Posted on November 7, 2014

Blogging Myths // True or False?

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In a recent #socialbloggers chat, we discussed and debunked some popular blogging myths.

There’s to be many opinions around the blogosphere regarding what rules a blogger should follow and there seems to be two camps:

  1. Bloggers who are more free spirited and like to blog in the moment.
  2. Bloggers who take a more planned, scheduled approach to blogging.

No camp is better than the other and there is nothing wrong with being a bit of both, it’s just my observation on how I see things.

Let’s look at some of the myths.

Myth # 1: You should post daily.

There’s conflicting advice around regarding this myth. Is it a myth? Is it the truth?

You have the side that are all for daily blogging – updating your blog regularly will increase your audience, give your readers a reason to check back daily, it will help your page views and your rankings.

Then you have the other side that insist that posting daily will be too much for your readers. They’ll get overwhelmed and unfollow.

If I enjoyed reading a blog and they decided to put our content more frequently, I’d probably wee myself in excitement. If I ever found myself thinking ‘oh no, not another blog post this week’, then it’s probably not a blog I would be following so that’s irrelevant.

I prefer daily blogging but understand it’s not for everyone. I started daily blogging because I was finding it hard posting every other day. At one point at had my blog posts all planned for the next 6 weeks and was worried that I was leaving it too long to post some posts, making them outdated by the time it was published, therefore I knew it was the right time for me to start posting every single day.

I’ve posted daily since March 2014.

If I found myself struggling for content, I would then reduce my posting back to every other day, or 5 times a week.

You can always adjust your schedule around your needs. I’m sure my circumstances will one day change and I may simply no longer have the time or ideas to push out daily content. If I ever felt like I the quality of my posts were suffering due to not having enough time, then I would cut back.

This myth is only true under certain circumstances.

Myth #2: Having a schedule means you’ll be forced to write and it will be rubbish!

This is probably the most frustrating thing I hear bloggers so. I’ll be honest here: I hear many bloggers say how if you are not inspired, then your audience will be able to tell that you’re not passionate about it.

As I have a schedule, I do take a bit of offence at this statement.

For me, writing is a skill and if you are only able to write when you are inspired, then that’s fine – but what about when you’re wanting to do sponsored posts or review PR samples? You can’t just write a post when you’re inspired then, as I believe when you agree to work with a brand, no matter how small the reward, you enter into some sort agreement and you should be professional towards your commitments made and be open and honest about the date you’ll publish the post.

It’s fine if you’re happy blogging as a hobby – but if you want to get serious about blogging, then you need to have the ability to craft a blog post. Even when you’re not inspired.

I love blogging. Writing is my favourite part of it, (I’m not a massive fan of taking and editing photos) but there are days when I don’t feel like writing. But I force myself to do it because I’m proud of the end result, I’m proud of the posts I write and once I’ve made myself write it, I’m so much happier than if I had spent the previous 2 hours watching TV.

It’s like when I go for a 5 mile run. I don’t always want to go for one, I have to really push myself. But at the end, I’m always happy that I did it.

There is nothing wrong with only writing when you feel like writing – that’s fine. But please don’t suggest that those that write to a schedule produce rubbish. You’ll make me cry.

mythMyth #3: Nobody reads long posts.

This is another myth that’s all over. If the post is long, it won’t be read.

Let’s change this myth: If a post is boring, it won’t be read.

The trick is to make EVERY WORD COUNT.

My blog posts are usually long. During editing, I’ll cut out any words that don’t add value to the post. If you can still evoke the same feelings and meanings using less words, then do it.

For example:

I make every word count vs. I like to try and make every single word I write count.

Use the shortest way of saying what you want to say and keep it simple.

Remember to break the post up with pictures, headings, lists and bullet points.

I find short blog posts more frustrating than long ones as it doesn’t give me anything to get a hold of and comment on.

I would rather leave a comment relating to the text of a blog post than the picture – if a blog post is a picture and just the brand/details of an outfit, I feel discouraged to comment as I don’t like leaving comments such as ‘nice dress’ or ‘nice post’.

This is why when I post outfits, I like to try and write something either relating to the dress or another subject that doesn’t need photos!

Myth #4 You can make money blogging.

Well we know you can make money blogging. The secret is – you’ll probably be blogging for at least a year or two before you earn some money and a few more years before you can earn a stable amount of money.

There is a similar myth: when people say ‘you won’t be successful if you blog to make money’.

There are many people blog to make money and succeed – the real trick is understanding how much hard work you have to put in before you start to make any money.

You have to work for free, work hard, spend a lot of time promoting, creating and editing before any money comes in. Probably for years.

