lessons from blogging bloopers

3 Lessons From Blogging Bloopers – Volume 1

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.

Christmas Cookie Blooper (they didn't all turn out this badly)
Christmas Cookie Blooper (they didn’t all turn out like this!)

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.

Going from,

“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!”

to

“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?”

to

“Well, serves them right for trying something so foolish. They clearly should of seen that coming. Dumbasses.”

to

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.

Scene 1

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.”

Email telling me my optin wasn't set up properly and was now blogging blooper reel worthy.

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.

Scene 2

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?

Scene 3

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.

not sharing your blog post is a major blogging blooper

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.

Final Scene

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?

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6 thoughts on “3 Lessons From Blogging Bloopers – Volume 1”

  1. I know exactly what you mean here! There is so much to know and to do with blogging, it is really easy to think you’ve finished something when you really haven’t. For me, lately, it’s backlinking. I actually enjoy backlinking but have been finding other things to do in the evenings when I usually would be getting some backlinking done. Then several weeks go by and I’ve got three or four posts that are orphans, linked to nothing. Fortunately, I think I’m all caught up at the moment, just need to be sure to not let that slide again.

    Also with my new free email course I was planning on re-reading each lesson as it came to my inbox to make certain they all make sense and have no proofreading errors. That slid past too, so am working to catch up on that. Blogging is really wonderful and a lot of fun but also something you absolutely have to keep up with! You give great personal insight into that with this post. 🙂

    1. Hi Sabina,
      Good thing there are tools to track down our orphaned content when we forget about it. eeks!

      I just finished writing up a weeks worth of a new email sequence, figured I better make sure everything looks good and all the links work when they hit my inbox. Week goes by, I open my email, they were all there…and I deleted them all without opening them.

      Yes, blogging is wonderful and a lot of fun, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who can’t laugh at themselves and roll with it.

      Thanks for sharing. I am so glad you stopped by.
      SharlaAnn
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  2. Hi SharlaAnn,
    I’ve been blogging for 11 years and somehow have those sleepless nights where I forgot to share my blog or I didn’t add something or other to it as I planned. So I say Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging. There will always be something. Trick is to roll with it.
    My biggest blooper is that I wasn’t keeping up with my comments on my blog. Now I believe whole heartedly that comments are the backbone of our blogs. But…I slipped away for some reason.
    We will always go through cycles but need to forgive ourselves and then find the humor in it and laugh out loud. Hey, why not? Every bump in the road through my blogging journey was a huge learning lesson and I know I will Never stop learning.

    -Donna

    1. Hi Donna,
      I think that is the key, Never Stop Learning. Of course having a sense of humor helps as well. I’m not sure why we feel that laying in bed worrying about things we need to fix is better than just getting up and fixing it? Humans are so silly sometimes.

      Sometimes I don’t feel like replying to the comments on my blog right away so I can see how that could get away from you. I think the important thing there is that you recognize how important the task is and the significance of keeping on top of it. Without that understanding a person could let it slide indefinitely.

      Thanks so much for sharing your insights. I appreciate it.
      SharlaAnn
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  3. Hi SharlaAnn,

    Several bloggers, including me, relate to the three bloopers you mentioned above. We are humans and tend to forget things. For instance, before commenting on this article, I found out that a post I published a few months ago has over 20 typos. Meaning that I forgot or failed to run it on my spelling and grammar checker.
    I just fixed it before visiting this page. Other times, I may not remember to optimize the images. So it’s part of being human.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hello Moss,

      Yes, we are all human, and all make mistakes, and forget things.
      I am glad you got your page fixed. I have no issue overlooking typos and such but I understand it drives many people crazy.

      I had the brilliant idea a while back that since I was getting so many images on my site I would just start reusing them. Well, after about the 3rd blog post of me reusing images I already had uploaded to my WordPress I realized that when you “optimize” the image it optimizes the image for all places you have placed that image not just that one particular blog post. 🤦‍♀️ I really need to go fix that!!!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing Moss.
      SharlaAnn
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