Today’s post is late. It almost didn’t get written. I was searching for a spark, an idea, something interesting that voice inside of my head could share, but I couldn’t express myself without feeling self conscious about it. Every word felt stilted, unreal, not me, and I started to second guess myself, not believing that what it was I wanted to say had any value.
Sometimes I feel like I’m living in two Blogging worlds.
I love my two blogging worlds
There is the world of techy information, SEO, design, alt text and titles, and what best Word Press, Square Space, or Blogger discussions. It’s a fascinating place to hang out, and you learn a lot, most of which is very useful to my blogging.
Then there is the world of ordinary, older bloggers, who are building amazing communities, and seemingly doing everything backwards, but it’s working so well.
We’re defying expectations, pulling in readers, posting our stuff, and most of us are doing it all the wrong way according to the experts.
Does it matter how we blog?
Both ways work. You can’t deny that there are many successful bloggers out there pulling in a large income from blogging and making a full-time living. Monetization, ad’s and affiliates are not bad words, and it’s up to the blogger if they choose to go that route. On the flip side there are ordinary middle-aged bloggers with scads of readers, thriving communities, and comments galore who don’t run ad’s, don’t have a clue about design, and just write whatever they like, and they are marvelously successful.
I have to add this: There are bloggers out there who need to make an income from their ad’s, so please be kind and generous in your support instead of complaining about it. If you don’t need to run ad’s on your sidebar, then be grateful that you can blog without having to make money to do so, not everyone is that fortunate.
Be open to change
Goals, editorial calendars, google ranking, and how many keywords you use in a post might not interest everyone, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t learn from, or research those subjects if they are interest us.
Be open to change, the blogging world is completely different now then when many of us started, it’s an industry, an evolutionary movement. It’s going to go forward regardless of whether we like the direction or not.
If what you are doing works for you, keep on doing it…just be open to change.
There comes a time when a little knowledge hurts, it can stifle voices, and shut down creativity. When spending too much time trying to figure out what SEO is, and searching for key words instead of just letting the fingers fly across the keyboard can do you more harm than good. Trying to keep a changing world the same isn’t going to stop progress.
Find your balance, figure out whether you live in both worlds, or one, and blog on.
That’s what I am trying to do, and I’d really like it if you were to hang out with me while I do it.
Jen @ The Light Laughed.
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