Social Media: “Fix These Mistakes!”

Introduction

As someone who’s starting there blogging experience on social media, I’m often in wonder of the question What are the common blogging mistakes and could they be avoided? Well, this blog will discuss common mistakes bloggers could make when creating blogs for social media and ways to avoid them. Nevertheless, avoiding these errors could make sure you maintain readership with your audience!

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Avoid These Blogging Errors!

In my opinion, with many pieces of content to pick from, it’s easier than ever for potential readers to click off your blog and say, “Next!” So, What will make people want to read your blog? Well, here are some casual blogging mistakes to avoid annoying your readers.1. Complex structure. Writing down thoughts/concepts which are hard to translate might seem intelligent but untrue. Explain ideas in a simple manner. Remember, blogs are not scholarly journals! 2. Writing in detail about personal life. Most readers will not be interested in your full life’s story (a harsh truth). In fact, most are looking for help with problems. Telling about experiences/stories are alright, but should be used for making connections to your content. For example, only provide readers a chapter of a book, don’t give away the whole thing! 3. Publishing Daily. Over posting could lessen your value and clogs inboxes. Instead, write fewer but well-crafted blogs could excite audiences rather than posting for sake of doing so. Having a good developed blog is like a good edited report, it takes longer but efforts are worth it! 4. Don’t solely focus on SEO. Getting Google’s attention, by using certain words might bother your readers. Blogs are for humans not artificial intelligence so keep audience in mind first! 5. Ignoring number of words. More content isn’t always better! “The task of a writer is to communicate a message in the length it takes to fully communicate that message” (Duistermatt, 2013 “You focus on word count”, para 3). That’s exactly the reason why I’ve created this blog and others like it. Too much information at times, could have an opposite effect of helping but instead creates more conflict! 6. Not writing in plain English. Complex or unfamiliar language causes confusion for your readers. For example, unless, I’m having a language lesson with Rosetta Stone or Duolingo, being able to understand familiar text reduces stress. 7. Giving dull conclusions. A boring end is like buying cheap food after a nice meal it’s not great! Instead, start with your conclusion or write a day after. Personally, I’ve’ always found writing concluding statements next day, the easiest option. 8. Not knowing your target audience. Unaware of who your readers are wastes time. For example, my target audience are students which whom I’ve created this blog for. 9. Not caring about a topic. If you don’t care neither will your readers! An interesting blog post has effort put into it. Consider writing when you feel, happy or energetic.10. Editing posts to quickly. Most people can’t edit effectively while preparing a piece so, review post structure, take out unnecessary information, re-edit, and watch out for grammar mistakes. Although, despite best efforts errors could still happen! Therefore, over-editing is never a bad practice. Finally, 11. No Personality. Many blogs have similar topics so, using your personality in writing, makes readers feel a personal connection to the content like, this blog presented right now!

Conclusion

Remembering all these blogging mistakes and avoiding them might be difficult especially, for a new blogger who’s just starting out like, writing about complex ideas which makes a person seem smart but actually doesn’t help you or readers. It would be easier on both parties to express thoughts simply! Also, explaining personal details about your life in detail. This sounds good, but most readers want solutions to problems. For example, it’s like making small talk, when you need answers now on doing CPR in an emergency!  Remember readers do want to hear about your experiences but bring them into the content directing the reader. Furthermore, avoid constant updating. It’s better having an inspiring blog than aimless content. Think of it like an assignment, I’m going to spend more time on tasks which provide greater value (internal rewards) than others which I’ve little interest. Also, don’t write to get on Google’s good side. Remember, your audience notices you before Google does! Therefore, more words used in your blog doesn’t mean quality. For example, I’m a student with many deadlines so, if getting to the bottom of a piece takes more than 3-5 scrolls with a mouse wheel chances are it won’t be read by me! Also, having a blog in plain speech eliminates any frustration. Furthermore, reading dull conclusions don’t help a reader’s experience either, due to lack of uniqueness. The best strategy is to create one before anything else or day after. In my opinion, concluding statements are best written on a following day because the draft you start with might be different closer to finish. However, not knowing your target audience creates confusion and wasted effort as well . For example, I’m student so, thinking like one helps to write for that target audience! Thus, discuss topics which you’re interested in, because not doing could become a joyless experience. It’s best writing when happy or energized. I’m much more likely to type away for hours if excited about a topic rather than one which bores me. Furthermore, blogs that are swiftly published neglect forgotten grammar errors so remember maintain your post’s flow, edit more than once, and stay alert for grammar mistakes. Finally, let your personality come through. This allows you to stand out in a crowd. Nevertheless, avoiding these blogging mistakes could guarantee people would read your content and take you seriously, as a blogger and an individual!

