9 Reasons Why My First Blog Failed

The story of the 9 Reasons Why My First Blog Failed.

It’s kind of sad really. You know the sayings, “hindsight is 20/20” and “if only I knew then what I know now”, well they totally apply to this situation. The reality is that I had no idea what I was doing and should have taken some time to educate myself better first. Below I list the 9 Reasons Why My Blog Failed.

  1. It wasn’t self-hosted.
  2. My niche was too broad.
  3.  I had no idea what I was doing (like I said above).
  4. I didn’t promote my site on social media.
  5. I wasn’t passionate about the ALL of the topics.
  6. I didn’t have wifi at home or anywhere near me.
  7. I didn’t have a brand.
  8. I got a part-time job and felt like I didn’t have time.
  9. I didn’t have any type of product, service, or affiliate.

I should have done my research before I started my blog.

What I should have done differently.
  1. I should have used a self-hosted website like wordpress.org first so I didn’t have to change it over later.
  2. I should have narrowed my niche down to something more specific.
  3. I should have done more research before I purchased my domain and blog.
  4. I had Facebook, but I did not promote my site on that page. I just posted random quotes and tips.
  5. If I would have done more niche research, I would have noticed that one of the topics I chose bored me.
  6. There is honestly nothing I could do about lack of wifi. I still have this issue, but thanks to unlimited data, I can use my phone as a hotspot.
  7. If I would have done more research, I would have known I needed to brand my site and social media.
  8. I truly did have time, I was just lazy and unmotivated about my niche, so I pretty much just wasted all the money I put into my site.
  9. I did not realize how most people make money on blogs. Naively, I thought Google Adsense was going to make me rich.

Like I said above, hindsight is 20/20. I lived and I learned. I understand the reasons that my first blog failed and have been blogging for four years now. I hope if you stumbled upon this post that it helped you in some way. Drop a comment below if you have more tips, or you just want to drop me a line.


5 Reasons Beginner Bloggers Fail

There are many reasons bloggers can fail, but more often than not, blogs and/or vlogs fail because of the reasons listed below.

5 Reasons Bloggers Fail:

  1. Lack of organization
  2. Not enough time (or so they think)
  3. Lack of motivation
  4. Lack of subject matter knowledge
  5. It is too expensive

Lack of Organization

One of the main issues I have observed, not only in my blogging profession but also my teaching and adult life, is people’s inability to stay organized.

Don’t feel bad if this describes you; being disorganized is not just for the scatter-brained.  Personally, I remember a time when I wondered if I would ever keep up with laundry, all the while my fellow teachers pointed out how organized I was. Ha! Don’t judge, I am much better at housekeeping now.

Anyhoo, next to lack of motivation, lack of organization is the biggest hinderance of success I have witnessed. It takes practice and being intentional about your business and time.

My suggestion:  Be intentional with everything you do. Make a list of everything you want to do that day. Do your best to complete the action before moving on to the next item on the list. I am sure there will be some cases where something is taking too much time or you don’t have everything you need to finish, just skip it and move on. Keep a space designated for work only and make sure it is organized before you go to bed each night. Planners are also good tools to schedule EVERYTHING.

Not Enough Time

I was reading a facebook post the other day, keep in mind this was not a beginning blogger, that roughly stated, “I have cut my blog posts to once a month”. Now, if you are a faithful follower of this blog, your first reaction will probably be utter disappointment. After a few months, you will fill the hole this blog left with a newer shinier blog and forget about the blog you once adored. Out of sight, out of mind.

You see, what is the point of having a blog if you can’t consistently deliver content to your adoring followers. The truth is, being consistent applies to every area of business. For example, the more you post to social media, the more interaction you will have, therefore improving your chances of being organically followed. The more you post on your blog, vlog, etc… the more your posts and videos will come up in searches. It is a simple formula really.

My suggestion:  In the end, if you want to be successful at blogging, you will find the time. Keep a planner and schedule EVERYTHING.

Organization and time management are important for new bloggers.


Lack of Motivation

The next reason for blog failure is lack of motivation. Out of the five problem areas for beginners, I think lack of motivation is the hardest for individuals to overcome. I speak from experience when I say it is really hard to make yourself want to get up and do something productive.

My suggestion:  Nip lack of motivation in the bud, you have to focus on something that you want so badly, you are willing to put issues aside and hustle. Whether it is a miserable 9-5 or you want to take a snazzy vacay, focus on the thing(s) that will make you get up and create that content. It isn’t a brilliant sparkly answer, but if you truly want success bad enough (for whatever reason), you will find a way to make it happen.

Lack of Subject Matter Knowledge

This issue is two-fold. Fold one is the individual truly lacks the knowledge to create a blog about a particular subject. This type of person feels like they know everything there is to know about their niche, but when they start to create content, they realize, “Oh snap! I don’t know as much as I thought”. This problem is easily remedied for obvious reasons, but in case it isn’t obvious to you, educate yourself.

