One of the most popular blog posts on this blog is 5 things that make me leave your blog and never return. It’s got 132 comments. That’s a lot.
It’s got a bunch of things that turn me off your blog. I am very judgement, you see. A terrible person.
3 years after I wrote that blog post, my views on blogging have changed a lot. I’m much more ‘I’ll do what a want’ when it come to blogging. And I think you should be like that, too.
Thing is, we read all this tips on how to get a great blog and there’s lots of great information out there, but the problem we have is that all the tips are the same and now lots of blogs look the same.
There are some pet peeves that you should not do – like following and unfollow because that just makes you a dick. But most of them aren’t actually that bad, especially when bloggers are new and learning.
You might take photos with your iPhone. What’s wrong with that? As long as they’re clear.
You might not want to share your location or age. What’s wrong with that? Many bloggers keep their blogs a secret. At least for the first few years before they get drunk one night and text the link to their Mum.
You might spell definitely wrong or use the wrong form of their.
You might not want to take a photo of your face with your makeup on. This is something I wish more bloggers did because I want to see what it looks like but if you don’t want to share your pores and all to the rest of the world, then that’s your choice and I should get over it.
I think what I’m trying to say is that blogging has got to the point where too many people are sharing the same tips again and again and everyone else is reading them and trying to follow them. We’re also very busy trying not to upset anyone so we must reply to Tweets and comments and follow people back and not have opinions because everyone is offended.
It kind of takes the fun out of blogging.
Not only that, but it makes it overwhelming for new bloggers who are trying to catch up.
Look at one of my first posts. It’s full of blogging faux pas. But so what.
Take blog tips with a pinch of salt and don’t forget to enjoy yourself.