10 Surefire Ways to Fail as a Blogger

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Blogging isn't easy. It's hard work for most to create content on a daily basis. We put ourselves out there, sometimes we get praise, some can be brutally honest, and sometimes just plain brutal. Bloggers have to develop both a thick skin and a level head, and even when thing seem crazy or even pointless, hanging in there can lead to places beyond our expectations. There are things we all do at one point or another that only make things more difficult. While it's important to feel your feelings, sometimes those feelings aren't doing anyone (especially ourselves) any good. Sometimes we sabotage ourselves without even knowing it, but it doesn't have to be that way.


10 Acts of Blogger Self-Sabotage

  • Don't bother finding your passion:Are you really passionate about your blog's topic? Do you really believe in what you are doing? Blogging is a long haul and if you're meh about what you're writing about, or you're just blogging because that's what you think is going to make you tons of money, you'll burn yourself out in about five minutes flat (trust me, my first blog did just that). Not to mention, whatever  readers  you can muster will see right away that you're not 100% coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs over what you're doing.
  • Compare yourself to other bloggers:  We've covered this several times here on IFB. But that's because it remains true that comparing to another blogger is never a good idea. First of all, we only see what's happening on the outside. Another blogger may seem more “successful” but that doesn't mean their success would be right for you. They may also seem prettier, richer, skinnier, younger, older, have better style etc. but that doesn't mean anything. We don't know what goes on behind closed doors, or in another persons head, and there is no sense in speculating. Everyone has a different path, so maybe it's just a matter of you finding a path that works for you.
  • Listen to naysayers:  This morning, I was having brunch with a friend, who said “Remember when you wanted to open a cupcake shop in 2003? We all thought it was a crazy idea, and now there are cupcake shops everywhere.” I also wanted to be a professional blogger in 2007 and everyone thought I was crazy, but after listening to the people to talked me out of the cupcake tree, I thought it would be best to at least try one of my crazy ideas. Five years later, I own IFB, which employs five people including myself, and I really couldn't be happier. People will be dismissive of ideas they don't understand, that's normal, but that doesn't mean you have to listen to them. If you have a dream, go for it, you just might find that dream could come true.
  • Avoid learning new things: These days everything changes so quickly, what works one day may not work the next. It's so important to be a success in any industry to stay on top of what's happening, and to always learn new ways to grow. If you don't evolve, your tactics might get old, your blog might look like it's from 2006, and your readers might get bored, or you might get stuck in a rut. The most inspiring people I've met are always hungry to learn, they're refreshing and youthful in their mid-sixties and there is no reason why we can't all be like that.
  • Take it easy and don't do the work: Be honest, are you really doing the most you can to make your blog successful? If you're not, that's ok. But if you really, really want to be a great blogger, there is a lot of work involved. Knowing what to focus your energy on will help curb the workload, but no blogger becomes Cupcakes and Cashmere overnight without putting a lot of work into it, not even Emily Schuman.
  • Improvement? Practice will help anyone improve, being they are learning new things. The thing is it's easy to find your groove and stay in there. Kind of along the lines of #4 it's important to learn, but it's equally important to implement. Whether it be your writing, your photography, design, or your marketing tactics succeeding, constant improvement is vital to evolving and inevitably succeeding.
  • Do everything on your own: No one is an island.  There is no such thing as self-made success. Knowing when to ask for help is probably the most important skill to have. There are so many talented people in the world, and knowing how to identify them and convince (sometimes you don't need to do so much convincing) them to help will improve your experience, and make you feel a little less alone in your blogging adventure.
  • Don't take your blog seriously: How on earth is anyone going to take yourself seriously if you don't take yourself seriously? If you are going to become a professional in any industry, whoever hires you to do whatever task must feel that you have a firm grasp on what needs to be done, and you take it seriously. That's how business operates, especially when there is money involved. If you're not taking yourself seriously, that's fine. Just don't expect anyone else will.
  • Think small: The old saying, “Reach for the moon, you'll get to the tops of the trees. Reach for the tops of the trees, you'll never get off the ground.” It's amazing what bloggers can do when they set their sights to the moon. Whether it be television, modeling, writing amazingly addictive posts, thinking big opens a whole realm of possibilities, as you'll never know unless you try, and you'll never try unless you believe you can do it, and think big.
  • Give up: Giving up is the surest way to fail. If you feel like giving up, then perhaps it's time to reevaluate why you are blogging, maybe you haven't found your passion, or maybe you don't believe in yourself. I've felt like giving up a lot of the time, but hung in there only to find that things do get better, better than I could have ever imagined.




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53 Responses

    • Sarah Summerlin

      This is straight forward for a aspiring blogger I will always keep these points in mind! Thank you, from a fellow fashion lover.

  1. Professor Barbie

    What a fantastic article! From an aspiring to be blogger I have definitely learnt so much and agree on so many points you have raised. Thank you! xxx

  2. Donna

    Great post, as always! I just became serious about my blog last summer, so I consider myself fairly new. I’m always thinking of ways to meet a unique need while still doing posts that I enjoy, and I know I have a lot to learn yet. The IFB Community is so helpful it’s amazing. I’m so glad that I found your site!

  3. A Few Goody Gumdrops

    No one has any idea how much hard work is involved in fashion blogging! I try to maintain humor in my posts so my readers will chuckle, too! It’s great when your followers appreciate your posts. As usual you ” hit the nail on the head”.

  4. Aves Gry

    Another great article to help encourage and advise an aspiring blogger reach their dreams to become a successful blogger. I seriously can not thank you guys for all your hard work.