My suggestion:  Educate yourself.

Which leads me to fold two, which is completely opposite from fold one. This fold is when an individual feels like they do not know enough about a subject to create a blog about the topic when in reality they are a walking encyclopedia on the topic. This type of person constantly consumes information to put towards their blog, but never feels like they have enough to start. JUST START ALREADY!

My suggestion:  Just start already!

It is Too Expensive

The fifth reason beginner bloggers fail or fail to start is they feel it is too expensive. I can see how this is an issue as it relates to the tech world. There are a gazillion apps and programs that everyone and their dog suggests you need. Nope, don’t listen.

My suggestion:  Start with the budget version first, then when you become successful you can upgrade to all the bells and whistles later. Plus, you can utilize the free trials that most of these programs offer.

If there is anyone that can truly relate to this issue, it is me. I used money that I saved up in my PayPal account from Swagbucks to purchase my web host and theme for my first blog. I am serious, I really did. Click my link and sign up for Swagbucks here. I know people feel like you can’t make money from those sites, but if you make your goal and second goal every day, it adds up fast. I didn’t do any of the sketchy stuff, just videos, daily poll, some offers, etc… I don’t have as much time for that stuff now, but if you want it bad enough, you will find a way.  I also use Inboxdollars if you want to give it a try. I don’t want to be spammy, but I want to give you the idea if you feel you are out of options.

Save to invest in your business

5 Strategies for Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

Impostor syndrome is used to describe individuals that fail to realize their own success, potential, or possibilities. Also, impostor syndrome leaves certain people feeling as if they are frauds.

I can speak from experience that impost0r syndrome is a real thing. You can read more about my experience with imposter syndrome in a later post. For now, I want to give you three strategies that I used and still exercise to this day.

Strategy 1: The Important Outcome

First, ask yourself why you want to ____insert action here___. What made you click on this link to this particular article? Is it to stop living paycheck to paycheck? Maybe you want to relieve the stress on your spouse or bring them home from a mundane 9-5 work day. Or, like most people, you want extra cash to go on vacations and tour this beautiful earth God created.

Second, every time you have self-doubt, self-hate, or whatever form your impostor syndrome comes in, remind yourself that the outcome is more important. If your spouse hates their job, what reaction will they have when you provide them the opportunity to quit the miserable and mundane? How will not having to worry about money affect your day-to-day? What kind of amazing experiences will you have traveling?

Practices like these will completely change your drive and outlook on your new endeavor. You will eventually rewire your mind into believing the truth; that you are amazing, successful, and unique. Also, look to the Lord, prayer is always beneficial.

Prayer and the word always help.

Strategy 2:  Stay Away from the Negative

If you think there is someone that will be negative about your business endeavors, do not tell them until you are ready. Really, if you have to, don’t tell anyone but your spouse. I know it seems harsh, but if it will set you back mentally; keep your business plans on a need to know basis.

You do not want someone else’s negativity to regress your mind back into the Imposter Syndrome habits.

Strategy 3:  I Am Not an Expert

Bologna! Trust me, you may feel like there are people out there that know more about your niche, and that may be true, but trust me it should not impact your outlook in a negative way. First, no one has your view and experience on the topic. You are unique!

Second, there are absolutely people out there that know less than you and will appreciate what you bring to the table. If you are any type of teacher-educator, you know there are different types of learners, so embrace this fact.

Again, trust me you do have something to offer. Truly, you only need to change your insufficient outlook to see your amazingness.

Strategy 4:  Knowledge is Power

No, I am not contradicting my last strategy. What I mean is, while you are creating your business, search out professional development. It is very important not to procrastinate on creating your business so don’t use lack of knowledge as an excuse. I talk about this further in strategy 5.

If you are or know a teacher, then you know that they are required a certain amount of professional development hours each year. I also know as a home educator that these days are built into our required school days.

Let’s use my husband as an example. Every time a new combine is released (his profession is John Deere combine/everything mechanic), he is required to attend a school to learn the new features of the combine complete with assessments, etc… Professional development is just part of promoting best practices in business. Think about it like this, if my husband waited to complete every course there is on combines, he would never be able to fix anything. If my husband never takes the courses, he will never learn about the newest advances in combines. There has to be a healthy dose of work and professional development in your business plan.

Knowledge is power.

Strategy 5:  Stop procrastinating

I touched on this in strategy 4. One thing that I want to stress is there is a point you need to stop consuming and start creating. Why? Because the longer you wait to start your business, the less likely you are to begin in the first place.

This truly was my biggest hindrance to starting my business to date. I have a serious obsession with educating myself. When I first realized I wanted to start my own business, I spent way too much time sucking up knowledge, most of which was repetitive.

Before you go on about your daily hoopla, I want to stress the point that there will be times you need to repeat any number of these steps. You AND your business are a work in progress. Knowing your problem and solution will keep your production train chugging.

Please remember this; there is no such thing as failure if you turn them into learning experiences.