Myth #5: If you spend under an hour on a post, it’s rubbish quality.

This depends on the type of post. I have a balance between the two. Some of my blog posts, I like to research to either find facts or other peoples thoughts – so they’ll take longer. Other blog posts, usually personal ones, I just sit and write in one go, the edit a few days later.

I would say fact based posts need more than an hour, but personal posts don’t. Again, this myth is totally dependant upon circumstances!

myth2Myth #6: You don’t need a DSLR.

Everyone has heard this one. It’s because it’s mostly true.

You can take some great photos with a phone camera. Even normal cameras take fantastic photos!

You don’t need an expensive camera, what you need is some knowledge around how to use natural light to your advantage, backgrounds to photos and composition.

Having fancy camera may help your blog look more professional, but you need to learn how to use it. It took me a good few months to sit down and learn how to use mine properly. Before I did, it was a bit of a waste having such a nice camera!

Although you don’t need a DSLR, it really can help you to take your blog to the next level. As well as make yourself feel better about your blog.

Myth #7: Stats don’t matter.

I’m not ashamed of saying that I care about stats. I check my page views and followers daily, I’ll check webmaster tools and Google analytics once or twice a week. I want to know how my blog is progressing and if I’m doing things right.

I almost feel like there’s some stigma around caring about stats. That you’re a terrible person for wanting your blog to have a lot of readers. But admit it – how GOOD did you feel when you hit your first 10, 100, 1000 or even 10 000 followers?

It’s totally natural to want to be liked, accepted and to feel like people are interested in what you have to say.

If you care about your stats, but your hand up in the air. *raises hand*

Myth #8: People will get fed up if your blog is full of sponsored posts.

This is another one that I’ve heard a lot of, especially in twitter chats.

Some of my favourite posts I’ve wrote have been sponsored. Take this one, for example. Or this one.

As long as the blogger is able to stick to their style and make the post interesting, then what is the deal if it is sponsored or not?

If I started accepting random sponsored posts about cars, or brain surgery – then I would understand. A person can review products or write about a particular topic and still write well.

I would only stop reading if you could see a visible difference in a bloggers writing style of quality of post.

I know there’s been times when I’ve had a lot of things to review and I’ve felt guilty about posting them all in the same week because of this myth. But as long as I am happy with the post and am honest and open about it, then what does it matter?

I don’t dislike a blogger for having a lot of c/o’s or *’s next to products.

I might be jealous of them, but no hate!

Should we listen to these myths?

You should recognise that every blogger is different. There are different niches, different ages, different goals, different lifestyles and different reasons for blogging.

The myths may be true or false dependant on that. And that’s okay. What works for me might not work for you, but it doesn’t mean my way is wrong, or your way is right. 😉

What blogging myth frustrates you the most?

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51 Comments

  • Reply Hayley November 7, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Love this post, I have wrote about similar & for me I think it is all down to the individual & what works best for them. You like a schedule, personally I am not that fussed for one because I am useless haha, but it obviously works well for you. There are certainly no right or wrong ways I don’t think

    Hayley x

    • Reply Corinne November 9, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Exactly! I’d go nuts without a schedule but that’s because I’m a bit OCD/mental about my blog haha.

  • Reply jackie harrison November 7, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Some true especially making money but when it come to spend time and the amount of post it all comes down to the writer and how they enjoy blogging and if they have time to blog. Great topic have a lovely weekend.

  • Reply Angelica November 7, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I liked this post, it was written really well and was so engaging. I’ve been blogging for two years now and I’ve heard people spout all these myths so many times. I blog because I love doing it, I feature products I was sent to review and I post as often as I want to – everyone needs the confidence to be themselves and follow their own paths. xx

    One Little Vice – UK Beauty Blog

    • Reply Corinne November 9, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Posting as often as you want to and about what you want to is so important!

  • Reply Candice November 7, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Thank you for sharing some really helpful advice

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves
    xoxo

  • Reply Debbie November 7, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Great article! those myths are actually tips for newly bloggers like me!
    Thanxxx

    http://debsbug.blogspot.com

  • Reply M November 7, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Great post. You’re obviously a more professional blogger, but thanks for sharing these myths. I know I think about these all the time. Whether long posts are good, and how much time to leave between posts. And I definitely care about my stats, on some days.

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

    • Reply Corinne November 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Thanks – I wouldn’t say I’m a professional blogger but I find it a compliment that you would think that 🙂

  • Reply char November 7, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Some of them are true for me – I don’t care about stats for example and I don’t blog to make money. I like to write about the things I like and that has become the foundation of my blog. I see it as a hobby, pure and simple and if I ever got bored of doing it, I’d stop doing it.