What are common mistakes in online blogs do you notice? Please let me know in the comment below!  

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References

Duistermaat, H. (2013 October 16). 11 Common blogging mistakes that waste your audience’s time. [Blog Post].  Retrieved from https://copyblogger.com/common-blogging-mistakes/

8 thoughts on “Social Media: “Fix These Mistakes!”

  1. Hi Matt,
    Great post! I am new to blogging myself, but I guess we can all feel like experts in detecting what makes us attach and read through a post, and what makes us detach, and skip to something else.
    Since you ask for our opinion, I thought I might take a risk and share with you two things about blog format that I find to be very useful in communicating clearly, and engage with your own post.
    The first is presentation of ideas. You present a lot of good and concrete ideas. I might have laid out the 11 great points you make in the main body of your post in a bullet point style to help the reader navigate and read more easily your ideas. Secondly, iI find blogs are easier to read online when content is broken down into smaller paragraphs. I might humbly suggest breaking down your conclusion into a few smaller paragraphs. I wonder if a new subtitle such as “Tips for New Bloggers” could come before your conclusion subtitle? You do offer great tips, but they may get lost under the header “conclusion”. Perhaps keep your conclusion to a few lines.
    Again, these are only my humble responses to your question. Thanks for sharing your insights, you obviously have a lot of good experience to share with others. I appreciate that.
    Take good care,
    Ellen

    • Thank you Ellen. I appreciate your input. First off, I should have been specific, I was actually referring to mistakes in blogs online in general that one’ would notice. Yes, I noticed this blog is a bit on the long side. I had two blogs to chose one before creating mine. I choose the longer one because it was too good to pass up. I was hopping for the first class to keep everything sort of uniform for all my blogs at least for the first class however, I more than likely will go back and edit a few more times to try and lessen the length if possible. Although, making more sub-heading could work… I will probably be spending the next few weeks formatting/editing this blog. Thank you once, again for your feedback Ellen.

  2. Hi Matt

    I enjoyed reading you blog about common blogging mistakes when creating blogs for social media.

    I am very new to blogging and no expert at detecting what mistakes or even common mistakes would be made when blogging for social media.

    I have found that when reading blogs or doing research for blogs, examples help me to visualize or see clearly the point that the writer is trying to achieve. I also find that research and data help me to better understand and confirm the information being presented in the blog.

    Thank you for sharing!

  3. Interesting post Matt, especially your first point of people getting into way too much technical detail about a topic and speaking over peoples knowledge and interest level.

    I just posted on the topic of sharing conspiracy theories on social media. To me, this is one of the biggest mistakes happening today. While I completely respect everyones right to their opinion, I think many people are forgetting the cardinal rule, “Social Media is FOREVER!” There was a recent story in the news about a public figure who was asked to resign shortly after entering her post as a result of racist comments she made on Social Media when she was 14 years old. (That’s another entire topic that I hope to explore soon). The reality is that everything you post on Social Media is judged by all, is on permanent record and will affect how people view your personal brand forever.

    That to me is a current Social Media blunder.

    • Thank you Caron. Yes, some of my most disliked issues about social media is conspiracy theories and cancel culture. Giving people misinformation could have dire consequences like, (the Covid- 19 Vaccine). However, I have distain for “Cancel Culture” for something someone did in their past. For Example, a popular YouTuber I used to watch, left the site completely even after owning up to her mistakes. She had made in the past and was upset how it made people in the YouTube community feel. Also, I liked how you mentioned that, “SOCIAL MEDIA is FOREVER!” Because making social media posts despite cause or reason although, a good one, will require a lot of thought on my part due to the current online culture.

  4. Great blog.
    You make excellent points and good tips on how to make a good blog. This was very well written.
    I struggle keeping my focus on posts when they are very long or carry on. I just keep thinking “get to the point”.

    • Thank you Becka. Glad I could help. Ironically, this was my longest blog through out the course despite the whole “trying to keep it short.” There was another blog with 5 points instead of the blog I referenced with 11 points for my own blog. Although, tempted to reference the shorter blog, their were too many good points I just could not pass up so, I referenced the longer one instead.

      Glad I could help!

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