As someone who’s been in the blogging world for a number of years, I’ve seen quite a few of those “tips for a successful blog” posts, and even paid a lot of money for a blogging course (that I didn’t quite feel lived up to its expectations, but that’s a rant for another day).
While I absolutely agree with a lot of the guidelines, there are a few that I’ll break on a regular basis.
Four Blogging Rules I Break
1. Find your niche
I’ve kind of branded myself as a running blogger, and I definitely do take some time to think about content before posting it, I also enjoy the freedom to talk about accounting, and blogging tips, and any other random topics that might be floating around my brain that week.
2. Brand your Instagram account
There are a number of absolutely beautiful Instagram accounts out there (Erin’s is one of them!) and while I’ve thought about changing mine up, I just don’t really want to.
I don’t like to put pressure on myself when it comes to blogging, because it really is just a hobby, and needing to post a certain style of pictures or one quote for every three pictures (or whatever) just feels like unnecessary stress and pressure.
3. Have a posting schedule and stick to it
For the most part, I do follow a posting schedule, but sometimes, life gets in the way and I decide living life is better than blogging.
I spent this weekend cleaning my house, so when Sunday evening rolled around, the last thing I wanted to do was type up a post, so I didn’t.
Tuesday was the hottest day of the year so far. It was just as nice as our nicest summer day, so I opted to relax on my balcony with a beer, so I didn’t write a post for Wednesday.
Sure, regular posting and a schedule is important, but so is living my life.
4. Prewrite blog posts
Obviously, if I had prewritten my blog posts for Monday and Wednesday I would have been able to post something. But, I don’t always do that. I find creativity comes in fits and spurts, and when I’m feeling motivated and creative, I have no issues busting out 3 posts in just a few hours. Other weeks it’s all I can do to come up with content.
A lot of this is tied to my job. When I’m busy at work (right now I’m working on finishing up a project) my energy and creative juices flow into that. When work has a lull, then my creative power can be channeled into my blog.
One Blogging Rule I’ll Never Break
While I’m confident and comfortable doing my own thing, the one thing I will always do it lift up and support other bloggers.
If you have Click to Tweet in your post, I’ll share it!
If your post resonates with me, I’ll include it in my Link Love posts.
If I think another blogger can really relate to your post, I’ll tag them.
If I’m offered an opportunity that I feel is a better fit for someone else, I’ll suggest them.
If you leave a comment that contains more that “good job”, or if you have a question I’ll reply. (To me, “good job” says you probably didn’t take the time to actually read the post).
I think blogging is an amazing community, and we all do much better if we lift up one another instead of competing unnecessarily.
Life is better when we lift others.
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What are the blogging “rules” you regularly break?
Linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud.
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