressure to make my blog perfect, which was one of my biggest downfalls. I wanted perfect pictures, perfect setup, perfect content all around, accompanied by the perfect Instagram and the perfect Twitter. Instead of writing, I just fretted over the fact that everything wasn’t perfect. This led to me just not posting, because I felt I couldn’t post until everything was perfect. Part of this came from the fact that I was comparing my blog to blogs that were already well established, which leads me to my next point.
  3. Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers. A lot of bloggers have had their sites up for years. they have spent months of hard work growing and changing their blogs, and some have had a lot of help along the way. It is perfectly fine that your blog doesn’t look like theirs! It shouldn’t! making your blog as pretty as theirs will take months if not years, don’t take for granted the time it takes to grow. It will come in time.

These are the 3 main things that led to the failure of my other blogs, and I’m hoping by reflecting on these past failures will help me find more success with NorthernEden. Here’s to new beginnings! What pieces of advice would you give to new bloggers? Let me know!

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