How to Fail as a Blogger


Everyday we see articles and posts written on how to become a successful blogger or how to jump start your success with a blog. The matter of the fact is that not all bloggers are successful in what they do. I thought about it and think that there should be articles written on how to fail as a blogger too. I took the liberty to do so and wrote you a article with tips on how to fail as a blogger.

Blogging has taken the world by storm, everybody wants to have their own blogs. The reason for that is that it’s really easy to get your hands on your own blog and write about your life and hope to become famous one day. I bet everybody wishes it was that easy to pull it off. I can guarantee you it ain’t easy to become noticed on the Internet, simply because it’s so big and there are thousands out their that are trying to accomplish the same thing you are. Coming back to the topic at hand, I am going to show you how to Fail as a Blogger by giving you some tips. Let’s get started then won’t we.

1. Procrastination

Procrastination is something I can surely say is from the devil. For those that don’t know what Procrastination is here is a definition: The act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or deferring an action to a later time. Looking at that, a way that a lot of Bloggers Procrastinate is by moving up tasks such as writing Articles, Reviews, Tutorials etc. If you can overcome procrastination you will already be ahead of a lot of people in the blogging world.

2. Commitment

Being committed to something is also a thing that thousands and thousands of people struggle with. Why start a blog if you can’t even be committed to feeding your dog or mowing your lawn? It’s a really simple trait some of you might say but, this sits at the core of every blogging failure. I would recommend vowing commitment as you vowed on your wedding day or when you appeared in court “If you have.” Being committed is something you have to get behind your name, Clients love to work with committed people.

3. Overloading Articles with Information

This is another serious mistake a lot of new or current bloggers make. Overloading articles with information isn’t just boring to read its a waste of time for the writer. Answer this for me, “Would you rather read a short post that is straight to the point or a long post that runs circles to get to the point?” I can bet you most of you answered “Short Post” so why overload people with information if you don’t like reading long articles yourself? Remember content is key in any blogging situation so write your posts short and straight to the point, don’t stretch things where it ain’t necessary.

4. Traffic

Your blog doesn’t get as many hits/visits as mashable so why do I have to write quality content? Just because your blog doesn’t get a lot of visitors at the moment doesn’t mean you can drop your standards on your article qualities. If you have a great archive with useful/helpful articles your blog will get noticed sometime soon and you will see a influx of new readers and supporters. Keep writing great content even if you don’t get a lot of visitors at the moment.

5. I don’t make any Money

I know most people out their are blogging because they love it and because they can generate a income from it. To tell you the truth their are thousands of people that do blog and don’t receive any money at all. New bloggers tend to drive their blog into the ground due to them writing hundreds of articles and not receiving a dime for any of it. Their are a lot of ways to generate money off of your blog or other blogs in fact. If you don’t make money off your blog at the moment why not write some guest articles for other blogs, that way its a win, win situation.

6. Lack of Consistency

A major problem for new bloggers or any blogger is consistency. Without constantly posting new articles your blog won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. I know most bloggers have day jobs from 8 till 5 and then they don’t have much time at night to post new things but, who said blogging is going to be easy? Stop Procrastinating and write some decent content. Don’t get caught in the cycle of not updating your blog regularly it becomes a habit after a while and isn’t easily gotten rid of.

7. Thinking Short Term

Last but not least a life lesson all of us have to learn at some point in life. Thinking Short Term ain’t going to get you anywhere, you will most likely end up on the street or stay poor for the rest of your life. You have think long term, it’s the only way you are going to be able to survive and become successful in anything you do.

That concludes my tips on how to fail as a blogger. Hope you quickly confront your situation and turn it around. Blogging is definitely one of the ways forward in life. Thanks for reading.

Jacques is an Entrepreneur and Founder of the An1ken Group. He recently launched a daily vlog on Youtube — JacquesvhTV. He started Creativeoverflow in 2009 as a hub for creatives. Connect with him: - @Jacquesvh - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest

  1. Reply underpk November 1, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Good article, I’ve never think about making money from my blog, fail!

  2. Reply Jurie November 1, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Thanks Jacques, another great article, thanks! I find  another pet hate of mine when reading blogs is when I find that someone took content off another site, and simple copy pasted it into their blog, I have a Google reminder set on certain subjects, electric motorcycles is one of them.  Do you have any idea how many articles get repeated word for word, shocking.
    Keep well best regards
    Jurie van Dyk

    • Reply An1ken November 1, 2009 at 3:58 PM

      That is true, A lot of articles get repeated but, the general cause for those actions are because New Bloggers are Procrastinating. They are putting off writing their own articles so they copy other people’s. You can see everything leads back to one of these suggestive tips.

      Hope you have a good day.

  3. Reply Tomas November 1, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    Useful tips here, thanks Jacques. I learned a lot of new things. Hope these will help me to become better blogger.

    • Reply An1ken November 1, 2009 at 5:47 PM

      Glad you liked the post Tomas, Your doing well with your new blog. Keep it up bro.


  4. Reply imran November 3, 2009 at 12:11 AM

    Very Good Article, Jacques ! Bottom line, Blogging is not for lazy people.

    • Reply An1ken November 3, 2009 at 12:44 AM

      I totally agree with you. You have to be the opposite of all the things mentioned above.

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  6. Reply Nubreturb November 4, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Recently, there has been a great deal of litigation by the
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    for not publishing advertising revenue, or potential
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    I hope that increasingly number of webmasters would consider the fact that there is an ever growing number of users browsing webpages on the mobile.

  8. Reply MysteryE November 12, 2009 at 2:34 AM

    Nice article!

    Blogging is not a simple thing to do and it really need a great will and commitment.
    Thanks for this article. :)

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  10. Reply Tim November 13, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    That’s an interesting post. I was particularly keen to read the paragraph on ‘Commitment’. I have had a blog for just over a year now and was averaging 1,500 visitors a day. 2 months ago I started a new project and explained to my readers that posts would still be coming although they would be few and far between. For some reason my blog has doubled it’s readership in those 2 months even though there are far less regular new posts, so it’s a difficult one to judge.

    Fingers crossed it will continue to grow when I finish my side-project and get back to blogging.

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