Since blogging basically has no rules,
it’s time we stop believing it does.
Before our first post is published, we’ve usually done enough homework to educate ourselves on blogging; from choosing our blogging platform (WordPress, Blogger, or other) to what we’re going to write about.
Depending on from where or whom we learn about blogging, often determines how often we blog, the theme we use, how we build our blog, plus much more.
Some bloggers believe the magic bullet is to follow the rules of “abc”, whereas others proclaim it’s “XYZ”.
So, who’s right?
What’s happening is bloggers are sharing what works for THEM. Since we’re not THEM, there’s no guarantee what they do will work for us, no matter how hard we try.
Granted, we can learn the basics of blogging and tips from others, however to stand out from the crowd and to feel authentic, we need to be creative, step out of the blogging box and ask ourselves questions such as:
- Do I really need to publish a post every day? Week? Month?
- Does my theme reflect who I am, or am I copying someone else?
- Is guest posting all it’s cracked up to be? Or am I better off showing my writing talents or knowledge in a different venue?
- Is it really necessary to market myself and my blog on Facebook and/or Twitter, or is there a better way to promote my work? Or, do I want to (self-promote)?
- Is commenting on other blogs helping to drive traffic to my blog? If not, does commenting have any benefit?
- Does it matter if what I post might go against what others believe? Do I care?
- Instead of just looking at my blog as a place to share, can I use it as a vehicle to propel me further? If so, how?
- Is the time I spend socializing with my online friends helping me to advance? Or is it just a distraction which keeps me from my fulfilling my dreams?
- Are affiliate links the best way to monetize my blog? What about Google AdSense? Or do I even want to monetize my blog?
How we blog and why we blog is up to us. Let’s remember that and learn to enjoy the journey.
Happy Blogging! 8)
What “rule(s)” of blogging have you found to be false?
Have any “rules” you’ve followed proved to be true or beneficial?
Care to share?