Blogging Blooper Reel – Volume 1
Hey, I hope everything is well with you as we enter the crazy holiday season. I tend not to stress to much about it and figure whatever happens, happens. That being said, I had a crazy weekend of baking and decorating so I don’t have to stress about that. I also spent some time contemplating 3 lessons learned from my blogging bloopers.
Along with watching yet more blooper reels on YouTube. Or “fails” as my son calls them. He is obsessed, slightly more so than my husband, but between the two of them I am forced to watch these damn things almost on a daily basis.
They think they are hilarious. I find them annoying, and a complete waste of my time.
Ok, fine, some of them are pretty funny, but also very painful to watch. Maybe it’s because I’m a Mom and the emotional rollercoaster I experience every single time I watch those damn things is just too much.
“OMG how did he not break his neck? How is he even able to walk after that? That part of your body isn’t suppose to bend like that!”
“If I ever catch you doing something so stupid do you have any idea what I’ll do to you? What in the hell are they thinking? Where are these kids parents?”
“Well, serves them right for trying something so foolish. They clearly should of seen that coming. Dumbasses.”
I can’t stop laughing because that was the funniest thing I have seen in a long time.
This is of course always followed up with the reminder that it takes a minimum 25 minutes for emergency crews to respond to our location, and the latest teenage trend that is going viral is not cool. Not in the slightest. Don’t do it.
Yep, riding that emotional rollercoaster is exhausting. Hence, I would gladly forego watching “fail” videos.
So, you can imagine my surprise when I came up with a blogging blooper reel blog post idea.
Last Monday I was late publishing my blog post, for a variety of reasons that no longer matter. More lessons learned.
Well, I finally climb into bed, and no sooner do I turn out the light, that the expletives start flying.
Some would say I cuss like a sailor, so my language can get quite colorful.
My poor, confused husband asks me “Is everything is all right?”
Nope! No, it most certainly is not.
“I forgot to integrate the opt-in form on the new blog post with an email sequence AND to disable the test mode!!”
“Oh, I love you so much Babe and am so happy for you but, I have no idea what you are talking about, do you have to get up?” (believe it or not he this is what he said to me)
“No, I will do it in the morning before I leave for work.”
Meanwhile, I lay in bed contemplating if I will ever see the day when everything goes as planned and I can actually publish a blog post without forgetting something?
Which led me to thinking about all the other blogging tasks I tend to forget, or don’t get quite right.
Which led to me having to admit that I could make my own blogging blooper compilation, but not as a video because that would be boring.
Then I had to list off all my blogging bloopers, and take note of what I have learned from them. Because, if you are starring in your own blooper reel you really should learn something from the experience.
I should of gotten up and fixed the damn post right then.
Augh, you have to love the late night musings.
But hey, the first lesson from blogging bloopers is complete.
Ok, 2 lessons in this one.
Regardless, that is scene 1 of SharlaAnn’s Blogging Bloopers – Volume 1.
Oh yeah, there will be more. I’m sure of it.
And, once again no Click to Tweets.
I am not sure what is so hard about remembering this?
Almost every blog post out there has them, and I spend more time on Twitter than any other social media platform these days, yet almost every single time I hit publish, then realize I didn’t add Click to Tweets.
I love blog posts that have Click to Tweets!
Do you think it would be to much if I Tweeted ALL of the Click to Tweets that were on a blog post? Because I would really like to. They are much more fun than regular Tweets.Do you think it would be to much to Tweet ALL of the Click to Tweets in a blog post? Click To Tweet
But, do you know what is even crazier than forgetting to add Click to Tweets to my blog posts?
Forgetting to share my blog posts.
Yes, you read that right.
I can not even begin to tell you how many times I have published a blog post, and then walked away forgetting to share it.
I can’t believe I am admitting this to you right now.
This is the ultimate, “what the hell are you thinking?” blogging blooper right there.
And, it’s happened more than once.
Heck, I’ve published a post on Monday, and not shared it until Wednesday.
I can’t even use the “I’m new and don’t know what I’m doing” excuse anymore.
Like I said, maybe one day I will be able to publish a post without forgetting something.
There you have it.
Volume 1 of SharlaAnn’s Blogging Bloopers.
Not sharing my very own blog posts.
Continuously forgetting to add Click to Tweets.
Not properly activating the opt-in forms on my posts.
Have I Learned Anything?
Sometimes bloopers are painful, sometimes you can’t help but laugh, but they all can teach you a valuable lesson.
What lessons have I learned from my blogging bloopers?
Well, I have since added “activate opt-in forms before publishing” to my blog post checklist.
Now, just to go through the checklist and make sure I have done everything before I hit publish.
Yes, Click to Tweet, and share post is already on the list. Like I said, I have to start going through the actual list every single time I do a post.
More importantly I’ve learned that even though I sometimes forget things, the best thing to do is relax, and just go with it.
Next week will be something else, because as long as you are growing, learning and moving forward you will have an ongoing blooper reel to look back on and that’s ok.
What Lessons Would You Add to the Blogging Blooper Reel?
Is there a blogging blooper lesson you would like to share?
What did you learn from it?
Do you watch blooper reels? What are your favorite ones?