  • Reply KizzyDoll November 7, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I think all of these depends on the individual blogger, their readers and not as a whole of bloggers or readers as everyone is different. See how your readers respond and go from there. Some have it better to post every day, some every other day. It’s all about doing what makes your blog the best it can be, everyone is different 🙂 xx

  • Reply Ellesees.blogspot.com November 7, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    for me, i needed that dslr and it def made a difference

    • Reply Corinne November 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      I needed mine too! Ha.

  • Reply Rowena @ rolala loves November 7, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I think it all depends on your goals and what you’re trying to accomplish with your blog. Sadly I think #3 is really true but there are exceptions.

    • Reply Corinne November 9, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Doom! There are some long posts that I read if I’m interested.

  • Reply Sakuranko November 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    No need to make a post every day because quantity doesn´t mean quality. We need to invest in a decent camera but not professional because it’s not always the camera is almost always the person behind the camera. That the sponsored post is something that depends a lot on the person writing on a blog, if the person is honest others will be interested to read content that is sponsored regardless.

    • Reply Corinne November 9, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      But people can post daily and post quality posts!

  • Reply stephanie November 7, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I schedule my posts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I eventually want to get to the point of posting everyday, but sometimes it’s hard to come up with a post idea, and I don’t want to become overwhelmed. Love this post!

  • Reply Kerri November 7, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Absolutely! People can be a bit crazy about the rules and they go a little crazy about people who are not following the rules.

    Personally, I’m happy doing as a please and I’ll continue doing it like that. But I still schedule my posts every Sunday for the following week, I still think about growing my blog (because why not?) but I tend to avoid chats and talk of rules.

    Even in my everyday life, I try to explain to people that just because something is different does not mean that something is wrong.

    People are free to blog as they feel. I personally prefer longer posts, because I like to comment and have something to say. I like posts that are sarcastic and funny. I like photos but I kind of hate the pastel, white background, classic blogger photo.

    I think my least favourite myth is: you have to stick to a niche! I like doing a bit of everything and I’ve always been quite the scatterbrain so my doing a little of everything represents me as a person 🙂

    • Reply Corinne November 9, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      I found sticking to a niche too restrictive! I’m happier now I’m just a more general blogger.

  • Reply Joanna November 7, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    This is great advice. I agree that there is nothing wrong with long posts that are entertaining and meaningful, and that what works for one blogger might be wrong for another.

    lovejoanna.com

  • Reply Tyana November 7, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    These are all on point

    check me out
    xx
    Tyana
    theluxedition.blogspot.com
    bloglovin.com/theluxedition

  • Reply Marija November 7, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I hate when people say that you need luck for successful blogging, like you are telling me you can work hard but you’ll never be successful without luck! 😉 xoxo

    • Reply Corinne November 9, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      It can be either or 🙂

  • Reply Elizabeth Rebecca November 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Great post – I need to take your advice – excellent as always Corinne.

    Lizzie’s Daily Blog

  • Reply Shireen L. Platt November 7, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I post every Mon, Wed and Fri because it is what works for me. I think every blogger should do what they feel is best for them and their blog. There are just so many do’s and don’ts that my head spins so these days, I just do what I feel is right. I won’t be making any money neither will my blog be super successful but it makes me happy and I give my best to it so hopefully that is good. xx

    Reflection of Sanity

  • Reply Danniella Josephine November 7, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I love this post! For me, it’s the myth you can only be successful if you do YouTube. I can’t find my angles on YouTube!

    Dannie x
    http://www.famousinjapan.co.uk

    • Reply Corinne November 9, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      I hate YouTube and I hate it when bloggers post videos instead of blog posts 🙁

  • Reply Margaret Dallospedale November 7, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    So beautiful and lovely
    Kisses
    Maggie Dallospedale Fashion diary – Fashion blog

  • Reply Alice Young November 7, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Such a good post and so well written – I pretty much agree with everything you have said, especially the bit about sponsored posts!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

  • Reply Lucy November 7, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Great post there are loads and loads of myths about blogging and when you are starting out this can be overwhelming. I love you 5 mile analogy sometimes doing something at the time is really difficult or a real challenge but the accomplishment at the end is huge Lucy x

  • Reply ivana November 7, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    wonderfully written…you really covered most of the issues/myths.I wasn’t that aware of all the myths…

    I totally agree with what you said about writing being a skill…I never wait to be inspired. I paint when I have time and same goes for sewing, writing or any creative activity that I do. When you work on it, most often the inspiration comes on its own.

    • Reply Corinne November 9, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      I’m too busy to only write when inspired!

