A couple of weeks ago, one of my favourite bloggers Amber, from Forever Amber, posted this post about what she learnt about her blogs that failed. Amber is an experienced full-time blogger who has been blogging for 10 years, it’s worth reading what she has to say because not only does she know her stuff, but she sure knows how to tell a story and put together an outfit. #goals.
Being inspired by this post, I wanted to but together a similar of my own, that highlights things I’ve tried in relation to blogging and how they’ve failed, maybe why they failed and what I’ve learnt.
It’s so easy to bury your head in the sand when it comes to things that haven’t gone so well. It’s so much easier just to try and sweep things under the carpet and just ignore them rather than announce something had failed and that you’re not going to work towards it.
It can be hard, too. Because when you spend a lot of time working towards something, it can feel frustrating to just let that all go to waste. But if you’re going to continue to put in a lot of time and not get results, sometimes it’s time to cut your losses.
So here are some of the things I’ve tried and failed with.
It’s over two years now that I tried to launch the forums. I had an idea that it would be a place where people come to share posts, ask questions and make friends. Twitter is great for socialising with bloggers, but it’s so fast pasted things get lost quickly. Facebook groups are also a good place for this, but then again, threads get bumped and can get lost quickly.
With a forum, it’s all organised in sections. I grew up using forums and joined my first forum in around 2001. Since then, I’ve been an active member of many, even a moderator of one.
Unfortunately, it didn’t catch on. For a while things seemed positive – we had over 300 members, but there were only around 8 of us being active. People would join, post, then never come back.
In the end, I let it go. I wonder if I still own that domain!
I think it’s because of social media, that wasn’t around when forums were popular. I guess forums are the old style of social media. It’s a good learning, though, you can sometimes think that because you like something, everyone else will. I was really just trying to create something that was already there via Facebook groups.
In Summer of 2014, I got a road bike and I was sure I was going to love every second of riding.
I bought a new domain, beginnerscycling.com. The plan was to document my journey as starting out my adventure as well as share tips and drinks on the way.
Though after a few months, I realised I liked running much more than cycling and was posting more about running, food and general fitness than cycling.
That’s when I decided to buy the slimmedcartree.com domain and transfer everything over to that site for a more general fitness blog.
What I learnt from that is, that if a blog isn’t working for you, you don’t just have to quit blogging altogether. You can alter the direction of it if that’s what you wish, you can rebrand, relaunch and change the niche.
Whether you want a specific niche or a more general one, it’s fine to change it if it’s not working for you.
This is something I tried ages ago, back in 2011. Wow, that is a long time.
I did wright a whole post on YouTube, as I’ve decided to start again.
I quit because it was painful editing myself and I had no audience and no clue how to get one! I’m hoping, this time, I’ll get a few more views on there. I’m not expecting to get thousands of views, but it would be nice if some of my existing blog followers would be interested in my videos!
So I’m hoping it will go better and my learning will be that just because something didn’t work once, it doesn’t mean it won’t work in the future!
Bloggers thoughts post.
Back in December, I wrote a post about Sibling Dynamics.
It went down really well! Loads of people wanted to get involved and talk about their brothers and sisters. I put together the post that featured other bloggers.
After this, I decided to try it again and tweet out another question and ask people to get involved. But nobody replied.
So that was that.
What I’ve learnt from that is I need to not give up so quickly, I decided to try this again last week and got another post going! So hopefully that will be a regular feature after all.
Recently I tried again and got a great response, which enabled me to create this post about how some bloggers first got into blogging.
What are your blog failures and learnings?