I love to visit other blogs.
I like to see the themes, read the posts, watch how others handle comments, and learn more about the author.
When I started blogging, I read that we should “copy” what the successful bloggers are doing….”learn from those who came before us”.
I wasn’t sure what that meant. In fact, what I saw was quite contradictory.
I looked at some big name blogs and saw they posted many times a day, but others only posted once a week.
Some authors wrote extremely long posts. Others wrote short ones.
Some blogs had lots of advertising, whereas others only had a few scattered ads.
A lot of the blogs used WordPress, but not all.
One big name blog had his comments disabled, but most had their comments open.
Most big name blog authors did not answer each comment.
I questioned it all.
Who should I copy if there is no clear “format”?
Should I copy someone else, or can I have a blog that represents who I am?
After seeing hundreds of blogs, I came to the realization, I had to be ME.
Copying someone else would take away from my authenticity.
I struck out on my own and developed my blog as I saw fit.
Although it’s still a work in progress, it is a reflection of me.
Lesson Eight Blogosphere wouldn’t be nearly as interesting if we had “cookie cutter” blogs. Although we can learn from the A-list bloggers, they too are following what works for THEM. We are all individuals, and our blogs are a projection of “US”. So whether it’s our theme, how we deal with comments, advertising, blog platform, or how often we post, following our heart is what makes us successful, and most of all, unique.
Have you ever tried to emulate a favorite big name blogger? Did it work?
Do you like that you can make changes to your blog, and it’s still YOU?
Would the first impression of your blog tell your readers more about who you are?
Did all of this confuse you in the beginning too?
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