Hoppity Hop Galore #28: Rookie blogger mistakes…

Q: Confess your blogger sins! Is there anything as a newbie blogger that you’ve done, that as you gained more experience you were like — oops?

Hmm…I think my worst oops was starting the blog without having a clear direction for it. It was back in March 2011, and I had another address for then this. Still Butterfly-o-Meter Books, because the name I stuck with ever since it came to me. But it was this hotpot of my writing tribulations, random rants, and the occasional book review. I didn’t blog regularly in the beginning, it was more of a now and then thing. And crazy as it sounds, I sort of did it without having my potential readers in mind at all, just as a way to speak my mind on things. Then in October 2011 I was forced to relocate, losing the hosting and stuff for my blog and without intending to pay for something extra that I shouldn’t have needed to pay for in order to access my data, reviews and all. Learn from my mistake, don’t start something serious like blogging without giving it any serious thought (like I did back then), or you might wake up to the horror of losing your stuff by some freak accident because you never had long-term in mind about the whole thing.

The one rookie mistake I didn’t do was not backing up my stuff, in this my reviews were also on Amazon for a few and on Goodreads. So when I began anew here (and I’m happy I had to, in retrospect) I didn’t lose my stuff. So another piece of advice I’d give is always backup your shmit. You’ll wish you had if something goes coocoo.

And another thing, not so much mistake but non-productive thing. I had a structure thought out for my reviews pretty quickly along the way, I am OCD. But it had never occurred to me write the structure down and make a post template out of it to make things easy for myself. That little A-HA! moment came along the way when I had this blog for a while. So I did that, I wrote down a basic version of my reviews and other types of posts excluding meme-s and such, and stuck it up as template. That alone cut about half the time it took me to write reviews, because a lot of my blog-related content was already there now, just like fields to fill with info. I wasn’t that much of a rookie when I realized this time-saving thing, so maybe you wanna think about doing that too in case you have a structure to your reviews like I do 😀

And one last thing, I used to follow and read other blogs without commenting or anything like that. I was very lurker, I still tend to do that when I’m sort of busy or just tired. But it’s a mistake to stop by someone’s house and not say “Hi” and just loom there, right? So now I think of stopping by places as visiting the blogger’s house. Gotta say hi unless you’re just driving by, lol. That’s a personal preference more then a mistake or non-mistake 🙂

Happy 1st day of spring, guys!

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9 thoughts on “Hoppity Hop Galore #28: Rookie blogger mistakes…

  1. Tiffany H

    Omg, a template is a BRILLIANT idea once I figure out the format I want. I’m a new book blogger and I’m still making mistakes left and right and figuring out what works for me.
    Your site is ADORABLE and so well organized. I hope I achieve this one day, too! 🙂
    Tiffany from tiffyfit.blogspot.com
    new follower via gfc!

    1. Livia @ Butterfly-o-Meter Books

      There’s no greater compliment for the OCD-type like I am then saying smtg of mine is well organized! xDD Thanks so much, really appreciate your opinion!

      Glad you find the template idea useful, hope it helps! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by and good luck on your blogging journey xD

  2. Kaykay Obi

    Nice post. I also started my blog without having a clear direction for it, because then I thought it’d be cool to say, “Hey, could you visit my website?” Now I know what to talk about: Writing and Books! 🙂 Your blog is beautiful!

    New Follower via GFC
    My FF @ The Creative Forum
    Happy Reading 🙂

    1. Livia @ Butterfly-o-Meter Books

      Yeah, but with time our blogs tend to take a direction even if we don’t try. Because our interests will fall in some areas and we’ll manifest as such. Writing and books is a fab direction, but then again it’s my main area of interest so I’m biased. 😀

      Thank you, appreciate that! And thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Tanya Patrice

    I actually read a few book blogs for months before I started mine, so I think I avoided a few of the mistakes – but not all! And gosh, figuring out a blogging schedule along the way saves me tons of stress!


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