I. Am. So. Fed. Up. Of blogging tips! SEO this, affiliate that, back link what? And I still don’t know what half of it even means.
Really?! How many ways can you re-package the same thing before people start realizing it’s the same damn thing?!
This is what blogging tips have been feeling like for me lately; a regurgitation of the same thing, repackaged, re-branded, over and over again! Can somebody make it stop?!
Recently, WordPress alerted me that I’d achieved two milestones; blogging for one year and reaching 1000+ followers, awesome right?!
With a milestone such as this, I should be ecstatic! BUT, in reality, my blog’s engagement is not a true reflection of this number, which sucks!
I felt pressured to come up with a celebratory post where I would dispense valuable nuggets of sage advice and offer foolproof blogging tips that had helped me reach where I am today. I came up with zilch!
Then, I decided not to make this just another post about ‘3 ‘things I’ve learnt about blogging’ blogging tips that had already been published over and over again across the internet.
When you make that decision to start a blog, your next step will be trying to figure things out. So you scour the web looking for guidance on just how to go about it.
You will find a maddening plethora of tips and advice on just about everything that has to do with blogging.
The sheer volume of information is anxiety-inducing. Not to mention if you even flirt with the idea of making money with your blog! That’s a whole other battle.
Throughout the tenure of my blogging career, I’ve had some missteps, been skeptical about taking certain steps and I have been obsessively trying to garner as much information as possible as it relates to the craft.
What I have found to be the most practical and enduring tip -one which I wholly endorse- is to tune out the blogging world.
If you are new to blogging, your first few months or maybe years will mostly be about branding, re-branding, losing yourself, finding yourself and basically figuring out exactly what it is you would want your blog to convey, –you know, the message you want to send to your readers on any given day-. Unless you have that aspect of it down-pat from the get go.
This occurs because you are so caught up with what other bloggers are doing and influenced by what it is they are saying you end up either comparing yourself or down right mimicking other blogs.
You become anxious, you are distracted by the numbers, the stats, the follows. Before you know it you are producing mediocre posts about things you either don’t know enough about, things you don’t genuinely care about or topics that are poorly researched.
Thus compromising the quality of your content and the very reason you began blogging in the first place.
When you tune out all of the noise -the advice, the tips and suggestions- you will avoid comparing yourself to other bloggers and be able to direct your attention to and really focus on building an authentic undiluted blog.
It is only after you’ve developed your blog to the point where you know exactly what it is you are blogging about, can you explore without second guessing your niche, your content or yourself based on what other bloggers are doing.
What about you? Let me know in the comments below some of the most useful blogging tips you’ve come across.
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