I have been blogging for over 2 years now and I went self hosted after about 8 months. Going from Blogger to WordPress meant a lot of my posts were muddled and needed some serious reformatting.
This job got put off for a very long time!
Only recently did I start editing and looking back at old posts. This was slightly fun and also slightly like looking back at old photos of your hair from high school. Cringeworthy, embarrassing and thoughts of “what was I thinking?”.
I found really bad, bad, BAD posts. Posts that were literally just a photo and a really bad quality, phone photo at that. Mortifying post topics, cringey poems and just a lot of drivel. I may still be writing drivel but perhaps less so?
Like anything when we start. We have no clue. We learn. We improve. Take better photos and even now I am constantly looking back at my old blog posts and planning on sorting Pinnable images; just making them look more professional. I’m not beating myself up at my original blogging naivety, more laughing at myself.
I asked some other bloggers what their most cringey moments were since they started blogging and some were very keen to let me know!
Jemma from Mayflower Blogs has exactly the same issue as me, “I often look back on my first blogs before I got the website and went self hosted, and see blogs where I had no photo editing skills or idea of SEO. I find myself now torn between deleting them or making them better-the only issue with that being that I’m too cringed out by them to re-read them!!”
It’s a tough decision really! Photos can be so embarassing!
“Looking back at some of the first photos I added to blogs – were not insta worthy at all with loads of mess and toys in the background! Real life but not what brands look for.” Lianne from Anklebiters Adventures.
“I used to put text and pictures over my photos. I look back and wince at how cheesy they looked!” Beth from Twinderelmo.
What other daft things have others done?
“I wrote an entire blog post calling the product by the wrong name. Hilariously, the PR didn’t notice! But it was picked up by a fellow blogger a few weeks later who kindly pointed it out to me so I could rectify it.” Kim from OddHogg.
Sometimes we do things for peanuts or…
“I once did an entire post, with photos and social media shares…for a packet of biscuits.” Laura from Five Little Doves.
“I did a post, shares, photos – for a mug. And i dont even drink hot drinks! I only see one mug here!” Emma from Me and B Make Tea.
You maybe bold and ask for help…
“When I first started out, it was pretty clear from my blog that I had no clue what I was doing, and my first posts are cringe worthy. That didn’t stop me contacting my blogging crush and inspiration, Emma from Brummy Mummy of 2, to ask for her blog advice. She was lovely and gave me some great tips. But I do cringe now when I think about it, and am embarrassed at how bad my blog was when she looked at it.” Claire from Life, Love and Dirty Dishes.
You maybe a bit forgetful…
“I once emailed a contact to complain that the thing she was sending (a high end watch) hadn’t arrived! She sent another one, at which point I realised the original one had arrived and either I had no recollection of signing for it or my husband did and didnt tell me! That was an awkward email to write, thankfully she was fine about it and I just posted the second watch back to her! I have also written ‘disc*nt’ instead of ‘discount’i n more emails than I care to think about!” Lauren from A Scrapbook of Our Lives.
You may think blogging review items are a bit too good to be true…
“Hubby and I spent a long time debating if I should ask if I was meant to send the first item I was sent to review back! We couldn’t believe I could be sent something to review and keep. It’s now a catch phrase when I say I’ve got xxx to review.” Lynne from New Mummy Blog.
You may not always proof read…
“I’ve just gone through my sent mail and noticed that one email I sent to another blogger for a guest review included my shopping list as I had copied and pasted it from my notes `so the beginning of the post read “lion bars, cat food, nappies, bin bags etc” arghhhhh!” Jenna from Then There Were Three.
You may not always think through the content of your blog posts…
“I wrote a post about divorce for a Solicitors when i am happily married and know nothing about divorce. I did it as a favour for a PR , but have no clue why and didn’t get any money for it !!! Not only did it upset my husband, my mum and MIL were on the phone within minutes of me posting it asking questions about our relationship!” Becci from The Unnatural Mother.
You may get a little over excited about blogging events…
“Turned up to an event 2 hours early and stood outside waiting because I was so excited I’d misread the ticket and just stood there at the barriers like Billy no mates waiting and then ended up being the only blogger there using a phone for photography. I wanted to out a goofball sticker on my head and leave… especially after tripping over the step that had a giant sticker saying mind the step on it!!” Katie from Mummy in a Tutu.
I think even after blogging 5 years, I will look back at what I have written now and cringe. It’s life. We move on and we change. Styles change. We change and perceptions change.
Thanks to all the bloggers for taking part. You made me feel better about my ghastly posts!
What about you fellow bloggers? What is your most cringey moment?