My Top 5 Blogging Regrets

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After 10 years of blogging, here are the Top 5 Blogging Regrets I currently have about how I've run my blog, social media and investments.

This weekend I took Neely’s It Starts with Blogging course. It’s sort of a beginners course, but I learned SO MUCH and took a ton of notes. It reitterated a lot of new technology I needed to implement around here and have been too lazy or intimiated to do.  It also helped bring me back to the basics of blogging. You should never forget your fundamentals! So, two months after attending BlogPodium and 6 days after that e-course, I wanted to share my top 5 blogging regrets.

1) I regret not starting on WordPress, but only a little

I started blogging over 10 years ago now on sites like Live Journal.  Then, 5 years ago, I started a blog on Blogger to chronicle the end of law school and the “start” of my life. At some point during the life span of that blog, sponsored posts and professional blogging came to be. You can be much more successful on a self-hosted WordPress site than Blogger.

However, Blogger was very easy to use and learn on. Also, the switch to WordPress forced me to consider changing blogs entirely. When I switched, I went through an entire rebranding and that was really, really great for me. So I regret not always being here on WordPress, but I am very grateful for the lessons I learned elsewhere.

2) I regret not downloading IFTTT sooner

On Sunday, I downloaded If This, Then That, on the suggestion of Victoria (a fellow ISWB classmate). On Monday, I added a bunch of “recipes.” On Tuesday-Friday and for eternity I wondered why I didn’t download this app sooner. It’s amazing!!!

Top 5 Blogging Regrets

3) I regret not buying 3 years of hosting at once

I signed up for SiteGround when I purchased hosting for WMSB. It’s been a good service and was a great deal for the first year. But now it’s gotten more expensive and because I didn’t lock in my rate, the “sales” for renewing customers are basically worthless. I plan to rectify this error by switching to BlueHost and buying three years there to maximize my savings. I can get three years on that deal for cheaper than a year at the “current customer” SiteGround rate. I’d still suggest SiteGround to people but since one of the main missions is making frugal choices, I had to shop around. Lesson to be learned:  Lock in those prices, baby!

4) I regret taking a year off

In 2014 my life was all kinds of busy. I’d started a new job in a role that had me in Court 3-5 days a week. I LOVED it, but it was exhausting. As much as I enjoy litigation, I am still an introvert and that kind of output every single day really depleted me. I would go straight home from work, put on PJs, and drink a glass of wine, even if it was like 6:00 PM. Then, because I was in Court and meeting with clients almost every single day, I would snooze until the last possible minute, then spent my whole morning getting dressed up and doing my hair and makeup.

Long story short, there was just no brain space for blogging. Every time I’d try to hop back on the wagon, I’d end up in a trial and even more exhausted than normal. Then, at the end of 2014 I changed jobs again. It took me a few months to recover from the exhaustion of new job #1 (which again, I LOVED, but couldn’t sustain), but once I did I was able to come back to this space. And I really do love being here with you guys.

While I was gone a lot of things changed around the blogging world. I also had to start from scratch to re-create the community engagement that I was so happy WMSB had. It’s been a lot of work to get back into the swing of things and catch up on new technology (ie, IFTTT). I regret not figuring out a way to make more time when I felt too busy. I think spending time on my own hobbies probably would have helped the exhaustion I was feeling.

Top 5 Blogging Regrets

5) I regret not investing in more advertising/courses

In my professional career I really enjoy going to CLE (continuing legal education) courses. I learn a lot that I can take back to my practice. I’ve been to several in person blogging conferences, but hadn’t considered the HUGE value of e-courses until last weekend. If you’re trying to figure out how to do something specific on your blog, there might be a webinar out there to help you. If you’re trying to figure out how to use Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, SEO or amazing content to grow your blog, then I assure you there are courses out there that you can take from the comfort of your own couch, or even in person if you live in areas where they are offered.

I have taken free webinars by Melyssa at The Nectar Collective and Helene at Helene in Between. They were wonderful. For 2016 I plan to invest in more courses. Yes, some of these things can be found by a google search, but I’d rather someone TEACH me the right way than spend 10 hours googling it and then leaving my laptop too tired to implement the strategy. I always leave a course inspired and motivated to improve my blogging game.


How about you? What are you blogging regrets? What do you wish you would have done sooner on social media? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

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13 Comments

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    Crystal W
    November 13, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I *just* moved to a WP blog after being on Blogger since ’99, so OMG do I feel #1!!
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      Brittany
      January 6, 2016 at 7:28 am

      Haha that’s awesome! Good job!

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    Brenda
    November 14, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Thanks for a great post that was informative. I started my blog on WordPress.com as I didn’t know if it was something I would enjoy. Now I totally an into it! I see in WordPress they say upgrade to a plan for $129 a year (approx) and then you and others talk about self-hosting on BlueHost with WordPress. Is that two separate deals? I love your theme, pictures and name. I have also done a few Nectar Collective courses and enjoyed, and use IFTTT a bit. Thanks again was exciting to find you on Blogging Boost! B

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    Rachael
    November 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    I love this post, girl! I”m currently watching one of Helene’s webinars :) What are your favorite recipes on ITTT? I think that would be a good post!
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      Brittany
      January 6, 2016 at 7:29 am

      Ohhh great idea! I’ll check out the stats on what’s been working and what hasn’t! Thanks! So far my favorite is automatically posting from instagram to my facebook blog page.

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    stephanie (@stephanieamber)
    November 18, 2015 at 9:48 am

    i remember you being gone. i hated it!! it is really strange how things can change so dramatically over the course of just a year in bogland — i took two weeks “off” (or just let myself not care) and i literally feel like i don’t remember anything anymore, haha. so a year is a long time. but you’re making a comeback and that’s all that matter ;D
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    Victoria
    November 22, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Yesssss so glad you’re loving IFTTT!!!

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    Elizabeth
    November 30, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    I’ve heard a lot about IFTTT, but haven’t implemented it yet. That’s something that I plan on doing soon. What kind of recipes have you utilized?
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      Brittany
      December 3, 2015 at 7:03 am

      I really like the recipe that posts instagram posts automatically to my blog Facebook page. I also like the one that uploads my fitbit stats into a google docs spreadsheet.

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    Deb Wolf
    December 16, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Great tips! I used IFTTT a few years ago. Need to give it a try again. I know these tips will help newbie bloggers get off to a great start. Thanks for this helpful list!
    Deb Wolf recently posted…The Confession that Rescued My Hopes and Dreams

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      Brittany
      December 16, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Thanks, Deb! There are so many tools out there that I can see how one could fall off of your list :)

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    Jenny
    December 16, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    These are all great tips!
    I sort of regret not starting on WP too. I started on Blogger but now I am doing much better in pretty much every aspect on WP.

    xoxo, Jenny

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    Anna Prokofieva
    February 11, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Great article! Makes me think about my own blogging journey)

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