Reasons why I’m actually not very good at blogging

Reasons why I'm actually not very good at blogging

 

The world of blogging is a rather daunting place. There are so many rules. Type in #bloggingtips on Twitter and you are faced with an abundance of ‘How to drive traffic to your blog’ or ‘How to make money blogging’ posts. Posts that I once read and considered to be snippets from some sort of a blogging bible that would make my blog successful. Only the deeper I delve into the blogging world, the more I realise that actually according to these posts, I’m not actually very good at blogging at all.

 

Schedules

The rules:

  • Schedule your posts
  • Schedule your tweets
  • Schedule your Facebook posts
  • Schedule your pins
  • Schedule time to comment on other blogs
  • Schedule time to reply to comments on your blog
  • Schedule time to reply to emails
  • Schedule your toilet breaks

 

Well, I can’t say I really schedule anything to be honest. I write posts when I get a chance to write them and I publish them there and then. People will say ‘your readers need to know when new content is uploaded so they know when to visit your site’. My readers are generally parents, so that means a majority of them read my blog when they manage to use the bathroom by themselves without a child stuffing toilet roll down the plughole or emptying a packet of tampons on the floor. I’m pretty sure most of them forget their own name most days, so I don’t think they will remember what day I upload a new blog post. Also I don’t actually know how to schedule a tweet.

 

 

Always be active on social media

Rules:

  • Don’t bombard people with Tweets, space them out throughout the day
  • Post varied content on Facebook every two hours, i.e. photos, statuses, links
  • Post at least one Instagram image a day
  • Pin at least 15 times a day

 

So this is kind of linked to the above point of scheduling. It would be easier to do these things with a bit of planning and scheduling, but my blog isn’t really about my organisation skills. It is about raising happy children and the adventures of parenthood. Sometimes my children are happily playing with their toys and so I tweet like it’s going out of fashion. Sometimes I am excited about a post I have just written and share it a few times within a couple of hours. Sometimes I don’t have anything to say for a couple of days and so I don’t put anything on any social media platform until I do and sometimes I choose to turn my phone off and enjoy family life without technology. I’m a real person, not a robot and so my social media mirrors that.

 

 

Get Pinterest savvy

The Rules:

  • Make the first photo on your blog post ‘pinable’
  • Pin at least 15 times a day
  • Join a group board

 

Firstly, my ‘pins´ look just fine without me messing about with the sizing of them. Fair enough it may be more professional to resize them and make them ‘pinable’ images, but quite honestly I’d rather build train tracks with my son. Secondly, I’m not always attached to my phone, all of these rules are starting to make my laptop and my phone become more and more like a modern day prison. Okay, the last one is something I need to do. I’ll make sure I schedule to join a group board on pinterest during my next solo toilet trip.

 

 

Use Instagram

Rules:

  • Make a plan of what you want to use your Instagram account for
  • Keep with the same style and colour theme as your blog
  • Keep track of who you follow and who follows you
  • Always reply to comments

 

My Instagram account is where I post photos of my children, the odd quote and occasionally a link to my blog. I can’t say I have a themed Instagram account, I don’t really have a plan or a branding that coincides with my blog, I have absolutely no idea if I’m following the people that follow me and I sometimes forget to reply to comments. Ah well, at least my children take cute pictures.

 

 

Make sure your blog’s images are good.

Rules:

  • Only use high quality images (nothing in the image should be blurred)
  • Invest in a ‘good’ camera as iphone cameras just won’t do

 

I write a parenting blog about a toddler and a newborn. They don’t always sit still and sometimes a blurry image will have to do. If it is okay for my dining room wall, then it is okay for my blog. Also ‘good cameras’ are expensive and so my trusty iphone will have to do.

 

Perhaps I’m doing this whole blogging thing wrong by not following the rules, but I’m enjoying myself and I’ve got a good balance between spending time with my family and writing about my family. People are engaging with my blog, my following grows every day and my traffic increases every month. So in all honestly, I don’t really think I need to follow the ‘blogging rules’ after all. I’m doing just fine without them.

 

Do you follow all (or any) of the blogging rules? Let me know in the comments, on Twitter, or on Facebook. You can also follow me on Instagram or Pinterest.

22 thoughts

  1. I loved this post. As someone who is slightly obsessed with “blogging rules,” this really put things in perspective. They are quite ridiculous sometimes. Hopefully, I will stop obsessing about them now! Thank you for the amazing read.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment, I’m glad it has helped you put a few things into perspective. Each blog is unique and so it seems silly to have one set of rules to try and fit all of them.

  2. I don’t follow any “blogging rules”. From the beginning I’ve always thought of blogging as me just talking to myself and then realizing later that other people heard me, rather than me knowingly talking to someone.

    Great post, keep doing what you’re doing!

    1. Thank you for your comment. That is a great way to approach blogging. Most people start blogging for themselves and get caught up in the fast paced and competitive blogging world, so it’s lovely to see people approaching it in a different way.

  3. As I’m new to the blogging world I’ve been reading loads of stuff like that and it scares me so much! I’m so glad to hear that everyone isn’t actually following a set of rules that I’m still unaware of and are just being normal people about the whole blogging thing. As long as you’re enjoying doing it I doubt anyone’s going to care if you don’t publish a post/tweet/Instagram etc etc at exactly 12:04 every day. Xx

    1. I’m sure the rules work for lots of bloggers, but I think it is finding what works best for you and your blog. I’ve started reading your blog recently and I love it, so you should just keep on with what you are doing!

  4. I don’t follow the ‘blogging rules’ either. I tend to blog when I get the chance (and think of something worthy and funny enough to write a decent amount of text on!) and my social networks are updated as and when I get a chance (usually when the kids are at school/asleep/not using me as a climbing frame!) Great blog post🙂

  5. Luckily, I scheduled a reply to this for today a couple of months ago.

    Thankfully, I don’t have any plans to earn any money from my blog, though it would be great, so I don’t have to worry too much about its performance. I still check the stats pretty regularly, mind.

    Great post.

    1. I think that is a big thing isn’t it? Whether or not you want to make a career out of blogging or not. I try not to check my stats too much, but it is always interesting to see how much traffic I get, especially after I publish a new post🙂

    1. I’m so glad so many people don’t follow the ‘rules’. I find that when my blog is authentic, it becomes more fun and rewarding, which – in my opinion – makes it a better blog. Thank you taking the time to comment.

  6. LOL. Got a right chuckle out of this one. I like the frank yet humorous writing style. Do you think you’d make more money from your blog if you “followed the rules”?

    1. I’m not sure actually! Possibly, but then again I think everyone’s blog is unique, so perhaps it is growing because I just potter along doing my own thing. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment.

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