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Bad blogging habits. We all have ’em, and sometimes they’re hard to break.

For bloggers, it’s important to recognize the bad habits that we’ve picked up and learn how to grow from them instead.

Because if you don’t, you’re preventing your blog from reaching its full potential.

Trust me, I would know.

I’m guilty of ALL of these bad blogging habits and honestly, I’d say these bad blogging habits ultimately lead up to my first blog failing miserably.

So let’s talk about these bad habits and how you can break them so they don’t ruin your blog!

1. GETTING CAUGHT UP IN ANALYTICS

This was a HUUUGE problem for me when I started getting visitors to my first blog.

I’ll be honest, it’s kind of fun to watch your page views and follower count gradually go up every day.

And don’t get me wrong, keeping up with your analytics is really important!

Seeing what posts are getting the most views, what links are getting clicked the most, etc. will help you figure out which strategies are working (and which ones aren’t.)

But this becomes a problem when we find ourselves slightly obsessed with the numbers.

And by that I mean checking your stats every 5 minutes just to see if you got one more follower, one more page view, one more share on social media.

This is NOT productive for your blog and is ultimately wasting time that could be spent on doing other things like creating content.

Like I said, this bad habit really led to my first blog’s failure.

I spent too much time focusing on the numbers when I should’ve been focusing on creating amazing content.

When I started this blog, my goal was to be much more disciplined.

Most days, I’ll only check my blog’s stats once a day. Honestly, some days I forget to even check it!

If you’re guilty of this habit, I suggest limiting yourself to only checking your stats once a day. Or even better, once a week.

This ensures that you’re keeping up with your analytics without wasting time on them constantly.

2. COMPARING OURSELVES TO OTHER BLOGGERS

I think this is one of the hardest blogging habits to break, because it’s SO easy to do.

Especially with these income reports online of bloggers who are making hundreds of thousands of dollars a month from their blog, whereas you may only be making enough to pay for a couple of Starbucks coffees every month.

The problem with comparing ourselves to those successful bloggers is that we usually don’t think about all the time and effort they put into their blog behind-the-scenes to get to where they are today.

We just see the end result and want that for ourselves.

So, while we’re working our asses off to even come close to their level of success, we don’t realize that they were once in the EXACT same position as us.

And that’s what you have to remind yourself of when you’re feeling discouraged.

Creating a successful blog is a marathon, not a sprint.

And as cliche as that may sound, it’s 100% true.

So, the next time you find yourself comparing your blog to someone else’s, remember that we are ALL in different places in our blogging journey and as long as you keep working hard you WILL get there!

This is another reason why I think you should be setting goals, because this will also help you stay on track and measure your progress.

Also, seeing that growth will help you when you’re feeling discouraged!

3. PROCRASTINATING

Shoutout to my fellow procrastinators!

I’m SO bad about procrastinating.

For some reason, I just love to put things off until the last minute until I reach max stress levels and get everything done at the last possible second…and then do it all over again.

But as a blogger, you just can’t afford to be this way. To reach your goals, you’ve GOT to be organized and plan ahead.

Especially when it comes to creating content, you’ve got to have posts ready-to-go on the days they need to be posted. This helps with SEO and also helps your readers know when to expect your content.

So, if you’re a fellow procrastinator, I recommend starting an editorial calendar to schedule your content in advance.

This way you’ve got plenty of time to get posts done ahead of time.

4. TRYING TO DO TOO MUCH

I see this all the time with new bloggers, ESPECIALLY when it comes to social media platforms.

You’ve got enough things to worry about when you’re just getting started, you don’t want to take on too much.

That’s why I recommend only focusing on 1-2 social media platforms when you first start.

I learned my lesson with my first blog, and that’s why I’m currently just focusing on Pinterest. Once I feel comfortable with scheduling my pins and being active there, THEN I’ll move on to another platform.

Just be honest with yourself about what you can reasonably do and prioritize your tasks.

Look at your goals and try to do simple things to help you achieve them, rather than trying to do a million things bloggers are telling you that you should be doing.

Another big tip to help with this is to automate what you can.

For me, I use Tailwind to automate my pins on Pinterest.

This has not only helped me grow my reach on social media, it’s been a HUGE time-saver.

Seriously, if you’re struggling to drive traffic to your blog, I highly recommend using Tailwind and taking advantage of what Pinterest can do for you!

If you’d like to try Tailwind for free using my link, click here!

That’s all I’ve got for you! These are my all-time worst blogging habits, and I’m definitely learning from them!

Do you have any bad blogging habits? List them down below!

And don’t forget to pin this post so others can find it!