Stepping back allows us to focus clearly, the view becomes sharper, things fall into place. Blogging can get foggy at times.
Otherwise, we might find ourselves peering myopically into the screen blinking to keep awake late at night, trying to think of something new and fresh to share. Since I’ve been putting in time on RURAL, I’ve not been able to play around with my blog as much as I usually do.
But instead of making my blog suffer it’s given me clarity, allowing me to step back and look at things differently, in a clear light.
My posts are a work in progress until the last click publishes them, the outline that I started out with doesn’t always match the end result. For me, that’s OK, it works.
It’s how I write my best content.
I’ve read that we’re supposed to sit down at the screen after having planned out our months in great detail in a shiny bright editorial calandar, [now don’t roll your eyes] working out the highlights, filling in the blanks, ticking off yet another item on the to-do list of blogging.
But so many of us don’t write that way, we being the bloggers in my community.
We write about real life, how we experience it, how it affects us, changes us, exhilarates us and sometimes worries us.
Because life makes us fall in love with it as much as it scares us, and it lifts us up, that’s life, our lives.
That’s what we share with each other because it works for us as bloggers.
Sometimes when we least expect a post to resonate with our readers, the bloggers in our community, our friends….it does.
I think that’s because in those moments we stepped up, threw aside all the things that “they” [the successful bloggers out there] tell us we should be doing.
We reached out, wrote from the heart, shared with our community, and they got it and responded like you did here in the comments. You got it!
That made me wonder how much of the never ending blogging advice that is available applies to our style of blogging?
Because I’ve spent a lot of time reading all sort of posts on SEO keywords, niches, branding, A/B testing, building your tribe, and how to write the type of post to will go viral on Pinterest.
But in the end….honestly.
Very little of it applies to our kind of blogs, our style of blogging.
It’s advice given by “them” for their kind of blogger, much of it is good advice, I’ve applied some of it to my blog it helped me improve my work.
But after spending time researching, reading, taking online courses, I ended up with a few questions.
Does blogging the “right” way work for all of us?
The answers I found are not earth-shattering, but they make sense.
- It’s certainly not the way the bloggers in my community do it.
- Does that make us lesser bloggers?
- And the answer is….
No, definitely not.
Many of the bloggers in my world have been doing this for as long as I have, or longer, and we’re all doing just fine. We have communities, friends, blogging buddies, readers, and comments…we are doing well.
We plan on continuing to move forward, tweaking, and improving, and always sharing our best content even if it doesn’t fit the mold, we don’t always have to niche down like “they” say we should.
Isn’t that true?
That’s not to say that we should publish yet another bland and boring post and think that sending it out will get us any result but bored readers who gradually leave our blog to wither alone on the internet.
And it’s not:
- that we need to write posts that contain a certain amount of words.
- publish only on specific days and times.
- write about only one thing, and one thing only.
- come up with searchable keywords that apply to our post.
That’s not at all what our kind of blogging is about
Blogging has taken huge strides since it started, it’s now a money making industry, many bloggers are successfully sharing their advice and it’s to be expected that some of the ideas will work for us, improve our work, and give us inspiration.
We need to know what works for our blog, and what doesn’t.
Believe me, there are a lot of my old posts that still need to be tweaked, and improved upon…[it’s a big job, almost 900 posts]. Each time I learn something new, improve a skill, I look at my posts a little differently, I see what I can change to make them more appealing, more readable for my community. I can see the growth happening in my writing, and photography by going through my old posts.
I realized that not everything I’ve read could be applied to our type of blogging, sometimes it was hard to decide what to use, and what to discard.
We’re all busy, and have limited time to read posts, visit, and leave comments, but let’s strive to give our readers something great.
They deserve our best.
If it means we need to dig a little deeper, or spend a few minutes thinking about what it is we are trying to communicate to our community, and making sure our voice is clearly us, that’s worth the extra effort in the end isn’t it?
It increases blogging engagement in our community, it adds to the mix more than another list post, or a top 10 things you simply must do to be a good blogger or even what we had for dinner last week.
Call it a life lesson in blogging, from someone who’s read a lot about it, is still excited to learn more, and wants to share what makes sense for our kind of blogging.
Have you applied any of the blogging advice that you’ve read lately, did it work, did you see results?
Jen @ The Light Laughed
And…just one more thing
I’m racing the clock
Heavy frost will be here any day now that the mountains are wearing their new shawl of white sparkly stuff, the old adage about snow anytime after Halloween is correct once again. However in the garden my cabbage collection is still happily being chomped into lacy patterns by some gluttonish bugs out there. Chewing away at the last few green balls still needing to come in, the fridge is full, the countertop is cluttered with mason jars filled with sauerkraut and kimchee in different stages of fermentation, it’s all percolating away.
This makes it a good time for me to mention that you’ll definitely want to take a look at the Christmas issue of RURAL as soon as it’s published [mid November].
There’s an exciting lineup of written, and visual content to help you slip into a reverie of peace while flipping those virtual pages.
New in this upcoming issue will be your chance to win some great prizes offered by sponsors in the Christmas issue coming Mid November, have you read RURAL online yet? Don’t want to miss a single issue subscribe here to have it emailed to your inbox.
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