  5. Danielle

    Thanks for this post! I really needed to read it, I have a goal or aspiration for my blog and these daily pick-me-up’s really keep me encouraged.

  6. Cheryl

    Thanks! I needed to read this post today! So true! I know I’m about blogging passionate, just fine-tuning things, but it’s the self-doubts that can haunt me and prevent me from moving forward… That’s why I have fallen in love with the blogging community because everyone is overall so supportive!

  7. Eliza

    Nice post 🙂
    Blogging is a creative outlet, so I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t want to think big. O.o
    And also, there are people out there that blog for a hobby , and they don’t take blogging too seriously, like to the point it becomes work.
    I think it’s different from someone who wants to make it as a blogger, then that person sure has to take it seriously. Just my thoughts 🙂

    And NEVER EVER LISTEN TO NEGATIVE PPL! My mom thought it was a stupid thing to put my pics online and thought I was wasting my time when I first started blogging, but now she supports me. so weird. And you just never know what’s around the corner, sooo always hang in there, if you feel like giving up. I know I have gone back and forward about giving up blogging, because it can get hard, but I still hang in there. 🙂

  8. iwantedtobeblonde

    Thanks for this precious tips, I wanted this so hard and I worked hard before lunching my blog.
    It is a lot of work but I love it!!!
    Thank you again!!

  9. Ais

    Great tips.

    I think there is a big difference between blogging for fun (like yours truly) and blogging to earn $$. There’s nothing wrong with either, both are legit and it’s all about what works for you.

    My problem is ignoring the negative feedback when it’s not constructive! I had one fellow blogger say “ugly pictures, nothing makes me leave a blog faster!”. After looking through her older posts I saw she was taking most of her pics (when she first started) with a webcam. I wonder how she would have felt if someone said something like that to her?

    I think we, as bloggers, need to start supporting and encouraging each other, rather than worrying about “competition”.

    • Yen

      “I think we, as bloggers, need to start supporting and encouraging each other, rather than worrying about “competition”.”

      – Couldn’t agree more! Besides, we all have our own style so there’s no point competing at all. We should look at fellow bloggers as inspiration and not as competitors. 🙂

  10. Sandipan

    One of the most important challenges before a blogger is figuring out how to enrich and add value to the audience and in so doing to stand out from the pack in a meaningful way.

  11. Maria V

    I think I’m going to print this post out and stick on a wall in my office! I want to read it again and again. Thank you so much for inspiring and motivating us!

  12. Yen

    Very inspiring! Thank you for this! Such a relief to know that I’m not the only one having the same dilemma. Just keep on blogging guys! We’ll have our time soon. 🙂

  13. kimmie

    Great article! I’m switching gears a bit with my blog because I want it to grow even more(ever evolving!) and I’m glad that I know a few people that are willing to help me along the way. It takes time but it’s so fulfilling!

  14. Bruce

    I’m so glad to see this today. I just came back from a month-plus long funk that made it hard for me to see a lot of the things you’re talking about in this article. I had to take a step back, reevaluate, and look at what I really wanted out of my blog, both short term and long.

    It looks like I’m on the right track, as many of the things you suggest are things I’ve been focusing on. Now I’m ready to move things forward again!

  15. Eunice

    I desperately needed this post in understanding that in order for others to believe in me, I need to believe in myself. I’m always telling myself – when I get more followers.. when my blog gets more popular – that’s when I’ll invest in a web designer.. that’s when I’ll invest in my own domain.

    I need to start strong to end strong. Thank you so much for being such a great inspiration Jennine and being a great example that anything is possible 🙂

  16. Angele

    I like reminders like this all of the time. I like the quote by Diana Vreeland “There is only one thing in life and that’s the continual renewal of inspiration!!” I think supporting each other in our creativity is participating in a community service.

  17. Ivana @ Macarons and Pearls

    This is one of your best posts ever! I couldn’t agree more with everything you wrote: successful blogging is a hard work, it requires a lot of personal investment, but it’s also so rewarding to know that you can inspire someone to try something new, wear a new color, try a new recipe… Thanks so much for your amazing work, Jennine!

  18. Erica Llorico

    Amazing post! Very honest and it’s NO BULLSH*T – to the point! love!

  19. A Girl, A Style

    Ah Jennine, thank you for this wonderful post! I was feeling a bit stressed about my blog this week (I’m finding it harder to juggle around my day job), and you’ve just given me the encouragement I needed to admit it’s ok to take on someone to help me with the admin, etc. so that I can again find time for the parts I love the most (creating content and actually writing the blog).

    You are always such a source of blogging inspiration, and your weekly IFB newsletters encourage me to be a better blogger. I’m so glad you didn’t listen to the naysayers and started IFB!

    Briony xx

  20. Andrea Miñoza

    I used to think of giving up whenever I post something but people don’t seem to care to even read them BUT I kept in mind the reason why I held on for so long.

    Thank you IFB for this amazing post! LOVE IT! Motivated me to do better! 😀 <3

  21. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

    One of my favorite IFB Posts yet, and if this ‘Bloggers have to develop both a thick skin and a level head, and even when thing seem crazy or even pointless, hanging in there can lead to places beyond our expectations.’ isn’t the best soundbite ever I don’t know what is!

    Blogging is by far the most wonderful and most frustrating thing you can possibly do! But like anything with focus and perserverance you can turn every moment into an opportunity! I had no idea what a wonderful, scary roller coaster it would be, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

  22. Alicia

    When the student is ready…

    I have been looking to continually educate myself about writing a blog and this article has been very timely in my life.


  23. anna quan

    This post was very inspiring to me. There are times when I have felt like all of these but after reading this post it really helped me discover what I truly want. Thanks so much.