I read a lot of blogs. I read a lot of blogs that all kinda say the same thing "I don't want to write anymore, I don't know if I am going to still do this" These come from "unsuccessful" bloggers. On the contrary, there are "successful" bloggers that give the rest of us tips and how-to's on how to be like them. Things like "comment on other blogs" or "Search Engine Optimization Blog Titles" pop up everywhere!
After a while all the advice starts to sound the same. There is an underlying formula that I was trying to figure out and adapt to.
After a few months I hate blogging. I wanted nothing to do it. Because that wasn't why I started.
If you read some of my first posts they are just about my everyday life. Baseball games, local events etc.
Then soon after I started I saw all these "successful" bloggers that make money blogging. I didn't even know that was a thing. Turns out it is. I wanted to do that, I wanted to be a good blogger. But I hated it.
Because everything seems so fake.
Sponsored posts, product reviews on things that don't fit in your everyday life? I don't buy that - and I don't think you even believe it yourself.
Comments on my blog because I commented on your blog? Genuine
Replies to my fake comments? Even Faker.
Take better pictures, have better lighting, write this Pinterest in mind. etc etc
I hated it.
Until one day I was sitting in my office, filling out a "find your blogging niche survery" and looking at all my blogging stuff and I had an epiphany.
None of this is my story. None of this is why I started my blog. This is all fake crap.
I decided to forget about what I am supposed to be doing. What the "experts" say I should do grow my blog. I wanted to just write about things I genuinely care about. So I did.
I felt so much freedom and, and happiness. "I'm going to write about what I want to write about! Yipee!!"
And So I did! And I had fun! I wasn't nervous that people wouldn't like me, or my blog. If people don't like what I have to say, I am not writing for them anyway.
I wrote about some wedding tips I got when I was planning my wedding, I wrote about what felt like a failure in my marriage, I wrote about some yoga tank tops I really want.
And ya know what happened?? I started getting a lot more views!! I started getting emails from other bloggers to work with them, I got replies from shops to work with them and try out their products!
So here are my Top Blogging Tips:
1) WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT
2) Only share what you would actually use day to day
3) Don't comment on a post if you don't want to
4) If you are having fun and you want to grow in your blogging skills - research and take the advice that works for you.
What is the best Blogging Advice you have ever gotten? Why do you read blogs?