Thursday, 10 July 2014

5 Blogging Things I'm Bad At


Back at the end of last year I did a "5 Beauty Things I'm Bad At" post (which you can catch up on here) and thought I'd follow this up with 5 blogging things I'm bad at! 

1. Analysing My Stats
I have Google Analytics yet I rarely use it, which is partially me being lazy and dedicating some time to getting my head around it. Therefore I generally have no idea what sort of visits my blog gets per day, my traffic sources, my bounce rate etc. Although I think some of this information I won't do anything with, it would be interesting to do a bit of analysis. What I do really want to know is what time of the day my blog gets the most visitors because at the moment I post in the early evening based just on a gut instinct.

2. Joining in Blogger Chats
There are so many different blogger chats on Twitter these days I completely lose track of when they all are. I used to join in the Sunday evening #bbloggers chat every week, but I got out of the habit and now I forget or if I remember I seem to be too busy. I'd rather join in properly for the whole hour and share links at the end, rather than join in for 20 minutes or here and there. However when I did manage to join in a Sunday chat the other week, a lot of people were negative about the topic and so my #bbloggers Twitter feed was mostly links with "I'm 27 away from 700 followers" type tweets. This did put me off a little, so I think I will try and join in with the more general, no-topic chats in future, as I do miss chatting and finding new blogs.

3. Social Media
I don't feel like I fully take advantage of social media. I can't get on the internet on my phone at work (no 3G and not allowed to connect to WiFi) so I miss out on daytime interaction, but yet I don't schedule anything. I have Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for my blog but I don't use Facebook or Google+ and I think I'm missing a trick here. (Check out Makeup Pixi3's recent post here, which explains why I'm thinking about social media more.)

4. Keeping on Top of New Beauty Releases
I totally rely on other bloggers for beauty news and wish I was more on top of it myself. I'm hardly signed up to any PR companies or brands for details of press releases, so I think is something I could do to make myself more aware. I'm completely guilty of hearing bloggers rave about a new product, waiting to read countless reviews about it and after lots of umming and ahhing, I then end up buying the product when no-one is talking about it anymore and wants to read another review on it. I really should be more spontaneous sometimes!

5. Post Variety
There are so many times I've started incorporating more fashion and lifestyle based posts into my blog, only for me to switch completely back to beauty after a month. Don't get me wrong, I love writing beauty posts and it's always what will be the heart of my blog, but I'd love to mix it up more often. It's always something I've wanted to do. Writing this post has inspired me to have a brainstorm one day on ideas for these type of posts and try and do one post a month that breaks away from beauty.

What blogging things do you feel you are bad at? I'd love to know!

Beauty Bird xx



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  1. I'm with you on every single point here :) so your not alone xx

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  2. Great post, I the same with stats and stuff as I don't understand most of it!

    Jamie-Lee|Glitter Infatuation Beauty & Lifestlye Blog!

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    1. Thank you! I need to spend some time on it and get to grips with it xx

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  3. I'm bad at #2 too! I never have the time for Twitter chats and I always forget when they're on...Whoops! ;)

    Tara x

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    1. There's so many chats now, I keep seeing new hashtags all over the place! xx

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  4. I am so bad at No. 1! I hate Google Analytics and reading all the stats. ;)

    Mademoiselle-Lala.com

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    1. I used to use Google Analytics at work but it's changed since then *scratches head* xx

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  5. I'm with you on all of the above Sasha - need to get my head round Google Analytics and Google +! Want to do more fashion type posts but feel like a dork in front of the camera! xx

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    1. I am awful at posing!! I need to practice those ones where you look down but still look "cool"!! xx

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  6. Great post idea, genuinely haven't checked my google stats in months and months, it was probably last year sometime to be honest!

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    1. I logged on not long ago for some reason but think I logged out again pretty quickly!! :s xx

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  7. I miss blogger chats - used to join in with them a lot a year or so ago, but now I always seem to miss them! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. The chats seem to have changed direction since I joined in 2 years ago. But I still miss them xx

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  8. I'm really bad with stats too, all I ever check are my keywords!

    Danniella x
    www.famousinjapan.co.uk

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    1. I've never checked my keywords!! That would be interesting to know xx

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  9. I used to always do that chats but at the moment I just seem to give up half way through, barely anyone ever replies to me!
    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams xo

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    1. They definitely aren't the same - now you say it I found this in the last Sunday chat I joined in with! There's a lot of early link sharing and follower requests now xx

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