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By: Lewis Wallis

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 17:58:12 +0000

Great advice. The tip about having the blog at the root of the domain is good and something that I hadn't considered before. Thanks.



By: Gaelle Roche

Sun, 11 Aug 2013 16:49:37 +0000

I started blogging a few weeks ago and now I have moved house decided to spend time planning my blog and learning from others. I came across this post in the book "Blogging for creatives" and I am so glad I did! I am taking my first steps and am sure that in years to come I will look back laughing at my mistakes. I am using wordpress.com simply for cost reasons and time. I have a young child and very few precious hours to spend on my blog and starting my design business. I wish I had enough knowledge to transfer to wordpress.org but from past experience trying to do everything took me away from the design work, chicken and egg thing I suppose. Can you transfer your content from wordpress to wordpress.org when you are ready? So hard to try avoiding mistakes but I guess they are unavoidable. Good post, and I look forward to reading some more of yours. Smiles. Gaelle



By: Julie

Mon, 13 May 2013 23:45:31 +0000

Isn't it interesting that years later we are still making the same mistakes? But, I'm a little late to the game - like Leo the Late Bloomer in the children's story. Better late than never they say. I think I've made, and I'm still making, most of the mistakes you mentioned! I know my blog Three Books On The Shelf is too text heavy. I'm not sure about all the rules -- especially copyright stuff, so instead I have a lot of content but not much else. I would like to make it more conversational, graphic, and interactive. But, right now I like that it is a web-hosted Blogger site because I don't know enough to create my own site. But I can see how it would be limiting later. You hit the nail on the head with this article. You got people talking, responding and it has longevity as a piece of interest to many.



By: Nate

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:04:36 +0000

I have an old blogspot blog that has articles that are way too long. I started my own sites for practice, to teach myself how to set them up. I really like the customization too. My greatest mistake is just not spending enough time on growing sites to foster their growth even more.



By: David Hart

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 23:16:54 +0000

I would like to start by saying that you are an inspiration as a designer. I'm a graphic design student and just recently started my first blog. One of my classes was starting a Wordpress blog, and I decided to take it a step further and go self-hosted. I underestimated the time commitment required for such an undertaking, but I feel like I learned a lot more by going the self-hosted route. The biggest setback I have is driving traffic to my site, but considering my blog has only been live for a month; there's still plenty of time to get that worked out. Thank you for the great blog advice!



By: Diane Hendrix

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 21:59:19 +0000

I'm about to start a blog and really appreciate you sharing your experiences. As a color consultant and design coach it is very important to have flexibility with the blog. I will apply your comments and let you know how it goes! Also thanks for the reminder to change my email address so it's not yahoo.com haha. Thank you. Diane.



By: Jomson George

Sat, 03 Dec 2011 11:35:24 +0000

Very informative guide. I have been making some of these mistakes, like not using a self-hosted blog. Thanks for the tips, through which I can rectify my mistakes. :)



By: nina

Sun, 09 Oct 2011 05:51:03 +0000

David, Thank you so much for this article! I got some new motivation and different ideas :) Good Luck!



By: Eric

Tue, 30 Aug 2011 16:58:33 +0000

Boy, ain't it the truth! I have only recently begun writing my blog with the idea of the reader in mind. Classic mistake, not writing for your audience. And being from an academic background, it has been a real challenge trying to transform my writing into something less like a lecture and more like a conversation. And you aren't kidding about the amount of time it takes! But still, we do this because we love it, right? In any case, thanks for the tips. Though, fankly, it's all common sense if you are willing to open your mind and think about it objectively, it's always helpful to have reminders put in front of you in black and white. So, again, thanks.



By: karl

Thu, 18 Aug 2011 13:01:19 +0000

To answer that last question I tripped on every one of those points in your list. lol. But I'm not giving up! I'm still a student and you sir, are a great teacher. Thanks for this post!