A while back I wrote a post about my new blogging rules. And today I’m going to tell you about some blogging rules I won’t obey. Not because they are totally bad advises or that I think that they can’t work. It’s just they just aren’t for me.
If you hang around in the same Facebook groups as me, or have ever browsed Pinterest for blogging tips you have probably read these so-called rules at least once. Often they are preceded by the words “To have a successful blog you have to”. Well I don’t know how they define success, but for me knowing that the amount of people reading my blog is slowly increasing is more than enough. And that is happening even though I won’t obey these blogging “rules”.
Blogging Rules I Won’t Obey
Position yourself as an expert.
This is the rule that I have the absolute hardest to grasp. I can understand that this might be a good idea if you have a blog about marketing or even clean eating. But when it comes to lifestyle blogs or fashion blogs I don’t even understand how to do it, and even less why.
I mean I want my readers (that means you lovely ones) to be able to relate to me. I want them to come back because the feel some kind of connection to me. Not because the see me as an expert in some way. Besides the only thing I can say that I really excel in are eating stuff and spending money. But if you want I can probably teach you how to do that.
Fake it till you make it.
I think that writing your posts as if someone is reading them even when it feels like no one is are a good thing. But other than that I’m not that fond of the whole ‘fake it till you make it’ mentality. And that goes both for the amount of followers a blogger have as well as their blog posts. I think that if you’re blog is good enough and you put your stuff out there the readers and followers will come in time. So I won’t do any kind of follow for follow just so it can look like I have more readers than I have. And I will most certainty not go out and buy a lipstick with my last money to make it look like I have more money than I have.
So I won’t fake it till I make it, and if I ever make it won’t be because I ever faked being someone who I’m not.
You need to have a niche.
I tried to niche down once since I was told it would make it easier to come up with things to write about if I did. It lasted for a week.
Right now I write pretty much whatever I can think of. But my goal is to have a main focus on fashion/personal style mixed up with some makeup and mental health posts, and maybe even some more posts about blogging. Not really a niche of any kind but I still hope that it can get me somewhere.
Over to you; Which blogging rules are you willing to disobey?