Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ten Things I Want To Share About Blogging...

Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing on their blogs and what you think you should be doing. Sometimes its easy to forget why you are really blogging. Its something I have been thinking about a whole lot lately. So here are ten things I want to share with you about blogging for me.


1. Blog for yourself. Sounds simple, but sometimes it is oh so easy to get caught up in the hype and lose track of this simple fact. I want to blog about the things I want to, on my own schedule and not feel compelled to do so on certain days just because that is what everyone else is doing.

2. Everyone's blog has their own journey. Some blogs seem to explode overnight, while mine was a super slow process and for a really long time I only ever had 7 followers and not a whole lot of comments. At first I used to let it get me down and felt like it made my blog less important, less valuable. This is so not true. My blog has its own pace, its own story, its own journey. And I am so so happy with my own little piece of blogland.

3. Comparison is a killer. Sure it is great to take inspiration from fellow bloggers but constantly comparing your blog to other peoples will absolutely without a doubt kill your passion for it. I am blogging to write, to share, to express myself, to connect, not to dampen it with comparison.


4. Not everyone is going to like your blog. And that is okay. This is a huge thing that you need to accept if you are going to be a part of blogland.

5. Followers come and go. This is the nature of it, not everyone will stay around forever. Still its never fun seeing the number go down.

6. There will be times when you feel like you have absolutely nothing to say at all. Lots of times like this. Don't stress it. The words will come back. The more you worry about it, the harder it will be to find the words.

7. There will also be times when the words just don't stop flowing, go with it and write write write. It is always handy to have some great posts up your sleeve for when you feel like you have nothing to say.

8. Write what you actually think, feel or believe. Not what you think people want. This is a really important one to me.


9. Be honest and genuine. Sounds simple, and it really is. People will see right through you if you aren't and they won't stick around for long.

10. Keep a part of you for yourself, for your husband, for your children, for your friends. Blog your life, but don't live to blog.


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16 comments:

Salena @ A Little Piece of Me said...

Awesome Em, just what I needed to hear. Thanks for sharing this. I love the photo of the 4 of you together.

Kate Sparkles said...

Your family photo is precious!

This post came at the perfect time for me, so thanks for sharing.
I'm feeling a little disheartened about my blog this week going through a lot of that 'why do I bother?' stuff so reading your advice has really helped!

Ashley said...

I needed these reminders. I think we all get caught up in the comparing of others! It is hard. I really liked the quote you included about no one being better at being you than you. :)

Munchie's Mama said...

Your tips are so true! Thanks so much for a great reminder!

Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

Love this Em! Sharing it on our FB page! Thanks for the great reminders :) Have a lovely day girl!

Tabitha said...

Em - what a wonderful post! I really appreciated this because I can totally relate to so many points on your list!

Melissa said...

Love this post...so true.

I especially love that last line.

...sarah. said...

Thanks for visiting my blog last night! I love this post: it's so insightful, and true. I've read a lot of other bloggers' thoughts about blogging lately, and it seems like a lot of us have been thinking about what blogging "means" to us. Your list is spot-on.

Amber said...

This is such a great post. I need to remind myself of these things sometimes.

Mallory said...

I agree with all of this, all! The first time I lost a follower, I was upset all day which was so stupid. I blog for me but I totally did a filler today and feel guilty about it but whatever. Oh and I am totally your newest follower through The Wiegands.

Malisa said...

Loved this post. What a great reminder. I don't know why I am always checking stats and comparing myself with others. I like blogging because it's a place I can easily share what I'm really thinking and feeling. Thanks for writing this post.

blackheartbetty said...

I am just starting out. Thanks for these words.

Sleepyhead Designs Studio said...

great tips that I needed to hear at this time! Came over from Tip Junkie!

Abbie said...

Thanks for sharing this, Em! I've actually read a lot about you from Nicole at Miss Mommy, but I just happened upon your link from Tip Me Tuesday, and I'm glad I did. There's a lot of wisdom in your words, especially in your encouragement to avoid the comparison trap (one I can fall into oh-so-easily).

I'm your newest follower (and promise not to "unfollow" : )), and I'd love to have you stop by for a visit if you never have.

~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

Stephanie said...

This is great advice, thanks for sharing!!

Stephanie
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Amy said...

Fantastic advice. I'd be honored if you'd share it here.

http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2011/11/bringing-old-school-back.html