  • Reply Annabel November 7, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    I find it easier to post daily as well, I find I lose motivation otherwise. Strange! But fab post.

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • Reply Akaleistar November 8, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Right now I am struggling with myth #1. I don’t post daily, and I feel that is what is expected of bloggers. But, posting every day is a myth. I follow many successful bloggers that just post a few times a week 🙂

  • Reply Nina November 8, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Interesting post. xx

    http://ninasstyleblog.blogspot.com

  • Reply Carly November 8, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Interesting post! Being new to the blog scene, I have heard a lot of these and struggled with a lot of them. I still can’t decide how often to post or how long to make my posts or how much personal info to include. I think that’s part of fun. Trial and error…
    The Doctor Diva

    • Reply Corinne November 9, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Trial and error for sure! Blogs evolve all the time and I’m sure they’ll all change at some point!

  • Reply leah November 8, 2014 at 8:10 am

    I’ve heard a lot of these too! I take photos with my phone from my blig, wish I could get a great camera but they are so expensive! Plus, it’s the post that matters most 🙂
    Such a great post. X x

    http://www.beyondthevelvet.blogspot.co.uk

  • Reply Emma November 8, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I really like this post. I currently blog twice a week (or try at least) but I feel that more regular posts do get a better reception – perhaps not daily but more. At the moment however its just not viable for me!

    Emma | frillsanddoodads.com

  • Reply Tash November 8, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Great post – definitely something I will be coming back to (I always do with you…)
    I have found that the best blogging schedule realllllllyyy depends on what’s going in in life during the moment! Scheduling is great because it means you get stuff done (literally) – whereas blogging in the moment can often leave out some funny stories or things you may have collected but forgotten about over the week…both styles have their perks, they are unique! I’m pretty sure bloggers use different parts of their mind depending on whether they are writing in the moment or following up a scheduled idea…Great post! <3

  • Reply Erin November 8, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Another great post Corinne, I always learn a thing or two each time. Question: I have previously blogged about weddings, travel and lifestyle but I want to branch out into beauty and reviews etc, how can I best do this without distancing some of my readers (a.k.a the guys) do you have any advice?

    • Reply Corinne November 9, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      I would probably set a day in the week where I posted a beauty related post and then people know that it’s not going to be all the time and they can read if they please, or just skip that post. Try it and see how it goes engagement wise!

  • Reply Yasmine M November 8, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    *raises hand* I totally agree about everything you wrote! My only thing is, it does really annoy me if all the posts are sponsored. I don’t mind them and they’re usually really good, but if all you write is ‘Look at how amazing these clothes are’ and put a link, then honestly it’s not too much of a post.

    I’m lucky to have stumbled upon your blog! Loved this post: there are so many blogger myths, and it’s nice to 1) See that someone stands on similar grounds as me when it comes to them 2) Have discovered some new ones. 🙂

    Would you like to follow each other? xox let me know!

  • Reply Heather November 8, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Great post – I used to post daily and I only post daily now if I have a lot of posts to publish around the same time – I hate publishing daily though!

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  • Reply Marlen November 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    This was very interesting to read, and I found myself nodding my head along to a lot of the myths you were debunking. One of my biggest gripes is with people who start getting annoyed with bloggers for taking on sponsors. Posting takes *a lot* of work- so much so that it only makes sense to get paid some time along the way. Why shouldn’t they make a small living if, just like you said, it still fits the aesthetic and style of their blog? I’ve never thought of a post or outfit less just because the blogger got the item for free or got paid to show it to their audience. I don’t understand why that’s such a sore topic for some.

    And amen to the long post bit! As long as the content is *interesting* and not just rambling, then I’m all on board to read it to the last sentence. Though I think many writers sort of forget that- they don’t know how to keep your attention for eight paragraphs. It definitely takes practice!

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

    • Reply Corinne November 9, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      I don’t get why it’s a sore topic either! Some sponsored posts are good and it’s also great to learn about some new products or clothing brands.

  • Reply D. November 9, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Such a well written post. I must say, I often edit, edit and edit to shorten the post as much as possible due to the same myth about long posts. So glad to find some encouragement through your post.

  • Reply Suze the Luxury Columnist November 9, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Hi Corinne, that’s really interesting and I’m very impressed at how often you manage to post.

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • Reply Claudine Converses November 10, 2014 at 7:20 am

    This post was so good! I loved reading it 🙂 There are so many negative myths about blogging out there! Thanks for debunking a few.
    – C
    Claudine Converses

  • Reply Nadya November 10, 2014 at 9:58 am

    This was a great read ! defo some myths when it comes to blogging x

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